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May 2017 edition
This issue was published on May 11, 2017.

Features included: Show issue: EBACE, Geneva

Me & My Aircraft: Dassault Falcon 7X

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CHC Group deploys S-92 to support Faroe's North Sea drilling project

CHC Group has been awarded a new contract with Faroe Petroleum to provide helicopter services in support of the oil and gas company's exploration drilling programme at the Brasse Field in the North Sea.   Full story

First UK-registered 8X joins ExecuJet Europe

ExecuJet Europe, part of the Luxaviation Group, is expanding its UK fleet by adding a Global Express XRS and the first G-registered Dassault Falcon 8X.   Full story

Heliconia takes on two oil and gas AW139s

Moroccan operator Heliconia has taken delivery of a pair of AW139 helicopters from Waypoint Leasing Ireland.   Full story

Bristow opens at Floro and adds pair of AW189s at Prestwick

Bristow Norway has commenced helicopter operations on three five-year contracts out of Floro, Norway, supporting Statoil ASA, Engie E&P and A/S Norske Shell (previously BG Norge).   Full story

Aeropartner debuts EC120B

Czech operator Aeropartner has taken delivery of its first multipurpose EC-120B helicopter.   Full story

Topjet and FAI team up to promote Global Express for charter

Italian operator Topjet and German air ambulance specialist FAI rent-a-jet are collaborating to market a Global Express for charter.   Full story

FCSL responds to EMEA expansion with fourth DA62

The UK's Flight Calibration Services Ltd (FCSL) has signed a firm order for a fourth Diamond DA62.   Full story

Aviator eyes rotary expansion after solid start with C90

Georgian operator Aviator has had an encouraging start to operations using a King Air C90GTX, which is transporting corporate and leisure travellers to popular spots in Georgia and Armenia.   Full story

Cello adds danger

UK-based BAe146 and Boeing 737 operator Cello Aviation has received upgraded Dangerous Goods approval and approval from the UK CAA to carry military teams and equipment. The first flight under this approval was completed during April.  

GainJet sets up second medevac base and plans a third for Rwanda

VIP aircraft charter operator and management group GainJet has established a base at London Stansted to provide an on-demand air ambulance operation, primarily targeting the UK and western Europe.   Full story

Albinati takes first Falcon 7X and seventh Global

Maltese operator Albinati Aviation, a subsidiary of Switzerland's Albinati Aeronautics, has taken delivery of its seventh Global and its first Falcon 7X.   Full story

­­­Property developers buy Europe's first Piper M600

CTP Invest, one of the largest commercial property developers in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe, has placed an order for Europe's first Piper M600.   Full story

Airkenya Helicopters expands with second AS350

Airkenya has extended its helicopter fleet with the addition of a second Airbus AS350 B3E to meet growing demand for scenic flights and safari experiences.   Full story

MNG Jet boosts maintenance and management

Turkish operator MNG Jet has obtained General Authority of Civil Aviation maintenance repair station approval and is reaping the rewards of adding NDT, wheel and battery shops to its capability last year.   Full story

Helittoral looks for Lama lease

French rotary operator Helittoral is planning to lease a Lama helicopter to bolster its aerial works and sightseeing operations.   Full story

DCAF repositions Global 5000 in Middle East to up charter usage

DC Aviation Al Futtaim (DCAF) has taken on a Global 5000 for charter. The aircraft has been flown by the operator for some time but was previously stationed at Stuttgart in Germany, according to sales manager Paul James.   Full story

Abyssinian takes sixth Caravan

Ethiopia’s Abyssinian Flight Services has welcomed a factory-new Cessna Grand Caravan EX to its fleet. The addition means that the operator will now fly six of the type and the latest unit, which is equipped with a G1000 glass cockpit, will be used for passenger and cargo air charter services.  

Europ Star welcomes fresh faces and speeds up quote process

Europ Star has made a number of staff appointments over the last 12 months and has implemented management software FL3XX which is speeding up quoting and booking times significantly.   Full story

Wales enhances patient care and night-time service with H145s

A custom-built H145 helicopter has begun operations at Wales Air Ambulance's airbase in Welshpool as part of a new fleet.   Full story

Second Avanti earns high praise from ASL's customers

ASL/JetNetherlands has added a Piaggio P180 Avanti to its fleet. The aircraft had already been managed and operated by JetNetherlands a couple of years ago and has now been welcomed back to its former home, where it has been added to the group's Dutch AOC.   Full story

Woodgate achieves double with air ambulance contracts

Woodgate Aviation, based at Belfast International airport, has secured two multi-million contracts to provide air ambulance services in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.   Full story

Genesis Global earns AOC for Nigerian rotary operations

Genesis Global Aviation (GGA) in Lagos, Nigeria, has been granted an AOC by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to fly a fleet of EC155 helicopters, some reported to have previously been on the fleet of Shell in Nigeria.   Full story

Wijet remains in the pink as merger is implemented

Following the merger of French charter company Wijet with fellow Mustang operator Blink last October (see previous EBANs), the combined business is beginning the process of rebranding its three entities – Wijet France, Blink UK and Blink Italia – under the Wijet name.   Full story

DFS provides 'maximum flexibility' with seamless private jet connections for Japan Airlines

Dassault Falcon Service is to provide a private jet service for Japan Airlines passengers flying from Tokyo to Paris with seamless interconnection to onward destinations in Europe and Africa.   Full story

Falcon Aviation bases two rotorcraft at new Dubai VIP heliport

Falcon Aviation in the UAE has opened a VIP heliport at Dubai South Al Maktoum International airport, where it will have two based charter helicopters.   Full story

Hongkong Jet picks Guernsey for Dreamliner management

Hongkong Jet has selected Guernsey as the base for its recently-formed aircraft management subsidiary Business Aircraft Services (BAS) Guernsey, which has received an Air Operator's Certificate from the island's civil aviation registry.   Full story

Dawn Wyatt appointed head of Air Harrods

Harrods Aviation has promoted Dawn Wyatt to head of UK-based VVIP helicopter operator Air Harrods. Wyatt has been with the company since 1997 and previously held posts as operations manager and, since 2012, head of operations.   Full story

Luxaviation extends reach through collaboration with BAA in China

Luxaviation Group has strengthened its strategic business alliance with Business Aviation Asia (BAA), one of the largest business aviation operators in the Asia Pacific region.   Full story

Bristow wins five-year North Sea contract

Bristow Helicopters has secured a contract with oil and gas exploration and production company Apache North Sea to support its North Sea operations.   Full story

Ebach heads up maintenance at Aero-Dienst

Andre Ebach has been appointed head of Aero-Dienst's maintenance division in Nuremberg and succeeds Viktor Peters who was appointed managing director in October.   Full story

Challenger induction and ARGUS Gold Plus provide further boost for MHS

German operator MHS has added a second Challenger 300 to its fleet and has been awarded ARGUS Gold Plus status following a six month audit process.   Full story

KEA renews Total transport contract and plans increased oil and gas work

Kampala Executive Aviation (KEA) has renewed its contract with Total Uganda to provide rotary wing services to the oil corporation using a Bell 412 EP.   Full story
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Martyn Fiddler and ICM Aviation bring services under one roof

UK aviation consultant and VAT specialist Martyn Fiddler Associates and ICM Aviation in the Isle Of Man will be launching a combined brand identity at EBACE 2017.   Full story

Sapphire Pegasus builds on previous success in Prague

The second Sapphire Pegasus Awards were presented during a gala dinner at the Boscolo Hotel in Prague on 28 April.   Full story

Biggin Hill extends hours in response to heavy jet activity

London Biggin Hill airport has extended its operating hours. It will now be operational from 0630 to 2300 Monday to Friday and 0800 to 2200 at weekends and bank holidays.   Full story

8X completes clean sweep of London City-approved Falcons

Dassault Aviation's Falcon 8X has been approved to operate in and out of London City airport (LCY). The decision means that Dassault is the only manufacturer whose entire in-production fleet is LCY-approved.   Full story

Austen broadens services at Oaksey

Austen Aviation Services, owner of Oaksey Park airfield in the UK, is experiencing increased activity and is offering more services to airfield users.   Full story

ASL receives EASA go-ahead for pilot training project

Belgian and Dutch business jet operator ASL/JetNetherlands has obtained an EASA ATO certificate from the Belgian CAA for its new subsidiary, Elite Pilot Training Center ( EPTC).   Full story

FlightSafety implements maintenance management course

FlightSafety International is adding a new aviation maintenance management programme.   Full Story

Aeronav selects Alsim prop simulator

Aeronav Academy, a flight school based in Lanseria, South Africa, has ordered an ALX light turboprop simulator from Alsim.   Full story

GreyBird trains with a frugal Tecnam twin

Danish flight school GreyBird is offering a comprehensive pilot programme from Aarhus in Denmark and is expanding with instructor courses in Sweden.   Full story

News In Brief


News In Brief


News in Brief


News In Brief

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Me & my aircraft: Dassault's 7X consolidates its place at the heart of EMEA operations

With three Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines and a swept wing design with winglets, the large cabin, long range Dassault Falcon 7X has been in service for nearly ten years.   Full story
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