NBAA has cancelled the 2009 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The event was scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on February 11 and 12, and the association announced the cancellation on December 23 in response to the worsening economic situation.
The Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre at Hong International Airport recently hosted the first FlightSafety International G450 maintenance initial and fifth-week avionics courses. According to the company, the training is the first of its kind conducted by FlightSafety in the Asia-Pacific region. It included a 20-day maintenance initial and a fifth week avionics course.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received maintenance repair station approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, allowing it to provide locally registered aircraft with scheduled and unscheduled line maintenance, airframe and engine repairs, avionics modifications, defect rectifications and AOG support.
Though the former Hong Kong International Airport–Kai Tak–closed on July 5, 1998, its passenger terminal, control tower and hangars remain in ad hoc use, ranging from flea markets to a job-training center, and now, on the runway, the world’s largest golf driving range. All that remains of Kai Tak will be bulldozed by
“Kowloon City used to be the place for dinner before flying from Kai Tak Airport. Now it’s quiet,” says Victor Lau, a helicopter pilot with the Government Flying Service (GFS) of China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR). In July 1998, the GFS was the first tenant of the abandoned Kai Tak Airport to move 45 minutes west to the new Chek Lap Kok (CLK) Airport on Lantau Island.
The development of a composite and metal bond component repair station is in progress in the Asia-Pacific region as a joint venture between Spirit AeroSystems and several major aviation companies.
Spirit will partner with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and its subsidiary, TAECO, along with Oklahoma-based First Wave MRO, to establish a regional service center near TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, China.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) will return to Hong Kong next year, increasing to a two-day format, February 3 and 4. This year, the U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) jointly staged a one-day forum in Hong Kong on February 14.
Hong Kong helicopter operator Heliservices is getting mixed signals from local authorities, ones it claims affect its ability to stay in business. Heliservices has been providing direct helicopter air-taxi services between Chek Lap Kok Airport and a pair of waterfront sites on Hong Kong proper for several years.
Metrojet pioneered business aviation services in Hong Kong and is one of the earliest private business aircraft operators in Asia. It has decided to extend its maintenance offerings to all operators to ensure the continued growth of business aviation in the region.
Bombardier Aerospace has added three new business aircraft service facilities to its international support network. Arkia Maintenance of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Metrojet of Hong Kong, China, have been named Bombardier line maintenance facilities, and Ruag of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, has been named an authorized service facility.