If you’re planning to fly to London in a corporate jet (anything up to the size of a ACJ320 or BBJ2) you have several options when it comes to airports–Biggin Hill, Luton, even Oxford or Cambridge. However, there is little doubt that TAG Farnborough Airport is on top of the pile for shear panache. Stylish architecturally, gleaming and modern, yet it is at the same time Britain’s oldest airfield (1905), which can boast a hard-to-beat place in the history of aviation.
As the number of business jets in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow steadily, so does the need for regular maintenance. As the market matures, operators are seeing the value of guaranteed maintenance plans such as those provided by Jet Support Systems Inc. (JSSI) in North America.
For the Atlantic Aviation facility at Connecticut’s Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR), life is finally returning to normal after the repairs and clean-up from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast two days before Halloween. The FBO occupies a historic WWII-vintage complex on the north end of the airport near the Long Island Sound and sustained approximately $1 million in damage and cleaning costs to its terminal and hangars, forcing it to relocate temporarily.
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, has a new FBO and by year-end it should have a second. The Pulkovo-3 FBO at Pulkovo International Airport officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to the purpose-built facility’s operator, JetPort SPb, it should be ready to handle international flights as soon as customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services acquired AirFlyte, an FBO and Part 145 repair station located at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Rectrix did reveal that it paid cash for the company. AirFlyte founder Gary Potts will remain president of AirFlyte, according to Rectrix. AirFlyte’s capabilities include maintenance for most business jets at its 43,000-sq-ft facility. FBO amenities include business suites, crew lounges, quiet rooms, refueling services, aircraft deicing and a conference center.
Beginning this October, new-build Boeing 737 jetliners will use GE Aviation Systems flight-management system (FMS) update 10.8 software. The change provides increased navigation database capacity (with room for growth) and accommodates different performance of 737s fitted with winglets. FMSs allow operators to meet required navigation performance standards for separation from the ground or other aircraft.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Stockholm, Sweden, Dec. 1, 2004–The Citation Excel, Swedish registration SE-DYX, operated by EFS European Flight Service, was substantially damaged during landing at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden. The nosegear failed to extend and the airplane sustained skin and frame damage. The two pilots and four passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Plovdiv International Airport, Bulgaria.
Saab Systems (Stand W326) has launched the first phase of an integrated security system at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Developed under contract to LFV–the Swedish civil aviation authority– Saab Systems is working in partnership with Securitas to install a system that integrates all security functions and assets
to improve their efficiency and to make them “future-proof.”