To address the shortage of qualified business aircraft maintenance technicians, the UK’s Glennair Training Centre is stepping up its capabilities in the provision of both mechanical and avionics courses for executive aircraft operator or service center personnel. Formed in 1980, Glennair (Booth No. 1113) employs specialist instructors who provide training at the company’s headquarters and courses at the customers’ premises.
Executive Airlines, Spain’s second largest executive charter operator, in the last few months has added three business jets
to its fleet, bringing its total to seven, four of which are owned. The company expects to add more next year.
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.
Business aviation in Spain is a modest affair, with an estimated 70 executive jets for private use– very few for a country of 40 million people. While most charter companies operate just a handful of aircraft, Gestair, one of the largest operators in Europe, increasingly dominates the business aviation scene in Spain.
Portuguese air transport and maintenance group Omni is seeking to raise its stature as a business aviation services group by revitalizing its executive charter and handling operations. The company has declared its ambition to be active in the wider European business aviation market and to establish a leadership position in France.
The Flying Group is laying plans to add a new Falcon 900DX to its managed charter fleet next year, and it expects to have a Falcon 7X in its fleet in 2008. The Belgian company is opening a new hangar at its Antwerp headquarters later this year. It is also developing a new facility at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport in the south of France, where last year it acquired French charter firm Cap Camarat Business Jets.
Partly as the result of a 10-percent survey return rate (which experts consider statistically significant) and partly because we have improved our survey methodology, this year’s report contains more depth, including the addition of several OEMs to the ratings list.
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