European policy makers will this morning be told to stop kicking business aviation while it’s down at the opening general session of the 2012 EBACE show. New rules on airport slots, the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and new taxes imposed by Europe’s cash-strapped governments are all conspiring to keep the industry’s prospects flat, according to business aviation leaders gathering here in Geneva yesterday.
European Civil Aviation Conference
Mike Ambrose, director general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), slammed the European Commission last month for a failure to apply basic business-like practices when drafting legislative proposals, resulting in an environment that costs the European airline industry billions of euros, according to the ERA.
Eurocontrol has introduced a new screen-to-screen datalink between pilots and air traffic controllers at its Maastricht upper-area control (UAC) center in the Netherlands. The controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) system supplements existing voice contact by allowing text messages between screens in the cockpit and on the ground to reduce workload at both ends.
“Aviation is emerging from the most difficult period in its history to date. This recovery is still fragile. It is under pressure from fuel costs, uncertain stability in regions, military conflicts, international terrorism and changes in the business model by low-cost carriers.
The future of air traffic management in Europe continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the aviation community. Some of the complex issues concerned have been discussed for years and others are now coming to a head in the wake of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative and its associated SESAR ATM research program.
On behalf of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), two separate task forces are tackling the vexed issue of regulating fractional ownership operations in Europe. One group is focusing on safety and licensing concerns and the other on security. Neither is expected to complete its recommendations until the middle of the year, according to an ECAC spokeswoman.
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has deferred proposed security requirements for fractional ownership flights operating into Europe. ECAC discussed the issue at a meeting early last month, but at press time a spokesperson reported that no final decision had been reached. The DOT has proposed that Europe adopt the twelve-five standard security program required for U.S. air-taxi aircraft that have mtows of more than 12,500 pounds.
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has deferred a decision on proposed security arrangements for fractional-ownership flights operating into Europe. The Paris-based organization discussed the issue at a meeting on December 7 and 8, but a spokesperson reported that ECAC has not yet reached a final decision.