It’s quite literally fit for a queen and no more than a 40-minute drive to the heart of London, and these days the Royal Air Force’s Northolt base has capacity to spare for business aircraft. Although civil aircraft movements are limited to a ceiling of 7,000 per year, much more often than not it is perfectly possible to get a slot at the secure and conveniently situated airfield in the UK capital’s northwestern suburbs.
Tag Aviation has appealed a local government ruling in November that blocked its application to increase annual movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000. The central government’s Department for Communities and Local Government received the appeal on December 7. A public inquiry is likely to begin this year.
The UK’s Coventry Airport closed suddenly on Tuesday and at press time appeared unlikely to reopen. The airport’s private owners closed the facility after Britain’s Customs and Revenue department went to the high court seeking an order to liquidate the airport company–a move that normally results from non-payment of taxes.
Tag Aviation has appealed a local government ruling last month that blocked its application to increase annual movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000. The central government’s Department for Communities and Local Government received the appeal on Monday and this will likely order a public inquiry to begin next year.
The Ocean Sky FBO at London Luton Airport offers customs and immigration clearance, thanks to a UK Border and Immigration Agency agreement to provide dedicated staff at the FBO. “We are delighted by our arrangement with the Border and Immigration Agency,” said Ocean Sky chief executive Stephen Grimes, “which is already working extremely well. This is great news for Ocean Sky and for our clients.
BAE Systems announced last month that it has contracted to deliver a 46-passenger Avro business jet corporate shuttle version of the BAe 146-200 regional jet to UK-based motorway infrastructure construction firm Gill Group. The interior work will be done by Inflite Engineering Services at London Stansted Airport, with oversight from Bristol-based Waypoint Aviation.
Virgin Charter, the online charter brokerage launched with great fanfare in mid-2007, ceased operations on October 23. “With the severe decline in corporate travel, Virgin Charter was unable to generate sufficient sales to underpin its business plan,” according to a company statement, “and has taken the difficult decision to close its doors.”
Ocean Sky Aviation has appointed Steve Grimes as its new CEO. Grimes was formerly CEO of the UK-based group’s Ocean Sky Jet Centre FBO business, but will now run its main aircraft management and charter activities as well. Earlier this year, Ocean Sky received $48 million in fresh investment, and it recently acquired German charter operator Triple Alpha of Dusseldorf, Germany.
The BAE Systems Avro Business Jet (ABJ), which is based on the venerable BAe146/Avro RJ four-engine regional jet, is making its Dubai Airshow debut this week as BAE’s Asset Management arm vies to build on recent successes.
Last weekend BAE Systems concluded the first flight trial campaign of its Mantis UAV, the world’s first twin-engine autonomous large UAV. Although the UK Ministry of Defence remains coy about details, AIN understands that the first flight was on October 21, and that the aircraft flew five times.