As usual, the Ebace conference agenda will be packed with topical deliberations on key issues facing Europe’s business aviation community. The theme for the 2011 Opening General Session is “Linking Communities and Economies,” but, as of press time, the roster of speakers had yet to be confirmed.
With less than a year to go before the jurisdiction of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) extends to aircraft operations, delegates will continue the impact of the revised approach to rulemaking. There is concern that new rules will increase operating costs at a time when the industry can ill afford greater financial burdens.
Another key session will look at requirements, implementation and best practices for the new safety management system structure. Also on the conference agenda are the following topics: airport slots; the Single European Sky air traffic management initiative; new security rules and issues relating to the 2012 London Olympic Games; and the emissions trading scheme.
Several significant seminars and workshops are due to be held around the main Ebace convention program. These start on May 15 with an auditor accreditation event for the International Standards-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) process. The next day, there will be an introductory workshop on IS-BAO.
May 16 also sees the return to Geneva of the successful Safety Standdown event, promoted by EBAA and NBAA. Also to be held that day are the International Aircraft Transactions Conference and the International Flight Attendants Symposium.