The European general aviation industry has created a counterpart to the U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in an effort to head off the threat posed by a barrage of new EU regulations.
European Business Aviation Association
The European Parliament and Council of the European Union are debating the inclusion of aviation in Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (a so-called “cap and trade” system for CO2 emissions) under the European Community’s “co-decision process.” Key votes are due next month from the transport and environment committees of the Parliament, before a plenary session in November potentially sets its final form in concrete if the two Community institut
Recent European orders for executive turbine aircraft, including VLJs, signal an influx of executive aircraft into European airspace. Will the Continent’s existing infrastructure be able to accommodate the increasing executive air traffic at a time when scheduled low-cost and holiday charter airlines are also rapidly expanding?
Although foreign operators are unhappy over the complications they face in obtaining clearances to fly non-U.S.-registered into the U.S., in general the post-9/11 security rules are not insurmountable.
A recent Eurocontrol-sponsored VLJ workshop gave the agency and potential operators the opportunity to discuss the impact of the coming class of very light jets (VLJs) on the ATC system. While Eurocontrol suggests that the small jets will tax the system, representatives from the business aviation sector maintain that they will not have a dramatic impact on the system.
Everybody knows that China is a fast-growing economy of staggering size. However, business aviation in that part of the world has remained relatively inconspicuous–until now.
One of Eurocontrol’s senior navigation managers says the business aviation community should be acting now to prepare for the introduction of the EGNOS (European geostationary navigation overlay service) augmented satellite approach and landing system.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has grown to 41 members since the last EBACE show, up from 30. Demand for business aviation products and services in the Middle East “is still there and still growing,” said Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi, MEBAA founding chairman. “That’s a good sign.”
European politicians and the wider environmental lobby have made it clear that aviation is firmly in their sights in the struggle to halt what is broadly perceived as manmade global warming. Yesterday, here in the opening session of the EBACE conference, the business aviation community made it clear that they aren’t hiding from the issue.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?