Despite the fact that the UK, at least, has been enforcing the security rules of European Union Framework Regulation 2320 since it was first published in September 2002–a policy that has been hampering business aviation with some cumbersome and ambiguous security screening procedures–there still seems to be disagreement over whether this is actually an adopted and enforceable rule or merely a proposal up for comment.
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As the debate within EBAA has raged over the past 12 months, opponents of the IWG-BAO’s recommendations for a European version of the Part 91K rules for fractional ownership have complained that the increased flexibility that these allow would give an unfair competitive advantage.
The leadership of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) believes it has now reached a workable consensus on the complex and contentious issue of how to regulate fractional ownership operations. According to EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries, the key to achieving a solution that all parts of the industry can accept is an anticipated breakthrough in getting U.S.
Environment, access and security are still the three main challenges that business aviation has to address in Europe, EBAA CEO Brian Humphries said yesterday morning at the opening session of EBACE 2006. In spite of some progress, he highlighted that a common theme in these issues is misperception by governments, administrations and other industries.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) have announced that the city of Geneva, as host of EBACE for the last six years, and FlightSafety International will be recognized this week with the EBACE 2006 European Business Aviation Award for their contribution to the success of business aviation.
This morning’s EBACE 2006 Opening General Session, starting at 10:30 in Ballroom B, promises to provide important “need to know” information about the state of European business aviation, according to Brian Humphries, EBAA chief executive, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the U.S. National Business Aviation Association and moderator of the session.
The DOT has moved to ease restrictions on access to U.S. skies for foreign charter operators. It will now allow as many as 12 charter trips per year into the U.S., up from the previous six, before operators would have to embark on the cumbersome and costly process of applying for a Part 129 foreign carrier certificate. There are no such restrictions on U.S. charter companies flying into Europe.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is organizing a show at Dubai Airport Expo to run January 31 through February 1. The gathering will include a conference, an exhibition floor, a static display and chalets, and is planned as an annual event. Formed early this year in Dubai, the not-for-profit organization hopes to have 30 to 40 members by December.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has moved to ease restrictions on access to U.S. skies for foreign charter operators. It will increase to 12 (from six) the number of flights any one operator can make per year into the country before having to apply for a Part 129 foreign carrier certificate, and address applications on an ad hoc basis pending a permanent rule change that could take another two years to implement.
European charter operators are expressing increasing frustration about what they have come to regard as anti-competitive restrictions on their ability to fly in and out of the U.S.