The crisis in Ukraine “undermined” business aircraft flying in Europe last month, with European flights to the CIS down 24 percent and East-West European connections down by 15 percent, according to the latest data from business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Overall, there were 68,048 business aviation flight departures in Europe last month, a 2.7-percent year-over-year decline, with July 11 percent below its 2008 peak and the least active July on record since 2005. Year to date, activity in the region is 0.7 percent below the 2013 trend.
Nav Canada’s commercial division entered into an agreement to provide tower automation products at six ATC towers in Italy operated by air navigation service provider ENAV. Nav Canada did not disclose the value of the contract with Italian company Techno Sky, which performs engineering and maintenance support of the ENAV facilities.
A mounting body of visible evidence, plus reports from those on the ground, intercepted communications and preliminary analysis of electronic emissions, suggest that Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH017 on July 17.
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s defense export agency, continues to benefit from backing by President Vladimir Putin. Speaking at a late April meeting of the Commission for Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries, Putin claimed that Russia is second only to the U.S. in terms of volume of military shipments, with a 27-percent market share.
French aerospace industry lobbying association Gifas (Hall 1 Stand A15) is foreseeing another excellent year in terms of revenue and orders. In an economy bombarded with bad news, France’s aerospace sector is often cited as an example. A thorn in its side, however, has been the euro/dollar currency exchange rate. Recruitment remains a tricky issue, too.
The European agency tasked with keeping watch over the EU’s external borders, Frontex, is enthusiastic about adopting remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to help them in that job. But significant challenges–some technical but the majority legal–mean that unmanned aircraft are unlikely to be deployed to help defend EU borders in the near future.
Swiss FBO Air Service Basel reported it handled a record number of aircraft during last week’s Art Basel exhibition, which attracted 92,000 people over six days. The provider, located at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse, saw approximately 300 private and business aircraft movements and welcomed nearly 700 passengers to the fair, which attracts art collectors from around the world.
Though business aviation flying in Europe experienced a seasonal pick-up last month, there were 2.2-percent fewer departures from a year ago and year-to-date the market is 0.6 percent below 2013 levels, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance.
Malta-based Aircraft Corporate Services (Booth 6240) is making its debut appearance at EBACE, promoting its administrative support services for aircraft operators that wish to base aircraft in the island nation. Aircraft Corporate Services was launched following the 2010 introduction of Malta’s Aircraft Registration Act, which established favorable requirements for aircraft importation, registration, issuance of a Malta air operator certificate and associated regulations.
Stating that he believes the worst years of the global economic downturn are over, EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba kicked off EBACE yesterday with “confidence that 2014 is going to be, if not a defining moment, certainly a positive and exciting one.”
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