Russia’s business aviation community has assembled at Moscow’s Vnokovo Airport for the annual JetExpo show this week. Among the highlights is the first full appearance of a completed Sukhoi Business Jet, which is symbolic of Russia’s aspiration to develop a homegrown business aviation industry. AIN’s team of reporters has all the news from this year’s JetExpo at our special landing page.
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Swiss FBO Air Service Basel reported it handled a record number of aircraft during last week’s Art Basel exhibition, which attracted 92,000 people over six days. The provider, located at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse, saw approximately 300 private and business aircraft movements and welcomed nearly 700 passengers to the fair, which attracts art collectors from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Beechcraft and its aftermarket service and support organization, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support, appointed Air Service Basel in Switzerland as an authorized service center for the company’s King Air series. The designation allows the facility to provide King Air line and base maintenance. The company, which began operations in 1967, is an FBO, as well as an EASA- and FAA-approved maintenance organization and repair station at Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse in Switzerland.
Rock-and-roll musician Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of Iron Maiden), who is also an airline pilot, was at the Paris Air Show this week, fired up with the news that he has won a £5 million investment in Cardiff Aviation, his Wales, UK-based aviation services company. Dickinson said that this would help the firm have a “much wider impact across the entire South Wales aerospace industry.”
Bell delivered eight new helicopters in Russia last month, including five 429 light twins and a 407GX single. Two of the 429s will be configured for medevac for use in the St. Petersburg area.
Aeropole of Payerne (Booth 650) has signed its first contract for a company to settle on its Swiss airport site. Boshung, a Swiss specialist in airport cleaning and maintenance equipment, has bought 10 acres of land to build its headquarters and a technology center. It will employ 150 in Payerne. Aeropole is also talking to other potential customers, one of them being executive charter operator Speedwings, which might build three hangars.
Basel, Switzerland-based Amac Aerospace has been granted maintenance organization approval by the State Civil Aviation Administration of Russia. This approval allows Amac to perform base and line maintenance work on all Russian-owned business aircraft, including bizliners. It also allows Amac to undertake heavy maintenance work up to C-checks at its facility at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Since receiving the approval, Amac has worked on several Russian-owned jets, including the Gulfstream G450 and G550, Airbus ACJ319 and Boeing BBJ.
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