On behalf of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), two separate task forces are tackling the vexed issue of regulating fractional ownership operations in Europe. One group is focusing on safety and licensing concerns and the other on security. Neither is expected to complete its recommendations until the middle of the year, according to an ECAC spokeswoman.
At the EBACE gathering in Geneva earlier this year, the joint industry working group on business aircraft operations (IWG-BAO), which includes NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), presented the initial findings of its work on corporate, fractional and commercial operations, with a view toward making a recommendation to the ECAC Task Force on fractional ownership.
Averitable order bonanza totaling an estimated $420 million, a new attendance record (7,667) and some industry surprises were the highlights of the fifth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held May 18 to 20 in Geneva. But the decidedly upbeat event lacked announcements of clean-sheet, new aircraft designs.
Dr. Rudolfo Baviera is the new chairman of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Baviera, chairman and CEO of Italian charter and aircraft management firm Eurofly Service, will succeed Brian Humphries at the end of next month. Humphries will become EBAA’s full-time CEO, succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
Ever since the FAA issued its final rule on “Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-demand Operations” known as Part 91, Subpart K [which took effect in the U.S. in February–Ed.] in September 2003, business aviation associations on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to harmonize regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations.
The U.S. DOT’s unwillingness to ease unpopular restrictions on foreign charter operators flying into the U.S. is jeopardizing moves on the other side of the Atlantic to reform rules covering fractional ownership.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been split by a major disagreement over what operating rules should apply to fractional ownership in Europe.
Europe’s EC2320 requirement for full passenger and crew security screening could be extended to aircraft weighing as little as 2.7 tons (5,952 pounds), according to Brian Humphries, chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association. This would include aircraft as small as some VLJs.
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