19/09/2008UNIVERSAL CONTINUES 24-7 THROUGH HURRICANE IKE

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As much of Houston still remains in the dark with no electricity and damaged infrastructure following Hurricane Ike, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., the recognized pioneer in trip support services for business aviation, has continued to operate 24-hours a day since the hurricane passed directly over its Houston headquarters Sept. 13.

18/09/2008THE 100TH GRAND HELICOPTER ASSIGNED TO RUSSIAN CUSTOMER

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AgustaWestland announced the assignment of the 100th Grand light twin helicopter to a Russian private customer. The aircraft will be used for VIP/corporate transport purposes by its owner Alexander G. Shishkin. Its handover will take place later this year.

17/09/2008EMBRAER OPENS EXECUTIVE JETS SERVICE CENTER IN MESA

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Embraer celebrates the opening of its 47,700 square-foot (4,431 square-meter) hangar, today, at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, in Mesa, Arizona, United States. The new facility is dedicated to full-service care for the Company’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450, Legacy 500 and Legacy 600 executive jets.

17/09/2008GULFSTREAM G450 AND G350 SURPASSES 100,000 HOURS

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The large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450 and the large-cabin, mid-range G350 business-jet fleet recently surpassed 100,000 flight hours, achieving the milestone less than four years after the first G450 entered service on May 7, 2005.

16/09/2008SIGNATURE’S GROWTH CONTINUES

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BBA Aviation plc, announced that Signature Flight Support has acquired Southern Aero Services Ltd, which wholly owns Interflight Executive Aircraft Services, the sole source provider of FBO services at London Gatwick Airport in the UK.  The new addition will join Signature Flight Support’s leading global FBO network, which now includes 23 locations at key cities across Europe.

15/09/2008LEA AIRCRAFT ADDS CITATION EXCEL TO FLEET

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London Executive Aviation, standing as one of the UK ’s foremost Cessna Citation Excel operators, has been affirmed with the addition of a further Cessna Citation Excel to its AOC (Air Operator Certificate).  LEA sourced the new aircraft, G-XLGB, from another operator, acting on behalf of a long-standing charter customer who has made the step up to full aircraft ownership.  LEA, one of Europe ’s largest private jet charter operators, is to provide full aircraft management services for the jet, which is available for immediate charter from its new base at Stansted.

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