Britain’s CAA has suspended the air operator certificate (AOC) of PremiAir Aviation Services, once a leading executive helicopter charter operator in the UK. The Blackbushe Airport-based company said it expects the suspension to be brief, claiming the issue stems from the age of its pilots in excess of the 60-year limit. Currently, each of them must fly with another pilot who is under 60 when undertaking public-transport flights, PremiAir explained in a statement. The operator has thus launched a program to recruit younger pilots.
PremiAir Aviation International, which chairman Graham Avery acquired last December, is launching The West London Heliport, located with its maintenance facility at Blackbushe Airport, and adding an FBO. “We felt a need for a second heliport serving the capital,” Avery said during a press conference at Helitech.
UK helicopter charter specialist PremiAir revealed plans to brand its Blackbushe base (near TAG Farnborough Airport) as the West London Heliport, following the company’s restructuring under new ownership. More details will be revealed at the Helitech show, which will be held September 24 to 26 at the Excel center in London’s Docklands. The company also plans to acquire its own twin-engine helicopters to “build up a managed fleet of helicopters it will both maintain and offer for third-party charter.”
The UK’s National Air Traffic Services is proposing to establish a new airspace structure specifically to accommodate business aviation during the period around the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Civil Aviation Authority and other agencies overseeing aviation arrangements for the Olympics are considering the proposal, and confirmation of further details is expected in November.
European very light jet (VLJ) air-taxi service Blink has opened a second base at Geneva. The operator is also about to take delivery of the seventh of 30 Cessna Citation Mustangs that are on firm order and plans to base two of the twinjets in Geneva. The rest of the fleet is currently based at the London-area Farnborough Airport or nearby Blackbushe Airport.
PremiAir has officially opened a new fixed-wing maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport, UK. The operation relocated from Blackbushe Airport near Farnborough into a newly refurbished 20,000-sq-ft hangar. The EASA Part 145 operation has a 25-year relationship with Hawker Beechcraft and is an
PremiAir opened its new maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport. The operation has relocated from the UK group’s Blackbushe base near London and now occupies the former CSE Aviation hangar which has been upgraded to the tune of almost $1.5 million.
PremiAir is set to complete the relocation of its Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center to Oxford from Blackbushe Airport near Farnborough early this month. The business aircraft services group has leased a former CSE Aviation hangar, with Oxford Airport investing almost $2 million to overhaul and expand the facility.
In October, PremiAir will move into a newly refurbished hangar at Oxford Airport near London. PremiAir announced in May a plan to move its fixed-wing maintenance base from company headquarters at Blackbushe Airport in Surrey to Oxford because of lack of growth capacity at Blackbushe and the airport’s relatively short runway.
After changing hands three times in fairly quick succession over the past decade, the UK’s PremiAir Aircraft Engineering appears to be settling down and renewing its commitment to business aviation. In fact, it was recently appointed by Raytheon Aircraft as an authorized service center for the Premier I.
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