Gama Aviation’s new operating base at Geneva Airport has its first aircraft in place, a Gulfstream GV. The UK-based group’s Swiss air operators certificate (AOC) should be approved by July and the company expects to add other jets to the locally based managed fleet, with significant numbers of owners still drawn to the Swiss aircraft registry.
Farnborough, UK-based Gama Group continues to grow, opening its new aircraft management base at Switzerland’s Geneva Airport last month and announcing a range of investments at Glasgow Airport in Scotland for next year, including a new hangar and executive aircraft handling terminal.
Last month the company celebrated the first year of operations at Fairoaks Airport near Farnborough, where it established Gama Engineering at what was the birthplace of the Gama company in the 1980s.
The UK’s Gama Engineering, a Gama Group company formed a year ago with the amalgamation of Lees Avionics and Mann Aviation Group Engineering, recently completed its 50th EASA STC. The project was the design and certification of a Garmin G600 installation in a BN Islander used by the Belgian Coast Guard. Gama Engineering is based at Fairoaks Airport.
Tough trading conditions aren’t discouraging business aviation services group Gama (Stand 955) from its goal of growing a global network. The latest evidence of this is that Gama’s Asian clients are now benefiting from the UK-based business aviation, charter, management and maintenance company’s recently opened Hong Kong FAA Part 135 operating base.
Twin Commander operators in Europe now have another option for maintenance. London-based Gama Engineering has been named an authorized Twin Commander Service Center. Based at Fairoaks Airport near Heathrow, Gama Engineering comprises the former Mann Aviation Group Engineering and Lees Avionics. Gama Engineering will provide engineering and certification support to Twin Commander operators as well as other general aviation, helicopter and regional operators. Lees Avionics has been moved to Gama Engineering’s facility to provide airframe and avionics support.
Mann Aviation at Fairoaks Airport southwest of London began taking in more business aircraft interior refurbishment work about two years ago and recently added a new 5,500-sq-ft facility dedicated to that aspect of its business. It includes cabinetry and upholstery shops as well as hangarage.