Many wealthy Middle Easterners visit London at least once a year, usually for a break from the hot summer, so perhaps it is no surprise that the first shop window for business jets is in an up-market area of the UK capital at One Grosvenor Place–just across the road from Buckingham Palace.
Boeing Business Jet
Here at MEBA 2012 (Stand 588), OnAir announced that it has selected PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., as an OnAir completion center. PATS specializes in Boeing BBJ completions and auxiliary fuel tank installations and is installing Mobile OnAir in a 737-900ER BBJ. “We are seeing a high demand from VIP jet operators for in-flight connectivity,” said John Eichten, PATS senior vice president of sales and marketing. “PATS prides itself on finding innovative and industry-leading ways to satisfy our customers’ requirements, and our partnership with OnAir is a good example of that.”
Beirut’s main FBO, Cedar Jet Center, is promoting its full-service offering at Lebanon’s main gateway, Rafic Hariri International Airport, this week at MEBA. CJC was established in 2005 by Middle East Airlines (MEA) Group to coincide with the opening of the airport’s general aviation terminal. In 2008, the company joined forces with group affiliate Masco to offer line maintenance services for a range of business aircraft. The partnership now offers aircraft hangarage and full maintenance services for the Airbus ACJ319, Boeing BBJ, Cessna Mustang and Hawker 800/850/900XP.
Royal Jet, the commercial private jet concern owned by the UAE’s Presidential Flight Authority and Abu Dhabi Aviation, is planning a major fleet expansion in 2013, the year of its 10th anniversary. A defection by the nine-jet company away from Boeing, given that Royal Jet owns the world’s largest Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) fleet–six aircraft–would be a major blow for the U.S. manufacturer.
To answer increasing demand in the Far East and Indian subcontinent, Jet Aviation is implementing a major expansion of its Singapore MRO and FBO facility. Located at Seletar airport, Jet Aviation Singapore is tripling its hangar space to 7,500 sq m, while increasing exterior apron space to 9,300 sq m.
Boeing Business Jet operators now have another option for CFM56-7B engine maintenance, repair and overhaul. Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s large transport-category completions center in Dallas, now offers CFM56-7B service through StandardAero’s engine overhaul facility in Winnipeg, Canada.
Associated Air Center (AAC), a specialist in bizliner maintenance and overhaul and cabin completion and overhaul, is partnering with Boeing to validate a cockpit noise suppression service bulletin for Boeing Business Jet operators.
AAC has installed the first such system in a BBJ and the supplemental type certificate approval makes it available to other BBJ operators.
Cabin humidification specialist CTT Systems is hoping to get its Cair equipment adopted for use in more business aircraft. To date, the Swedish company has mainly had success in getting Cair installed on Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jet bizliners, but it has recently been approached by airframers, including Bombardier, about possible applications on more mainstream models.
Calgary, Alberta-based FlyHT Aerospace Solutions has received STC approval for its automated flight information reporting system (Afirs) 228 on several business aircraft types, including the Bombardier Challenger 870/890 and Hawker 750/800XP/850XP/900XP. STC approvals are in progress for the Boeing Business Jets BBJ1 and BBJ2, as well as the Airbus ACJ319/320/321.
Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s large executive aircraft completions center in Dallas, has partnered with Boeing to validate a Service Bulletin for Boeing Business Jet operators on noise suppression in the cockpit. AAC is the first to install the noise-suppression system in the BBJ in accordance with the Boeing-issued Service Bulletin. AAC’s successful validation makes this upgrade available now to other BBJ operators.