Gama bids for Jersey’s Avi­a­tion Beau­port Lim­ited

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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

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