Environment, access and security are still the three main challenges that business aviation has to address in Europe, EBAA CEO Brian Humphries said yesterday morning at the opening session of EBACE 2006. In spite of some progress, he highlighted that a common theme in these issues is misperception by governments, administrations and other industries.
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.
Avinode is back at EBACE (Booth No. 754) to present its new price quotation tool and new availability board. The Swedish firm provides pricing, availability and flight time information, as well as photos of the aircraft, which are sorted by category, model, operator and actual net charter price.
This morning’s EBACE 2006 Opening General Session, starting at 10:30 in Ballroom B, promises to provide important “need to know” information about the state of European business aviation, according to Brian Humphries, EBAA chief executive, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the U.S. National Business Aviation Association and moderator of the session.
TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe. The new building at the London-area Farnborough Airport was officially opened yesterday by Britain’s Prince Andrew in a ceremony attended by many top industry executives en route to the EBACE show here in Geneva.
Honda Aircraft has selected four U.S. Piper distributors to sell and service the HondaJet, the Japanese manufacturer announced here at NBAA’06.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.
Each year NBAA recognizes member companies with superb safety records. In 1998, the organization started making special note of companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is organizing a show at Dubai Airport Expo to run January 31 through February 1. The gathering will include a conference, an exhibition floor, a static display and chalets, and is planned as an annual event. Formed early this year in Dubai, the not-for-profit organization hopes to have 30 to 40 members by December.