Mike Vines

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Bizjet Move to DWC Picks Up Steam
Business aviation traffic began moving from Dubai International Airport, (DXB) the world’s second busiest airport, t
Dubai International's Runway Closures Detailed
Starting in May 2014, both of Dubai International Airport’s runways are being overhauled
Red Tape Strangling Business Aviation In India, Advocates Say 

Importing business aircraft into India is becoming more difficult because of increased bureaucracy, a business aviation advocacy group says.

As well as the monthly aircraft acquisition committee meeting, India’s civil aviation minister is now said to be scrutinizing every application personally.

Rohit Kapur, president of the Business Aviation Operators Association of India (BAOA), says this has been going on for about five or six months and the backlog has reached around 40 aircraft.

Red Tape Strangling India Business Aviation, Advocates Say
Importing business aircraft into India is becoming more difficult because of increased bureaucracy, a business aviation advocacy group says. (G450 photo: Gulfstream)
Isle of Man Registrations Top 500
Aircraft registry could exceed 700 by 2014
Asian Sky and AVIC Agree To China Resale Deal 

Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group (ASG) and China’s AVIC International Aero-Development Corp. (AVIC ADE) have signed a strategic agreement for ASG to source pre-owned fixed- and rotary-wing business aircraft from the global market for resale in China.

The agreement was signed last month and also covers the resale of mainland Chinese-owned aircraft in the global market.

Hawker Pacific Opens Seletar FBO/MRO

Hawker Pacific, the largest independent aviation sales and product support organization of its type in Australasia, will open its new $11.2 million business aviation FBO and MRO complex at Seletar Aerospace Park.

Jet Aviation Expanding At Seletar

Jet Aviation is on the verge of expanding its operation at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. The company’s second hangar is at the conceptual phase and will be built on land adjacent to its existing FBO/MRO facility.

“We’ll probably get our final specification for the 4,000-6,000-sq.-meter hangar development sometime after the Singapore air show, around March, and be operational by the fourth quarter of 2013,” says Christof Späth, Jet Aviation EMEA and Asia SVP of MRO and FBO services.

Diamond Focuses On Electric Aircraft 

Austria’s Diamond Aircraft is exploring possibilities for electric-powered aircraft, unveiling concepts for two such aircraft during the recent Paris air show. The aircraft were among four electric-powered aircraft that made their international debuts at Paris.

The largest was the Solar Impulse green-energy concept aircraft, with its 208-ft. wingspan. EADS also showed its Cri-Cri single-seater, powered by four electric motors.

Daher-Socata: No Decision On Grob Buy Until Fall 

Daher-Socata will not make a decision on whether to proceed with a buyout of the intellectual property rights for the Grob G180 SPn business jet from owners Allied Aviation Technologies (AAT) until this fall, the company announced at the Paris Air Show last week.

In its centenary year, many thought the French company would discuss at Le Bourget its intentions to develop and produce the all-composite SPn. But as test flying continues, Daher-Socata has remained quiet.

China’s Largest Bank Plans To Finance Business Aircraft 

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)—the world’s largest commercial bank—has thrown its hat into the international business jet financing ring.

Cessna Expanding European Service Operations 

Cessna is beefing up its aircraft maintenance operations in Europe to support its 1,300- strong fleet of Citations there. The company recently opened a service center in Prague, will open another in Valencia, Spain next year, and is improving customer service operations at Paris-Le Bourget and at Amsterdam. A Mobile Service Unit (MSU) truck, currently based at Le Bourget, will be redeployed to Lyon, while a second is to be introduced into southern Germany this year.

BizAv Planners Worry About Sizable London Olympics No-Fly Zone 

As part of the U.K. government’s commitment to “deliver a safe and secure” 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a sizeable Restricted and Prohibited Fly Zone that is scheduled to be imposed over London and the South East is causing business aviation planners sleepless nights.

Airport operators that will be caught up in the zone are trying to work out how it will affect them as they try to conduct business during the Olympics. The restrictions will be in place for what most operators regard as an overly long period—from July 13 to Sept. 12, 2012.

Business Aviation OEMs Look To China For Next Wave Of Growth 

In 2009, during the deepest recession the West has known in recent memory, the People’s Republic of China began to show its potential as a major corporate jet buyer.

Business Aviation OEMs Look To China For Next Wave Of Growth 

In 2009, during the deepest recession the West has known in recent memory, the People’s Republic of China began to show its potential as a major corporate jet buyer.

 
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