Archive for May, 2012

What to look for … Illegal Charter Flights …

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


If you are paying for a flight make sure it’s legal. There are serious safety and legal implications if it is not. 


Business Aviation is one of the safest forms of aviation and is also one of the most productive business tools available to any organisation as it produces time. Aviastra Flight Charter will always locate aircraft operators whom operated to the same high standards as regular scheduled airlines such as British Airways and American Airlines, the crews and aircraft Aviastra Flight Charter source operate to the same sets of legislation as such airlines- everything we do, and the infrastructure we have in place, is focussed on safety.

 The vast majority of flights – particularly to, within and from the UK and EU – are operated in accordance with an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) which is a legal requirement. This includes the budget operators that offer low-fare flights. But passengers paying to be flown in corporate, ex-military, helicopters, balloons or light aircraft should take particular care to ensure their operator holds an AOC. Most will, but the minority of uncertificated operators should be identified and avoided.

How do I find out if the company or individual offering the flight holds an AOC?

This is very simple. Ask the company for the name of the AOC holder and the number on the document. Then if you wish to verify that the details are correct, refer to the CAA website:

What if i am using a broker?

The company or individual offering the flights may sometimes be brokers and not the flights operator. They will be offering to arrange the flight charter rather than operate it themselves. However, the operator of the flight must hold an AOC, and the broker should be able to give you the name of the operator.

For further information … 

The UK Civil Aviation Authority have published a guide on what to look for when booking a charter flight, including ensuring that you are getting a legal flight operating safely; it\’s available to read here:

Airport Focus … Amsterdam Schiphol Airport …

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Airport Focus … Amsterdam Schiphol Airport


Schiphol Airport started operating back in 1916 and it was initially used as a local airbase for the military. The airport only had a few barracks and a field that used to serve both as the platform and a runway. The civil airports started using the facility in December 1920.  Today the airport has been built as one large terminal where all its facilities are located under one roof. This terminal has been split into three large departure halls. There are plans in place to expand the terminal further and to build other separate new terminals between the Zwanenburgbaan and Polderbaan runways thus bringing to an end the one-terminal concept that the airport has long been known for.

Schiphol Airport has regularly appeared in Europe’s top five airports list in terms of traffic and number of flights as the airport serves almost 50 million passengers per year. There are many intercontinental airlines that operate from this airport. The airport also ranks as the 6th largest in terms of international traffic.

Schiphol has six runways and one is mainly used by general aviation aircraft. There are plans in place to construct a seventh runway.

Schiphol is a busy commercial airport with over 100 airlines operating through it, but business aviation has a big setting at the airport, with good links to the city and the rest of the country Schiphol takes care of every travellers needs.

Whether you’re travelling to Amsterdam for business or pleasure chartering your own private jet will get you there in style, with Aviastra Flight Charter taking care of your every need. 


Aviastra Air Ambulance & EURAMI …

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Aviastra Air Ambulance, Part of Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd is proud to announce becoming non-accredited members of Eurami.


 Eurami’s mission is “ to promote high quality aeromedical transfers throughout Europe and the world via fixed wing or rotor aircraft.
We aim to establish this through promoting research, training and accreditation in the field of aeromedical transfers.
We are convinced that safe, ethical and quality healthcare and transport practices must be the norm.
To attain this we will help to help harmonize and generalize the European and international insights in air rescue by every means possible to us.

EURAMI will within its area of special aeromedical knowledge act as an advocate and fight for unable and needy emergency patients. 
We do this so that they can be offered optimal and safe medical aid by air rescue and flight transportation services in Europe and in the world. 
We believe in uniform standards and internationally accepted scientific level of care to all patients without consideration for age, sex, race, religion, social status and philosophy of life.


Aviastra Air Ambulance strongly believes in the work it does as an air ambulance assistance company and thats why we wanted to be invovled with Eurami and why we have become non-accredtied members. You will be able to see from the Eurami website how the memberships work, and the high standrads air ambulance operators, with aircraft and medical personnel, need to gain the accredited member status.


Citation Longitude Launch …

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Launch of the Citation Longitude


Cessna is raising the stakes in the already hotly contested super midsize business jet market with the launch of its Citation Longitude.

The eight-passenger $25.9 million aircraft – will sit at the top of Cessna’s 16-aircraft product line, above the high-speed midsize Citation Ten. “Having a product in this sector will help us to keep loyal customers within the Citation family as they move up through our business aircraft family,” says Cessna.

The Longitude is pitched against other super-midsize models, including the Hawker 4000 and Gulfstream G280. However, Cessna believes the aircraft’s aggressive pricing coupled with its 4,000nm (7,410km) range will give it a competitive edge in the large-cabin market rivalling established brands including the Dassault Falcon 2000LX, Bombardier Challenger 605 and Embracer Legacy 650.

The Longitude is a stretched version of the midsize Latitude under development.

The aircraft will be powered by two 11,000lb (49kN) Snecma Silvercrest engines pylon-mounted on the rear fuselage “which provide great fuel efficiency, low noise and a low carbon footprint”, says Cessna.

The aircraft has a newly designed 87ft (26.5m), 30˚ swept wing. It also features winglets and a “T” style empennage.

The flight control systems use conventional and fly-by-wire technology. “The elevator, aileron, rudder, multi-function spoiler panels, speed brakes, and slats are hydraulically powered, while the flaps are electrically operated,” says Cessna.

The Mach 0.82 Longitude has forward and aft baggage storage closets in the cabin to accommodate passengers’ carry-on luggage and coats, Cessna says. There is an additional baggage department in tailcone.

Cessna has yet to select suppliers for the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit, avionics and cabin communications systems but the Longitude is not scheduled to make its first flight until the middle of 2016. Certification and service entry are earmarked for the third and fourth quarter of 2017 respectively.

Cessna says its will develop and manufacture the Longitude at its Wichita facility but may set up assembly lines in other parts of the world where the demand is high.

  • Maximum Overall Height 26ft (7.9m)
  • Maximum Overall Length 87ft (26.5m)
  • Maximum Overall Width 86ft (26.2m)
  • Cabin height 72in (1.83m)
  • Cabin width 77in (1.95m)
  • *Cabin length 37ft 8in (11.5m)
  • **Range 4,000nm (7,410km),
  • Maximum altitude, 45,000ft (13,700m)
  • Maximum cruise speed 490kt (907km/h);
  • Maximum gross weight 55,000lb (25,000kg)
  • *from forward pressure bulkhead to aft pressure bulkhead).
  • ** at full fuel payload, NBAA IFR Fuel Reserves (average cruise speed Mach 0.82




source flightblobal/flightinternational

Airport Focus … Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles ..

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Airport Focus … Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles


Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Airport  ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, Van Nuys averages close to 400,000 takeoffs and landings annually.

More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including five major fixed-base operators (FBOs).

In addition, Van Nuys serves as home to numerous companies that provide aviation support activities such as aircraft repairs, avionics, interior work and other specialized functions.

Van Nuys is one of four airports owned by Los Angeles World Airports, including Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International and LA/Palmdale Regional. The airport system operates under the direction of a policy-making Board of Airport Commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles.

More than 100 years ago, on Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history when their Wright Flyer became the first aircraft to achieve sustained, powered flight.

This feat launched the modern era of aviation, which took off in Southern California just a quarter-century later with the establishment of the forerunners of both Los Angeles International Airport  and Van Nuys Airport. The growth of both airports in years to come helped make the Southern California region a major part of the aviation and aerospace industries in the 20th century.

Los Angeles International opened as Mines Field on Oct. 1, 1928, with the signing of a lease of 640 acres to use as an airport for the City of Los Angeles. Soon after – on Dec. 17, 1928, the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight – Van Nuys was born as Metropolitan Airport through the establishment of a corporation by a small group of citizens.

 sourced web

Airport Focus … Southampton Airport …

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Airport Focus … Southampton Airport 


Southampton Airport is located on the south coast of England, the city of Southampton has the winning formula. If you’re looking to enjoy the finest shopping, history, culture, entertainment and leisure, there’s no better place than Southampton. It truly is the jewel of South England. Good link roads allow easy access to the Southwest & the Southeast of the UK.

Private Jet Charter flights are served by a dedicated FBO, Signature Flight Support, a world renowned flight handling company. Facilities include;

  • Security program
  • High speed internet connections
  • Flight planning and computerized weather (WSI)
  • Courtesy shuttle service to and from main terminal
  • Rental cars
  • Conference room
  • Pilot lounge
  • Newspapers and ice
  • Gourmet coffee and tea
  • Showers
  • Hangar 33,000 sq. ft. – largest aircraft GV
  • Customs pre clearance
  • Well lit ramp
  • Airport restaurant
  • Cabin cleaning service
  • GPU’s
  • Water and lavatory
  • Deicing
  • Handling is available from 0630 to 2200, useful hours to make use of the airport and its position whether for business or pleasure.


    source web

    Airport Focus … Weston Executive Airport Dublin …

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Airport Focus … Weston Executive Airport, Dublin


    Weston Airport is the only executive airport in Dublin, situated just 8 miles (13km) from the city. The Airport opened in 1931 and specialises in delivering the travel needs of the executive traveler to Dublin. The benefits of Weston is its proximity to Dublin City Centre, access to the M4 motorway, 5 minutes between plane touch down and driving away in your limousine or taxi and availability of top quality catering from the Skyview restaurant.



    The focus of the Airport is to provide a five star service to its clients and make the experience of flying to and from Weston Airport as efficient and seamless as possible. Opening from 0800 local until sunset this gives plenty of time for a business trip in and out in a day. The runway does have limitations, you wouldn’t see a heavy jet landing commercially to the airport but for small business aircraft this is the perfect alternative to the main international airport.


    sourced Weston Airport Website

    Airport Focus … Madrid-Torrejon Airport …

    Monday, May 21st, 2012

    Airport Focus … Madrid-Torrejón Airport


     Madrid-Torrejón Airport is a commercial airport in Spain. It is a joint-use facility between the Spanish Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Works. The civil part is dedicated primarily to executive and private aviation. The airport is located 24 km (15 mi) northeast of Madrid.


    Torrejón is primarily for private jet charter is the most important Spanish aerodrome for air-taxi traffic. In 2011, it handled 27,801 passengers and 11,489 flight operations.

    The airport opened to civil traffic under an agreement reached on 23 December 1996 between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Works.


    Civil aircraft operations are authorised in exceptional circumstances at Torrejón if they meet the requirements for IFR operation (instrument flight) and have a maximum take-off weight of between 2,000 and 50,000 kg. This is the technical alternative airport for Madrid-Barajas for authorised civil aircraft.


    sourced from the web




    The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee … More Celebrations …

    Friday, May 18th, 2012

     The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

     The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

     The Jubilee Weekend features an extra Bank Holiday for the Diamond Jubilee, with the late May Bank Holiday moved one week later, thereby making a 4-day long weekend. 

    The main programme of events are as follows:

    Saturday 2 June, 2012
    The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

    Sunday 3 June, 2012
    The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch.

    The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla.

    Monday 4 June, 2012
    BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC.

    The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon.

    Tuesday 5 June, 2012
    The Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance and Flypast.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, will drive from Mansion House to Westminster Hall to attend a Diamond Jubilee lunch to be given for The Queen by the Livery. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will also attend this lunch.

    Following the lunch, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales will depart the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along a Processional Route by Carriage. The Queen and Prince Philip will be using the 1902 State Landau in this procession. 

    Shortly after their arrival, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family will appear on the Balcony, at which point there will be an RAF Flypast and a Feu de Joie (“Fire of Joy” – a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by The Queen’s Guard) from the Forecourt. 

    source web

    Its a busy summer in the UK this year and in particular London, with the Olympics being held July & August and the events as mentioned above for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, you are sure for a good time if you are planning on visiting this summer! To make your travel easy how about chartering your own private jet? With a variety of London airports set up for private jets you will have your own dedicated aircraft & crew with no big queues through the normal airport channels! Aviastra Flight Charter is here to assist with your questions and queries on private flights.


    Airport Focus … Cannes Mandelieu Airport

    Thursday, May 17th, 2012

    Airport Focus … Cannes Mandelieu Airport


    Cannes Mandelieu Airport has become the benchmark business airport with a premium quality approach and is continually searching for new services to offer its clientele. Its surface area totals 115 hectares, a large part of which has been intentionally retained for green spaces. The 1500m², fully air-conditioned terminal building houses many services which are available 7 days a week, such as a restaurant-bar, car hire services, meeting rooms, offices, a VIP area and rooms reserved for pilots and crew.



    In order to offer a sufficient operating range in low season, the airport is equipped with night runway lighting and remains open until 8.00pm. Airport control is managed by a local DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) service and a central approach control manages the IFR (Instrument Flight Regulation) for Nice Côte d’Azur and Cannes-Mandelieu Airports.

    The airport is equipped with a main North/South runway of 1620 x 45 metres and a secondary East/West runway of 760 x 30 metres.

    It is authorised to receive aircraft up to a maximum weight of 22 metric tonnes. This limit relates to Challenger CL60, Falcon or ATR72 type aircraft.  Thirteen hangars representing a total of more than 18,000 m² of available space, have also been created in order to enable companies that wish to do so, to set up on site or pilots to leave their airplane under cover.

    The parking areas immediately next to the airport terminal allow an extremely quick transfer of private jet passengers to their vehicles, taxis or limousines.  Cannes airport offers easy access to the Mediterranean South coast of France whether for business or pleasure.


    source web & Cannes Mandelieu Airport