Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, which is the host facility for ABACE at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, chalked up an aviation first in China when it received approval last month from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
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“This is a milestone in the history of business aviation,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen during yesterday’s press luncheon, which heralded the launch of ABACE 2013 in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority. “We’re delighted to be back in Shanghai,” He added, referring to the fact the first ABACE was held in Shanghai back in 2005. “With that initial show, we planted a seed,” Bolen said. “Thanks to a visionary number of leaders here in Shanghai and throughout the Chinese government, we’ve been able to see that seedling grow.”
With the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) on the horizon this month, show organizers are anticipating approximately 7,000 attendees, nearly double last year’s mark, based on the success of 2012’s re-launch. According to an NBAA spokesman, 84 percent of last year’s exhibitors will be returning for a second stint at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, and the number of exhibitors overall has increased from 156 last year to more than 175 this year.
The FAA has approved Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre (SHPBASC) as an overseas repair station. This makes the FBO at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport the first dedicated business aviation support facility to hold this Part 145 approval in mainland China. Shanghai Hawker Pacific filed its application just a few days before Aug.
NBAA announced today that International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council president Roberto Kobeh González will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition. The show will take place from April 16 to 18 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. “China and the broader Asian region are playing an ever-increasing role in the global aviation community, so it is fitting that the president of the world’s aviation oversight body will speak at the opening general session for ABACE,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Enstrom Helicopter announced late last week that it has been acquired by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) for an undisclosed price. Chongqing is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in China. Menominee, Mich.-based Enstrom manufactures single-engine helicopters, including the 480B turbine and F28 piston series.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a satellite flight department in Hong Kong to support Gulfstream operators in Asia, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. Five pilots–three large-cabin demonstration pilots, one mid-cabin demonstration pilot and a chief pilot–staff the office.
The ASA Group has opened its first office in China. The international aviation services company obtains landing and over-flight permits provides flight supervision and coordination, travel safety consulting, ground transport and hotel bookings and arranges catering. ASA has several offices throughout Asia, as well as in London and the U.S. Its newest office will serve clients traveling to Shanghai through both Pudong and Hongqiao International Airports.
The civil aviation authorities for mainland China, Macau, Canada and the Cayman Islands have accepted Hongkong Jet as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. They follow recognition by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “With the strong growth in business aviation in mainland China and customers’ increasing level of sophistication, more customers on the mainland are requesting maintenance services to international standards as they travel to Hong Kong and beyond,” said Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet.
Go to AIN’s ABACE landing page to find the latest news and photos from the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, being held from March 27 to 29 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre in Shanghai, China.