With Europe’s economy facing another year of uncertainty, the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) will open to a business aviation community that is increasingly impatient for signs of a lasting recovery. At face value, some indicators since last year’s event are encouraging, with traffic levels climbing in an intermittent way.
The FAA proposed on Friday to severely limit participation in the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program by requiring those who want their aircraft data blocked when conducting IFR flights in the U.S.
With the Department of Transportation considering establishing limitations on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr), NBAA has surveyed members and forwarded information to the agency.
When NBAA’s annual Schedulers and Dispatchers conference last visited Savannah, Ga., in 2008, it was at the apex of the industry’s most recent successful period. That conference attracted more than 2,600 attendees, the highest total in the show’s history, as well as 390 exhibitors. The end of that year marked the start of the recession that has ravaged economies around the world.
NBAA announced the dates for this year’s four regional business aviation forums. The first takes place on February 17 at the Avitat FBO at Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport. On April 14, Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field will host the forum, while the third event on June 8 will be held at Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
Business aviation companies have been among the first to sign up for a return to the new Bahrain International Airshow when the second biennial event is next staged Jan. 19-21, 2012. Among the bizav exhibitors at the show will be TAG Aeronautics, MENA Aerospace and local aircraft charter and management firms Bexair and Cessna.
Discussing the recession and predictions of a business aviation industry recovery, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture recently told AIN there have been some positive signals, including an increase in flight hours and revenue from service and parts sales. But he also sounded a note of caution.
NBAA released its 2010 Business Aviation Fact Book, a comprehensive profile of the industry that provides real-world information and data about its value. According to the report, business aviation contributes some $150 billion to U.S. economic output and generates more than a million jobs.
The 63rd edition of the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition exceeded the expectations of attendees and exhibitors alike, registering 24,206 attendees for the three-day event–an increase of more than 5 percent over attendance last year.