With a snip of the ribbon, NBAA 2013 was opened yesterday morning–marking the first time the Association’s flagship annual event has been called the “Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition” (BACE). While the Association has been hosting this event every year since 1950, it recently renamed it to conform with its other global shows, such as EBACE (Geneva) and ABACE (Shanghai).
European Business Aviation Association
During a high-level regional forum hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) late last week, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of the Republic of Turkey (DHMI) proclaimed that “business aviation plays a crucial role in facilitating regional investment and subsequently has a direct economic impact on Turkey’s economy.” The DHMI also co-signed a declaration with EBAA that commits to working together on long-term actions that would help ensure the steady growth of business aviation in the country, including improved business aircraft access to infrastructure
All aviation eyes were turned toward Montreal early this month as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) tries to get its arms around a worldwide plan to control jet aircraft emissions.
The big question is whether ICAO’s 191 member states can agree on a plan to curb emissions to the satisfaction of the European Union (EU), which has unilaterally crafted its own emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would capture not only EU aircraft, but also airplanes flying into, out of and through the 28 EU member states.
NBAA and its European counterpart, EBAA, have welcomed signs that a proposal under consideration at ICAO might lead to a global compromise solution to addressing aircraft carbon emissions. The measure is expected to be ratified this week at the 38th ICAO Assembly, which opened today in Montreal.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has announced plans for a regional forum to be held in Istanbul on October 10 and 11. In recent years, the country has seen growing business aviation activity, partly spurred by the fact that with 4 percent annual growth in gross domestic product its economy is doing significantly better than that of many other European countries.
Further evidence of Africa’s rising stature in global business aviation comes with news of two new industry conferences to be staged in Marrakesh, Morocco, in the next few months.
From September 26 to 27, the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) will hold a regional symposium at Marrakesh’s Hotel Club Kenzi Agdal Medina. The keynote speaker will be AfBAA chairman Tarek Ragheb, with many other speakers drawn from aircraft manufacturers and service providers active across Africa.
The European Business Aviation Association has protested proposed new European Commission guidelines restricting state aid for airports. The rules would seek to phase out all public support for airports over a 10-year period and would introduce a sliding scale that limits permitted aid to airports with fewer than five million passengers per year and bans it for facilities with more than that throughput.
At last week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award, recognizing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying. Other successes included VistaJet’s gold award for 80,000 accident-free hours and FAI rent-a-jet’s bronze award for 40,000 accident-free flight hours.
Organizers NBAA and EBAA declared EBACE 2013, which concluded today in Geneva, a success, with12,353 attendees walking through the doors of the three-day business aviation show. There were 460 exhibitors showing their wares and services, which is the third-highest exhibitor count ever. Additionally, 52 aircraft appeared on the largest static display in EBACE history by square footage.
“People do not understand what we do,” stated Marc Bailey from the British Business and General Aviation Association, speaking at yesterday’s Business Aviation Around the World conference, which brought together speakers from associations in numerous regions and nations. It was a message that was reiterated by other speakers: “The biggest challenge we face is the public acceptance of business aviation,” remarked NBAA COO Steve Brown. “It is not seen as a business tool, it’s seen as being excessive or unjustified.”
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