The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is organizing a show at Dubai Airport Expo to run January 31 through February 1. The gathering will include a conference, an exhibition floor, a static display and chalets, and is planned as an annual event. Formed early this year in Dubai, the not-for-profit organization hopes to have 30 to 40 members by December.
In a realignment of our management structure, Tony Romano, right, has been named publisher of Aviation International News and John McCarthy, center, has been elevated to group publisher for all AIN products, including Business Jet Traveler, AINtv, AINalerts and AINonline.
Representatives from Euratlantic, an alliance of 13 European regions, are at Booth No. 3276 hoping to attract U.S. investors. The confederation, which spans a geographic region from France’s Normandy coast down to Andalusia in the south of Spain, claims to have special expertise in mechanical engineering and materials for aerospace applications.
Keystone Helicopter in West Chester, Pa., reached an agreement with Seacor Holdings to sell its Flight Services Division, a 35-aircraft fleet dedicated to air-medical operations at various bases throughout the Eastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. Seacor, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a multibillion-dollar company with diversified businesses, including ERA Helicopters.
The National Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered the south Pacific country’s Civil Aviation Authority to release a Cessna Citation II found to have made an illegal landing 11 days earlier at an abandoned airstrip near Aropa on the island of Bougainville.
Spanish operator Helisureste has inaugurated a replacement service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, using a Bell 412. An earlier operation using two Bulgarian-registered Mi-8s closed last year after the islands’ entry into the European Union brought them under new EASA rules.
Xi’an Aircraft Factory has landed the first sale of its new Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered MA 60 outside China with Air Zimbabwe’s order for a pair of the 56-seat turboprops. Air Zimbabwe air and ground crew expected to finish training at Xi’an by the end of last month, in time for the start of new domestic service this month from Harare International Airport.
The new Bangkok City Heliport is due to open by April, giving convenient access to the center of Thailand’s notoriously congested capital. The General Aviation Co. is developing the facility, which will be located on the roof of the headquarters building of its parent group Loxley in the Klong Toey district of Bangkok.
One Thursday in January, Tim Slater, an assistant chief pilot for Oakland, Calif.-based KaiserAir, received a call from his dispatcher telling him he would have a trip for the weekend.
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