John Batty, the recently retired chief pilot of Motorola’s European flight department, this month becomes the new chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA). He is replacing Derek Leggett, who is retiring.
TAG Aviation’s all-new business aviation facilities at the UK’s Farnborough Airport were due to go into operation at the end of last month. At press time, the company was about to receive the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) airport license that will allow it formally to take control of the airfield from the Ministry of Defence under a 99-year lease.
Next year’s 60th anniversary Farnborough Airshow should be a record-breaker, according to organizers Farnborough International (Stand W106). Sales are at the highest level ever seen at this stage in the biennial cycle, the company said, and exhibitors’ plans are correspondingly ambitious.
Farnborough Airport officially came under the control of TAG Aviation on February 5, when the Swiss-based group signed a 99-year lease with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
John Batty, the newly appointed chief executive of the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA), has set himself a couple of important goals: a successful membership drive to boost the organization’s resources; and a closer and more effective working relationship with both the European Business Aviation Association and Britain’s General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association.
Paradoxically, business aviation will have both a lower and a higher profile at this year’s Farnborough Air Show, to be held July 22 to 28 in the UK. Lower, because several executive aircraft manufacturers have opted to give the event a miss this time around. Higher, because, for the first time ever, the UK airport will not be closed to corporate traffic for the duration of the show.
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Organizers of the UK’s biennial Farnborough International Air Show (to be held July 19 to 25) have signed up several major exhibitors for the event’s new Business Aircraft Park, with some manufacturers including regional airliners in its separate static display area alongside their executive transports.
TAG Aviation will start building an executive terminal at the London-area Farnborough Airport right after this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. The $20 million facility will be the centerpiece of the business aviation center that TAG has developed at the airport, which it operates under a 99-year lease from Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).
TAG Aviation last week opened its newly refurbished business aircraft maintenance facility at the UK’s Farnborough Airport. TAG acquired the former Farnborough Aviation Services Engineering Technologies last November and has since modernized the 35,000-sq-ft operation, which has been renamed TAG Farnborough Engineering. The company plans to acquire factory-authorized service approvals for Falcons and Challengers.