The prolific growth of the Middle East market for business aviation is expected to be very evident at the second Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition later this year. Organizers predict the three-day event, to be staged at Dubai’s Airport Expo Center November 16 to 18, will represent a more than 60-percent increase on the scale of the first MEBA conference, held in January 2007.
European Business Aviation Association
The European General Aviation Manufacturers Association (EGAMA) was launched at EBACE’07 in a bid to more closely coordinate the industry’s interests at a European level.
After low-cost carriers, business aviation now ranks number two in Eurocontrol’s latest traffic statistics. “Not long ago, business aviation was not even on the radar screen of the agency and other decision makers,” European Business Aviation Association chief executive Eric Mandemaker told attendees at the general and business aviation annual forum held at the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation in Brussels recently.
The potential impact of new environmental restrictions is high on the EBACE conference agenda here in Geneva this week.
The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility while remaining operationally viable has been identified as the biggest single challenge facing business aviation. This has prompted the business aviation industry to offer self-governing carbon-offset-based alternatives to the European Union’s CO2 emission trading scheme (ETS).
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is returning to the scene of its highly successful debut last April, when the second annual event opens its doors once again at Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions (Palexpo) from May 28 to 30.
The operations committee of Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) is pushing to get its JAR OPS 2 and 4 operating requirements adopted before the JAA is replaced by the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA will assume the JAA’s aircraft certification responsibilities next September.
The annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is set to continue its seemingly relentless growth when it reconvenes in Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions (Palexpo) from May 20 to 22. High on the 2008 conference agenda are serious concerns about access to airports and to the U.S. generally, as well as pending new security requirements and possible environmental restrictions.
The honeymoon is over and newlyweds NBAA and EBAA are even happier about their EBACE union than they were after last year’s inaugural European Business and Aviation Convention (now Conference) and Exhibition.
EBAA and NBAA are calling for nominations for the 2008 European Business Aviation Award, which will be presented at EBACE next month. The award was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20.