GI Aviation now flying second PC-12 NG

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GI Aviation, the first to bring commercial PC-12 NG operations to the Middle East has just added a second PC-12 NG based at the company’s Al Bateen Executive, Abu Dhabi base.

Passenger response to what is a ground-breaking new model in the region has been extremely positive, says Maha Makled, Sales and Marketing Manager, noting the aircraft is typically flying on two and a half hour sectors. Popular destinations have included Riyadh, Bahrain, Kuwait and leisure beauty spots like Sir Bani Yas, the natural island southwest of Abu Dhabi.

In a significant move, the company has appointed Capt. W. Patrick Gordon as General Manager, the former interim CEO/President of Royal Jet. Capt. Gordon comes with sterling credentials as a long-time advisor to His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Royal Jet’s Chairman. He has also served with Abu Dhabi’s Presidential Flight as training captain.

“I have moved from VVIP Boeing Business Jets to the PC-12 NG and I love it. The GI team is smart, motivated, enthusiastic and great fun,” he said.

GI Aviation is looking to add two more Captains to its team having already employed experienced PC-12 air crew from Brazil, Switzerland and the UK.

Capt. W. Patrick Gordon.

“The PC-12 NG is very new and fills an interesting niche, that has been very successful in the US, now expanding in Europe. As the pioneer here we are pleased to be offering night, IFR flights throughout the region," continued Capt. Gordon. "People - many new to business aviation - are discovering flying the PC-12 NG can bring great time savings and at an affordable cost. The GCAA has been extremely supportive," he said.

GI Aviation’s maintenance provider is Falcon Aviation, which also assisted with the re-registration of its second PC-12NG. In readiness for increased activity with the PC-12 throughout the region, Falcon has committed a significant investment in parts and tooling for the type, a dedicated engineering team and technicians.

“We are seeing the opening up of an exciting new entry level for affordable charter here in the UAE and beyond,” commented Falcon Aviation Director of Maintenance, Nicolas Tejera.

Falcon Aviation is co-located with GI Aviation at Al Bateen Executive Airport and also Dubai World Central Airport, South Terminal, where it offers line support.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 5th October 2017 | Issue #434