The 10th annual EBACE show opens as a sell-out this morning. The scale of the event should serve as encouragement to Europe’s business aviation community that it is at last turning the corner on a tumultuous period of downturn and uncertainty.
OnAir (Booth No. 783), the in-flight and on-board connectivity provider owned by Airbus and SITA, has created a portal providing up-to-date information on EBACE at http://mobile.ebace.aero. The portal can be accessed on board suitably equipped aircraft and provides daily schedules and news.
The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention doesn’t rank as the biggest or most heavily attended trade show on the aviation event calendar, but for those who work in the avionics industry the time spent at AEA often proves more valuable than what can be gained from traveling to larger shows like the NBAA Convention and Ebace.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) opened its new European headquarters at the London-area Farnborough Airport last month. The operation will be led by JSSI president and CEO Louis Seno, who has relocated to the UK from the group’s Chicago headquarters.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is reporting strong turnout on the opening day of its annual convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. About 1,500 people have registered for the show, which features 135 exhibitors and dozens of new product introductions.
This year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace, May 4 to 6) will open with the market still, at best, in slow recovery mode, but there is no denying the exceptional progress Europe’s business aviation sector has made since the first Ebace opened to mixed expectations in 2001.
A federal judge for the District of Columbia has ruled that aircraft tail numbers submitted for blockage under NBAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program must be made available in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But the ruling does not permit the disclosure of real-time flight data, historical data or operator names.
A dramatic drop in attendance at last year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference–2,027 compared with 2,612 in 2008–led to concerns for the 2010 conference, coming as it was amid an industry looking for some sign of revival. But according to Jo Damato, NBAA staff liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, this year’s event was “terrific.”
NBAA has added six courses to its professional development program (PDP). The new offerings in the program’s educational lineup satisfy specific module requirements in the association’s certified aircraft manager program and can be completed in three different ways, according to Jay Evans, NBAA’s director of operations.
John Winant, NBAA’s first president, died on January 13 at the age of 85. Elected to the association’s board of directors in 1957, he became its first full-time head in 1971. During his 15-year leadership, NBAA’s membership tripled to almost 3,000 companies, and its annual meeting and convention became one of the world’s largest aviation events.