With the debate over Europe’s emissions trading scheme heating up faster than you can say “illegal carbon tax,” aviation quietly continues the efficiency and emissions-reduction gains that have been under way for decades. Engine manufacturers are turning their ingenuity to building lighter engines that get more out of every drop of fuel and emit less greenhouse gas.
With precious little sign of a meaningful economic recovery in the main Western economies of North America and Europe, the business aviation industry is pursuing growth more intently than ever in the emerging markets of the East. Nowhere epitomizes these expectations quite like China, with its soaring corporate and private wealth.
ADS, the trade group representing the UK’s aerospace, defense, security and space sectors, is promoting the Singapore Airshow as a springboard for its members to get active in the Asia Pacific region. Supporting UK companies assembled at the show’s UK Trade Pavilion, ADS sees a particular opportunity for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to showcase their wares to potential Asia Pacific customers.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is voicing its concerns over the European Commission’s draft regulation for airport slot allocation. “The association is hugely disappointed that the EC, despite robust arguments against, has maintained a recast of its slot regulation…based solely on the number of passengers carried,” EBAA said.
StandardAero has received third-party certification for its environmental-management system (EMS) used at its 13 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia. The EMS certification is in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems.
Civil aviation authorities in some developing world states appear to be turning to commercial flight-planning groups to handle the issuing of overflight and landing permits, raising questions about possible conflicts of interest and lack of transparency.
Business aviation companies eager to tap Russian private and corporate wealth could be in luck here in Geneva this week because the country’s economy is bouncing back and Russians are once again shopping for aircraft. Russia’s economy is seeing growth rates as high as 10 percent–a figure that puts most of Western Europe in the shade.
The copilot and flight attendant who were detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) along with a Gulfstream V have been freed and have returned to the U.S., according to a source close to the flight crew. The pilot and passengers have flown to Kinshasa, DRC.
As the situation in Japan worsens following last week’s triple disaster of a 9.0 earthquake, a tsunami and the steadily deteriorating status of a major nuclear power plant, the U.S. State Department has warned Americans in the country to consider leaving. Through its embassy in Tokyo, the department announced today that it will be arranging for charter flights to evacuate U.S.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been preparing its members for the new requirement for operators to have a safety management system (SMS). The Brussels-based group has staged a series of workshops on how to develop, implement and maintain an SMS toolkit according to the guidelines of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).