Sikorsky S-76, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug. 10, 2005– After taking off from Tallinn, en route to Helsinki, Finland, the Copterline S-76, with two crewmembers and carrying 12 passengers, crashed into the Baltic Sea approximately three miles off the coast. All aboard were killed and the helicopter was destroyed. Gusty conditions were reported.
Alaska Aerofuel of Fairbanks, Alaska (PAFA), cut the ribbon on a new hangar last month, with on-site U.S. Customs office, pilot lounge, snooze rooms, showers, a conference room and passenger lounge with flat-screen plasma televisions and hi-speed Internet access. Ed McClure, director of customer service, said most of the FBO’s linemen have more than 10 years’ experience and consistently turn tech stops in less than 30 minutes.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBA) is to be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). The event is a response to rising levels of interest in business aircraft from a widening prospective client base throughout the region.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Sirnach, Switzerland, March 26, 2005–The pilot and three passengers were killed when the Swiss-registered Jet-Ranger they were using for heli-skiing crashed into a mountain. The local Heli Partner flight had departed Sirnach, Switzerland, to take skiers to the Steingletscher Glacier.
One of the biggest problems for Spanish business aviation operations from Madrid is the thorny issue of Barajas airport. Six years ago business aviation operators had to relocate “temporarily” from Madrid Barajas airport to Torrejón NATO military base, where operators share facilities with the air force.
NBAA will host its Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005) from August 9 to 11 next year in Shanghai, China. ABACE2005 will be the “first major Asian exhibition focused solely on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services,” NBAA said.
Sierra Aviation, an FBO and charter/management firm based in Portomaso, Malta, now has a marketing and sales office in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands.
Cleveland-based fractional operator Flight Options is now offering an optional extended service program for new owners that covers flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Another new option includes applying part of the cost of the company’s JetPass card toward the purchase of a fractional share.
All major business aircraft manufacturers are among the 29 exhibitors already booked for the first full Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will be held in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11.
The relaunched helicopter service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo carried more than 500 passengers in its first month of operation.
Helisureste from Spain officially took the reins from Malta Aircharter in March.
The company’s EASA-compliant Bell 412 can carry 13 passengers on as many as nine flights per day.