Business aircraft movements at Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria have more than doubled from a year ago to an average of 15 daily movements. Flights arriving at the African FBO are predominantly coming from Europe as business executives enter Nigeria. Arrivals from the Middle East are also increasing, it added. Driving the growth is expansion of the oil and gas energy industries, which have attracted renewed interest from European companies.
Whether you call it a user fee or a tax, the White House proposal to levy a $100 charge each and every time a turbine-powered, fixed-wing aircraft departs an airport is not sitting well with business aviation. “Technically, it’s a tax–by definition,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. And he pointed out that the industry has been fighting user fees on an almost day-to-day basis for most of the past half decade.
The European Union’s so-called safety blacklist, which bans carriers from specified countries deemed to have inadequate safety regulation standards, has been condemned as “misguided” by Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). During last month’s Central Asian summit on aviation safety, Tyler highlighted the bans on summit host Kazakhstan and its neighbor Kyrgyzstan. Carriers from these countries are banned from operating in EU airspace, with the partial exception of Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, which can operate only some of its fleet.
The NBAA Convention, to be held in late October in Orlando, Fla., will offer what the association bills as an “unprecedented chance” for attendees to have face-to-face discussions with people influential in aviation policies throughout Asia. As part of the show, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and U.S. Department of Transportation will sponsor a “reverse trade mission,” bringing regulators and policymakers from several Asian countries to Orlando for NBAA 2012 and then Washington, D.C., a few days after the convention.
Today at LABACE 2012, Blackhawk announced that it sold a Caravan XP42A performance upgrade system–the first in South America–to Trans Guyana Airways, a charter and scheduled flight services carrier based in Ogle, East Coast Demerara, Guyana.
The largest barriers to growth of business aviation in the Asia Pacific region are “infrastructure, infrastructure and infrastructure,” General Aviation Manufacturers Association (Gama) president and CEO Pete Bunce told AIN here at the A
Aircraft charter provider VistaJet plans to step up its expansion of operations across Russia, Asia, Africa and South America. By 2015, the Switzerland-based group also intends to double the size of its fleet to more than 60 jets. VistaJet is in talks with prospective partners in China and expects to have an established operation there by year-end. On January 12, the company reported that it anticipates final figures for 2011 to show a 20-percent increase in passenger numbers and a 25-percent hike in revenues. It also anticipates 50-percent growth in profits.
The targeting by American Predator and Reaper UAVs of terrorists along the Afghan-Pakistan border is being aided by GPS tracking devices placed covertly in the suspects’ vehicles, according to media reports.
By the time that Tripoli fell with surprising ease to rebel forces, NATO had flown more than 20,000 sorties during Operation Unified Protector. More than one third of these were strike missions, although weapons were not released on every sortie.
Recent briefings in Brussels and London on Operation Unified Protector reveal that attack helicopters provided by France and the UK are now making key contributions to NATO-led operations over Libya, which has been extended until the end of September.