On behalf of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), two separate task forces are tackling the vexed issue of regulating fractional ownership operations in Europe. One group is focusing on safety and licensing concerns and the other on security. Neither is expected to complete its recommendations until the middle of the year, according to an ECAC spokeswoman.
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Even as planning began for LABACE 2006, the dates had not been announced as AIN went to press pending selection of a new venue. In São Paulo this year, ripples of discontent with the show were sufficient to dampen even the spirits of NBAA president Ed Bolen.
At the EBACE gathering in Geneva earlier this year, the joint industry working group on business aircraft operations (IWG-BAO), which includes NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), presented the initial findings of its work on corporate, fractional and commercial operations, with a view toward making a recommendation to the ECAC Task Force on fractional ownership.
“Despite several crises, air traffic growth continues inexorably in Europe but with delays reaching an all-time low, the average delay per flight now standing at less than two minutes,” said Bo Redeborn, Eurocontrol director of ATM strategies, at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition earlier this year.
The Czech Republic and its capital, Prague, are emerging as a key beachhead in the expansion of business aviation into the 10 new states of the European Union (EU). These countries include the neighboring Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta, and on May 1 they joined the EU, increasing its membership to 25 states.
Olivier de l’Estoile has resigned after serving as president of the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association for four years. The official announce-ment cited “personal reasons” for the surprise move. The new president of the Le Bourget Airport-based association is Serge Chevillard, manager of Ancenis Airport.
Averitable order bonanza totaling an estimated $420 million, a new attendance record (7,667) and some industry surprises were the highlights of the fifth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held May 18 to 20 in Geneva. But the decidedly upbeat event lacked announcements of clean-sheet, new aircraft designs.
Dr. Rudolfo Baviera is the new chairman of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Baviera, chairman and CEO of Italian charter and aircraft management firm Eurofly Service, will succeed Brian Humphries at the end of next month. Humphries will become EBAA’s full-time CEO, succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
Ever since the FAA issued its final rule on “Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-demand Operations” known as Part 91, Subpart K [which took effect in the U.S. in February–Ed.] in September 2003, business aviation associations on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to harmonize regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations.
Despite the dramatic August 10 revelation of a terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners departing from the UK, European Union (EU) transport officials have not accelerated their plans to rework the existing EC2320 aviation security regulations. The draft rules are next due to be discussed at a meeting of EU countries’ transport ministers on October 9.