Dubai-based UAS International Trip Support (Booth H214) announced here at ABACE 2014 an enhancement of its services and presence across Africa, aimed at bridging a trip support gap between China and Africa. UAS recently opened a new continental headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and regional offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.
Trip support group UAS is boosting its ability to help operators across Africa with the opening of a new headquarters for the continent located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new facility will be managed by Wynand Meyers, the Dubai-based group’s newly appointed director of business development for Africa.
Beechcraft appointed South Africa-based Absolute Aviation an authorized parts distributor for sub-Saharan Africa. Absolute Aviation, which has acted as Beechcraft’s exclusive aircraft distributor for sub-Saharan Africa since 2011, will have $1 million of inventory in stock at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to support the Beechcraft product line as well as the Hawker 125 series.
Bombardier Aerospace has expanded its support services in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the addition of a new regional support office (RSO) and parts depot, located in ExecuJet South Africa’s facility at Lanseria Airport.
South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) plans to hold a seminar called “Integrating Human & Systems Performance in Aviation Safety” from January 28-30 next year in Johannesburg. The event will be organized in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria and Ergonomic Society of South Africa. Organizers hope to stir interest among students and academia for the aviation industry, while also creating networking opportunities that link academia and business to the emerging African aviation industry.
Eurocopter expects to book approximately $67 million in orders in Southern African countries this year, a 35-percent increase over 2009’s orders. The company attributes this increase to growth in parapublic markets. Regional turnover for this year is expected to be close to $56 million. The company’s training center near Johannesburg, South Africa, is planning to add one instructor to its staff in 2011.
Staff at the ExecuJet Aviation FBO at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport have been working around the clock to handle the influx of corporate and VIP traffic drawn to South Africa for the soccer World Cup, which concludes on July 11. As of June 21, the facility had handled 169 movements since the start of the tournament on June 11, including 27 head-of-state aircraft, as well as the U.S.
ExecuJet Aviation’s South African FBOs have received a welcome boost in traffic handled over the past couple of months. In May, the group’s Johannesburg base handled a record number of aircraft arriving for the inauguration of South Africa’s new President Jacob Zuma. The next month saw Cape Town hosting the 19th World Economic Forum from June 10 to 12, and this too drew a large number of business aircraft to ExecuJet’s newly built FBO.
While U.S. helicopter tourism operators have been under continuing pressure from regulators and environmental groups over the past few years, their colleagues in less restrictive legislative environments have continued to make a decent living. Charter companies in South Africa have been doing particularly well at offering “flightseeing” packages, even though the gloss of a weak U.S. dollar has long since faded.
Spectrum Aeronautical has appointed Interjet Maintenance of South Africa to handle sales and customer support for its under-development S-33 Independence very light twinjet throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Interjet, which is based at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport, will provide maintenance for the Spectrum airframes and also for the airplane’s Williams International FJ33-4A-15 engines.