An Embraer Phenom 300 on a flight from Genève-Cointrin Airport (LSGG) in Switzerland was damaged following an August 6 runway excursion at its destination, St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (LSZR), Switzerland. All three people on board escaped uninjured. The jet landed on Runway 10 but overshot the end of the paved surface, breaking through an airport fence before sliding to a stop in a field. Weather at LSZR at the time of the accident was reported as scattered clouds at 6,000 feet with good visibility in light rain.
Embraer has appointed Altenrhein Aviation as a new Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 authorized service center. The MRO will support Embraer’s entry-level and light jets starting in this year’s third quarter. Altenrhein Aviation will cover Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics and electrics, sheet metal and structural repairs, plus interior and aircraft painting. Originally known as “Dornier Flugzeugwerke,” Altenrhein Aviation has been located at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (Switzerland) since 1926.
St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland is building a new terminal to serve the European business aviation market. To be completed within two years, the facility will add office space at the airport, including executive suites, and provide security screening facilities that meet the requirements of the Schengen Treaty, which Switzerland has signed.
St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport plans to boost its standing as an alternative business aviation gateway to Zurich and eastern Switzerland by building a new executive terminal. The privately owned airport, which has rebranded itself as Business Airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein, has said the new facility will be open by July 2011.
A new forum for the European business aviation community to discuss operational issues will be held in Lyon, France, from March 18 to 20. The BA-Meetup event is intended primarily as a European version of NBAA’s popular Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, but it will also offer topics of interest to pilots, aircraft operators, FBOs, handling agents and managers of business airports.
Grob Aerospace has settled on a strategy to perform completions and provide pilot training for its all-composite SPn business jet at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland. The airport is located between Grob’s factory at Tussenhausen-Mattsies in southern Germany and the company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Deliveries of completed SPns will be done from the St.
For travelers flying to Switzerland early next year for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos (January 23-27), St. Gallen-Altenrhein and Zurich FBO ExecuJet are cooperating to accommodate the expected influx of business jets. ExecuJet has the only private ramp and lounge on the airport, according to the company, and offers full FBO services. The drive from Zurich Airport to Davos is 100 miles.
Spurred by representatives from St. Gallen/Altenrhein Airport, five other smaller Swiss airports–at Bern, Buochs, Lugano, Samaden and Sion–have launched an attempt to secure a larger share of the country’s business aviation traffic.
Zurich-area airports are preparing to receive a vast influx of business jets bringing high-ranking executives, politicians and celebrities to the annual World Economic Forum, held in the exclusive Swiss city of Davos. Flight planners and FBOs are advising corporate and charter crews to make handling and parking arrangements early to avoid inconvenience.
The small airport of St. Gallen-Altenrhein in eastern Switzerland is using fly-in banking to attract more well heeled travelers. Cdr. Bud Slabbaert, who is in charge of business aviation development at Altenrhein, said the appeal of the airport is that it does not have the slot problems, crowding or delays that plague larger airports.