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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 [...]

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 [...]

Macaulay Culkin’s Christmas private jet

January 4, 2011 @ 21:51
by lizmoscrop
As Macaulay hits the news - just found fabulous article by Sean Hardy in the Independent from 1995 about his Christmas with the former child star, involving private jets and Europe's best hotels. Excerpt here, then enjoy via the link My Christmas with Macaulay Culkin Stretch limos, Lego snow, reindeer on the menu... Sean Hardy looks back at his oddest Christmas - in the bosom of the child star's family Teachers find themselves up to some funny business just before Christmas - explaining to your mates the glitter in your hair, lying to small children about Father Christmas. The real [...]

CAA grounds UK’s Mile High Club

January 2, 2011 @ 14:44
by lizmoscrop
The new year certainly didn't get off with a bang for one UK company. I reported in my Avweb column in 2007 that British entrepreneurs Mike Crisp and Tom Hanks (not that Tom Hanks) had launched milehighflights - a service for couples wishing to get amorous at 5,280ft. http://www.avweb.com/news/acrossthepond/194526-1.html Flights on their Cessna Grand Caravan have departed and returned to Staverton Airport in Gloucestershire for the last two years. They said they had chosen the aircraft, as it is “renowned for its long endurance and stable handling.” However, a note on their website cautioned that if you are over 16 stone or [...]

China’s helo shines

July 26, 2010 @ 11:53
by lizmoscrop
Avweb reports that China's Avicopter and Russian Helicopters Holding are in discussions to build a 30 to 35 ton Mi-26-type helicopter. The partners aim to make a final decision by autumn  according to The Voice of Russia. Some say that the Mi-26 is the heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 120,000 pounds and can carry up to 150 passengers. Equipped with a 105 feet eight-blade rotor powered by two turboshaft engines, it can fly at speeds of up to 180 mph. The Chinese government were impressed by the Mi-26 thanks to [...]


June 14, 2010 @ 06:37
by lizmoscrop
Inaugural show draws strong support as Asian market demand grows I was fortunate enough to arrange the speaker programme for the first Asian Business Aviation show, which happened in Macau on Thursday 10 June. Named “Business Aircraft in Asia – a Buyer’s Guide” the conference at The Venetian on Macau’s Cotai Strip. The conference was aimed at end users, particularly from China, with topics including aircraft selection criteria, choosing a management company, the cost of chartering and flying in the region. “Private aircraft charter enquiries have doubled since October 2009, providing a good indication of recovery in the Asian market,” [...]

ASA flat out in Thailand

May 24, 2010 @ 18:23
by lizmoscrop
My client ASA has been flat out for the last few weeks. They are aviation security experts who have been under huge demand for help. The ASA Group, an Asian specialist VIP aviation security services provider with a base in Bangkok, reports that its phones are ‘ringing off the hook’ with requests for assistance from travellers and security companies concerned about the situation in Thailand. This week the group has moved people including families and exchange students away from troubled areas. Simon Wagstaff, ASA’s managing director said: “Many people are frightened about what is happening here. The situation is fluid [...]

Ocean Sky spreads its wings – again

January 11, 2010 @ 16:22
by lizmoscrop
Ocean Sky’s new chief executive officer Stephen Grimes has barely been in post three months, but has already made his ambitions clear. Part of his game plan is to quadruple the number of  fixed-base operations under the OS umbrella over the next year moving from three to 12. Today it has three  jet centres in the United Kingdom: Glasgow Prestwick, Manchester and Luton. “We are in advanced discussions to open new facilities in France, Spain, Italy and Ireland,” said Grimes. “Our plan is to have a chain of FBOs reaching from Ireland as far as Italy, eventually reaching out to [...]