Spanish FBO group Assistair Business Aviation Handling saw 10-percent growth in traffic levels in the first six months, compared with the same period last year. The company has five bases–at Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Gerona. Assistair's busiest period came in June when Valencia staged the Formula One European Grand Prix car race.
The European Union's €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) aeronautics research effort known as Clean Sky recently has gained momentum, and officials expect to see several demonstrators running on the ground or in the air by 2014 or 2015. After a slow start in 2008-2009, the so-called joint technology initiative (JTI) is now progressing at almost nominal speed.
On the opening day of Ebace 2010, EBAA and NBAA delivered 2010 European Business Aviation Awards to Elie Zelouf, senior vice president of Jet Aviation, and officials at Aéroports de Paris. According to NBAA, “This year’s award recipients have both demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing the business aviation industry.
Attendance at EBACE 2010 reached 11,106 registered visitors by the time the halls closed yesterday. With new visitors expected today, this is set to be the show’s second-most-attended year if it passes the 11,267 total achieved in 2007. Last year’s event had the highest attendance to date, with 13,692 showgoers. Aircraft manufacturers have been logging business aircraft sales during the show, though not at the pace of two years ago.
Austrian politician Jörg Leichtfried cut the ceremonial ribbon for the official opening of EBACE yesterday, and industry leaders speculated, with good reason, that the event could mark the start of a gradual economic recovery after two years of severe difficulties.
The new Central Europe Private Aviation industry association has launched plans for a new business aviation trade show focused on central and eastern Europe. The first Cepa Expo will be held in the Czech Republic at Prague’s Vodochody Airport from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011. The first two days of the event will be for trade visitors only, followed by a public day on Saturday, October 1.
The new Central Europe Private Aviation Association (Cepa) will hold its inaugural conference in the Czech capital Prague on April 22 and 23. The group has been formed to represent and coordinate the interests of business aviation companies in new European Union states, including the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
One of the few public scheduled helicopter routes in the world, linking Helsinki, Finland to Tallin, Estonia, has been discontinued. Finnish operator Copterline has ceased flying over the Baltic Sea between the two capital cities. In April, it contracted UK-based International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) for the remarketing of two AgustaWestland AW139s. Last month, IBA announced the medium twins had been sold to U.S.-based operator PHI.
“In February 2009 we were forced to implement a 15-percent reduction in staff company-wide,” Lou Seno, president and CEO of Jet Support Services (JSSI), told AIN. “That reduction included a few of our European administrative personnel in Luxembourg; however, we are as committed as ever to our presence in Europe.” Seno said about one third of JSSI’s business is in Europe.
EuroAirport, which serves the cities of Basel, Switzerland; Mulhouse, France; and Freiburg, Germany; is home to a considerable maintenance and completion industry, with companies such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and Amac specializing in large aircraft. Last month Air Service Basel officially opened a new facility at the airport to serve owners of small and midsize executive jets.