The European Commission (EC) last month warned Cyprus that it is one step away from being taken to the Court of Justice over its failure to implement European aviation safety rules. According to the EC, the Cyprus government has failed to adopt European standards for air accident investigation, which should have been on the statute books of the Mediterranean state when it joined the European Union in May last year.
NetJets Europe expects to move into its new Lisbon, Portugal headquarters in December. The European fractional provider already runs all of its operational and administrative functions from the Portuguese capital and it is now investing $28 million in a much larger building that will house more than 400 employees. NetJets Europe said it will retain a sales and marketing office in London.
China Eastern General Aviation Corporation (EGAC) is to buy two Sikorsky S-76C+s to support oil support missions off northern China. They join nine S-76s offshore oil operators currently flying in China. The Ministry of Communications operates two more on offshore search-and-rescue duties from Shanghai.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference will be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). Dubai show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions is running the event, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet. Jack Olcott, president of General Aero and former president of NBAA, will serve as conference chairman.
PlaneSense, the Pilatus PC-12 fractional ownership division of Manchester, N.H.-based Alpha Flying, has expanded its operational area to 11 airports of entry in the Bahamas where positioning fees have been eliminated. The designated airports are: Freeport, Treasure Bay, Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point, North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Rock Sound, Nassau International, San Andros, Andros Town and South Bimini.
Denying it is re-evaluating safety aspects of the Mitsubishi MU-2 in response to requests from several Colorado legislators, the FAA said its investigation is the result of a “recent increase in the accident rate” of the turboprop twin. As of press time, 11 people have been killed in six accidents involving MU-2s since last March, including two in Colorado. The MU-2 was the subject of two previous evaluations–in 1983 and 1991.
The Cayman Islands have launched a publicity campaign to get business jet owners to register aircraft there, citing the ease of the process. The islands’ Civil Aviation Authority, which plans to exhibit for the second time at the NBAA Convention in November, currently has about 100 airplanes on its registry.
Europe-headquartered handling group Swissport and maintenance provider Arabasco (Arab Airplane Services Co.) of Saudi Arabia have formed a new joint venture to establish FBOs at Jeddah and Riyadh. Handling operations for business aircraft could begin at both Saudi airports as soon as next month or November.
Twenty Japanese offices and homes were raided late last month by more than 200 investigators on suspicion that Yamaha was attempting to unlawfully export its R-Max unmanned helicopters to China.
At noon today at the Eurocopter booth (No. 1741), company test pilot Didier Desalle will finally be recognized for his landing on the summit of Mount Everest (29,035 feet, 8,850 meters) last May.