The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) announced last week that it appointed Bruno Esposito as its new director of civil air transport. Esposito’s 30 years in aviation include pilot and air traffic control experience, followed by senior industry positions with Finmeccanica and BAE Consulting Services. He begins his new role at SBAC in September.
The UK aerospace industry is well represented at Paris once more, and it continues to thrive as the second largest in the world after the U.S., directly employing some 124,000 people and supporting a total of more than 276,000 jobs, according to the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
For many years, companies such as Space Expeditions, Space Adventures and even some airlines have been seriously talking about lofting paying passengers into space on privately operated (non-governmental) vehicles. When Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne won the X-Prize on Oct. 5, 2004, it dawned on people that this idea was a real near-term probability.
A new office has been launched by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) to help represent and support the 140 companies and 30,000 employees in the aerospace and defense industries in Scotland. Until SBAC Scotland was formed, the country was the only part of the UK that did not have a representative body covering these industries.
The UK aerospace industry has had a “phenomenal year” according to Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) president Chris Geoghegan.
In a report on the state of the industry released just before the Farnborough show, Geoghegan said there had been substantial increases in revenues, employment, research and development (R&D) investment and record levels of new orders.
The Society of British Aerospace Companies has sharpened its priorities and its structures since the last Farnborough show in 2004. Soon after that event, the London-based group published the findings of a long-awaited strategic review, prompted by a UK government Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team (AIGT) report.