The University of North Dakota (UND) Flying Team won the 2010 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) national collegiate aviation competition, which was held at Indiana State University-Terre Haute from May 17 to 22. The win marked UND’s 16th SAFECON championship in the 25 years that the university has participated in this competition.
Ocean Sky is accelerating its plans to become a major international business aviation services group with the acquisition this month of FBO operations in Spain and Italy. The UK-based company has just completed the takeover of Spain’s Aviation Handling Assistance (AHA) and has signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Euroloa, an established FBO at Bologna in Italy.
ECC Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer, has leased four used ERJ135s to South African Airlink to replace some of the airline’s oldest Jetstream 41 turboprops in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
NBAA said printed brochures mailed to members for the association’s 37th annual International Operators Conference contain incorrect dates for the event. This year’s conference will be held from March 29 to April 1 in New Orleans, La. For more information on the IOC, go to www.nbaa.org/ioc.
Cessna Aircraft early last month delivered the 300th Citation X to roll off the line. It went to Vienna, Austria-based Jetalliance, the manufacturer’s authorized sales representative for Russia and Eastern Europe, and will be operated from Vienna by an unidentified retail customer.
Ocean Sky Aviation plans to build a network of FBOs across Europe in the next 12 months. Ocean Sky currently has FBOs at London Luton Airport, Manchester and Prestwick in Scotland. Earlier this year, Ocean Sky received $48 million in fresh investment when it was acquired by German charter operator Triple Alpha of Dusseldorf, Germany.