Business aviation companies eager to tap Russian private and corporate wealth could be in luck here in Geneva this week because the country’s economy is bouncing back and Russians are once again shopping for aircraft. Russia’s economy is seeing growth rates as high as 10 percent–a figure that puts most of Western Europe in the shade.
Middle East-based flight operations group Nexus is moving into Africa with plans to establish a flight operations center (FOC) in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Nexus has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the project with the Rwanda Development Board.
Al Bateen Executive Airport (Stand 336) is offering one lucky EBACE visitor the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to this November’s 2011 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The prize also includes four nights’ accommodation at a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi. To enter drop off your business card at the company’s stand. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. on May 18.
The confrontation between LightSquared and the U.S. government and industry GPS interests is heating up. LightSquared was able to obtain an FCC waiver of its satellite broadcast license to build a supplemental terrestrial transmitter network for broadband wireless. The GPS community claims that LightSquared’s plan, using a radio frequency close to that of GPS, will create interference. On Friday, Rep.
General DeWitt Spain Airport (M01) in Memphis has been closed since last Wednesday due to the flooding from the Mississippi River. The general aviation airport–home to more than 70 aircraft, including several turboprops–is currently under more than six feet of water, according to a Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority spokesman. In 1987, the authority built a levee to protect the airport from the nearby river.
Advocacy efforts by NBAA members, the Connecticut Legislative Aviation Caucus and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group to fight a personal property tax on all aircraft based in the state were successful. On Tuesday night, the House and Senate in Connecticut passed a budget that does not contain “the potentially devastating tax increases for aviation that were proposed in earlier versions,” NBAA said.
While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the possibility of the system’s high-power transmitters interfering with satcom.
Imagine the fun if every pilot’s understanding of where London Stansted Airport actually sits on the earth’s surface were a little different. Some might think it was in London proper, others in Essex, and a few more might be willing just to take their chances. When a passenger asked to be flown there, no one could really guarantee everyone would end up in the same place.
While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the potential of the system’s high-power transmitters to interfere with satcom.
The Shanghai International Business Aviation Show, hosted by the Shanghai Association for Science & Technology and Shanghai Society of Aeronautics, is making its debut this month. The new event, which is intended to be an annual show, is being held at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Business Aviation Center from April 13 to 15.