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.
Aviation in the United Kingdom
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.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is on a recruitment drive at the Dubai Airshow (Stand W144) looking to build on a membership base that already extends to a local branch here in the United Arab Emirates. The show also marks the swansong for the London-based organization’s chief executive, Keith Mans, who is about to retire and be replaced by former Messier-Dowty CEO Simon Luxmoore.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said it will show greater flexibility in how it takes over responsibility for air operations, flight crew licensing, oversight of non-European operators, air traffic management and airports over the next few years.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been representing the industry for more than 30 years, since its foundation in 1977. Arguably, 2009 could prove to be the most challenging year ever for Europe’s business aviation community as it deals with pressures resulting from a severe economic downturn and a new wave of regulatory challenges.
Short-haul operators in Europe have been seeing almost no growth in passenger numbers and have struggled to reduce capacity to offset lower traffic as the global economic downturn has turned to recession. After a disappointing 2008 that saw load factors fall, European Regions Airline Association (ERA) members now suffer “a considerable worsening” in demand.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued four safety recommendation as a result of the Sept. 15, 2007 fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS 350B2 Squirrel in Lanark, Scotland. The accident killed all four aboard–the pilot (world champion rally car driver Colin McRae), his young son, a friend of the son and an adult friend of the family.
Now more than five years old, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is succeeding in fulfilling its primary mission of implementing a single set of rules across 31 countries but the agency must reassess its stance on certification fees, according to industry stakeholders.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) today issued an interim report for the January 17 accident involving a British Airways Boeing 777 that landed short of Runway 27L at London Heathrow Airport.