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TAECO becomes first VIP cabin outfitter in Asia

  First big story of Asian Aerospace is that Airbus has appointed the Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (TAECO) as its first approved cabin-outfitter in Asia-Pacific and eight such centre worldwide. The milestone appointment is an act of courage and faith on both parts and the result of three years of hard work behind the scenes training staff to exacting Airbus standards. TAECO is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO), specialising in heavy and line maintenance, freighter conversion, component overhaul, engineering design,  parts manufacturing and  training in Xiamen, Mainland China. Outfitting business jet cabins, such as the Airbus Corporate [...]

Ray of hope in new European flight crew licensing rules

February 7, 2011 @ 11:53
by lizmoscrop
  Looks like there may be some hope for non-EU pilots and instructors wanting to work in Europe without having to sell an organ to pay for it. . Understandably potential new rules have caused a great deal of concern in the Euro-GA community - and beyond, since as of 8 April 2012 EASA’s Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) regulation will come into force. The European parliament and  Commission voted on the draft rules in mid-December.  According to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), even if the final text is not yet public, most of GA's initial “problems” seemed to been solved [...]

Happy New Year as Chinese move toward open airspace

As the year of the Rabbit beckons, there is good news for Chinese PPLs - and wannabees. The Chinese government has started loosening restrictions on GA by  allowing flights in selected areas in airspace below 1,000 meters. As of last Friday Haikou, the capital city of China's luxury Hainan island province, has allowed  four helicopters to  fly without having to request prior permission beforehand. Tests should continue until the end of March. The military and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) control Chinese airspace, so less than 30 percent of it is open to civil aviation. Private flight plans can take [...]

Lynn Tilton MD helicopters to be honoured as Living Legend of Aviation

January 24, 2011 @ 15:59
by lizmoscrop
I wrote this for the Financial Times in October - this is a well-deserved award. Well-behaved women seldom make history, at least not according to Lynn Tilton they don’t. The outspoken founder of global investment firm Patriarch Partners has ruffled more than a few feathers in her time.  She fearlessly charges in where others do not dare, championing broken companies. This bravery has paid off - her firm manages $7 billion in assets and invests in more than 70 mid-market enterprises. The path to success has been tough. A single parent at 23, at the start of her career she [...]

Feeling supersonic

January 21, 2011 @ 13:20
by lizmoscrop
Aw what a shame it went.  Wonder if the story would have been the same if the US had got a supersonic jet to fly commercially? Thanks to IFALPA for this one 1976 - At 11:40am, Air France Concorde F-BVFA and British Airway Concorde G-BOAA took off simultaneously inaugurating the era of commercial supersonic travel. The Air France service was Paris CDG-Rio de Janeiro via Dakar while BA’s was London Heathrow-Bahrain. BA hoped at the time that the Bahrain service would eventually be extended to Australia. There are, of course, still some brave souls keeping the faith. Aerion springs to [...]

Bahrain International Airport building new executive FBO

January 18, 2011 @ 13:39
by lizmoscrop
Whoopsie - wasn't going to blog about this, in fact glanced at the release with interest - until they recalled it immediately. Then I just couldn't help myself ;-) Looks like yet another stride forward for business aviation in the Middle East region involving one of the area's most innovative players. Here's what was said in the release. Make of it what you will "Manama, Bahrain – Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced today that it has signed a unique and key agreement with MENA Aerospace to build and operate one of the region’s large private and general aviation hangar complexes. [...]

Asian Business Aviation 2011 on track for success

January 10, 2011 @ 12:42
by lizmoscrop
More than 20 business aircraft in static park line up I'm lucky enough to be working with Reed Exhibitions again putting together the line-up for the 2011 Asian Business Aviation conference during Asian Aerospace March 8-11 2011 http://www.asianaerospace.com/ Leading business aviation companies including Asia Jet, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer,  Hawker Beechcraft, HK Jet, Gulfstream, Jet Aviation, JSSI, TAG Asia, and VistaJet, and  have all signed up to exhibit at Asian Business Aviation 2011. Both Gulfstream and Bombardier will bring a range of aircraft to the static park. Embraer will exhibit its latest long range Legacy 650, and new for 2011, Boeing is bringing a BBJ to Hong Kong. [...]

EBAA attacks safety threat posed by grey market

January 7, 2011 @ 22:33
by lizmoscrop
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) does sterling work for the industry on many fronts, and here's hoping its latest campaign strikes fear into the heart of shysters who damage the legal market by operating potentially unsafe flights. President Brian Humphries recently contacted members, urging them to translate EBAA's safety concerns in 2010 into real action in 2011. He wrote: "Operating without a valid Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and failing to comply with traffic rights are key concerns for many within the business aviation community. To help eliminate such practices, EBAA has developed a document entitled 'Is My Flight Legal. [...]

Passengers stymie midair hijack attempt

January 6, 2011 @ 13:34
by lizmoscrop
Not a business aviation post today, but  I was so delighted to see this story, that I wanted to post it. It shows that passengers are now prepared to take a risk to save their lives. Apparently one of the factors that made 9/11 possible was the fact that travellers had become so passive during air travel that the hijackers were able to take over the aircraft without opposition. It seems that people are now more aware - although obviously in this case thankfully there was no real threat. As a regular air traveller I'm pleased to see we are [...]

Stuck in the middle with you as Taiwan navigates new bizav territory

January 5, 2011 @ 12:35
by lizmoscrop
RIP Gerry Rafferty, who passed away yesterday. One of your most famous songs comes to mind as Taiwan's government gets into the business jet charter business.  Last Saturday Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) flew from Taichung City to the coastal island of Kinmen in an Astra SP aircraft it imported in 2000. The company aims to run both domestic and international charters, flying to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. China is the big prize of course. In November the first privately owned Taiwanese charter company Win Air took delivery of a Gulfstream G550 in [...]