Charter operator Gama Aviation says young children will no longer need to sit on their parents’ laps while traveling aboard any of Gama’s Bombardier Challenger fleet thanks to the company’s new infant safety seats. The UK-based business aviation services group made the seats and claims they are the first child seats certified for taxi, takeoff and landing on numerous business jets. The seats are already in use aboard Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific flights.
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.
Each year, the National Business Aviation Association recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with excellent safety records who work for member companies. AIN interviewed some of the top technicians for 2011 to learn about their backgrounds and safety philosophies.
Nathan Schumacher, manager of aircraft maintenance
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Gama Group has entered into an exclusive agreement with Professional Aviation Associates to hold consignment stock for Europe-based Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The agreement significantly expands the range of stock Gama Support Services (GSS) holds for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft.
Gama Group has announced the signing of two new aircraft management contracts for Russian clients. The deals will see it operating a Bombardier Challenger 850 and a Boeing BBJ2 on behalf of their Russian owners, taking the UK-based company’s worldwide portfolio to more than 80 aircraft, including several Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon and Gulfstream jets based in Moscow.
Gama Aviation announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has again selected the company to be its dedicated provider of air ambulance services, extending its contract for seven more years, to 2020. Gama’s Scottish fleet includes a Beechcraft King Air 200C at both Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports and a Eurocopter EC135T2 at both Glasgow and Inverness. The two EC135s will be replaced with two new EC145T2s next year.
Gama Aviation has announced plans to open a new base in Switzerland at Geneva Airport. The aircraft management operation is expected to be up and running by July, with the intention of getting its Swiss air operators certificate by year-end. It will be led by general manager Hamish Ross.
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.
Gama Aviation’s FBO at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE has seen a 25-percent increase in business jet movements in the first quarter versus a year ago. The company, which took over responsibility for all business and general aviation aircraft handling at Sharjah in January, said that business jet movements doubled last month, compared with April 2011. Additionally, a further 20 operators and flight support agencies have signed up for handling agreements with Gama’s Sharjah FBO, it said.
Gama Aviation opened its new FBO at Sharjah (UAE) International Airport on Monday, making it the sole business aviation handler at the field. The facility, which is open 24/7/365, marks Gama’s move into FBO management for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. Gama has based a fleet of charter aircraft at Sharjah since 2004. Sharjah’s appeal is its availability of slots and its close proximity to downtown Dubai, Gama said.