Air traffic management agency Eurocontrol announced that business aircraft activity in Europe was down by 20 percent in January this year compared with January 2008. Spain and the UK, where traffic dropped by 27 and 23 percent, respectively, were the most seriously affected among the EU’s 27 member nations.
European Business Aviation Association
The following is the full text of a January 12 letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries to explain the case for business aviation to European newspaper readers:
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current 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).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a media campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current economic recession. It is asking its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries that explains the benefits of business aviation to their local newspapers and media outlets.
James Ballough, the FAA’s long-time director of the Flight Standards Service, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Deputy director John Allen will succeed him. Also retiring effective January 3 is Ruth Leverenz, who most recently has served as acting deputy administrator of the agency. No replacement has yet been named for Leverenz.
MEBA organizers have declared themselves astonished by the impressive growth of the Middle East’s new biennial business aviation show. With 250 exhibitors from 29 countries along with 78 aircraft having converged here at Airport Expo Dubai this week, the 2008 edition will be 175 percent larger than the first show in January 2007.
The impact of the European Union’s plans to include aviation in its emission trading scheme (ETS)–a CO2 cap-and-trade system that has been in place since 2005 for ground-based facilities like coal-fired powerplants–is becoming clearer. The directive has yet to win approval, but a draft text adopted in July by the European Parliament already indicates that small operators will be exempt.
Business aviation growth in Europe is down sharply on last year’s numbers, according to the latest traffic figures from Eurocontrol, suggesting that the economic slowdown has started to make people think twice before chartering a business aircraft.
The organizers of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, a joint venture between NBAA and European counterpart EBAA, expect the 2009 edition of the show to be about the same size as the 2008 event, but are working on improvements aimed at making the convention better than ever. EBACE 2009 will take place from May 12 to 14 at the PalExpo convention center next to Geneva’s international airport.
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.