General aviation http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Tue, 02 Apr 2024 13:09:33 +0100 Aviterra orders over 100 PAL-V Liberty Flying Cars http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/aviterra-orders-over-100-pal-v-liberty-flying-cars

Dubai based Aviterra, run and backed by one of the founders of Jetex, a global leader in executive aviation, sees PAL-V’s appeal in its last-mile solution and regional air mobility offerings.

Mouhanad Wadaa, managing director of Aviterra, explained: “The PAL-V is the perfect tool for our customers’ regional travel requirements, offering a combination of flying and driving. It’s truly an innovation that will change mobility as we know it.”

Wadaa emphasises the enhanced travel options the Liberty provides, with customers having the flexibility to FlyDrive themselves or utilize Aviterra’s services.

The PAL-V Liberty, known as the world’s first real flying car due to the combination of a gyroplane and a car, addresses the need to travel independent from (congested) roads and enhance travel flexibility. With a flight range of 500 km and a maximum airspeed of 180 km/h, the Liberty shortens commute and travel times.

“While running a business aviation company, we’ve always kept a close eye on the emerging Advanced Air Mobility industry,” noted Wadaa, highlighting the unique opportunity PAL-V presents.

“PAL-V’s long-standing presence and adherence to existing regulations allow our customers to safely FlyDrive using existing air and road infrastructure. Furthermore, PAL-V is the only player that combines flying and driving into one vehicle. No other player in the market offers this combination and can realistically deliver the vehicles in the near future,” he added.

Loggia Investment, the investment arm of Aviterra, has made a strategic investment in PAL-V and established partnership for the Middle East and Africa region.

PAL-V’s CEO and Founder, Robert Dingemanse, welcomed the partnership, stating: “Aviterra and Mr. Wadaa have vast experience in aviation, understand our certification process, and have an excellent reputation in the business aviation industry. They are a strong partner to support our sales and marketing activities in the Middle East and Africa, which is headed by our VP Middle East, Khalil Malaeb.”

PAL-V is setting up regional offices around the world to grow its flying car business. These regional offices will be hubs for PAL-V’s sales, maintenance, flight training, and assembly locations.

“In the coming months, we have more updates on development and certification successes, confirming our lead in the emerging AAM market,” Dingemanse added.

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Aviterra is acquiring over 100 PAL-V Liberty flying cars, making an investment, and formalising a partnership for the Middle East and Africa.

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Tue, 02 Apr 2024 12:09:33 +0000 eNethersole 68170 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Dassault Systemes' technology to support quieter eVTOL for Eve Air Mobility http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/dassault-systemes-technology-to-support-quieter-evtol-for-eve-air-mobility

Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA PowerFLOW application has provided robust and industry-proven fluid dynamics simulation to predict real-world operating conditions, allowing Embraer and Eve’s engineers to evaluate how the aircraft flies and test its sound emission.

“One of the main advantages of eVTOL aircraft is that they are electrically powered and a more sustainable option than combustion-powered aircraft. However, they are meant to operate in urban areas, making noise reduction a key driver in their design. SIMULIA fluid dynamics applications will enable Embraer and Eve to experience and optimise the most critical parts of their eVTOL aircraft in a virtual environment,” said David Ziegler, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes.

Embraer and Eve have been working in collaborative efforts with global partners in line with the commitment to safely provide more reliable, affordable, sustainable, integrated and human-centric Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions. 

“Numerical validated models have demonstrated accuracy when compared with experimental results and have helped accelerate product definition,” said Micael Gianini, Interiors, Noise and Vibration Senior Manager at Embraer. “The human-centered design ensures the safety, accessibility, and comfort of passengers, the pilot, and the community by minimising noise.”

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Embraer has selects Dassault Systèmes’ Simulation Technology to support quieter eVTOL aircraft development for Eve Air Mobility.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2024 10:32:35 +0000 eNethersole 68132 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Now Ethiopian has a private eye http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/general-aviation/now-ethiopian-has-a-private-eye

Now Ethiopian has a private eye

Getachew Mengistie

The East African nation, Ethiopia, has been successfully running the largest airline in Africa-Ethiopian Airlines. The national carrier in recent years has transformed into an aviation group comprising eight profit centers with an annual income of six billion US dollars.

Ethiopian Airlines Group is wholly owned by the Ethiopian government.  However, the country that owns the largest African airline has not been able to build a vibrant private sector in the aviation industry. The general aviation is at its infant stage. Private investment in the aviation sector is limited to the operation of small private airlines that operate charter flight services. There are about twelve private airlines operating in Ethiopia but none of them operate scheduled flights.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) now seems to be determined to change this narrative. Getachew Mengistie, Director General of ECAA, said that aviation has been creating job opportunities and generating the much needed foreign currency for the country. “Air transport has been contributing to the GDP of the country by facilitating trade, investment and tourism. To avail equitable air transport service all over the country we need to have the required air transport infrastructure,” Mengistie said.

Currently, there are 22 airports and four of them are certified to operate as international airports. There are few air strips but civilian heliports are nonexistent. “We have less number of airports as the development and administration of airports has been carried out by only the Federal government,” he said.

According to Misrak Tilahun, Deputy Director General of ECAA, the authority has issued a directive and regulation that enable private investors, regional governments, and city administrations to engage in the development and administration of airports. “They can build and operate air strips and heliports after obtaining the permits from ECAA,” Tilahun said.

Investors first secure the investment license from the Ethiopian Investment Commission while the ECAA conducts the technical evaluation and safety audits as well as grant the operational permits. “We have signed an MoU with the Ethiopian Investment Commission that enables us to cooperate in issuing licenses,” she added.

Airport development is not the only investment area that is open for investors. According to Mengistie, the authority encourages investors to engage in air transport service. “They can establish private airlines that transport passengers and cargo. They can render agricultural spray services using airplanes and drones,” Mengistie said.

The ECAA also calls up on private investors to invest in MROs, aviation academies, and aerospace manufacturing. So far there is no private MRO center operating in Ethiopia. Private airlines are forced to fly their aircraft to Nairobi Kenya for heavy maintenance, which costs them direly.

Ethiopia anticipates establishing an aerospace manufacturing industry. Mengistie said foreign investors can partner with Ethiopian investors to establish MRO centers, aerospace manufacturing plants and aviation academies. “They can build drone assembly plant,” he added. Foreign investors are also allowed to invest in the domestic airlines.                                

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Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Kaleyesus has been serving African Aerospace magazine as correspondent since 2013.

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Qatar Airways Cargo retires its last Queen of the Skies http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/qatar-airways-cargo-retires-its-last-queen-of-the-skies

Arriving from Barcelona, Flight QR8807 touched down in Doha at 15:00 local time on Friday, 01 March, 2024.

A7-BGB joined the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet on 26 September 2017. Over the past seven years, the two iconic freighter aircraft were deployed on more than 9,000 flights totalling over 66,000 block hours and together transporting almost 800,000 tonnes.

Throughout its service, the number one destination where the 747 aircraft served was Iuncheon at 1,165 flights. Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Guangzhou were also among the top 10 destinations the cargo aircraft served.

From racing cars (30 can fit on a 747F) to thoroughbred race horses (up to 90 horses can be carried in one flight), Qatar Airways Cargo’s Boeing 747 freighters provided reliable, safe transport for many international customers. It was also a stalwart of the pandemic, carrying PPE and other medical equipment across the world, at a time where much of the world’s aircraft were grounded.

Mark Drusch, chief officer cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “When we welcomed our Boeing 747 freighters to the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet seven years ago, we were responding to a sharp rise in customer demand for capacity, which we were quickly able to fulfil.

"Our Next Generation freighter strategy is based both on evolving customer expectations and our firm commitment on sustainability and efficiency. Efficiency is achieved through fleet harmonisation and simplification, and sustainability is improved by the latest in-flight and fuel technology. For these important factors, Qatar Airways Cargo is the launch customer for Boeing’s next generation 777-8F freighter, the most fuel efficient, lowest carbon footprint freighter in the cargo industry. We are committed to the most modern and cleanest freighter fleet in the industry.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has a firm order for 34 Boeing 777-8F’s, with options for 16 more, to augment its fleet of 27 Boeing 777 Freighters (with the 28th 777F joining the fleet in mid-March). Featuring advanced technology systems, air frames and engines, the 777-8 Freighter will be the most efficient, largest long-range and most capable twin-engine widebody freighter in the industry. The 777-8F will reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by 30% compared to the 747-8.

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Qatar Airways Cargo’s Boeing 747F landed for the last time in commercial cargo service for QR Cargo as the airline fast-tracks its focus on greener flying.

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Bell receives order for four Bell 429s for parapublic operations http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/bell-receives-order-for-four-bell-429s-for-parapublic-operations

These aircraft will join the 90 Bell 429s supporting law enforcement, firefighting and parapublic missions globally and add to Bell’s total fleet of 500 Bell 429s worldwide.

“Bell is honoured another customer has chosen the Bell 429 to expand its parapublic fleet, a testament to its growing global footprint,” said Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Commercial Sales. “Bell takes great pride in providing all-encompassing aerial solutions to serve a broad range of regional law enforcement agencies and the citizens of their respective municipalities.” 

The Bell 429 can be fitted with a hoist, search light and rope kit, along with mission console, HD camera and video downlink. The law enforcement configuration can accommodate up to six passengers plus two crew in its 204sqft (5.78m3) cabin, which has easily removable seats for different arrangements and cargo carrying. The cargo hook has a capacity of 3,000lbs or 1,361kg.

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Bell Textron has announced an order for four Bell 429 aircraft for parapublic operations in the Middle East.

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Bell signs customer service facility agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/bell-signs-customer-service-facility-agreement-with-abu-dhabi-aviation

It will provide service for Bell 212, Bell 412 and the SUBARU Bell 412EPX commercial aircraft.

“Bell’s Global Customer Solutions network accommodates all operator needs and increases accessibility to world-class maintenance and training,” said Chris Schaefer, vice president, Global Customer Solutions. “We’re honoured to strengthen our relationship with Abu Dhabi Aviation and continue providing exceptional support and service options to the UAE and Middle East region.”

“Bell’s quality customer and maintenance services have enabled us to achieve and sustain excellent operational readiness on our Bell fleet,” said ADA representative. “We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship.”

Bell is also collaborating with the UAE operator to support a regional demo tour of the most advanced Bell 412 platform, the SUBARU Bell 412EPX. The SUBARU Bell 412EPX is the latest upgrade in the world-renowned 412 aircraft and holds an increased maximum internal weight of 12,200 lbs, external weight of 13,000 lbs and up to 5,000 lbs of goods with a cargo hook. The aircraft can internally carry up to 5,385 lbs in up to 220 cubic feet of food supplies, tools, field equipment, helicopter emergency medical services or palletised gear.

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Bell has signed an Agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation to establish its role as an authorised Bell Customer Service Facility (CSF).

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THC signs framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/thc-signs-framework-agreement-for-up-to-120-airbus-helicopters

The framework agreement will include up to 120 Airbus helicopters of various types set to be delivered over the next five to seven years. Part of the deal is a firm order for eight H125s along with 10 H145s that are converted options from an earlier contract, bringing THC’s total firm Airbus helicopter fleet to 60, 25 of which are already in service today.

The new H125 helicopters will support the delivery of THC’s range of services in areas including aerial work and tourism. The H145s will be used in a variety of roles including Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and corporate transport.

“Our relationship with THC started in 2020 with the first contract for 10 H125s. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength, moving beyond just helicopters to also look at how we can help pave the way for the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the region. This latest framework agreement reinforces the scope of our offering and we thank THC for allowing us to help expand their helicopter activity,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.

The CEO of THC, Capt Arnaud Martinez, said: “We are delighted to announce our framework agreement with Airbus, a transformative moment in our growth journey which solidifies our position as a global player as well as regional leader. The agreement will enable us to both contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals through strengthening Saudi’s aviation sector whilst also meeting the changing needs of our growing customer base, both locally and globally. Our collaboration with Airbus will reshape the aviation landscape as together, we will push the boundaries of innovation and showcase that with the right partner, everything is possible in aviation.”

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The Helicopter Company (THC), Saudi Arabia’s provider of commercial helicopter services, has signed a framework agreement with Airbus for up to 120 helicopters.

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Etihad Cargo appoints new Vice President Cargo to drive growth http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/etihad-cargo-appoints-new-vice-president-cargo-to-drive-growth

Brun will be responsible for Etihad Cargo's commercial operations including scheduled and charter flights, revenue management and network planning. Brun will report to Etihad Airways' chief operating officer, Mohammad Al Bulooki. 

Brun joins Etihad Cargo from Geodis, where, in his role as Senior Vice President Global Airfreight, he oversaw the global air cargo operations of the logistics and supply chain solutions provider. As the newly appointed Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, Brun will oversee all facets of the cargo commercial operations, including revenue management and network planning. 

Al Bulooki said: "Etihad Cargo has embarked on an exciting period of growth, innovation, adding more destinations, increasing frequencies and significantly growing the airline's cargo operations both here in the UAE and internationally. Etihad Cargo will continue to play a crucial role in Etihad Airways' ability to achieve these ambitious growth plans. I have every confidence that the passion and expertise Stanislas brings to this role will enable Etihad Cargo to continue the impressive growth trajectory it has achieved in recent years."

Al Bulooki continued: "I would like to thank Leonard Rodrigues, Head of Revenue Management & Network Planning, for his commitment and hard work during this transition period for the carrier. In his time as Acting Managing Director, Leonard has played a pivotal role in enabling Etihad Cargo to navigate challenging market conditions to deliver operational efficiencies, innovation and technology initiatives, and customer service excellence to partners and customers."

Commenting on his appointment, Brun said, "It is a privilege to take on this new challenge at Etihad Cargo. The carrier has consistently demonstrated professionalism, agility and commitment to customer service excellence, which are very much aligned with my values. As the airline enters this next exciting period of growth, I look forward to working closely with the team, our partners and customers and continuing to deliver innovative end-to-end solutions so Etihad Cargo can remain the air cargo partner of choice."

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Pet set in a dog flight http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/general-aviation/pet-set-in-a-dog-flight

Pet set in a dog flight

 It’s a dog’s life

Since September, instead of cargo crates, pets can sit comfortably with their owners on plane journeys between Dubai and London, serviced by K9 Jets.

K9 Jets’ pay-per-seat private jet charter service is making the owner-pet travel experience more serene and enjoyable. This service came as a relief to travellers “frustrated with the inflexible regulations set by commercial airlines for travelling with pets”.

K9 Jets was founded by a Birmingham-based couple, executive assistant Kirsty Golder and private pilot Adam Golder.

The expertise gained within their boutique private jet brokerage G6 Aviation has been the springboard for the new venture, enabling a new service dedicated to pet owners to be tailored within the charter market.

It promises to deliver the same high level of customer service already committed to the G6 client base.

Adam Golder said: "Our mission is provide a global network of pet-friendly pay-per-seat travel and provide an alternative method to travel with your pets.”

The company flies domestic pets, dogs, cats and sometimes rabbits.

Passengers can book a seat for themselves and their pet on the aircraft, who can sit on their lap or by their side in the cabin.

"We always use private terminals to depart and arrive into to make the experience stress free for pets and passengers alike.

“The majority of airports can accept pets, however, they may not expect 10 pups on one flight! ”

From $9,925, pet owners can travel with their furry companions on-board a private jet. Full prices are available on their website.

Since its launch, flights have been mostly transatlantic and operated by Pegasus Elite Aviation or another licensed U.S. air carrier as the public charter company is not a direct air carrier and does not own or operate any aircraft.

All of their summer charters were sold out. K9 Jets aims to charter 700 pet-inclusive flights by the end of the year.

The UK-based company launched its first Dubai-London service in September, driven by demand in the region. In fact, there have been many requests and phone calls from Dubai. Some passengers even booked seats only a few hours after pre-bookings became available.

"Dubai has a high proportion of expats and many have pets. We want to provide a service so they can travel back home at Christmas, escape the heat of the summer, or relocate back home without having to worry about the thought of using cargo. We are looking to expand into Asia and into Australia next year with details to be announced soon,” added Golder.

The company underlines that for financial viability, it needs to sell around 15 seats on the Dubai-London service. Additional flights might be added on this route if there’s a demand.

But why pet chartering?

The adventure started in 2021 when the couple launched G6 Aviation, a boutique private jet brokerage targeting high net worth individuals that traditionally fly first class when they travel for leisure or business. In the first 12 months, a large number of pets were already flying with its passengers.

"In February 2022, we received an enquiry requiring a jet for 10 adults and 10 dogs to travel across the Atlantic - highly unusual!

“We were introduced to a Facebook group they were part of where people get together to share the cost of the jet,” recalled Kirsty and Adam.

In 2022, the company flew more than 150 passengers and 180 pups who had met on Facebook. However, everyone that flew like this said that there should be a service dedicated to passengers and pups without joining a Facebook group, but by just simply booking a seat.

"So we did just that. We started work on the concept in June 22 with our web team, plus legal team in the US and UK and our operator.”

A simple request finally turned out to be a golden opportunity in this niche market.

“As far as we know, we are the world’s first official pet-friendly pay-per-seat public charter operator. Our passengers can only fly with their own dogs, all paperwork is checked by the relevant authorities before we fly,” said Kirsty and Adam.

The seating plan is based on the pets' temperament.

"Our staff or our operators’ crews have not received official pet training. Passengers are responsible for the health of their own pets, however, this is an area we want to invest in. "

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines.

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FAI Air Ambulance achieves accreditation for its Dubai medical service http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/fai-air-ambulance-achieves-accreditation-for-its-dubai-medical-service

This follows FAI’s accreditation as an approved EURAMI provider in early 2023. The CAME endorsement accredits aero-medical providers performing patient transfers, like FAI, to transport patients seated in the cabin or on a designated stretcher. FAI is the first private company in the GCC with EURAMI CAME accreditation and the only European fixed-wing operator to receive both the CAME accreditation and the EURAMI-approved provider accreditation in the GCC.

Barbara Baumgartner, managing director, FAI rent-a-jet DMCC branch, said: “This is a fabulous endorsement for FAI and its medical escort service which underlines our unwavering attention to quality, safety and service excellence in our air medical operations. Our Dubai-based medical escort service is hugely popular with our largest Middle Eastern clients and we look forward to continuing to welcome patients and all who fly with us throughout 2024 and beyond.”

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FAI rent-a-jet Air Ambulance Division has received Commercial Airline Medical Escort (CAME) accreditation from the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for its Dubai-based medical escort service.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:03:55 +0000 eNethersole 67982 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero