Against the backdrop of a building economic crisis, a presidential race in which neither side seems particularly friendly toward business aviation and a vocal onslaught against “fat cat private jet polluters” from the airline and environmental lobbies, the NBAA Convention arrives in Orlando facing a range of difficult issues even as the industry’s overall health appears as strong as ever.
European Business Aviation Association
Despite U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assurances that it would streamline the process to allow European charter operators to fly into the U.S., the procedure is still difficult, say operators.
The prospect of mandatory French registration for all aircraft based in France appears to be fading following a recent census of foreign-registered aircraft conducted
by the country’s civil aviation authority (DGAC). Officials experienced difficulties gathering information for the census and were able to get firm data on only about
The European Parliament on Tuesday voted on a detailed plan to include aviation in the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS), a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade system that has been in place since 2005 for ground-based facilities such as coal-fired power plants. Final approval of the text in the EU lawmaking machinery is expected by year-end.
The Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee is encouraging aviation professionals to apply for a portion of the $25,000 in scholarship money provided by sponsors ExxonMobil, Avitat, Signature Flight Support, Million Air, Air Routing and Universal Weather and Aviation.
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.
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).