South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has taken a step up in the world by gaining a world-class FBO. Established by the aviation-loving Oppenheimer family and with a new terminal building and existing vast hangar (that could house three Airbus A380s), the FBO is set to put Jo’burg’s airport on the business aviation map.
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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.
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.
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.