During the 2011 International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF), held in Istanbul on May 10 to 13, EADS Cassidian signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), covering the participation of Turkish industry in the Talarion Male UAV program. This modular surveillance platform is being developed to meet projected requirements from France, Germany and Spain.
The Gulf region is recognized as one of the key markets for private aviation, and Middle East Business Aviation Association chairman Ali Al Naqbi is determined to help shape it as a safe one. To this end he is proposing to set up an informal working group dubbed “Middle East Control,” rather like the early days of Eurocontrol when the six founding member states collaborated to achieve integrated air traffic services across Europe.
The Gulf region is recognized as one of the key markets for private aviation, and Middle East Business Aviation Association (Stand 1751) chairman Ali Al Naqbi is determined to help shape it as a safe one.
A new association brought a ray of sunshine into EBACE this week. The Caribbean FBO Alliance (CFBOA, Stand 957) chose Geneva as its launch venue as it wishes to attract more European private aviation business to the region. Interim president Deborah Aharon explained, “The key difference between us and existing chains is that we are not a chain; we are an alliance of nine unique companies.
U.S.-based Jetcraft’s sales this year are heading toward the company’s busiest ever as it nears its golden anniversary. Year-to-date, Jetcraft has sold 19 aircraft valued at $378 million; 60 percent of those sales were outside the U.S. Long-range jets are the dominant type sold, especially to key emerging markets in China, India, Russia and Africa, but the total also includes VVIP jets and helicopters.
In the continuing development of Al Bateen Executive Airport into a dedicated business aviation hub, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), owner of the airport, and Jet Aviation Group signed a lease agreement at EBACE yesterday that will make the aviation services company the first independent MRO provider on the field.
Jet Aviation’s expansion in the Middle East continues, highlighted by the recent grand opening of its new terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the company has had an FBO since 1983. The opening ceremony, held earlier this month, brought guests from 10 countries to the 32,292-sq-ft facility, which was developed as a joint venture with Saudi partners under the Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia banner.
Switzerland is well established as a veritable hive of business aviation activity and now a quiet corner in the west of the country wants a piece of this action.COREB is the acronym for Communauté régionale de la Broye and representatives of the La Broye district of this French-speaking Swiss region are here at the EBACE show (Stand 1254) to promote its plans to develop the airfield at Payerne as Aéropole, a business park specializing in aero
Geneva-based TAG Aviation (Stand 7020) has added new charter and lease options to its aviation services and an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) to its fleet. It also has opened a new regional base in Bahrain to its global network.
Comlux Middle East is one of the latest companies to commit to participate in the Bahrain Airshow, scheduled for January 19 to 21 next year. At EBACE on May 17, Richard Gaona, president of Comlux The Aviation Group (Stand 142), announced the participation of subsidiary Comlux Middle East.