It is the perception of business aviation as a luxurious form of travel that has put a target on the industry’s back, EBAA chairman Brian Humphries said today at an EBACE luncheon. “I’m not sure flutes of champagne and luxurious interiors are what we want to be portraying right now,” he said.
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These are the hardest times the global business aviation community has ever faced, the industry was told by its leadership at yesterday’s opening general session of the EBACE show. Just as companies struggle to stay afloat in the treacherous undercurrents whipped up by a financial crisis of historic proportions, they are having to avoid being dragged down by the unwelcome weight of a new wave of regulatory requirements.
Key officials from the European Commission and Eurocontrol joined EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries and NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen on the podium at this morning’s EBACE opening general session, followed by a ribbon-cutting with EBAA chairman Rodolfo Baviera.
The ninth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) starts next Tuesday at Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland, though it’s expected to be a bit more subdued in light of the current global economic woes. This year’s theme–“The Right Tool for Challenging Times”–aims to give attendees the tools needed to improve efficiency, increase productivity, save money and help their businesses grow in this turbulent economy.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a campaign to make a strong case for the use of business aircraft during the current economic recession. The Brussels-based group has asked its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries through newspapers and media outlets in their own countries (translated into local languages).
Aircraft operators who will be subject to Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) from Jan. 1, 2012, need to start preparing now to be part of this complex process. Pre-compliance emissions monitoring will be conducted for flights in 2010 and 2011, and in order to participate, operators must submit a monitoring plan by this August for approval by year-end.
EBAA France, the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association, is exhibiting at EBACE for the first time (Booth No. 1301) as part of a new public relations effort to support a struggling industry. The group is demanding the French government issue tax waivers to ease the financial pain of the industry.
Europe’s emission trading scheme (ETS) takes effect in 2012, but operators need to have an approved monitoring plan by the end of this year to participate in pre-compliance monitoring in 2010 and 2011. EBACE Convention News asked EBAA president and CEO Brian Humphries about how the new rules will affect European operators:
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has reorganized its management team following departure last month of CEO Eric Mandemaker. The Brussels-based organization announced on April 2 that he had left the organization “with immediate effect by mutual consent.”
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended the comment periods for three key notices of proposed amendments (NPAs) under which it will assume