EBACE Convention News - 2012

EBACE Convention News

Lagging growth in Europe business aviation remains a concern, but encouragement is to be found in greater numbers of flights last year, according to Bombardier Aerospace in its current market forecast for 2011-30. Although utilization levels during 2011 were not back to pre-recession levels, business jet movements continued to improve, relative to the previous year, said the annual document. It noted that business aviation activity in the region 12 months ago was some 12 percent up on the second half of 2009 and 3 percent higher than in 2010.

With aircraft owners facing continuing headaches over importing aircraft into the European Union, offshore registrations are increasingly being considered as a more flexible option. At the same time, lawyers have been scrambling to develop elegant solutions to avoid at least immediate liability for punitive rates of value added tax through deferral schemes.

With Europe facing fresh financial turmoil with a possible fresh squeeze on capital and VAT tax rules still causing importation headaches, is it any wonder that it’s hard to adopt an optimistic outlook on the market for preowned aircraft? Here at the EBACE 2012 show, the consensus among brokers was generally that the market in this part of world is flat, flat, flat.

Operators of business and general aviation aircraft will have to accept that participation in the next-generation European airspace system will require them to invest in new equipment, as the concept of “first-come, first-served” is gradually retired.

Blackhawk (Stand 483) has closed a deal for another XP42 (PT6A-42) King Air aircraft upgrade here at EBACE 2012. The modification company is one of the largest non-OEM buyers of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. The lucky King Air scheduled for a facelift and performance boost is BB-748, operated by Halsted Aviation of Zimbabwe.

Cessna and Bombardier each announced new airplane projects at EBACE 2012 this week. Cessna will build the 4,000-nm Longitude, complementing its previously announced Latitude. Bombardier heralded two new members of the Learjet family, the Models 70 and 75.

Gulfstream’s G280 super-midsize business jet broke away from its flight-test program long enough to fly nonstop to Geneva from Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport. It is on display during the annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (EBACE).

Gulfstream’s developmental G650 ultra-long-range jet found a brief window in its test flight schedule to fly to Geneva for this year’s EBACE show.

EBACE static

Airplanes abound at the EBACE 2012 static display, from Cessna Citations to Global Expresses, Hawkers and all that business aviation has to offer.

AIN journalists bring listeners up to date on three major issues. Liz Moscrop looks into illegal charters, James Wynbrandt tackles the EU’s impending emissions trading scheme, and Bill Carey researched the Single European Sky.

Kenn Ricci

Business aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci has a unique perspective on the industry that to his diverse holdings that includes fractional provider Flight Options, maintenance firm Constant Aviation and aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace. To get his take on the state of the bizav industry, AIN sat down with him at the EBACE show, and he gave a fairly candid view.

Ralph Acs

AINonline News Editor David Lombardo spoke with Ralph Acs, Learjet vice president and general manager, and discussed the launch of the new Learjet 70 and 75.

Scott Ernest

Scott Ernest, the president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft. spoke with AIN News Editor David A. Lombardo, about the launch of the new Citation Longitude in the face of a tough market.

Fabio Gamba, Chief Executive of the European Business Aviation Association, spoke with AIN News Editor David A. Lombardo, about the state of the business aviation industry as we head into EBACE 2012.

Fabio Gamba, Chief Executive of the European Business Aviation Association, spoke with AIN News Editor David A. Lombardo, about the state of the business aviation industry as we head into EBACE 2012.

More Stories from EBACE 2012

May 18, 2012, 12:11 PM

AIN journalists bring listeners up to date on three major issues. Liz Moscrop looks into illegal charters, James Wynbrandt tackles the EU’s impending emissions trading scheme, and Bill Carey researched the Single European Sky.

May 16, 2012, 5:44 AM

Flight support solution provider Flightworx Aviation (Stand 2347) is launching a new web-based flight support platform, www.iView.aero, at this year’s EBACE show.

May 16, 2012, 5:35 AM

Flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) recently completed the upgrade of its full-flight simulators for Dassault’s current models to include smoke-generation capability for use in its initial training curriculum.

May 16, 2012, 5:34 AM

London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet.

May 16, 2012, 5:26 AM

Northrop Grumman (Stand 2321) announced here at EBACE that Cessna has chosen its navigation systems for the Citation Latitude business jet. One selection is the LCR-100 attitude and heading reference system, which uses both inertial navigation and GPS information.

May 16, 2012, 5:22 AM

Show organizers from the U.S. National Business Aviation Association, which jointly promotes the EBACE show, came to Geneva flushed with success (but doubtless fatigued too) after the successful relaunch of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The March 27-29 event in Shanghai was, by common consent, a resounding success–especially considering the many challenges that organizers faced in running a modern trade show in China’s main business city.

May 16, 2012, 5:11 AM

Lagging growth in Europe business aviation remains a concern, but encouragement is to be found in greater numbers of flights last year, according to Bombardier Aerospace in its current market forecast for 2011-30. Although utilization levels during 2011 were not back to pre-recession levels, business jet movements continued to improve, relative to the previous year, said the annual document. It noted that business aviation activity in the region 12 months ago was some 12 percent up on the second half of 2009 and 3 percent higher than in 2010.

May 16, 2012, 4:54 AM

How could sending your dirty plates to the fixed base operation (FBO) after a flight to have them washed in a dishwasher be lethal? All too easily, according to catering safety expert Paula Kraft, principal of Atlanta, Georgia-based Aviation Catering Consultants. If the ground handler services the lavatory, then takes his gloves off and brings your clean crockery back to the aircraft, he may, for example, unwittingly contaminate the fresh dishes with invisible fecal particles. Kraft spoke at EBACE on Wednesday May 16 on how to avoid such catastrophes.

May 16, 2012, 3:27 AM

BBA Aviation’s Ontic division is rapidly developing a new source of growth, the support of legacy electronics products. Ontic is an aerospace manufacturer that focuses on making parts and components that other original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) don’t want to make or can’t make efficiently anymore. The U.S. company also operates repair stations to support the products that it makes.

May 16, 2012, 12:30 AM

Three years after entering service, Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 100 has surpassed 100,000 total flight hours. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Luciano Castro, vice president of programs, Embraer Executive Jets.

May 16, 2012, 12:25 AM

Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 1131) and ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich (Stand 136) announced at EBACE an expansion of their relationship to include ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services in Mainland China. The agreement enables ExecuJet to represent Greenwich AeroGroup parts distribution, repair and overhaul services at all of its locations, and positions both companies to enhance the services offered to China-based and transient aircraft owners and operators.

May 16, 2012, 12:15 AM

London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet. Starting this week, Concierge is conducting its activities under a UK air operator’s certificate. The company has fleet expansion plans and is also offering aircraft management services. Managing director Glen Smith used to work for Air Partner.

May 16, 2012, 12:15 AM

Universal Avionics (Stand 639) has contributed a UniLink UL-800/801 communications management system for installation in a Swiss-based Bombardier Challenger CL-601 that frequently travels along North Atlantic tracks helping to test the Future Air Navigation System (Fans), which is beginning to be utilized by Eurocontrol. The UniLink box is in full compliance with Fans standards.

May 16, 2012, 12:10 AM

EU-funded project Accepta is co-funding the publishing of Egnos (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System) landing procedures and/or installing its navigation equipment at 40 additional airports in 11 European countries by the end of 2013. The countries soon to get the system at their airports include Finland, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Spain. Egnos, Europe’s equivalent of Waas GPS, has many benefits including operational, economic (especially for business aviation), safety and environmental, said the company.

May 15, 2012, 11:55 PM

Eurojet Aviation has opened a 41,000-sq-ft building at Birmingham Airport in the UK, ready to play its part servicing the upcoming onslaught of travelers arriving for the 2012 London Olympics. The building is equipped with a maintenance hangar specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Cessna Citation family. Eurojet has recently been designated an authorized Cessna Citation Service Center.

 

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