Lufthansa Technik (Booth H108) proved here yesterday that it is the market leader of narrowbody and widebody VIP completions for Asian customers, having outfitted 16 of 21 bizliners based in the region. “Asia has one of the highest growth rates for the VIP aircraft market,” according to Lufthansa Technik senior vice president of marketing and sales Walter Heerdt.
India has decided to reduce the advance-application requirements for foreign-registered aircraft to enter the country from seven to three business days for landing permits, and from three days to one business day for overflights. The move is a significant breakthrough for business aircraft operators, who have long complained that Indian bureaucracy has undermined the flexibility they seek to deliver.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Safety Standdown Asia returned to Asia yesterday for a third time. It was held in conjunction with the ABACE show at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao. Free for participants, Safety Standdown Asia “provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insights into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them,” according to Bombardier (Chalet 380). The seminar combines both knowledge-based and skill-based training with a focus on human factors.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC), host facility for ABACE 2012, chocked up an “Aviation First in China” when it received approval from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, last month for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
Zurich-based Jet Aviation’s Hong Kong facility recently received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to provide maintenance for Gulfstream’s new flagship, the ultra-long-range G650, the aviation service provider (Booth P1216) announced here at ABACE.
Honeywell Aerospace’s business and general aviation division started putting down roots in the key emerging market of China just over seven years ago in 2005. Today, the U.S. group believes it has one of the strongest aftermarket networks in the country and, indeed, throughout the Asia Pacific region, with some 42 dealers and service facilities now in place.
The Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC), which is hosting ABACE this week here at Hongqiao International Airport, has made a lot of progress since the 2012 show. According to general manager Carey Matthews, the amount of traffic it has received since 2009 has grown by as much as 12 percent each year. This trend has continued so far in 2013 and by year-end the facility expects to have exceeded 4,000 movements for the first time in its history.
Gulfstream Aerospace has been making major investments of its own to boost customer support in China. In November 2012 the U.S. manufacturer opened the country’s first factory-owned business jet service center at Beijing Capital International Airport.
With the rapid development of China’s economy, business aviation is viewed by many in the country as a so-called “Blue Ocean industry” with vast potential. As estimated by Embraer in its last market forecast, by 2020 China may represent a market for as many as 635 business jets. Bombardier is even more optimistic, projecting a need for almost 1,000 more business jets in the coming decade.
Jeppesen has teamed with kit aircraft manufacturer Lancair to include charts and NavData service with the purchase of Lancair Evolution turboprop singles. The charts and data service are part of a PilotPak data bundle that also includes supplemental databases, such as obstacle, terrain, SafeTaxi and airport diagrams. In addition, as part of the data bundle service, access to Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad is included at no additional charge.