The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s founding chairman, Ali Al Naqbi, is calling on UAE-based business aircraft operators to support the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s push to move business aviation operations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum Airport/Dubai World Central (DWC). He cited slot shortages and timing restrictions that make life increasingly untenable at DXB, a situation that will be exacerbated in May when the airfield partially closes for a three-month-long runway rehabilitation project.
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Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is taking applications for its 2014 spring scholarships worth a combined $7,250. They will be presented during the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Fla., in March. There are four scholarships available: $2,000 aviation career scholarship;
FltPlan is offering its free aircraft weight-and-balance program via its website and mobile apps for more than 400 models. Since the program was launched 18 months ago, pilots have created 38,000 customized aircraft weight-and-balance profiles. In the past six months alone, FltPlan has added 165 aircraft models, ranging from a Cessna 150 to a Gulfstream G280. The cross-platform format works on the web, as well as on iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, FltPlan said.
Immaculate Flight launched aircraft cleaning and detailing services today at six new airports in the greater Detroit and Toledo metro areas. These include Toledo Express, Detroit Metro Wayne County, Coleman A. Young Municipal, Ann Arbor Municipal, Willow Run (Ypsilanti) and Oakland County International Airports. The additions mark the company’s second regional location in Michigan, while also adding Ohio as the company’s 11th state where it provides service. With these openings, Immaculate Flight’s network now exceeds 80 locations in the U.S.
Increasing customer demand is the motivation for a new agreement under which Tulpar Interior Group of Kazan will provide scheduled interior refurbishments from Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. Tulpar is said to be the only company in Russia that provides a full range of aircraft interior services for commercial and VIP aircraft.
Ilyushin Finance is entering the business aviation market with plans to have some of the airliners it has on order for its lease portfolio outfitted with VIP interiors. For the most part, the aircraft to be offered for lease for private and corporate clients will be Russian-made airliners, such as the Tupolev Tu-204 and Antonov An-158, but the company also has orders for new aircraft such as Sukhoi’s Superjet SSJ-100 and Irkut’s MC-21.
Russian business aviation services group Avcom is stepping up its efforts to improve the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network by opening a new support base at Irkutsk in western Siberia. The Moscow-based company is preparing to open other MRO operations in Khabarovsk (in the far East of Russia) and Omsk in the Urals region, as well as at Samara in the west of the vast country.
Moscow FBO Avia Group has opened a helipad at the Russian capital’s Sheremetievo International Airport as part of its plan to offer a more viable alternative business aviation gateway to Vnukovo Airport. The company, which operates Terminal A as a business aviation center, is responding to rising demand for helicopter transfers in and out of the airport, especially in view of the heavy road traffic in surrounding areas.
September’s JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport once again provided a fascinating snapshot of how Russia’s business aviation market is continuing to develop. The overall impression from this eighth annual event is that, after a powerful growth surge, the market may be leveling off somewhat, but with every prospect of further expansion.
Business aviation continues to grow in Russia but it is no longer expanding at the rates observed few years ago, according to Eugeny Bakhtin, vice president of the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).
“We used to have annual increases of 40 to 50 percent,” he said. “Today our development continues at the rate of 10 to 12 percent year on year. [However], despite the notable slowdown in the rates, we still enjoy a steady increase.” He explained that the slowdown is due to the growing maturity of the local market.
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