The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has reorganized its management team following departure last month of CEO Eric Mandemaker. The Brussels-based organization announced on April 2 that he had left the organization “with immediate effect by mutual consent.”
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended the comment periods for three key notices of proposed amendments (NPAs) under which it will assume
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been representing the industry for more than 30 years, since its foundation in 1977. Arguably, 2009 could prove to be the most challenging year ever for Europe’s business aviation community as it deals with pressures resulting from a severe economic downturn and a new wave of regulatory challenges.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended the comment periods for three key notices of proposed amendment (NPA) under which it will assume responsibility for regulating aircraft operations. The deadlines for the industry to respond to NPA 2009-1 (operational suitability certificate) and NPA 2009-02a-02g (air operations) have been pushed back by two months to June 30 and July 31, respectively.
Inevitably, the 2009 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE, May 12 to 14) in Geneva will be viewed by a concerned industry as a barometer for how the business is weathering a global economic storm that shows little sign of abating. At face value the show seems set to present a brave face, with the overall scale of the exhibits down only slightly on last year’s record-setting edition.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) yesterday reorganized its management team following the April 2 departure of CEO Eric Mandemaker. The Brussels-based organization said that he had left the organization “with immediate effect by mutual consent.” EBAA will not directly replace Mandemaker, who took the post in October 2007, and president Brian Humphries will jointly hold the role of CEO.
The economic downturn is having a profound effect on business aviation in Europe, with air traffic management agency Eurocontrol reporting a 20-percent drop in average daily flights during January compared with the same period last year. Spain and the UK, where traffic dropped by 27 and 23 percent, respectively, so far are the most serious casualties among the 27 states of the European Union.
Air traffic management agency Eurocontrol announced that business aircraft activity in Europe was down by 20 percent in January this year compared with January 2008. Spain and the UK, where traffic dropped by 27 and 23 percent, respectively, were the most seriously affected among the EU’s 27 member nations.
Michael Scheeringa, former CEO of Flight Options, is joining Signature Flight Support as president and COO. He will also join the executive committee at Signature parent company BBA Aviation. Bruce Van Allen, Signature’s former president, is the new group marketing director at BBA Aviation, and will remain a member of the company’s executive committee.
The following is the full text of a January 12 letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries to explain the case for business aviation to European newspaper readers: