At its inaugural staging in April, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) did more than enough to seize a space for itself in the world’s crowded airshow calendar.
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The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published in April its Terms of Reference, which describe the organization’s objectives and structure. EGAST, the third element of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), is a voluntary partnership among the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and the GA industry.
During the Berlin Air Show ILA last week, German Business Aviation Association (GBAA) chairman Dr. Bernd Gans pointed out that the emission trading scheme for aircraft operators planned by the European Commission will further increase the already heavy administrative burden that business aviation operators endure. GBAA is the German chapter of the European Business Aviation Association.
Looking ahead to the introduction of very light jets (VLJs) into its airspace over the next 10 years, Eurocontrol has established two initiatives to understand the effect of VLJs in the ATC system. The first is the VLJ Integration Platform (VIP), a group of air navigation service providers (ANSPs), manufacturers, regulators and operators with a meeting planned for October 14 and 15.
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).
Three months after September 11 corporate flight departments with aircraft registered outside the U.S. were still experiencing serious difficulties operating into and within U.S. airspace. For each planned flight, not-for-hire operators (Part 91 equivalent) are still required to apply to the FAA for waivers to the ban on non-N-registered aircraft that was imposed after September 11.
Former EBAA CEO Fernand François and Jack Olcott, his counterpart from NBAA at the time, launched the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition eight years ago. Today, EBACE has grown by leaps and bounds.
Business aircraft operators should be more vocal when requesting slots at congested European airports, according to presenters yesterday at an information session on airport access. But a European Commission representative and the chairman of the EU airport coordinators association (EUACA) had converging viewpoints when pressed by operators who worry about getting kicked out of airports.
Women in Aviation International is attending EBACE for the first time this year due to the increasing number of its members in Europe. The association is also meeting with current WAI chapters, including Aviation for Women in Europe (which is planning a conference in Norway this September) and with new chapters forming in Madrid and Dublin.
Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe, received the EBACE 2008 European Business Aviation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to European business aviation. The award was handed over in a ceremony prior to the opening day. Eric Mandemaker, CEO of EBAA, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO NBAA, both underlined in their speeches the leadership of Booth and NetJets in the development of business aviation in Europe.