An Embraer ERJ-190-100 jet aircraft (picture inset) – operated by Embraer Commercial Aviation, carrying three crew and flying from Recife, Brazil – is scheduled to arrive at St Helena Airport on Tuesday 29 November 2016, at approximately 3.55pm local time. As normal, this arrival time is subject to possible change due to weather and other factors.
The purpose of the flight is a non-commercial trial flight.
The Embraer aircraft will depart on Thursday 1 December at around 9am – bound for Recife – having completed some landings, take-offs and circuits at St Helena Airport.
The Embraer flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report – all part of building a more comprehensive picture of the conditions at St Helena Airport under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate.
This Embraer aircraft is one of a number of potential solutions to operating regular flights to St Helena.
Final confirmation of the flight and timings will be provided on Monday – listen out on local radio.
Note to Public
The public is reminded that, because of the siting of sensitive Light Detection & Ranging equipment (LIDAR), Mole Spider Hill is currently out of bounds until further notice.
Also, due to the small crew on board this flight, the Terminal Building will not be open on this occasion.
However, normal arrangements for public viewing will apply, with Horse Point, Millennium Forest, Bradley’s and Woody Ridge areas all accessible.
Please drive and park responsibly.
25 November 2016
Another milestone for St Helena Airport was achieved today, Wednesday 26 October 2016, with Air Safety Support International (ASSI) issuing a second Aerodrome Certificate to St Helena Airport – having been satisfied that the Airport infrastructure, aviation security measures and air traffic control service complies with international aviation safety and security standards.
These re-issued approvals supersede the previous versions and will remain in force until 9 May 2017. St Helena Airport will receive the official, detailed audit report from ASSI at the beginning of November.
Certification is an ongoing process, with this Aerodrome Certificate replacing the first version which was valid until 9 November 2016.
Congratulations are extended to the entire Airport team.
26 October 2016
An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft, operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and carrying two Atlantic Star Airlines personnel, successfully conducted a technical stop at St Helena Airport on Friday 21 October 2016 – as part of a delivery flight to a customer in Chile.
Arriving close to its schedule at 15.51hrs GMT, the aircraft performed a smooth landing from the south on Runway 02 and, after disembarking a few passengers, took off, completed a circuit, and performed an equally smooth landing from the north on Runway 20. The aircraft departed St Helena on Saturday afternoon at 14.29hrs GMT.
Positive cooperation between various teams enabled Tronos to gain the necessary approvals for this particular delivery flight. On board were 13 passengers, including Richard Brown and Aiden Walsh of Atlantic Star Airlines – one of a number of potential partners with an interest in operating regular flights to St Helena.
The Tronos flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report – all part of building a more comprehensive picture of the conditions under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate.
After departing St Helena, the Tronos flight was scheduled to call at Ascension Island, Brazil and Uruguay, finally arriving at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, Chile – the final destination.
The arrival and departure of the aircraft attracted much public interest on St Helena, with landside facilities at the Airport made available for public viewing.
Intensive work continues to mitigate the challenges of wind shear at the Airport. Getting this right and putting in place a scheduled passenger service involves complex work and will take some time. Whilst the focus of everyone’s work is to resolve these issues at the earliest possible opportunity, safety remains paramount.
24 October 2016
DELIVERY FLIGHT CONFIRMED
LARGE PASSENGER AIRCRAFT TO LAND TOMORROW
An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft (pictured), operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and carrying Atlantic Star Airlines personnel, is scheduled to fly to Wideawake Airport, Ascension Island, and then to St Helena Airport this Friday, 21 October 2016. Both are technical stops, as part of a route for delivery of the aircraft to Chile.
The estimated time of arrival at St Helena Airport – subject to possible change due to weather and other factors – remains approximately 3.45pm (local time) on Friday 21 October 2016. Listen out for confirmation of timing on local radio.
The aircraft will be carrying 13 non-commercial passengers – including the flight crew – who will overnight on St Helena prior to departure on Saturday 22 October.
The Tronos flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report – all part of building a more comprehensive picture of the conditions at St Helena Airport under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate. The flight is also planning, weather permitting, to conduct some additional circuits on Saturday to gather further data for the Airport. Atlantic Star is one of a number of potential partners with an interest in operating regular flights to St Helena.
Note to Public
The Airport Terminal Restaurant and Viewing Platform will be open to the public to view the aircraft on Friday 21 October from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
On Saturday 22 October, the Restaurant and Viewing platform will again be open from 9am to around 3pm – to provide a further opportunity to view the aircraft and to witness its take-off.
The Bank and Tourism kiosks will also be open to the public on both days.
Otherwise, normal arrangements for public viewing will apply, with Horse Point, Millennium Forest, Bradley’s and Woody Ridge areas all accessible on both days. Access beyond Bradley’s will not be available until 5pm on Friday.
Please drive and park responsibly.
Note to Editors
Interested media are invited to a briefing with Atlantic Star on Friday afternoon at the Airport Restaurant, once the aircraft has landed and the crew have been cleared to landside.
Tronos Jet Maintenance is delivering this particular aircraft to Chile. The flight, originating from Zurich, Switzerland, has taken a route which has seen it make technical stops in Morocco, Senegal, Ascension Island and St Helena. From St Helena, the flight will call at Ascension Island, Brazil and Uruguay, finally arriving at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, Chile – the final destination.
20 October 2016
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