Hong Kong’s ASA Group–which offers business aviation/VIP security, ground handling and concierge services in Asia–said it has recently seen increased business aircraft traffic to the region. While he didn’t provide hard numbers, ASA CEO Simon Wagstaff said, “There is a roughly fifty-fifty split between business and pleasure flights, and we are pleased to see that this upturn has lasted for several weeks now with no sign of abating.”
Reed Exhibitions launched Asian Business Aviation (ABA) as a new trade show that will be held for the first time in the Chinese city of Macau from June 9 to 11. The event will be hosted by the Macau Business Aviation Centre at Macau International Airport and will include indoor booths and an aircraft static display.
On the descent for landing in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the scene is about what you’d expect to find after violent natural forces–in this case, a sudden release of tectonic stress in the earth’s crust along the Caribbean and North American plates–have caused massive destruction in one of the world’s poorest nations. Entire neighborhoods here are pancaked into the dust. Gray smoke rises
Reed Exhibitions launched Asian Business Aviation (ABA) as a new trade show that will be held for the first time in the Chinese city of Macau from June 9 to 11. The event will be hosted by the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) at Macau International Airport and will include indoor booths and an aircraft static display.
After nearly 30 years working in aviation in Alaska, mostly for airlines and in the fueling business, Louis Jennings got the opportunity to join the general aviation fraternity as general manager of Great Circle Flight Services at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. “This is the best job at the airport,” he said.
Bell 430, Kurnoon, India, Sept. 2, 2009–Operated by the Government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the helicopter crashed en route to Chitoor, India, from Hyderabad, India. The two crewmembers and three passengers–including the Secretariat of Hyderabad–were killed and the helicopter was destroyed.
Already a well-known brand in the Caribbean for the past 12 years, Odyssey Aviation (Booth No. 268) plans to open three new FBOs in the Bahamas on November 1. An island-friendly atmosphere will soon be seen at Treasure Cay, Abaco; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera; and Exuma International, Great Exuma. The FBOs will offer Texaco-branded fuel through Chevron Global Aviation.
The General Dynamics Aviation Services facility at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been approved to perform maintenance on business jets registered in Argentina and the Cayman Islands. The approvals came from the Dirección Nacional de Aeronavegabilidad in Argentina and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.
Embraer started construction of a factory in Portugal and is due to open it before the end of 2011. The 161,000-sq-ft facility at Evora will manufacture complex composite airframe structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners. A ground-breaking event held in late July was attended by Portugal’s prime minister, José Socrates, and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in June said Brazil is to become his company’s “fourth domestic country,” after France, Germany and Spain. Pointing out the country wants to build its helicopter industry into a major player–like Embraer in regional jets–he said Helibras, a 70-percent-owned local subsidiary, will expand. Over the coming years, it will double in size and staff (workforce currently stands at 300).