Following a “long and successful” relationship between the two companies, the von Essen Group acquired UK business aviation charter operator PremiAir Aviation Group last month. PremiAir already manages von Essen’s helicopter and business jet fleet, as well as London’s only commercial heliport at Battersea, which von Essen purchased for about $95 million in February.
The former v-p of general aviation sales and business development for Air BP, David Brinson, has formed Avian Solutions in Marshall, Va. His new company offers consulting services in the design, construction and management of FBOs, hangars, airports, fuel farms and other segments of the aircraft service industry. Before Joining Air BP, Brinson was general manager for Piedmont Hawthorne at Washington Dulles Airport.
The Czech government has pledged $13.5 million over three years to a consortium of 16 companies to build and market a nine- to 14-seat twin turboprop dubbed the EV-55. Organized by the Czech Aviation Manufacturers’ Association and led by Kunovice-based Evektor, the program would awaken a virtually inactive Czech civil aerospace industry and help regain some of the status it enjoyed during the peak of Let 410 and Zlin glider production.
Organizers of the UK’s biennial Farnborough International airshow are solidifying exhibitors for the event’s new “business aircraft park.” The show-within-a-show is to be staged over the first three trade days of the main event (July 19 to 21) in Farnborough Airport’s old business enclave.
Starting March 25, all general aviation aircraft will be required to have reserved slots for both landings and takeoffs at London Luton Airport.
Responding to the increased use of night-vision goggles (NVG) among helicopter operators, particularly in the air medical, law enforcement and offshore oil sectors, Sky Connect is introducing its new NVG lighting-compatible satcom dialers at Heli-Expo 2007 Booth No. 1110.
CESSNA REIMS F-406 CARAVAN II, INVERNESS, UK, OCT. 22, 2004–Cessna Reims Caravan II G-TWIG, operated by Highland Airways, Inverness, Scotland, crashed in mountainous terrain 37 miles northwest of Inverness. IMC was reported in the area. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was killed. The aircraft had taken off from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and was en route to Inverness.
Signature Flight Support has expanded its fast-growing European FBO network further with the acquisition of the Executive Aircraft Services (EAS) facility at London Heathrow Airport. Signature’s parent group, BBA Aviation, is set to buy the operation for $8.1 million (£4.5 million).
An international technical consortium has completed trials on a new head-up display (HUD) that allows helicopter pilots to view the display through night-vision goggles (NVGs) and allows “virtually unlimited” head movement.
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.