Archive for July, 2010

Falcon 2000LX London City approval …

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Dassault is expecting imminent approval for London City airport operations by its Falcon 2000LX – which will make the entire Falcon range available for Private Jet Charter flights to and from the east London airfield popular with City bankers and business people.

The secret is an autobraking function, certificated in June, that kicks in as soon as the main landing gear touches the runway, to cut landing distances by as much as 45m (150ft) on normal approaches or 90m on steep approaches

Dassault chief test pilot Philippe Deleume commented: “The system is transparent to the pilot. It is like landing with the brake pedals pushed forward.” The 2000LX is already certificated by the European Aviation Safety Agency for steep approach, and the flagship Falcon 7X was approved for London City air charter operations last year.

The airport is located amid London’s East End skyscrapers, and the runway is just 1,319m at landing and 1,199m at take-off. Noise restrictions are also strict.

Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd becomes proud member of BACA…

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd is now a proud member of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). BACA represents the interests of commercial aviation companies particularly in the air charter industry.

In 1976 BACA opened membership to include airlines and other non-members of the Exchange who could show they run their aviation business to the same high standards of the original association. The name changed from ‘Airbrokers Association to the Baltic Air Charter Association.

Within BACA’s website there is a list of members and the rules which must be complied with, including;

  • to maintain the highest professional standards in their day-to-day business activities &
  • to carry out due diligence, to their best endeavours, in order to establish that any operator they engage for a flight or flights is properly licenced, insured, documented and competent, and that the aircraft to be used is airworthy and properly maintained.

For more information on BACA & Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd please click on the links.

Public days look set to WOW at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Farnborough International Ltd, organiser of the Farnborough International Airshow, has once again proved they are more than just organisers of a world-class trade exhibition, by putting together a public show that will make for a truly fantastic day out for all the family.

Held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July, the first weekend of the summer holiday, the public days of the airshow will offer a huge variety of attractions to keep visitors entertained for the entire day. The family event will once again feature “kids go free”, courtesy of Rolls-Royce
allowing free entry to under 16’s.

Highlights at this year’s show include the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car, the engineering adventure to break the world land speed record; the Space Zone; an area dedicated to Futures in Aerospace featuring Build-A-Plane and Roaming Robots; a whole host of rides from carousels, helter skelters, bouncy castles and climbing walls; the Crafty Arty Party which was a huge success with the kids at the 2008 show; and two flight simulators giving you the full flight experience in the cockpit of a Spitfire and a Red Arrows Hawk Trainer.

Other spectacles include Team Extreme, the world-class skateboard, BMX and inline skate display team. They’ll be pitching up their half-pipe and enthralling us with their dare-devil stunts and tricks across the two days of the public show.

The Farnborough International Airshow would of course not be complete without the air display. Starting from mid-day the display this year has a strong historical theme. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain two ME109s and two Spitfires will once again be dogfighting over Hampshire skies. They will be joined by a genuine WW2 veteran – a Mark 1 Hawker Hurricane R441.

Continuing the nostalgic theme displays by the Shuttleworth Collection Bristol Fighter, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Royal Navy Historic Flight will be sure to warm the hearts of aviation buffs whilst another war veteran – the mighty B52 bomber – will be
thundering overhead.

There will be some awesome flying skills on display – top aerobatic pilot Mark Jeffries will be flying an Extra 330 SC to the limits of its design whilst show favourites the Black Cats Helicopter display team, the Blades and the Red Arrows will be strutting their stuff. Equally impressive will be show-stopping routines by the giant Airbus A380 and the powerful F22 Raptor.

Along with the vast array of static aircraft on display and the exhibitions halls to wander through including the new Space Pavilion, there will be something to entertain the whole family. If visitors really want to make their visit to the show special, the organisers are offering the Diamond Paddock Package where, for an extra fee, visitors can enjoy exclusive entry to a private area away from the crowds with deck chair seating to enjoy the flying display.

Speaking about the public days of the show, Amanda Stainer, Exhibition and Events Director, stated:

“It’s a huge undertaking to turn the trade show into a public festival for all the family. The site doubles in size, the visitor numbers swell and we need to make sure everyone is entertained. This year we have pulled out all the stops and the show looks set to be a groundbreaker.”

Chief Executive of Farnborough International Ltd, Shaun Ormrod, further added: “The public days at the Farnborough International Airshow are just as important as our trade days. The team here has worked hard to ensure the visitor experience is as pleasant as possible from attractions to making sure visitors can enter and leave the site as quickly and easily as possible. In a busy month for public airshows in the UK we want to make sure that Farnborough is first.”

Lockhead Martin puts forward a private jet design to NASA

Friday, July 9th, 2010

A new supersonic private jet has been submitted to NASA by Lockheed Martin for future development.
The Supersonic Green Machine is designed with an inverted-V underwing engine to reduce the effects of sonic boom. This helps the aircraft fly faster and farther, while making it more environment-friendly.
If NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate develops the project, it will available in the commercial market by 2035.

Embraer to display executive jets at the CBAA in Calgary, Canada

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Embraer will be participating  for the fifth time in the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) Annual Convention. This Trade Show and Static Display is held in Calgary, Canada, on the 7th & 8th July, at Landmark Aviation in Calgary International Airport (YYC).

The company will be showing its entry level Phenom 100 executive jet, which made its debut at the show in 2009. In the afternoon of  day two, 8th July, at the indoor static display area, Embraer will be hosting a press briefing with an overview of the company’s executive jets portfolio.

“We are pleased to return to the CBAA Convention this year, because it provides us with a great venue to connect with our customers,” said Ernest Edwards, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales – USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, Executive Jets. “Canada has continued to be a good market for us, and with over 140 Phenom 100 aircraft currently in service around the world, we are excited to bring the executive jet back to the show.” 

The Canadian Business Aviation Association ( is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1962 as Canada’s voice for business aviation. Over the course of its existence, the CBAA has assumed an increasing leadership role in its advocacy and regulatory stewardship role for Canadian business aviation interests. The Association currently boasts over 500 member companies, and represents them before government and non-government agencies.

EASA plans International Air Safety & Climate Change conference

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

While resources are being applied internationally for a more sustainable aviation system, until now less attention has been given to the potential impact of climate change on commercial aviation safety. This is why the European Aviation Safety Agency is hosting an international conference on the potential effects of climate change on civil aviation in Cologne on 8-9 September.
The objective of the conference will be, as a first step, to raise awareness on the issue and outline a possible action plan. It will provide a new forum for meteorologists, operators, manufacturers and regulators to identify risks and work towards effective safety measures.
The issue is a global one and international cooperation is essential. Europe through EASA will report to ICAO on the outcome of the conference and any resulting recommendations.
EASA has launched a call for papers and invites Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and interested stakeholders to submit papers for this conference. For additional information related to this event, please contact