UK operator British International has been asked to take over the helicopter service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. The original service by Malta Air Charter, which used two Bulgarian-registered Mil Mi-8s, closed down late last year after Malta’s May 1 entry into the European Union brought aircraft certification and operation under the new European Aviation Safety Agency.
Oil-rig support company Seacor Holdings has completed a $118.1 million purchase of Era Aviation. The company will combine Era’s helicopter division, which had been based in Anchorage, with its own Tex-Air Helicopters unit and relocate it to Lake Charles, La. According to Era president Chuck Johnson, the helicopter division will fly under the Era name.
All three people were killed August 4 aboard a German-registered cargo-configured Falcon 20 when it hit a 700-ft mountain about 4.5 mi from Greenland’s Narsarsuaq Airport while on approach. Information on the weather at the time of the accident wasn’t immediately available. The 1966 business jet was registered to Ortwin Naske of Naske Air Service in Braunschweig, Germany, according to AvData in Wichita.
Consumer organizations in Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, have lobbied for some time to get larger and “more modern” aircraft for flights operated by Binter Mediterraneo between the territory and the Spanish mainland. Several recent accidents of military CN-235s in Turkey have fueled the aversion to the 44-seat turboprops among users dependent on Binter’s link with their homeland.
The Alaska Air Group and members of the Bruce Kennedy Memorial Fund announced last month that the two organizations have raised more than $870,000 toward the purchase of a Quest Kodiak, to be donated to Asas de Socorro (Wings of Mercy), a Brazilian aviation organization whose members fly to remote areas of the country’s jungles to provide care to isolated communities.
That’s the word from Amy Sanzobrin, scheduler for Volkswagen of America. Sanzobrin reports that in scheduling a recent flight from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Los Angeles, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles approved an overflight direct to Los Angeles. But, being cautious, Sanzobrin contacted the San Diego customs office and was told that by no means would they give their approval.
Pilot error caused the February 26 crash of a King Air 200 in Southern Bosnia that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, six of his aides and the two pilots, according to a Bosnian civil aviation directorate report.
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.