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.
European Business Aviation Association
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).
The political uncertainty surrounding the general elections being held today in Britain will undoubtedly have an effect on general aviation in the UK. Several key decisions in the aviation sector have been delayed until after the election. Whatever the outcome of the vote, these issues are unlikely to be resolved for several more weeks or months until a new government is fully operational.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is launching a new template for an emergency response plan that it wants to encourage operators to adopt. The plan will be introduced here at EBACE tomorrow afternoon at a briefing on emergency response planning scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Since the beginning of the economic crisis, European company executives flying in business jets largely have escaped being singled out as fat cats as infamously happened to the bosses of America’s big-three automakers when they flew from Detroit to Washington in three separate jets to ask for federal handouts in November 2008.
Despite the industry’s troubled times, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) now has more members than in its entire history–425 companies–and proportionally more of them are aircraft operators than ever before.
Bombardier Aerospace, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA yesterday announced that the fourth annual European Safety Standdown will be held on May 2 and 3 on the eve of this year’s EBACE show at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel in Geneva. Practical workshops, a staple of the North American Safety Standdown, will be introduced to the European seminar this year.
Some flights to large parts of Europe resumed today after six days of widespread disruption caused by ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland. Following the political intervention of European Union transport ministers late yesterday, restrictions were partially lifted in some countries but there was little or no flying in a core area of northern Europe.
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 in late June to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. BBGA has more than 160 member companies and represents a business and general aviation industry that is estimated to generate more than $5.3 billion for the UK economy.
This year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace, May 4 to 6) will open with the market still, at best, in slow recovery mode, but there is no denying the exceptional progress Europe’s business aviation sector has made since the first Ebace opened to mixed expectations in 2001.