Just a few years ago, no one in the aviation safety business anywhere on earth would have seriously asked if the FAA is losing its safety edge. For more than half a century, the FAA was the unquestioned leader in airline safety around the globe, the one all other nations looked to for leadership in setting the safety bar.
Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
This summer’s London Olympics dominated the agenda at the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) annual conference on March 6, with the group’s patron, Prince Michael of Kent, reminding members that this is an opportunity for the industry to shine. While the high-security event poses plenty of challenges, it should provide a welcome boost to a largely service-based industry that generates almost $3.2 billion for the UK economy each year.
Demand for business jets is beginning to recover, driven by higher corporate profits and the rise of worldwide GDP, according to the annual FAA Aerospace Forecast released last month.
Commercial aviation is the biggest impediment to business aviation’s growth in Asia, according to Tay Tiang Guan, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). He said the rapid growth of the commercial aviation sector is taking the lion’s share of regulators’ attention and dominating airspace.
Commercial aviation is the biggest impediment to business aviation’s growth in Asia, according to Tay Tiang Guan, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Speaking at the ABACE show conference session yesterday, Tay admitted that the rapid growth of the commercial aviation sector is taking the lion’s share of regulators’ attention and dominating airspace.
With 154 aircraft, India may still have the Asia Pacific region’s second largest business jet fleet (China has an estimated 215 jets), but the industry’s growth continues to be stunted by a lack of a policy framework that applies to it, as well as by inadequate infrastructure and regulatory barriers.
China wants help developing a safe business-aviation operating environment, according to Xia Xinghua deputy administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
After years of frustration, India’s business aviation community is hoping that a new report due to be published next month will trigger a sea change in government policy toward the industry. A team of representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation is preparing for business and general aviation in India a blueprint that could form the foundation for a more transparent and consistent approach to both regulating and stimulating the industry.
Unless it is renegotiated and resolved, the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) may degenerate and lead to far-reaching damage to the traveling public and trade relations between countries, according to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).