Despite U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assurances that it would streamline the process to allow European charter operators to fly into the U.S., the procedure is still difficult, say operators.
Mike Ambrose, director general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), slammed the European Commission last month for a failure to apply basic business-like practices when drafting legislative proposals, resulting in an environment that costs the European airline industry billions of euros, according to the ERA.
The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published in April its Terms of Reference, which describe the organization’s objectives and structure. EGAST, the third element of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), is a voluntary partnership among the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and the GA industry.
Ask former Bombardier Aerospace senior vice president for worldwide sales Jahid Fazal-Karim about the current state of the business aviation market and you’re likely to get a lesson in geography as well. Fazal-Karim, who this week became the managing director of aircraft sales and acquisition company Jetcraft Trading, said the business is increasingly becoming less U.S.-centric.
The European General Aviation Manufacturers Association (EGAMA) was launched at EBACE’07 in a bid to more closely coordinate the industry’s interests at a European level.
With the goal of promoting a better understanding of the needs and benefits of business aviation in the Asia/Pacific region, the newly formed Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will prepare a professional brief to present to the civil aviation authorities throughout the region this year.
“The changing dynamics of aviation have brought a lot of people to corporate aviation,” said corporate pilot Darcy Eggeman at last month’s Women in Aviation Conference. “The passengers want to know who’s flying the aircraft, who their flight attendants are and who their mechanics are. The best way to do that is to have their own aircraft.
Speaking at this year’s Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention in Montreal, ICAO president Dr. Assad Kotaite said, “The very constructive relationship that exists between ICAO and the International Business Aviation Council is based largely on our common objective of improving aviation safety.
New aviation regulations in China that aim to ease foreign investment in the civil aviation infrastructure and loosen government controls should encourage more business aircraft operations in the country, according to Uniworld, a corporate aviation handling and marketing facility in China. Uniworld says there are about 400 general aviation aircraft in China, with agricultural use accounting for about 140 of them.
Seven years after the chaos of 9/11, air travel has again reached record levels in the U.S, Europe and Asia. Despite increasing fears of a near-term recession in the U.S. caused in part by a dramatic surge in the U.S. dollar price of crude oil, international business aviation travel is also on the rise.