New European rules on flight crew licensing (FCL) could undermine business aircraft operators who depend on being able to use pilots trained in the U.S., according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Aviation in the United Kingdom
Cessna Citation 500, London, UK, March 8, 2008–A missing rivet head
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is conducting a Web-based survey on flight-time limitations, the data from which will be used to help develop a tailored business aviation regulation for EU pilots. Business aviation operations have been covered by the same regulation applied to the airlines, but in June 2012 a new aviation safety regulation will take effect in Europe, meaning input from the bizav community is essential.
A final report from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a missing rivet head on a fuel shutoff valve that likely led to inadvertent engine shutdown was one of four “contributory factors” that resulted in the crash of a Cessna Citation 500 on March 8 some two miles northeast of London Biggin Hill Airport.
Over the 12 months since EBACE 2009 there has been a major improvement–you might almost say a revolution–in prospects for Russian business aviation. “Last year marked a turning point in the attitude of the Russian government and aviation authorities to our needs,” said Leonid Koshelev, chairman of the new Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. The recruitment process began last month and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview beginning late this month until a suitable applicant is found.
The political uncertainty surrounding the general elections being held today in Britain will undoubtedly have an effect on general aviation in the UK. Several key decisions in the aviation sector have been delayed until after the election. Whatever the outcome of the vote, these issues are unlikely to be resolved for several more weeks or months until a new government is fully operational.
Since the beginning of the economic crisis, European company executives flying in business jets largely have escaped being singled out as fat cats as infamously happened to the bosses of America’s big-three automakers when they flew from Detroit to Washington in three separate jets to ask for federal handouts in November 2008.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization in late June to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. BBGA has more than 160 member companies and represents a business and general aviation industry that is estimated to generate more than $5.3 billion for the UK economy.
Final agreement over the way the European Union’s new “common basic standards for aviation security” are implemented in the UK will not be achieved by the existing April 29 deadline and could well be delayed at least until late June due to the country’s general election, which at press time is widely expected to be held on May 6.