2014 ICAS Convention

October 15, 2014 by  
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The International Council of Air Shows annual convention offers those in the business an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and plan for the upcoming season.
For more information visit icasfoundation.org

Date: 8 to 11 December 2014
Location: Rio All Suites Hotel
City: Las Vegas
State: Nevada
Country: United States

CEPA Expo 2012

October 30, 2012 by  
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The Central Europe Private Aviation Expo Prague 2012 (CEPA Expo 2012) will focus on ways to streamline methods of doing business in the Private Aviation market in Central Europe in order to promote this growing industry. There will be speakders, panel discussions and workshops addressing many of the challenges in the private aviation industry. For more information visit www.cepaexpo.com

Dates: 28-30 November 2012
Venue: Prague Congress Center
City: Prague
Country: Czech Republic

Boeing and Airbus Dominate Global Market

April 10, 2012 by  
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With Boeing and Airbus dominating a global market valued at US$100 billion annually, the two aircraft manufacturers continue to vie for first place in this lucrative business sector. First quarter results for 2012 reveal that Boeing appears to be on course to recapture the top spot, as it delivered 137 commercial airplanes, compared to the 131 delivered by Airbus. Airbus has held the coveted number one spot since 2012, and with both manufacturers intent on increasing production of their best-sellers – the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 – they will be competing in emerging markets where medium-haul airplanes are becoming more in demand.

Boeing’s position was aided by the launch of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the enhanced version of its Boeing 747 – both of which had encountered major production delays. Among the airplanes delivered by Boeing were six Boeing 747-8s and five of the innovative carbon-composite Dreamliners. European manufacturer Airbus delivered four of its A380 superjumbos and has recently begun assembling its competitor to the Boeing 787 – the A350 – in its factory in Toulouse. It is anticipated that the A350 will enter service in mid-2014.

While airlines snapped up the fuel efficient model of the A320 in 2011, Boeing is reportedly ahead of Airbus in new orders for 2012. Furthermore, Airbus may lose some of its orders placed by China if the current conflict over emissions between the European Union and a group of countries including China is not resolved.

Just this week London Heathrow became the 200th airport welcome the Boeing 747-8, after having determined that the new airliner meets requirements for operating safely within an airport environment. Currently the Boeing 747-8 is the only airplane with a capacity of more than 400 seats approved by over sixty airports worldwide.

While cost-cutting may be a priority for commercial air travel, the world’s super-rich are offering Boeing and Airbus a new source of revenue. In early March this year a bespoke Boeing 747-8, dubbed the 747-VIP, took off from Paine Field near Seattle for delivery to an unnamed customer in the Middle East. Airbus is reportedly working on an A380 for the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, with the original plans making provision for transporting two Rolls-Royces, horses and camels, and a rotating prayer room which will always point toward Mecca. Business people in emerging and fast-growing economies such as China and Russia are also entering the market for larger long-range planes providing direct service to their destinations.

Tips for Buying an Airplane

August 16, 2010 by  
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It has been your dream to purchase your very own airplane and you’ve finally decided, after careful consideration, to take the plunge. Before you rush out to buy your plane, there are some important points to think about. The first of these is that it is highly advisable to consult a number of specialists and experienced individuals along the way; this may include other pilots, mechanics, lawyers and so forth. Such individuals will assist you in making a wise decision when it comes to choosing a plane and dealing with everything that goes along with a purchase.

Before deciding on which airplane to buy, you need to carefully consider the financial aspect of plane ownership. Costs could include a down payment and monthly installments (if borrowing from a bank), liability insurance (in case of an accident), hull insurance (for damage to the plane), storage (from tie downs to hangars), operations (fuel and airport fees), maintenance, taxes and other fees.

Once you have determined whether you can afford your own plane, you can start deliberating over which airplane is for you. There are a variety of factors that should influence your choice. What will you be using the airplane for? Is it for fun, acrobatics, long distance or short distance trips? Will you be taking passengers, and how many? Where will you be landing and what sort of airspace will you be flying in? Is the model relatively easy to maintain with access to replacement parts? What type of aircraft would suit your pilot skills? Do you want a new plane or a used aircraft? And so forth. It is a good idea to try out a variety of aircraft, either through flight schools or with other pilots. Do as much research as you can on the airplanes that interest you.

After picking the model that best suits your needs, you can go about sourcing planes for sale. When contacting a person or company selling a used airplane you may wish to ask what the flight time is for the engine and airframe, about the maintenance schedule, if it has any history of damage, what the condition of the exterior and interior is, and so forth. Be sure to view the airplane’s paperwork, including its state of airworthiness. Make a careful inspection of the airplane when going to view it. Ensure that everything is functioning as it should, look for damage and wear, and check the instrument panel, avionics and electrical system. It is a good idea to get a mechanic in to inspect the plane before the final purchase.

If this looks like it could be the airplane for you, take it for a test flight. During the flight you can listen to the engine, check the avionics, watch the gauges, get a feel for the aircraft and ensure all is in working order. If all works out well, you can negotiate on the price and start the purchasing process.

Please note that this is just a brief summary to aid potential aircraft buyers. We advise all those in the market for new or used aircraft to do plenty of research and seek the advice of professionals and those in the know, before purchasing an aircraft.

Bahrain International Airshow 2010

December 16, 2009 by  
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The inaugural Bahrain International Airshow is a unique business-to-business event dealing with civil, business and defense aviation markets. The event is open to both traders and the public. Abundant entertainment will keep everyone occupied including flight displays, activities, arts and crafts, music and more. There will be 40 companies taking part in the event, showcasing services and products to all interested parties.

Date: 21 – 23 January 2010
Venue: Sakhir Air Base
City: Sakhir
Country: Bahrain

Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition

February 9, 2009 by  
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The ABACE is held at the Asia World Expo adjacent to Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) in Hong Kong, China. The aircraft static will be located at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center.

The U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the sponsor of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, which is the only business aviation-focused expo held in Asia. The first conference was held in 2005. The NBAA began in 1947 and its members include more than 7,000 companies that provide services and products to the business aviation sector.

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition is ideal for manufacturers, suppliers, industry experts and others associated with business aviation that are interested in the emerging Asian market. Government officials, corporate executives, aviation company supervisors, chief pilots, and other aviation industry personnel will also be attending.

The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition will begin with an Opening General Session. The exhibition floor will then be available to attendees. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand with many of the newest aviation products, services, helicopters, and airplanes. Previous exhibitors have included Boeing Business Jets 233, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon Jet, Jeppesen Sanderson, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Raytheon Aircraft Co., and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Expo participants will also enjoy the static aircraft display at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center. Aircraft that have previously been on display include the Challenger 604, Lear 45, Citation CJ1, Falcon 900EX, the Hawker 800 XP, and the Beechcraft Premier.

Numerous informational sessions will provide participants with what they need to know about business aviation and emerging technologies. The next NBAA Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition will be held February 6-7, 2007 and then at the Japan Regional Forum in Nagoya on February 9, 2007.

For more information about any of the events featured in this section please visit the Web site for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition at http://www.abace.aero/. Conference organizers can be contacted at the National Business Aviation Association in Washington, DC at 202-783-9000 or at www.nbaa.org, and be sure to let the organizations know that you heard about them at airplanes.com!

Airports

February 9, 2009 by  
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Airport. Luchthaven. Aéroport. Aeropuerto. Lapangan-terbang. Lentokenttä. Hikoujou. Aeroporto. Whatever language you speak, wherever you come from, it is widely accepted that mankind has come to rely heavily on air travel and hence airports. Millions around the world make their way through the terminals of both international and domestic airports on a daily basis. Flights are scheduled throughout the day to a wide variety of destinations, serving tourists, business travelers and those who are emigrating. It is an undeniable truth that airports play an integral role in the lives of people today.

How is an airport defined? Essentially an airport is a specialized facility which allows for the take-off and landing of various aircraft. At its simplest an airport typically consists of an airfield or runway along with control tower, aircraft hangars and terminal buildings for passengers and cargo. A large portion of airports, however, go beyond providing just the basics, providing air traffic control, base operator services and facilities for the comfort and convenience of passengers.

When the history of aircraft just began, airplanes would make use of large open fields for landing and take-off. Amongst the first aerodromes opened was Taliedo Airport in Milan. It began as a simple facility with a landing strip, hangars and observation stands, but over time developed into a proper airport handling commercial flights. As the years progressed so did airports. Technologies were updated, facilities for aircraft and travelers were improved until they developed into the airports we all use extensively today.

Airports are frequently named for the location in which they are found. Alternatively airports are named after well-known individuals such as past politicians. Airports are usually issued with an IATA airport code as well as an IACO airport code. These are referred to as Airport Identifier Codes and are made up of 3 or 4 letters. Airports can be categorized as domestic, regional or international. Domestic airports are often smaller as they deal only with national flights. They will therefore not have facilities for immigration or customs. Regional airports cater to a certain geographical range and are mostly used by small business jets and the like. International airports are major points of entry into countries. They are larger airports with facilities for the handling of immigrations and customs. Along with international air traffic they also care for domestic flights. The names of international airports such as Kennedy International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Heathrow Airport, Munich International Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Milan Malpensa International Airport are easily recognized.

In this section of Airplanes.com you will gain insight into various airports across the globe. From Airports in the USA to the UK, from Japan to South Africa, from Russia to Austrailia, we provide a comprehensive and helpful list. Climb aboard for a journey around the world.

Airports:

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is located approximately 13 kilometers outside the city center of Shanghai. Hongqiao International Airport is the very first civilian airport that was constructed in Shanghai over eighty years ago. Renovations have been done to the airport over the years and is one of the primary airports in China. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport used to accommodate most of Shanghai’s international flights, but after the construction of Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport concentrates mainly on domestic air travel.

The Hongqiao Airport operates from one terminal that is 82 000 square meters in size. The terminal includes 18 VIP lounges and 15 waiting halls. At present, the Hongquiao Airport accommodates 300 flights a day, which is made easier by the 15 luggage conveyor belts that are in the terminal. Inside the terminal, either waiting to leave or waiting for a loved one to arrive, the terminal offers many facilities to pass the time with. Facilities such as clinics, beauty salons, fitness center, postal services, ATMs, fast food outlets, restaurants, business centers, shopping areas and smoking rooms are available to passengers. Transportation to and from the airport is taken care of by taxis, buses and rental car companies.

Airlines that fly to and from the Hongqiao Airport include China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Air China, Shangdong Airlines, Spring Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.

The Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has one taxiway and one runway. The runway is constructed from asphalt and is 3 400 meters in length. The apron is approximately 486 000 square meters and can accommodate 66 aircraft. The Hongqiao Airport has an advanced infrastructure and has the latest technology available in regard to navigational, security and communication systems. Even though all international flights have been transferred to Pudong Airport, the systems still allow Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to receive any aircraft and is always on stand-by for any emergencies or diverted planes.

Munich International Airport

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The Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is situated to the northeast of Munich, Germany. This massive airport serves as a hub for the airlines Lufthansa and Star Alliance and is more commonly known as Munich International Airport. The Munich International Airport is situated so that its four corners each lie in one of four municipalities of the city. These are Freising, Oberding, Hallbergmoos and Marzling. The Munich Airport is currently ranked the 7th most important airport in Europe and it is the second most important airport in Germany.

The Munich International Airport is a public airport that is operated by Flughafen Munchen GmbH. It serves the city of Munich and is situated at an elevation of 1 487 ft (453 m). The airport has two very large terminals. Terminal One caters to non-Star Alliance airlines while Terminal Two caters to Star Alliance airlines. Terminal One currently caters to the demands of 68 airlines. It has 60 stands, 14 boarding stations and 19 aerobridges. It also has six halls which are numbered A-F and can handle roughly 20 million passengers during the course of a year. Terminal Two has 24 aerobridges, 47 boarding stations and two halls – G and H. It has the capacity to handle 20-25 million passengers in a year. Terminal Two currently caters to about 26 Airlines. The airport has two runways, both of which measure 13 123 ft (4 000 m) in length and have a concrete surface.

The Franz Josef Strauss International Airport began operations in 1992 when it replaced the Munich-Riem Airport. Construction on the airport started in 1980 and the small village of Franzheim had to be demolished in order to make space for it. Today Munich International Airport sees thousands of people passing through its doors on a daily basis. The two terminals are connected by a shopping, business and recreation area that keeps passengers busy while they wait for their flights or transportation.

Narita International Airport

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Japan’s Narita International Airport (NRT) is located in the town of Narita, which forms part of the eastern section of Greater Tokyo. Its coordinates are: 35º45’50″N, 140º23’30″E. This exceptional airport handles chiefly international flights in the area, whilst Haneda Airport deals with Tokyo’s domestic flights. Formerly called New Tokyo International Airport, Narita Airport is the country’s second most busy passenger airport and the busiest air cargo center. The airport serves as an important connection for flights between the Americas and Asia. Japanese law states that Narita International Airport is a first class airport.

Narita International Airport in Tokyo was opened in May of 1978. Since that time it has seen dramatic growth and has played a vital role in creating international awareness for Japan. This well-designed airport is a grand gateway to a unique Japanese experience, opening up the country’s beautiful islands for travelers. Narita Airport boasts 2 paved runways. The first (4 000m) runs in a 16R/34L direction, whilst the second (2 180m) runs in a 16L/34R direction. The airport has 2 terminals. Terminal 1 handles North American and European air traffic. Terminal 2 is used chiefly by Asian carriers. A broad spectrum of flights depart from and arrive at Narita Airport, carrying passengers from around the world. Terminal 1 and 2 stand about 1 mile apart, however, a convenient shuttle bus provides regular transportation between the two.

Tokyo Narita International Airport offers top facilities for travelers. For their convenience there are banks, a post office, ATMs, bureaux de change, internet, business services and mobile phone hire. Also useful are the medical clinics, nurseries, a dentist, sleeping rooms, showers and children’s entertainment areas. Those who wish to dine or grab a quick beverage can make use of the numerous restaurants, coffee shops, bars and fast-food outlets. Passengers can use extra time to engage in some shopping at Narita Airport’s jewelers, bookshops, souvenir shops, clothing stores and others. Airport parking at Narita Airport is excellent with both short-term and long-term parking facilities.

Getting to and from the airport is no hassle at all. There are a variety of car hire agents at Narita International Airport. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 have railway stations. Extensive taxi and limousine services are available as are shuttle buses. Narita International Airport is certainly worthy of its title as First Class Airport.

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