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Celebration of the grand opening of new wide-body hangar in Basel by Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation celebrated the grand opening of its new wide-body hangar in Basel with approximately 100 guests and dignitaries. The new state-of-the-art 8,700 square-meter hangar provides increased capacity for wide- and narrow-body maintenance, completion and refurbishment projects across the site. It can accommodate up to two wide-body aircraft simultaneously. Designed to help meet in...

Pilatus Hands Over First PC-24 Air Ambulance

The very first PC-24 with medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations). Pilatus presented the key to PC-24 serial number 105 to RFDS CEO Rebecca Tomkinson on 26 November 2018 in Stans. Configured for patient transport, this PC-24 was especially developed to meet the particular needs of the RFDS and has been equipped for medevac...

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3). P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and modifications based...

Passenger Traffic Growth Slows in September

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 5.5% compared to the same month in 2017. This was a slowdown from the 6.4% growth recorded in August year-over-year. Capacity climbed 5.8% and load factor slipped for the first time in eight months, down 0.3 percent...

Vertis Aviation adds second BBJ to elite portfolio of long-range aircraft.

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation, the boutique long-range charter specialist, has added a second Boeing Business Jet to its growing portfolio of large-jets available for international charter. The latest addition to the roster, operated by Bermuda-headquartered Longtail Aviation, will be exclusively marketed to the international sector by the Vertis team. With a maximum range of 5,500 nautical...

First mission for the new Rega helicopter

At noon of 23 October 2018, the latest helicopter to join the Rega fleet, the Airbus Helicopters H145, took off on its very first mission. The crew from the Rega base in Berne used the rescue helicopter to transport an emergency patient from the Centre hospitalier Bienne to the Inselspital University Hospital in Berne.  Rega’s new H145 rescue helicopter commenced operations at t...

AMTC 2018: Kopter’s SH09 perfectly suited for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

Kopter is very pleased to showcase its SH09 helicopter in HEMS configuration at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Phoenix, AZ, October 22-24th. The SH09 stands out as a new generation, single turbine helicopter with safety, cost efficiency and mission capability above and beyond known standards. Aspects that are all critical to any air medical transport mission today. Central to an...

Brand new at LSGG: «Indoor» GPS within the Geneva Airpark 5* hangar

Increased comfort, time-saving and safety for business aviation pilots. Geneva Airpark, the «5* residence for business jets», is continuing to invest in new equipment which not only means increased comfort and safety, but also saves time. Since August 2018, the large 10’000 sq meters Geneva Airpark hangar has been equipped with a dual GNSS system, designed by Bristish compa...

Pilatus PC-24 Fleet Expands Around the Globe

After receiving type certification for its all-new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet last December, Pilatus has delivered twelve aircraft to the United States, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Southern Africa. By the end of this year, the company expects 23 PC-24s will be in customer operation. The global fleet of in-service PC-24s have accumulated 1200 flight hours, with the fleet leader already clocking...

Best-Selling Pilatus PC-12 NG also Tops Customer Service Ranking for 17th Consecutive Year

Market demand remains strong for the Swiss single-engine turboprop, as the 1,600th PC-12 enters service and readers of Professional Pilot magazine rated its customer service tops in turboprops. Pilatus Aircraft Ltd expects to deliver 80 new PC-12 NGs in 2018, extending the distinction earnt by this multifunctional aircraft of scoring the highest annual sales volumes of all turbine-powered business...

EBASCON 2019: New venue and date announced for the Ninth Annual European Business Aviation Safety Conference

“Working safely for a rewarding Tomorrow” will be theme of the next European Safety Conference for the Business Aviation Community  EBASCON, the industry’s key European Business Aviation Safety Conference announced that the 2019 conference is to take place in Zurich (Switzerland) from February 26 to 27, 2019. The annual conference covers all aspects of flight safety and o...

EBAA calls for swift implementation of the New Performance-based Navigation Implementing Rule (PBN-IR)

The European Business Aviation Association is calling on the European Commission to provide the necessary additional regulatory and financial tools to help national and regional authorities implement Performance Based Navigation Rules (PBN-IR). EBAA’s Secretary General, Athar Husain Khan, issued the call while speaking at the Association’s event titled Business Aviation – Bo...