With the completion of a runway refurbishment project late last month at Dubai International Airport, flight operations there have been fully restored, according to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was finished ahead of a surge in air traffic at the airport for the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
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Gama Aviation held a ceremonial opening yesterday for its FBO at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, about 15 miles northeast of Dubai’s downtown. The new facility’s lounge has been operational since June 15, and feedback from users of the private terminal has been “incredible,” according to Gama Aviation MENA general manager Richard Lineveldt.
F&E Aerospace selected Jetex as the host FBO for the aviation events it organizes in the UAE at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central, namely MEBA and the Dubai Airshow. At these events, Jetex will provide aircraft pushback and towing to all show aircraft. The FBO will also provide a VIP lounge for passengers and crew, with services such as customs and immigration, visa arrangements, aircraft parking and coordination of aircraft display areas. MEBA 2014 will be held in December, followed late next year by the Dubai Airshow.
The U.S. Congress would have a say in White House plans to open customs pre-clearance facilities in foreign countries under legislation a House committee passed on June 11. Airline industry groups, which last year opposed but failed to prevent the opening of such a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, appear to have accepted the legislation even as news surfaced of U.S. plans to open a pre-clearance facility in Dubai.
Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBOs in Jeddah and in Dubai at Dubai International Airport as part of its refurbishment and corporate rebranding program. Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBO facility in Jeddah to integrate the new corporate look and feel launched in Geneva and Zurich last year. With runway construction under way at Dubai International Airport, the company is overhauling this facility while all FBO, line maintenance and AOG services are being supported out of its Dubai World Central facility.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s efforts to help regulators take the initiative on pressing business aviation issues in the region, such as oversight and the gray-charter market, have helped to create debate in the Gulf, a market that is one of the most important to aircraft manufacturers.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards will predominate in the UAE’s efforts to develop a workable framework for the oversight of business aviation, which it hopes will serve as a model for the rest of the region, a UAE aviation safety official said last month at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference in Riyadh.
One set of rules currently governs all types of aviation in the UAE, but business aviation sometimes presents a special case and must comply with rules that are not necessarily applicable to it.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the 100th Grand Caravan EX this week. The milestone aircraft was handed over at Cessna’s Wichita headquarters to Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla for use at his aviation club in the UAE. Almoalla, who also owns a Cessna 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair, planned to personally fly the Caravan back to his home base in Abu Dhabi, a trip of more than 9,000 nm. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140, the EX offers a 38-percent improvement in rate of climb over the standard Grand Caravan, as well as a 10- to 12-knot boost in cruise speed.
Gulfstream has a fleet of more than 100 business aircraft owned and operated in the Arabian Gulf region, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) representing strong customer bases in the large-cabin market.
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