One element of China’s current five-year plan is the improvement of the environment for general aviation, which includes business aircraft operations. New airports and infrastructure are being built, and more airspace is being made available for non-airline commercial and business operations. Many of the issues affecting this segment of the aviation industry will be addressed at the inaugural Open Skies Xian business and general aviation leaders forum to be held in September this year.
Russian Helicopters and Uzbekistan’s Uzrosavia last month in Moscow signed an agreement to cooperate on the maintenance of Russian-built rotorcraft. The five-year agreement also covers other countries in central Asia. In Iran, Russian Helicopters and Fanavaran Aseman Giti have signed an agreement to promote Russian rotorcraft in the country. Fanavaran will become the official representative in the Islamic Republic.
Palm Aviation, the Dubai-based flight support provider, has announced the opening of an office in Uzbekistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States. This follows the opening of an office in Miami, Florida, in January 2009. It plans to set up additional offices in Africa and the Middle East before year end.
The airline that operated the Yakovlev Yak-40 regional jet that crashed on approach to Tashkent Airport on January 13 was banned from using UK airspace just a week before the accident. Uzbekistan Airways is on a list of foreign carriers Britain has banned from its airspace due to concerns over the safety or safety-monitoring of airlines by their host countries. The crash killed all 37 passengers and crew on board.