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European Business Aviation Association
Today it’s hard to believe but in 2001 when the new European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was launched not everyone was convinced it would be a success. Now, with the 10th annual event being held this week, EBACE has established itself as the undisputed gathering place for Europe’s business aviation community and indeed for the wider global industry. Here AIN reflects on
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.
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The 10th annual EBACE show opens as a sell-out this morning. The scale of the event should serve as encouragement to Europe’s business aviation community that it is at last turning the corner on a tumultuous period of downturn and uncertainty.
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At the annual EBACE press reception today, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) president and CEO Brian Humphries reported that the halls of the 10th EBACE were sold out, with 436 companies and organizations attending, up from 411 last year. He added that 65 aircraft were booked at the static park, which is also well up from last year, while attendee numbers were heading for more than 9,500, up 6 percent from a year ago.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. The recruitment process began last month and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview beginning late this month until a suitable applicant is found.
The viability of business aviation’s continued participation in Europe’s controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS) should be decided at a meeting of Eurocontrol’s air navigation services board on May 6.
France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).