In both personal and organizational terms, the new European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)–which successfully debuted in Geneva, last April–was a true international effort. The show is a joint venture between NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
NBAA held its annual meeting October 31 at its Washington headquarters, a move required by the association’s bylaws and the laws of the District of Columbia. The session would normally have been held at the annual meeting and convention, which has been postponed until this month.
During today’s EBACE opening session, European Commission director for air transport Daniel Calleja pledged more “proportionate” rules for business aviation in the future, acknowledging that this segment of air transport has “too often been neglected in the past.” According to Calleja, “The EC this year is launching key initiatives to make aviation more efficient, safer and environmentally sustainable.” He recognized the importance of general
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has created a European Safety of Flight Award and distributed an initial series to six recipients at EBACE. The award comes in four levels for different durations of operation without accident: Platinum for 100,000 hours or 50 years without accident, whichever comes first; Gold for 80,000 hours or 40 years, Silver for 60,000 hours or 30 years, and Bronze for 40,000 hours or 20 years.
Flight Display Systems, a leading manufacturer of in-flight entertainment equipment, has unveiled at EBACE the updated version of its 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, “developed with European dealer concerns in mind.” The FD70CV-M upgrade model has an all-metal housing (replacing the plastic version, which is still being offered). It is 14-percent thinner and 12-percent shorter than its predecessor and has FAA parts manufacturer approval.
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.
For any business aircraft manufacturers that have so far resisted the temptation, it is not too late to book space to display products and services at the Farnborough International airshow (FI2008), the global aerospace show taking place in the UK, July 14 to 21.
Compared with its presence at previous EBACE shows, the Russian business aviation contingent this year has grown to such an extent that it includes two industry associations and a significant cluster of exhibitors practically forming a separate Russian “street” in the exhibit hall.
The fourth Bombardier Continental super-midsize business jet to join the flight-test program is the first aircraft to have a complete interior, functional galley and lavatory. The airplane, which entered flight test last month, features double-club seating for eight passengers, aft vanity with hot and cold water, in-flight phone with two cabin headsets, DVD player and Airshow with two 15-in. flat-screen monitors.
Flush with the success of the forum and static display held at Chicago DuPage Airport (DPA) in June, NBAA held another such event last month at Fort Worth (Texas) Meacham International Airport (FTW). The terminal there was transformed into a mini convention center, and an estimated 1,500 people attended the one-day event’s forums and training meetings.