Zodiac customer support specialist IN-Services & Al Rumaithy is about to move. At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new facility will accommodate both the existing administration and technical support offices (currently in Abu Dhabi City) with the stores and add a repair shop. The company expects to start operations at its new site at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006.
Abu Dhabi will host the first-ever Arab Aviation Security Conference Feb. 6 to 9, 2006, and two months later, on April 3 to 6, Dubai will host the region’s largest aviation and maritime security event: the Airport, Port and Transport Security-Middle East (APTS-ME).
During the MEBA conference, new figures emerged on the region’s business aviation fleet and growth potential. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based operator National Air Services says there are some 350 private aircraft flying throughout the Middle East, although statistics generally reckon around 250 locally registered aircraft.
The Middle East region is waking up to business aircraft financing, it emerged at the inaugural Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference here at the Dubai airshow on Saturday. As recently as five years ago, it was difficult to find funds to buy business jets, but it is now much easier to convince a bank, a local charter operator said. In addition, so-called Sukuk Islamic bonds may soon become available to aircraft customers.
Transportation communications and systems engineering specialist Arinc opened an office here in Dubai just after the 2003 Dubai air show. The move has proved to be a powerful springboard for securing work throughout the Middle East, since earlier this year the company won a major airport information technology contract for Dubai International Airport.
QinetiQ’s radar system that can detect very small items of potentially dangerous debris on airport runways has just completed a successful demonstration at Dubai International Airport. Called Tarsier, the all-weather, 24/7 system performed fully automatic detection and location of test debris items such as plastic and glass bottles, metal bolts and a small section of carbon fiber grill.
The biennial IDEX International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi is ideally placed to attract the world’s defense contractors keen to market the latest military technology to the dynamic Middle Eastern and Asian defense markets.
As part of the United Arab Emirates’ general technology drive, and in line with its move to netcentric warfare operations, a Space Reconnaissance Center has been established to receive and disseminate reconnaissance data from satellites. It is also being developed to handle downlinked information from other platforms, such as UAVs, aerostats and manned aircraft.
IAM Jet Centre’s second Caribbean FBO, at Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica, will open on December 15. IAM Jet Centre has its own airport entrance separate from the airline passenger entrance. The 4,500-sq-ft FBO terminal houses passenger and crew lounges, private meeting rooms and in-house customs and immigration processing as well as X-ray and electronic security screening equipment.
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Hawker Pacific signed a contract here yesterday covering exchange, overhaul and support of the landing gear on the carrier’s 21 Boeing 777-200, -200ER and -300 aircraft. The three models have respective maximum takeoff weights of 545,000, 632,000 and 660,000 pounds.