Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Full suite of services [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

Global business aviation organisation ExecuJet is celebrating 20 years of attending AAD, and again is highlighting the wide range of aviation services it offers. These include maintenance, aircraft management and charter, support operations and the running of fixed-based operations (FBOs). ExecuJet Africa has 32 aircraft in its fleet, out of a global group total of 165.

Twenty-seven of the Africa-based aircraft are available for charter.

The company’s vice president, Ettore Poggi, said: “AAD provides us with the opportunity to present the initiatives we are involved in for the wider industry.”

Among those initiatives is the introduction of private aviation to the island of St Helena, with company staff flying from Johannesburg to St Helena as part of the airport’s certification process. A partnership has been established between St Helena and Lanseria airport to manage airport operations and airspace. ExecuJet Africa operates an FBO at Lanseria serving the Johannesburg/Pretoria region, and another in Cape Town.

Another ExecuJet FBO is at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Here, in partnership with Maintenance Centre Malta, ExecuJet Africa has extended its line maintenance capability for EASA-registered aircraft. This extra capability became available from March.

Other maintenance achievements in recent months include an installation of the Blackhawk improvement package for the Beechcraft King Air 200, and two further King Air 200s have been prepared for the Garmin 1000 avionics upgrade, along with a major interior refurbishment.

The combination of Blackhawk performance package and Garmin G1000 avionics gives the King Air 200 a new lease of life through improved safety, better range and enhanced pilot situational awareness, as well as compliance with new navigation procedures and requirements. This year two Dassault Falcon 900Bs have gone through major C-checks, including significant structural repairs.

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