With the goal of promoting a better understanding of the needs and benefits of business aviation in the Asia/Pacific region, the newly formed Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will prepare a professional brief to present to the civil aviation authorities throughout the region this year.
The annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is set to continue its seemingly relentless growth when it reconvenes in Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions (Palexpo) from May 20 to 22. High on the 2008 conference agenda are serious concerns about access to airports and to the U.S. generally, as well as pending new security requirements and possible environmental restrictions.
The honeymoon is over and newlyweds NBAA and EBAA are even happier about their EBACE union than they were after last year’s inaugural European Business and Aviation Convention (now Conference) and Exhibition.
There is too little business-aircraft training capacity in Europe, according to a European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) survey. “More training, simulators and training availability on [more] aircraft types are required,” based on input from 48 operators employing 774 pilots holding 803 type ratings and flying 244 aircraft.
Mordechai (Moti) Boness was named president of Israel Aircraft Industries International, the company’s American subsidiary headquartered in New York. Boness replaced David Onn, who retired after a 47-year career with the company. Boness, previously corporate vice president and general manager of IAI’s commercial aircraft group, joined the company in 1966.
Richard Ramsden joined Minneapolis-based Wells Fargo Equipment Finance as a
v-p specializing in corporate aircraft loans and leases. Ramsden came to the company from Bombardier Capital, where he was manager of aircraft finance.
Jeffrey Lee has been named chairman of the NBAA board of directors. He previously served as vice chairman and treasurer, and he replaces Kenneth Emerick, who will continue to serve on the executive committee. Pat Cunningham will replace Lee.
Businesses continue to increase the use of their aircraft–even if they are not in great numbers adding to their fleets–despite operational challenges in the name of security and access control. Representatives from U.S. and European aviation organizations discussed these and other issues at a presentation at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.
In Europe, reaction to September 11 included shock, outrage, empathy and resolve. Terrorism and the threat of violence have been staples of the European consciousness for decades. Whether it’s the Irish Republican Army in the UK or radical Islamic militants in Germany, Europeans have had to be far more conscious than Americans of the terror threat.
At the end of this month, Brian Humphries will take over as chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post. Humphries, who has been EBAA chairman since 1996, will retire from his day job as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the international flight department of the Royal Dutch Shell energy group.