The Uruguayan government has finalised negotiations for the acquisition of an Embraer Legacy 600. The aircraft, due for delivery in March 2007, will be used for presidential transport and will replace the Uruguayan air force's Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia, which has been part-exchanged for the Legacy.


Jet Aviation Basel has received production organisation approval from Swiss civil aviation authority FOCA, paving the way for the completions arm of the Swiss business aviation services provider to produce and issue airworthiness approvals for replacement parts that have been previously designed, engineered, manufactured and installed by Jet Aviation Basel for completions projects under a supplemental type certificate. Jet Aviation Dubai has been made an authorised Gulfstream warranty repair centre.


Berkshire Hathaway's flight services division - which includes training provider FlightSafety and fractional-ownership company NetJets, has posted a second quarter profit of $110 million and $131 million for the first six months, compared with $51 million for the second quarter and $58 million for the first six months of last year. Revenues from NetJets for the first six months rose by 26% to $347 million following an increase in fractional sales.


Gulfstream's London Luton airport UK-based service centre has received European approval to perform maintenance work on G450 business jets. The facility has also clinched approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to perform maintenance on Hong Kong-registered G550s and is expected to gain approval this year to maintain G450s. Gulfstream Luton already provides service for G550s, G500s, the GIV-SP and GV. The centre will begin servicing G200s by year-end , says Gulfstream.

Source: Flight International