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:
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current recession. The Brussels-based group has asked its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries through newspapers and media outlets in their own countries (translated into local languages).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a media campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current economic recession. It is asking its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries that explains the benefits of business aviation to their local newspapers and media outlets.
James Ballough, the FAA’s long-time director of the Flight Standards Service, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Deputy director John Allen will succeed him. Also retiring effective January 3 is Ruth Leverenz, who most recently has served as acting deputy administrator of the agency. No replacement has yet been named for Leverenz.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Larry Flynn senior vice president for marketing and sales. He will replace Raynor Reavis, who has announced his retirement. Flynn remains a v-p of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics. Mark Burns will take Flynn’s positions as president for Gulfstream product support and president of General Dynamics Aviation Services.
In both personal and organizational terms, the new European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)–which successfully debuted in Geneva, last April–was a true international effort. The show is a joint venture between NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
EBAA here on Tuesday outlined its proposal for carbon offset pooling as an alternative means of compliance for the European Union emission trading scheme (ETS), in an effort to keep the administrative burden acceptable for small business aircraft operators.
The 2008 EBACE show will be the biggest yet, but it isn’t size that sets the event apart, according to Eric Mandemaker, new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). “This is such a focused show, focused on exactly that side of aviation that interests us. It’s accessible,” he added.
The potential impact of new environmental restrictions is high on the EBACE conference agenda here in Geneva this week.