March marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Since 1977, the Brussels-based group has defended the concerns of an industry that is steadily expanding. From modest beginnings, EBAA now represents the interests of more than 300 business aviation companies in Europe and a fleet of more than 600 aircraft.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has never had more work on its plate and the industry has never had a greater need for the group’s lobbying efforts on its behalf. This was the headline message from EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries as the 2007 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) prepared to open.
The EBACE conference program will today focus on the Single European Sky program and what it will mean for business aircraft operators. The session, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hall 7 Salon 1 will be moderated by Bo Redeborn, Eurocontrol’s director of ATM (air traffic management) strategies. He will be joined by guest speakers Steve Zerkowitz of ATM consultancy BluSky Services and Serge Lebourg from Dassault Aviation.
The seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) seems certain to be the largest event yet, with more than 10,000 visitors expected at Geneva’s Palais des Expositions convention center to view more than 300 exhibits and 50 aircraft. But the show (May 22 to 24) will also be an important forum for some big issues now facing the business aviation community in Europe.
Business aircraft manufacturers and operators had better tackle their environmental image sooner rather than later. Global warming has replaced noise as the number-one aviation-related environmental concern. The diagram on page 44 shows how easy it could be for green lobbies to persuade the public that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by business jets is even less acceptable than that of airliners.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is looking for a new CEO to succeed Brian Humphries, who will become part-time president of the Brussels, Belgium-based group. Humphries took the chief executive’s position on a part-time basis in 2004, having previously been EBAA chairman while also serving as managing director of Shell Aviation.
The first of the new regional forums organized by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) will be staged at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 10. The event, which is being hosted by the Jet Aviation FBO on the south side of the airport, will consist of sessions covering regulatory and operational issues, as well as a small exhibition.
The economy is emerging from the soup not with the sudden clarity of a westbound flight through the shattered remnants of a cold front, but more as if it were groping its way through the patchy passing of a stubborn warm front. Against this backdrop, business aviation met in Geneva, Switzerland, and dared to hope that the improvement is durable enough to mark a sustained upswing in the economic cycle.
The annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) keeps going from strength to strength. At press time, the EBACE 2004 event (to be held May 25 to 27) had already outstripped last year’s show by logging sales for 100 more booth spaces–715 in total.
European Business Aviation Association chairman Brian Humphries is to become the group’s CEO in October. He will succeed Fernand François, who is retiring after 12 years as CEO. Humphries is set to step down from his current position as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the flight department of the Royal Dutch/Shell energy group, at the end of September.