The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will begin using Schiebel Camcopter UAVs to monitor the uneasy truce in Ukraine between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, starting on October 24. The aircraft, based near Mariupol, are being supplied and operated under contract by the Austrian manufacturer. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has been present in Ukraine with a multinational team of observers throughout the conflict.
Business aircraft flights in Europe eked out a 0.1-percent year-over-year gain last month, to 63,068 departures, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Year-to-date, the European market still remains about 1 percent off from last year. Last month’s results were buoyed by expansion in the region’s top six business aviation markets but dragged down by the “geopolitical crisis” in the Ukraine.
European regulators are increasingly concerned about the safety risks associated with integrating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into civil airspace, and they are especially worried about the risks posed by smaller unmanned aircraft operating alongside airliners. This was the key message from the UAS 2014 conference held in London last week.
Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport still lays claim to being not only the busiest business aviation hub in Russia, but one of the busiest in Europe. According to the airport administration’s statistics made public as it was hosting the Jet Expo show, the airport’s Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal served 19,437 business jet flights (with 133,000 travelers aboard them) last year.
The “persistent and recently escalating” Ukraine crisis continued to hamper business aviation flight activity in Europe last month, according to data released today by WingX Advance, a business aviation research and consulting firm based in Hamburg, Germany. There were 61,831 business aircraft departures in Europe last month, down 3 percent (1,974 flights) from a year ago–the largest drop so far in 2014, the company said. Year-to-date, the market is 1 percent below last year’s trend and is 21 percent off the pre-2009 peak in European flight activity.
The ninth annual JetExpo business aviation show opened at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Thursday morning. According to organizers, the three-day event (September 4-6) has attracted around 75 exhibiting companies from Russia and overseas and up to 8,000 visitors are expected.
The fall-out from ongoing military conflict in eastern Ukraine has taken its toll on business aviation traffic out of Russia, according to new data released on September 4 by WingX.
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.
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