BBGA talks up bizav at BGAD 2015
While the overall trend for business aviation has not fully recovered since the peak of 2008 there are some notable emerging bright spots, delegates attending BGAD (Business General Aviation Day) 2015 at London Biggin Hill Airport this month heard.
The UK is ahead of this growth curve but in the political landscape there is still much to do BBGA CEO
Marc Bailey noted.
Highlights include a growth of 10% in the Very Light Jet market, while business turboprop activity, led by the venerable Textron Beechcraft King Air, is firmly back to year 2009 flying levels. Piston-engined aircraft also saw a significant growth last year, according to leading business aviation analysts WINGX Advance.
Business aviation aircraft regularly engaged in multi mission roles - in SAR, medevac and surveillance and currently account for 22% of activity in Europe, complementing the productive and time saving roles they fulfil moving company executives swiftly between factories and production bases.
“Demand in the lower end of the market reflects a sector that is predominantly business led,” said
Koe, WINGX Managing Director. “Currently 50% of all business jet activity in Europe is flown by light jets. Business turboprops account for 30% of movements although ultra-long range bizjet flying is up too - 12% over last year. This summer the average number of passengers flying on these bigger jets was below capacity, averaging 2.5 passengers,” he said.
ExecuJet grows managed fleet by over 20% in the Middle East
ExecuJet is expanding its managed fleet in the Middle East with the addition of three large-cabin business jets over the past three months, with a further two scheduled through to the end of the December, growth of over 20%.
New additions include a Bombardier Global 5000, a Dassault Falcon 2000, a Gulfstream G450 and two Bombardier Global 5000 Vision aircraft.
Berry, ExecuJet’s Vice President Middle East, says: “As we continue to receive positive feedback and referrals from our customers globally, we are experiencing very high interest in ExecuJet’s aircraft management offering in the Middle East. Adding these state-of-the-art aircraft to our managed fleet follows the general trend in the region towards ultra-long-range Global and Gulfstream aircraft and we are delighted to be expanding at such a pace. This success is testament to our high levels of customer service, safety and quality.”
CAAi unveils new online licensing system for aviation authorities
A new electronic licensing system for National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) that allows aviation professionals to apply, renew and manage licences online has been launched by CAA International
(CAAi) and New Zealand-based technology partner, Aspeq Ltd.
Developed using the latest HTML5 and Microsoft.Net technology, the new e-Licensing System is fully compatible with CAAi’s existing e-Examination System, that has already been implemented by numerous Aviation Authorities, including the UK
Using pre-set workflows tailored to NAA regulatory requirements, the e-Licensing system can immediately determine an applicant’s licence eligibility through a unique “Am I Ready” validation. When candidates do not meet the prerequisites, the system highlights areas of deficiency and guides candidates through a step-by-step process to submission, without NAA staff intervention. Candidates can track the status of an application online, and Approved Training Organisation can easily manage mass applications for trainees or existing licence holders applying for ratings or extensions.
founder and President of Atlanta,
||o, did I get your attention?
Now take your mind out of the
gutter and let’s talk about food portion sizes.
there so much talk everywhere about the rise in obesity? Who’s to blame? Is it
the food? Is it Processed vs. Fresh: Quantity vs. Price? Could the answer be
that many of us exercise less, or it is just the lifestyle we lead? Perhaps
larger portioning is a sign of past times and we’re all changing our
desires as we become more influenced by the new generation?
generation is our future and their wish
for healthier, lighter meals with more
choices – such as vegetarian and vegan
options – together with smaller
portions and fresh local produce is our
responsibility to offer, as catering
the aviation food portions to blame for
weight gain, or is it your irregular
hours and eating patterns?
I couldn’t help but give this some
thought as I look at myself and wonder
why I can gain weight when I have a
kitchen full of chefs who can prepare
any diet meal I may conjure up in my
mind to help me lose it. For me, I know
the problem is that I just can’t
resist the delicious smells waffling
from the sauté pans, and the bakery
ovens. Oh yes, I’m weak and I know it!
And, I will never say no to sampling
anything new created in my kitchen or
some new flavor profile I see or smell
as I travel.
CDC (Center for Disease Control) states
that portion sizes have increased almost
400% in the last 60 years. That is 4
times more food per serving. I found
this example of the growth of portion
size over the last 20 years and I
thought you might enjoy seeing it. I was
amazed . . .
FL Technics to launch
subsidiary in Thailand
FL Technics - a global provider of one-stop-shop MRO services headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania - continues to expand its presence in the emerging markets.
The company is set to open a subsidiary in Thailand with its main office in the capital city, Bangkok. Backed by official approval from the Board of Investment of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Bangkok office will act as the centre of operations for coordinating all company’s activities in Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in the region.
“The decision to establish a regional centre in Thailand came naturally, since the country is the geographical epicentre of Southeast Asia as well as one of the two major aviation hubs in the region," said
Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics. "Thailand's commercial MRO spending is already valued at close to $771m and is expected to reach $1.35bn by 2024. Thailand is like Singapore - a true heart of the Southeast Asia’s aviation."
Astra Aviation signs ground handling agreement with National Aviation Services in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Astra Aviation, the dedicated African flight support company, has signed a new Ground Handling Agreement with airport services provider, National Aviation Services (NAS), at Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Under the terms of the agreement NAS, part of the Agility group, will provide the physical ground handling, whilst Astra, via its local company and offices, will handle and coordinate the customers’ requests, along with managing the administration of payments for airport, handling, navigation and crew costs.
This is the first time that Astra has signed a full SGHA with NAS and will ensure Astra Aviation customers receive improved service levels, an enhanced professional approach to ground handling, along with transparency and efficiency in contracting and payments. The combination of Astra Aviation’s experience of providing flight support services in Africa, with the know-how of NAS is set to raise the bar for ground handling in Cote d’Ivoire.
Air Charter Service grows Asia Pacific market share
Air Charter Service’s offices in Hong Kong and Beijing have reported that they are having a record year, with all three divisions across the two offices showing considerable growth year on year.
Fernandez, Managing Director of the operation, puts this down to a number of factors: “Obviously the West Coast Port Strike in the US gave us a massive boost at the beginning of the year on the cargo side but, even taking those figures out, charter numbers are up 59% on last year.
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