EBACE 2011 brought innovation aplenty on the show floor with a wealth of new cockpit technology to enhance safety and efficiency, and yet more elegance at the client end of the aircraft in the cabin. Meanwhile, exhibitors–drawn from an increasingly wide radius now spanning the Middle East, Africa and Asia - feverishly forged new alliances with each other.
EBACE Convention News » 2011
British fuel supplier Shell Aviation (Stand 1343) has awarded ExecuJet Germany’s Berlin Schönefeld Airport FBO its Gold Fuelling Award. The award acknowledges health, safety, security and environmental performance. ExecuJet Aviation Group (Stand 242) won the tender to operate the general aviation terminal at the airport in January 2010. There are about 1,000 movements a month at the facility.
Honeywell (Stand 7044/7052) has introduced its mechanical protection plan, an extended repair and replacement program, for select Gulfstream and Pilatus models. The program provides coverage for mechanical parts for the environmental control systems and cabin pressure control systems of the Gulfstream G350/400/450/500/550/GIV/GIV-SP/V and the Pilatus PC-12 and PC-12NG.
Swiss-based aerospace technology group Ruag is justifiably proud of a recent blitz project. A Bombardier Global Express entered its hangar in Munich and rolled out just 12 weeks later after a complete (10-year) 8C-check, with a landing gear overhaul, fresh paint job and interior refurbishment for good measure. The challenge was met through expert coordination and planning.
New Piaggio Aero general manager Eligio Trombetta was in bullish form at EBACE as he outlined plans for the new P1XX jet, the next aircraft to join the Italian airframer’s stable. And it seems that the new model will be more of a step up from the existing P.180 Avanti than some had imagined.
They came to Geneva hoping to go home in a better mood, and many of them will, based on the uplifting experience EBACE delegates are having at this year’s show. After a couple of years in which the prevailing vibe at the bizav clan’s annual gathering has been one of mutual commiseration, EBACE 2011 has seen tangible evidence of recovery.
Just as EBACE has proved to be a game-changer for Europe’s business aviation community over the past decade, the new ABACE show will provide a key catalyst for the long-awaited growth of the industry in Asia. This was the promise of NBAA president Ed Bolen when he confirmed new dates for the ABACE 2012 event to be held at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport, home to China’s flagship executive aviation terminal.
As the HondaJet enters the final phases of FAA and EASA certification, Honda Aircraft employees are preparing for volume production and first deliveries, scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2012. The 263,400-sq-ft Honda Aircraft production facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, opened in April.
The Gulf region is recognized as one of the key markets for private aviation, and Middle East Business Aviation Association (Stand 1751) chairman Ali Al Naqbi is determined to help shape it as a safe one.
Former Biggin Hill Airport director Peter Lonergan and Comlux Aviation Group president Richard Gaona are the recipients of the 2011 European Business Aviation Awards, which are given jointly by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The awards were presented here at EBACE on Tuesday during the opening session.
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