EBACE Convention News

Irish Bizav Group Officially Launches at EBACE

 - May 24, 2022, 9:10 AM
Irish Business & General Aviation Association (left to right): Joe Buckley, Founding Executive Director; Niall Connors; Assistant Director; Nicholas Butterfield, Manager; Josh Stewart, Founding Chairman. (Photo: David McIntosh)

The Irish Business & General Aviation Association (IBGAA) has selected this year’s EBACE as the venue for its official launch. The organization was formed back in 2020 during the height of Covid with several founding members including ACASS Ireland, Gainjet Ireland, and Woodgate Aviation. It was able to secure a member-sharing agreement with EBAA at its start.

“Private jets are a long-established segment of the Irish aviation ecosystem and the formation of IBGAA is a welcome development in this space as Ireland looks towards the future and the recovery from the past years of stagnation in the sector,” noted Irish aviation regulator Diarmuid Ó Conghaile. “We look forward to working with the IBGAA membership and continue to offer our world-class registry services through the EI and EJ register.”

Having since grown to 25 members, the association is also an accepted member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

The group will hold its first conference this November in Limerick at the Adare Manor resort with Gulfstream as its first, premier sponsor. Among the planned topics are: How U.S. CBP pre-clearance at Shannon Airport has become major success, how setting up in Ireland can provide entry to the European market, business aviation for leisure in the post-Covid world, and how private charter can support international corporates and bolster economies.

IBGAA’s founding trio and industry veterans Josh Stewart, Joe Buckley, and Dave Scully are on hand at the Irish Aviation Association booth (G87) to discuss the event with prospective attendees.

“Our conference will outline the advantages of using Ireland as a European base,” explained Scully. “It is a highly attractive location for business aviation aircraft registration, ownership, and aircraft leasing.”