The Romanian air force took delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan at Bucharest-Otopeni air base. Seven Spartans are on order to replace the last of Romania’s Communist-era transports and to bolster the transport fleet’s ability to support international operations. The last aircraft is due in 2012.
Transport in Europe
Researchers across Europe have made substantial progress in their pursuit of the cleaner, more fuel efficient engines that will be needed if air traffic is to continue growing without its environmental impact becoming unacceptable.
Despite the ERA’s furious protest against what it regards as anticompetitive government subsidies to rail operators, the darlings of the powerful European environmental lobby continue to draw traffic away from ERA members and regional airlines in general.
Aegean Airlines chief operating officer Antonis Simigdalas has to rummage among framed certificates stacked by his desk to find the Greek regional’s independent air-carrier licence (ACL), the first issued in Greece. A man in a hurry, the airline executive has had no time to mount the document on his Athens office wall.
In Europe, reaction to September 11 included shock, outrage, empathy and resolve. Terrorism and the threat of violence have been staples of the European consciousness for decades. Whether it’s the Irish Republican Army in the UK or radical Islamic militants in Germany, Europeans have had to be far more conscious than Americans of the terror threat.
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.
The annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) keeps going from strength to strength. At press time, the EBACE 2004 event (to be held May 25 to 27) had already outstripped last year’s show by logging sales for 100 more booth spaces–715 in total.
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.
Deutsche Bahn-owned supply-chain management organizations Schenker and BAX Global (Hall 2 Stand C1), which are being prepared for future operation under the former name, are exhibiting together for the first time to promote their respective aerospace and defense services, logistics and distribution solutions.
Dr. Rudolfo Baviera is the new chairman of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Baviera, chairman and CEO of Italian charter and aircraft management firm Eurofly Service, will succeed Brian Humphries at the end of next month. Humphries will become EBAA’s full-time CEO, succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.