Integrating remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) into civilian airspace in Europe is not going to be easy. Official programs are many, work is extensive, detailed and ongoing, but anyone expecting an early resolution is going to be disappointed. This was the picture gleaned from a series of presentations at last month’s RPAS Today: Opportunities and Challenges conference, run by the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
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Moscow’s Sheremetievo International Airport is challenging the dominance of Vnukovo-3 Airport as the Russian capital’s main gateway for business aviation. “The best services for business aviation are offered here,” said Sheremetievo general manager Mikhail Vasilenko on the eve of this week’s JetExpo show, which is being hosted by Vnukovo-3.
The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) announced this week that it has awarded a contract to the trinational Panavia consortium to further upgrade the Tornado for the Italian air force. The latest in a series of upgrades will allow Italian Tornados to carry the small-diameter bomb (SDB) and the advanced anti-radiation guided missile (AARGM).
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has invited NBAA to take part in the formulation of new rules that would differentiate rest requirements for on-demand aircraft charter operators from those that cover scheduled air carriers. Current EASA regulations on crew rest are “one size fits all,” said NBAA vice president for safety, security, operations and regulation Doug Carr. They make no allowances for the different nature of the on-demand charter business when compared to scheduled airline operations, NBAA said.
The first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter assembled in Russia flew last month, Helivert, a joint venture between AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters, announced Tuesday. The 37-minute maiden sortie took place on December 19 at Russian Helicopters’ “National Helicopter Building Center” in Tomilino, near Moscow.
A study commissioned by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and released yesterday outlines business aviation’s significance in Europe and quantifies how its activities directly and indirectly contribute to the region’s economies. The report, which was compiled by Oxford Economics, confirms that business aircraft primarily carry key corporate decision-makers on high value-added trips.
Jet Aviation was early to see the Russian business aviation boom coming and so was one of the first Western companies to take the leap of faith needed to launch operations there. Its maintenance facility at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport is approaching its fifth anniversary and now is preparing to add a fifth business jet family to its portfolio.
A study commissioned by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) contends that changes to slot allocation rules proposed by the European Commission would penalize regional carriers, regional airports and business aviation operators and lead to job losses in Europe.
Aeromaritime, a Rolls-Royce authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul center, is sharing space in Booth No. 320 with parent company Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), which acquired the Aeromaritime group in 2008. ITP plans to extend its repair and overhaul business in the U.S. Aeromaritime, with facilities in the U.S.
On the opening day of Ebace 2010, EBAA and NBAA delivered 2010 European Business Aviation Awards to Elie Zelouf, senior vice president of Jet Aviation, and officials at Aéroports de Paris. According to NBAA, “This year’s award recipients have both demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing the business aviation industry.
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