With its partners at NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) this week stages its 11th annual EBACE show here in Geneva. The event already is 16 percent up in size on last year and is the biggest yet in terms of the amount of exhibit space booked. And the association itself is back on growth mode, with almost 500 members and around four or five more joining each week.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges, said speakers at today’s EBACE opening general session. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges. This was the message pervading the opening general session for the 11th edition of EBACE. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.
As EBAA COO Pedro Vicente Azua noted, Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility is already enabling operators to measure their CO2 emissions. At the global level, IBAC has proposed that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) develop a metric suitable for business aviation. In the continued absence of an ICAO formula, IBAC is suggesting that the industry could adopt the metric already developed by GAMA.
Business aviation is now a global business but it is being held back by the lack of a global regulatory structure, according to leading industry lobbyist speaking on the eve of this week’s EBACE show.
The UK business aviation lobby has launched a vigorous campaign to convince the British government that its plans to extend the existing airline passenger duty (APD) to private aviation are discriminatory and disproportionate.
Flight-time limitations that apply to airlines cannot be applied to business aviation, according to European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) president and chief executive Brian Humphries, who emphasized that the rules governing flight-crew duty times should accommodate “the nature and pattern of business aircraft operations.” The EASA participates in the flight-times limitation (FTL) working group and will join
Charles Celli has been named v-p of Gulfstream’s Savannah service center operations. Most recently he was senior v-p for completions services, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia for fellow General Dynamics company Jet Aviation.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is refocusing its lobbying efforts as it seeks to address regulatory inconsistencies not only between Western Europe and the emerging market in Eastern Europe, but also within Western Europe itself. At the same time, the group is pushing for greater regulatory harmonization between the rules governing commercial and non-commercial operations of business aircraft.
Business aviation growth in Eastern Europe is bouncing back, according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). New data presented at the association’s regional forum in the Austrian capital Vienna on January 20 showed 2010 traffic throughout Eastern Europe up by 10 percent on 2009, with countries such as the Ukraine showing increases of more than 20 percent.