Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
Al Pod, former president and CEO of NetJets subsidiary Executive Jet Management, has been named to conduct an examination of potential opportunities for NetJets fractional-share operations in China. “We have looked at China in the past,” NetJets president Jim Christiansen said, “and until now we had felt that we weren’t ready or perhaps China wasn’t ready.” Pod is being tapped to lead the six-month study.
Despite recent news reports suggesting that Sino Swearingen’s Taiwan-government-backed investors are considering exiting the program, “Taiwan continues to support our program,” Mark Fairchild, vice president for marketing and sales, told AIN, “and at the same time is looking for additional investors to help increase our production rate.” The second delivery of a Sino Swearingen SJ30 was imminent as this issue went to press.
Aero Commander 690A, Anchorage, Alaska, July 28, 2006–Commander Northwest Aero Commander N57096 is presumed to have crashed about 23 miles west-southwest of Anchorage. Neither the airplane nor its three occupants have been located. The airplane is presumed to have been destroyed, and the three occupants are presumed dead.
Operating in Aruba became easier last month after the opening of a 16,000-sq-ft general aviation terminal at Queen Beatrix Airport in the capital city of Oranjestad. The terminal is being operated by Universal Aviation Aruba, a subsidiary of Universal Weather & Aviation.
Starting May 1, the Isle of Man–a British Crown Dependency located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland–will have its own aircraft registry, open only to corporate and private aircraft. The UK government recently notified ICAO that it is allowing the Isle of Man to use the previously idle “M” tail number registration that was allocated to the UK in 1919.
The UK's Department of Transport (DOT) last week issued its official proposal to prevent foreign-registered aircraft from being based in the UK “by limiting the time (e.g.
Difficult airspace and airport access combined with high costs are stunting the growth of business aviation in Asia, but governments in the region are beginning to get the message and are expected to improve the situation before too long. This was the message from Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) president Jason Liao at today's opening general session of the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).
Northrop Rice USA completed a five-year contract developing the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT), with a handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in late March. The 1,000-student aviation technology institute is located near the international airport outside Kuala Lumpur.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 200, PITULJA, BOSNIA, FEB. 26, 2004–A King Air carrying Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, six of his aides and two pilots crashed in the Bosnian mountains, about 50 miles south of Sarajevo. There were no survivors. An investigation of the accident is ongoing, and the NTSB is assisting.