Business aviation flights out of Ukraine saw a dramatic uptick in the third week of last month, apparently in response to the violent unrest in the country. According to Eurocontrol statistics tracked by online charter portal Avinode, there were 70 departures on February 19 and 137 on February 20–a day before ousted President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, Kiev. Average daily departures last year stood at 51 and the average so far in 2014 has been 41.
Air Greenland announced last month it has canceled the purchase of two EC225s. “In August 2013, the company observed that the market for offshore operations around Greenland had not developed as expected since the time of the order in 2011,” the carrier explained. It also said it attempted to sell the rotorcraft to other parties with no success. Under the final agreement, Air Greenland will pay a waiver of DKK16 million ($2.8 million), just over 4 percent of the value of the 2011 contract.
Swiss FBO and maintenance company Air Service Basel has gained approvals from the authorities in the Republic of Chad to complete maintenance on Chad-registered aircraft. Based at Basel-Mulhouse airport on the Swiss-French boarder, Air Service Basel operates an FBO at the airport and already has EASA, FAA and Bermuda BDCA maintenance approvals.
September’s JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport once again provided a fascinating snapshot of how Russia’s business aviation market is continuing to develop. The overall impression from this eighth annual event is that, after a powerful growth surge, the market may be leveling off somewhat, but with every prospect of further expansion.
The operation of a number of weekend-only test routes developed as part of Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) project have proved their value in time and fuel savings. The routes all departed Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport headed for eight Italian cities. The Weekend Free Route for Environmental Efficiency (We Free) routes linked Paris with Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Verona, Genoa, Bologna and Pisa.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry (Chalet B14) has announced that 63 Dubai-based aircraft have joined since its opening 11 months ago. The organization touts the confidentiality it guarantees to owners, as well as the fiscal flexibility as to which jurisdiction their taxes are attached to. Moreover, the San Marino “T7-” registration mark is said to be politically neutral.
Switzerland-based AeroEx (Stand 3260), a firm that specializes in supporting operators for their back-office safety tasks, is offering help for compliance with the new Third Country Operators (TCO) rules (the so called “Part-TCO”) that will soon be enforced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), subject to approval by the European Parliament and Council.
UK prime minister David Cameron helped celebrate the opening of Bombardier’s new wing manufacturing plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on October 11. The new 600,000-sq-ft facility will manufacture the carbon-fiber composite wing for Bombardier’s new single-aisle CSeries airliner and will add 250 jobs to Bombardier’s existing payroll of 6,000 in Northern Ireland. Bombardier already has added 1,000 new jobs there over the last two years. More than 200 UK companies are part of the CSeries supply chain.
Helicopter operator Inaer, which is part of the Avincis group, has been awarded a five-year contract for emergency medical services in France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Starting January 1, five Eurocopter EC135T2+s will be dedicated to Marseille, Avignon, Toulon, Nice and Gap hospitals. Avignon and Marseille bases will be subcontracted to Mont Blanc Hélicoptères, with the latter city’s helicopter being available around the clock. It is the first time a contract that includes several hospitals has been signed in France.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the entry into force of the Brazil-European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement. While it was enacted on August 27 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the European Union, the two parties held their first certification meeting under terms of the agreement just this past Thursday.
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