For decades, designers have created cup holders with the idea that, like military uniforms, one size fits all, with roughly the same results. One size fits almost nothing. Cups and glasses that are smaller tip over; those with a handle simply won’t fit. And with designers’ recent penchant for odd shapes, such as the square Fiji water bottle, it is a game of trying to fit the square peg in the round hole.
Steve Forbes was the keynote speaker at Wednesday night’s ABACE gala dinner held at the Hongqiao Hilton hotel. The U.S. businessman, who is chairman of the Forbes Media group, is a passionate advocate for business aviation.
The award for design excellence is presented annually by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture, Art and Urban Studies in Dublin, Ireland.
Reuben Brothers acquired the London Heliport in Battersea from Andrew Davis today, adding to an aviation portfolio that includes London Oxford Airport . The heliport, which is located on the River Thames and allows easy access to London’s West End and city center, is the only CAA-licensed one in London. PremiAir, which is still owned by Davis, is one of the most frequent users of the heliport.
With the London Olympics rapidly approaching this summer, the Farnborough Airport-based Aviator Hotel owned by TAG is preparing to welcome sponsors, crew and businesses throughout the Summer Games. While the hotel has already received bookings during the event, there are still vacancies. Working in partnership with the airport, Aviator can also provide a complete “accommodation solution” for crew and visitors by coordinating information about the accommodation requests, aircraft handling and flight schedules, it said.
Singapore Airlines’ latest low-cost venture–Scoot–is evaluating Boeing 787s and Airbus A350XWBs as it plans to more than triple its fleet to 14 aircraft by 2015. The medium- to long-haul carrier will launch services in June with four Boeing 777-200s acquired from its parent, SIA.
At 41,000 feet, catered meals are a pleasant diversion, no matter the length of the flight. London caterer Alison Price On Air has set its aims just a bit higher than a pleasant diversion. Maybe a lot higher.
The London-based business aviation catering start-up is new to business aviation, but its parent company, Alison Price & Company, is well known in London’s corporate and social circles for its high-end cuisine and service at such events as Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party, and at such venues as Kensington Palace and Lords cricket ground.
Dassault Falcon’s newest satellite service station has opened at West Palm Beach Airport in Florida. DAS–West Palm Beach, an FAA approved facility, is certified to perform “A” inspections up to the “4A+” level on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900 and Falcon 7X. EASA approval is expected within the next 30 days. In addition to the service station, a Falcon AOG “GoTeam” is also located at the facility.
Trip-Speed is a simple iPhone app that helps aircraft owners and management firms communicate about aircraft availability for charter flights. Aviation attorney Stewart Lapayowker developed Trip-Speed to solve a key problem: getting timely agreement from an owner when a charter trip pops up.
StandardAero has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with Slovenia’s Adria Airways for its Honeywell RE220 and GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Slovenia’s flag carrier operates four CRJ900s fitted with RE220 APUs and six CRJ100/200s fitted with GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Beyond the manufacturer itself, StandardAero is the only independent maintenance, repair and overhaul provider authorized to service the Honeywell RE220 APU and holds a favorable position in the GTCP36-150RJ APU market. The work will be performed at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tenn. facility.