Falcon Aviation, based in the UAE at Al Bateen Executive Airport, delivers a range of services to clients throughout the Middle East, including charter of helicopters and private jets, aircraft maintenance and management services and flight support. It also provides an authorised service centre for Embraer and Airbus Helicopters, a warranty service centre for Gulfstream and is a founding board member of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).
The implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC LocalCheckSM Local Departure Control System (L-DCS), improves the efficiency of check-in and boarding processes through automation of key processes, such as passenger processing, baggage tags and passenger reconciliation.
Captain Raman Oberoi, Falcon Aviation, said, ‘Over the years, Falcon Aviation has become synonymous with safety, quality and excellent customer service. We have built a reputation for delivering high-quality products and innovative services to our loyal customers, and Rockwell Collins’ airport solutions are helping us deliver on that promise.’
Paul Hickox, head of Airport Systems Sales at Rockwell Collins, said, ‘Rockwell Collins airport solutions are used throughout the world to help airports improve efficiency and enhance operations. This win is an excellent example of how we can tailor our solutions to meet the requirements of both large international airports as well as smaller regional airports and private business terminals.’
This month will see the Isle of Man host the sixth aviation conference, aimed to bring business aviation industry participants and professionals together from around the world.
Organised by the ICM Group, the conference is business oriented, and billed as this year’s ‘must-attend’ event. Approximately 150 business aviation professionals are expected to attend the Villa Marion venue in Douglas later this month, and opportunities for networking will take place during and after the event.
Find out more about the conference here.
It has been announced that Rockwell Collins will provide its Venue cabin management and passenger communications solution on the new Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft from Q3 this year.
Venue gives the modern business jet a comprehensive solution to deliver advanced IFE and cabin management with boardroom applications. As corporate travellers continue to demand faster and more reliable passenger communications, Venue is the perfect solution with scalable features to allow cost-effective additions in technology as they become available.
Venue is Rockwell Collins’ most advanced cabin management system available, and has been implemented by more than 850 private jets around the world.
Passenger communications solutions are also available for business aircraft of all sizes through Rockwell Collins’ dedicated business aviation services provider, ARINCDirect.
Rockwell Collins has validated Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX (JX) network performance in addition to a portion of its value-added services through the business aviation arm, ARINCDirect.
As a value-added reseller, ARINCDirect will offer Jet ConneX to its business jet operators to deliver high-speed aircraft internet, delivering the highest connection speeds and a greater efficiency in the use of bandwidth over the Ka-band.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect provide business aviation services, including flight planning and support, in addition to its flight deck and passenger communications solutions.
EBAA CEO, Fabio Gamba spoke out last week at a media event in Brussels, about the ‘lack of political will’ being at the root of the business aviation sector’s ability to make more use of regional airports in Europe.
With additional use of existing technology, business aviators would gain additional options in adverse weather conditions with restricted visibility – a system that is already deployed in the U.S.
Gamba criticised the policy-making officials in the EU for what he refers to as an ‘over-focus on the role of hub airports’, and urges them to ‘display greater political will’ for the promotion of the use of technology in regional airports, which will, in turn, lead to greater support.
Metrojet, pioneering Hong Kong-based executive jet operator and maintenance provider, has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect to provide its international trip support and services for its fleet of business aircraft.
ARINCDirect’s international trip support delivers a holistic service including flight planning, contract fuel purchasing and even concierge services for its executive clients.
Metrojet’s CEO, Bjorn Naf said, “Metrojet is dedicated to upholding the highest standards and meeting our customer’s needs in the most professional and personal way possible. ARINCDirect services provides economies of scale and cost savings that benefit both our business and our customers.”
The contract is considered a major milestone for ARINCDirect in Hong Kong, and it looks ahead to growth for international trip support services in Asia.
The largest business aviation operator out of Hong Kong International Airport, Metrojet, will be celebrating 20 years of operation on 17th June 2017, an achievement which makes them proud, as pioneers according to Kitty Lau, the company’s senior marketing and product development executive.
Metrojet are among the few operators who provide maintenance and charter, in addition to projecting a group image of hospitality, coming from their roots as the aviation arm of the Peninsula Hotels Group, owned by Sir Michael Kadoorie.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) addressed the issue of business aviation travel’s image as being just for the rich and famous at their annual conference in London last month.
It is a perception of the public that to fly on business jets is a privilege, when the industry as a whole would prefer it perceived as a ‘tool’ for businesses, removing some of the negativity associated with the industry sector.
Also addressing airports access, taxation and environmental impact, the conference worked towards improving public opinion, with the discussion of economic benefits and the fact that just 7% of traffic is represented by business aviation, with less than 1% of the emissions.
Countries with poor travel infrastructure, due to the nature of the environment, such as China, for example, could benefit from private air travel in the business sector, which would vastly improve economic growth in harder-to-reach areas, where smaller aircraft will find access simpler.
French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault, has announced that its Falcon 8X business jet is now in the final stages of FAA and EASA certification.
After accumulating over 650 flight hours in 325 flights, the three 8x’s have almost completed the certification test requirements, and now begin to demonstrate performance and reliability in testing that will take them over Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.
Dassault expect to begin making deliveries of the long-range jet aircraft this summer.
Rockwell Collins hits the headlines yet again this year as it is named a ‘2016 World’s Most Ethical Company’ by the Ethisphere Institute.
This award marks the seventh consecutive win for Rockwell Collins in the decade that Ethisphere has operated the initiative that recognises a commitment to ethical business standards and practice.
Rockwell Collins are understandably delighted to achieve this recognition and attributes the award to the dedication of its employees. Bob Perna, senior vice-president for General Counsel and Secretary at Rockwell Collins said, ‘The recognition we’ve consistently received from Ethisphere Institute over the past seven years is a true testament to our employees’ commitment to upholding the highest levels of integrity in all that we do.’
Scoring for the award occurs in five main categories:
- Ethics and compliance
- Corporate citizenship and responsibility
- Culture of ethics
Find out more about Ethisphere and the other recipients of the awards here.