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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Business & General Aviation News Europe) May 29, 2011

European airports Business aviation operators must find alternative strategies to manage limited slot capacity at European airports, as a European Commission review will offer little assistance. Peter Macara, of aviation law firm Clyde and Co, said operators that want to use a slot-limited airport should team up with others to press for a group of slots. May 24, 2011

Father, son to fly around the world in Spitfire replica U.K. businessman and pilot Justin Collins plans to take his son Thomas on a trip around the world. The duo will embark on their journey in a 90%-scale replica of a Spitfire from their home in Sudbury, England. The flight will raise money for the International Children's Heart Foundation. May 24, 2011

AgustaWestland AgustaWestland pursues light-helicopter agreement with Turkey. Italy's AgustaWestland is pursuing Turkey's light utility helicopter program. "We will be available for Turkey if Turkey wants to work with us," said an AgustaWestland executive. Turkey plans to build hundreds of light utility helicopters through a partnership with a foreign company, and Sikorsky is also in the running for the venture. May 25, 2011

Dassault Aviation Dassault has begun a probe into the cause of a pitch trim failure on one of its Falcon 7X business jets that has led to the grounding of the 112-strong 7X fleet. Despite the fact that the aircraft landed safely, at Dassault's suggestion, the European Aviation Safety Agency issued an emergency airworthiness directive on 26 May. May 27, 2011

Dassault Aviation Worldwide fleet of Dassault Falcon 7X executive jets grounded. At the request of Dassault Aviation, the European Aviation Safety Agency has halted flight operations on all of the company's Falcon 7X executive jets. The grounding was in response to an in-flight anomaly encountered by one of the aircraft on a flight from Europe to Malaysia. The issue could have caused the plane's pilots to lose control. EASA's order includes a luxury business jet that French President Nicolas Sarkozy uses. May 27, 2011

Dassault Aviation Chinese are getting a taste for business jets. Business-jet companies are looking to sell multimillion-dollar aircraft to China's richest and most powerful people. There's plenty of money in the Chinese economy, officials say, and many customers can pay cash for their own airplanes. "The potential for long-term growth in China is huge," says Charles Edelstenne, CEO of Dassault Aviation. May 27, 2011

Eurocopter, Mercedes-Benz Mercedes, Eurocopter unveil luxury helicopter. Mercedes-Benz and Eurocopter unveiled a luxury helicopter at the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva. Mercedes-Benz said the helicopter is "tailor-made for luxury-class business and private travel." The helicopter features leather seats, wood flooring and ambient lighting. May 23, 2011

Skyworld Aviation Skyworld Aviation, formerly Skyways Aviation, sold one Saab 340A to Sprint Air of Poland on behalf of Avion Capital Partners of Sweden. It will join 12 Saab 340s already in the Sprint Air fleet. May 25, 2011

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