The Farnborough Air Show is to retain its seven-day format, but it will now consist of just three full trade days along with a new “industry day” and an “exhibitor family day,” in addition to the traditional two public days.
Sky Way Communications has obtained special temporary authorization from the FCC to begin testing planned upgrades for services based on the AT&T/Claircom air-to-ground network, decommissioned in 2002 in a cost-cutting move by AT&T Wireless.
Jeppesen’s UK office is now co-located with Boeing Alteon’s new London Gatwick Training Center. The move is intended to provide Jeppesen’s UK operation with room to grow and the ability to expand its range of international trip-planning services. In addition, the Jeppesen UK office now has in place a call center that handles general aviation sales and customer service for the region. Operations at the training facility began last July.
AirNav, the Internet-based provider of aviation navigation and fuel data, has entered a strategic alliance with fuel supplier Air BP. Under the arrangement, AirNav now provides all Air BP-branded FBOs with its Gold level, prominently displaying the FBO’s logo on each AirNav airport Web page.
Signature Flight Support has bought the Harrods Aviation FBO at London Heathrow Airport. Just three months ago, Signature acquired the airport’s only other business aircraft handling operation with the purchase of Executive Aircraft Services. Signature will consolidate the two Heathrow operations in the former Harrods Aviation premises. Meanwhile, Harrods is retaining its larger operations at London’s Stansted and Luton Airports.
The British government has cleared the way for new runways to be built at London Heathrow and Stansted Airports. In a long-awaited white paper released on December 15, transport secretary Alistair Darling provisionally approved the construction of a second runway at Stansted Airport in the 2011 to 2012 time frame and the addition of a fourth Heathrow runway in the 2015 to 2020 period.
The BBA Group has added yet another European business aircraft handling operation to its Signature Flight Support chain with the December 8 acquisition of FBO Shannon on the west coast of Ireland. BBA purchased the FBO from its private owners for $3 million (E2.5 million).
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has delivered the final Avro RJ to Finnish carrier Blue 1, bringing to an end 22 years of BAe 146/Avro RJ production. An Avro RJ85 that arrived in Helsinki on November 26 was the last of four aircraft ordered by Blue 1. In total, BAE has delivered 390 of the quad-jets. The UK manufacturer will continue to handle customer and product support directly.
This Raytheon Hawker 800XP operated by UK charter firm Markoss Aviation has been approved to operate at London City Airport. The UK Civil Aviation Authority requires that the aircraft type and individual operator’s aircraft and crew get clearance to use the downtown gateway’s 5.5-degree steep approach. Markoss is based at nearby Biggin Hill Airport and its 800XP is currently the only UK-based example of its type approved for London City.
Britain’s secretary of state for Communities and Local Government will rule on TAG Aviation’s appeal for permission to increase the number of movements permitted at London-area Farnborough Airport.