Keith Mans, chief executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society (stand W144), is bidding farewell to industry friends and colleagues as he attends his final Dubai air show. Mans announced he was stepping down earlier this year, and Simon Luxmoore, formerly of Messier-Dowty International, has been appointed as his successor. "The show is always such a positive event and an excellent high note on which to conclude my role as chief executive of the society," says Mans.


Dubai-based Project Phoenix (exterior chalet, static B4) is exhibiting its 15-seat VIP version of the Bombardier CRJ, two years after announcing the launch of the project. The Jet Asia aircraft was completed by Flying Colours of Peterborough, Canada and has been operating privately around Asia since its arrival in Macau early in September. The aircraft will be available for third-party charter from early next year. "We have some very interesting meetings arranged and will be following on some strong leads in this region," says Mike Cappuccitti, Project Phoenix chief executive. "The success of the aircraft in Asia is a tremendous boost to the programme."

Source: Flight Daily News