Business Aviation Will No Longer Be Neglected, EC Official Says

 - May 20, 2008, 8:24 AM

During today’s EBACE opening session, European Commission director for air transport Daniel Calleja pledged more “proportionate” rules for business aviation in the future, acknowledging that this segment of air transport has “too often been neglected in the past.” According to Calleja, “The EC this year is launching key initiatives to make aviation more efficient, safer and environmentally sustainable.” He recognized the importance of general and business aviation, stating, “Almost one-fifth of Eurocontrol aircraft movements and two-thirds of EASA type certificates are for general or business aviation.” The EC thinks aviation needs “better,” as opposed to more, regulation, Calleja asserted. He promised the EC would make sure future safety regulations apply to business aircraft in a proportionate way. Another challenge Calleja sees concerns the international nature of the industry. “We want a level playing field,” he said, a sentiment echoed by NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The U.S. requires a 10-day notice for business flights from Europe. Yet, when we [Americans] face similar requirements in emerging countries, we find it unacceptable,” Bolen said. “We need to get our house in order.”