The expansion of opening hours and its improved fire and rescue capability seem to have paid off at the UK’s Oxford Airport, which saw significant increases in business aviation traffic during July. On several days, the privately owned airport handled 20 business aircraft movements, compared with an average of 10 in July last year. The airport’s standard opening hours are now 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The UK’s Coventry Airport has opened a new executive jet center and, in a bid to boost business aviation traffic, offered free ground handling to operators during the month of July. The privately owned airport has decided to focus on business aviation and air freight as its two core activities after being denied permission to develop a new terminal for airline passengers.
Eurofighter hopes that the four partner nations will agree the technical specification for an active array radar for the Typhoon by year-end. To date, only a demonstration model of the E-scan Captor radar has flown on the combat jet.
Civil certification of unmanned aerial vehicles has taken on new momentum over the past few years with the realization that there could be a large number of potential uses for them–from law enforcement to, eventually, air cargo. A UK-based European consortium now claims to be leading the world to get UAVs approved for flights in civil airspace in conjunction with Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Professor Terry Knibb, former chief scientist at BAE Systems and a member of the ACARE Integration Team, told delegates at the RAeS conference that while ACARE’s 2020 goals are “still valid,” ACARE recognized that aircraft designs haven’t changed much. For this reason, “Out of the Box” was initiated “to look at the wild ideas, for things with a kernel of possibility that could stimulate step-changes in air transport,” said Knibb.
PremiAir has officially opened a new fixed-wing maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport, UK. The operation relocated from Blackbushe Airport near Farnborough into a newly refurbished 20,000-sq-ft hangar. The EASA Part 145 operation has a 25-year relationship with Hawker Beechcraft and is an
BAE Systems has lined up a half dozen prospective applications for Q-HUD, a compact and lightweight head-up display for smaller business airplanes where space limits the use of overhead projection equipment. A firm commitment from one or more airframe makers could be imminent as BAE Systems works to complete certification of the product before the end of next year.
Oxford Airport is continuing to develop as a business aviation gateway for central and southern England, with the completion this month of a new 21,000-sq-ft hangar and the arrival of new based operators. The new hangar eleven will be large enough for a Boeing Business Jet.
Kurosh Tehranchian, CEO of UK-based Ocean Sky Aviation (Booth No. 1251), announced at EBACE that the company has received from its shareholders $48 million in additional funding, which the company plans to use to acquire other charter operators and FBOs, particularly in Europe.
PremiAir opened its new maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport. The operation has relocated from the UK group’s Blackbushe base near London and now occupies the former CSE Aviation hangar which has been upgraded to the tune of almost $1.5 million.