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.
European Business Aviation Association
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. Separately, Dayton Lehman, a representative of the U.S.
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.
Noticing that aircraft finance companies were more prominent here this year, EBACE Convention News did a quick walkabout to see when they first had booths at the show and what their impressions were.
EBAA here on Tuesday outlined its proposal for carbon offset pooling as an alternative means of compliance for the European Union emission trading scheme (ETS), in an effort to keep the administrative burden acceptable for small business aircraft operators.
The European Commission’s director for air transport, Daniel Calleja, pledged more “proportionate” rules for business aviation in the future, acknowledging that this segment of air transport has “too often been neglected in the past.” Here at EBACE during yesterday’s opening session, other speakers included EBAA CEO Eric Mandemaker, who insisted on the association’s participation in the environmental debate, and his U.S.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has created a European Safety of Flight Award and distributed an initial series to six recipients at EBACE. The award comes in four levels for different durations of operation without accident: Platinum for 100,000 hours or 50 years without accident, whichever comes first; Gold for 80,000 hours or 40 years, Silver for 60,000 hours or 30 years, and Bronze for 40,000 hours or 20 years.
Bombardier Aerospace marked EBACE eve with its second annual day-long European Safety Standdown, and made it clear that the program in Europe will continue.
The 2008 EBACE show will be the biggest yet, but it isn’t size that sets the event apart, according to Eric Mandemaker, new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). “This is such a focused show, focused on exactly that side of aviation that interests us. It’s accessible,” he added.