Mystery surrounds the fate of one of the UK’s oldest business aviation providers, after the country’s regulator suspended its Air Operator Certificate and the firm was apparently locked out of its base.
PremiAir Aviation Services (PAS) – which traces its roots back more than 30 years to McAlpine Aviation Services – operates a helicopter charter, management and engineering business from Blackbushe airport, to the west of London.
However, despite repeated attempts to contact the Blackbushe office, no-one from the company was answering calls.
Following a “tepid” first quarter, business aviation flying made a strong comeback in the second quarter, according to business aircraft hourly-cost maintenance provider JSSI. The company’s business aviation index for the second quarter shows that global business aviation flight activity ramped up by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 3 percent from a year ago.
“After a tough first quarter, economic activity in the U.S. picked up considerably, translating into a corresponding uptick in business aviation,” said JSSI president and CEO Neil Book. “With corporate investments on the rise and businesses feeling more confident about prospects for future economic growth, the use of business aircraft, as tools for generating additional business, is on the rise as well.”
The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility during a special meeting tomorrow morning. Embraer has proposed constructing a $76 million, 250,000-sq-ft building that would be situated between its business jet delivery center and Phenom 100/300 assembly facility on the north side of Melbourne International Airport.
The worst recession since the Great Depression ended in June 2009, but the recovery has been slow and halting—all the more reason to take comfort in recently released data showing second-quarter business jet deliveries in North America, mainly the U.S., 30 percent higher than in the same period a year ago.
Midsize-cabin deliveries increased 7 percent, and small-cabin deliveries rose 2 percent, while those for large-cabin aircraft—the ultra long-range models—declined 5 percent. However, on a rolling 12-month basis, small-cabin deliveries in North America were 15 percent higher than in the prior 12 months, and deliveries of large-cabin jets were up 7 percent, while midsize-cabin deliveries were 14 percent lower.