Next year’s football World Cup in South Africa will undoubtedly draw massive crowds of supporters from around the globe, along with a large influx of business aircraft. Peter Bouwer, former manager of Signature Flight Support in Cape Town, now based at London Luton Airport, is confident that his company will be able to cope with the traffic in Cape Town, where a total of eight games will take place.
Beechcraft 1900C-1, Bukavu, Congo, Sept. 1, 2008–Weather was reported severe when the Air Serve International/CemAir Beech 1900 crashed into a ridge eight miles from Bukavu. The airplane was on a humanitarian flight to Goma.
Lider Aviação, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is investing $7 million in a new hangar at the Jacarepaguá Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed later this year and will house a factory-approved Bell and Helibrás/Eurocopter service center.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has established a new parts distribution center in Sydney, Australia. The center’s parts stockpile will include new parts, exchange accessories and line-replaceable units for all P&WC engine models. The company opened a parts distribution center in Singapore last year and one in Amsterdam in 2006.
“If you’re reading this and haven’t made travel arrangements for the Olympics yet, you’re definitely behind the power curve,” Nancy Pierce, technical sales and support manager for international trip planning for Jeppesen, told AIN. The Beijing Olympics are being held from August 8 to 24.
Following a deal that was more than two years in the making, Salt Lake jetCenter (SLJC) has acquired the former Hudson General assets leasehold and facilities at Salt Lake (Utah) International Airport (SLC). Having changed its named identity from Hudson General to GlobeGround, the company retains its airline fueling concession and will lease space from SLJC.
Executive charter operator FlyingGroup (Booth No. 439), which has bases at Paris Le Bourget, Cannes and Antwerp, has launched a CO2 emission offset program and has thus become a “CO2-neutral” company, according to Belgian organization CO2logic’s standards. FlyingGroup has promised to cut its emissions and educate customers. Customers are not required to sign up, however.
Ac-U-Kwik has published the guide for flight plan application and approval for China Olympic Games flights from July 1 through September 30 at http://acukwikalert.com/ industry-news/china-olympics.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added the Jet Aviation maintenance center at Moscow Vnukovo as a Gulfstream authorized warranty line service facility for the full line of Gulfstreams. The airframer has also announced the appointment of a new field service representative in Moscow who will provide immediate customer support and service to in-country and in-transit Gulfstreams.
Ameco Beijing held a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the expansion project of its Ameco Aviation College (AAC). Ameco Beijing CEO Chia Weixi and general manager Andreas Meisel were on hand, as were leaders from CAAC, Air China, construction and quality supervision companies.