Gama bids for Jersey’s Aviation Beauport Limited
Subject to approval from the Jersey Competition Authority, which was expected to be completed by the end of February, Gama has acquired Aviation Beauport which has been operating at Jersey Airport since 1969. Aviation Beauport provides a range of business aviation services including aircraft charter, handling, parking and hangarage, and currently has four business aircraft under its management.
“Jersey is an important market with strong growth potential within the mature European market. The newly established Jersey Aircraft Registry provides the opportunity to increase business aviation traffic to the island,” says Gama Chief Executive Officer Marwan Khalek. “Jersey not only complements Gama’s existing geographical footprint but importantly provides significant access to the high net worth local residents and aircraft owning business domiciled in Jersey both in respect of aircraft management and charter activities. The acquisition provides an important extension of Gama’s maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities and allows us to enhance the line maintenance service provision to the airport, and provides us with unique fixed-base operator facilities for business aviation in Jersey. It is an excellent strategic fit for the Group as Jersey and the Channel Islands are important economic centres and entirely complement our existing facilities in Hong Kong, Sharjah, Geneva, Teterboro, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Dallas, Las Vegas and those around the London area.” British adventurer Tracey Curtis-taylor has retraced in her Boeing Stearman biplane Amy Johnson’s pioneering 13,000 mile flight from England to Australia. When we interviewed her last year for an online feature (see www. pilotweb.aero) Tracey said that although she had a busy summer of flying in the UK ahead of her, she was ‘already planning another adventure’. That adventure proved to be following the route flown by Amy Johnson in her Gipsy Moth Jason (now a permanent exhibit in the Science Museum’s Aeronautical Gallery).
Tracey departed from Farnborough, Hampshire in October last year and reached Darwin, Australia on 1 January. She has spent a total of twenty days flying her 1942 Stearman. Speaking about the flight she said, “being able to fly a plane like this, at low level, halfway round the world in some of the most epic terrain on the planet has been beyond anything. My flight is very much a tribute to Johnson so it is celebrating what the pioneers achieved and what women achieve now in aviation as well”.
Following the route of Johnson’s 1930s solo flight, Tracey crossed 23 countries and had up to fifty refuelling stops. She reached her final destination, Sydney just as this edition of Pilot went to press (for Steve Slater’s appreciation of Tracy’s achievement, see ‘Open Cockpit’, p.44)
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Military colours for the Tecnam P2006T
Gama and Aviation Beauport personnel come together at Jersey Airport