The Gulf region is recognized as one of the key markets for private aviation, and Middle East Business Aviation Association (Stand 1751) chairman Ali Al Naqbi is determined to help shape it as a safe one.
European Business Aviation Association
Former Biggin Hill Airport director Peter Lonergan and Comlux Aviation Group president Richard Gaona are the recipients of the 2011 European Business Aviation Awards, which are given jointly by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The awards were presented here at EBACE on Tuesday during the opening session.
With its partners at NBAA, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) this week stages its 11th annual EBACE show here in Geneva. The event already is 16 percent up in size on last year and is the biggest yet in terms of the amount of exhibit space booked. And the association itself is back on growth mode, with almost 500 members and around four or five more joining each week.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges, said speakers at today’s EBACE opening general session. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges. This was the message pervading the opening general session for the 11th edition of EBACE. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.
As EBAA COO Pedro Vicente Azua noted, Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility is already enabling operators to measure their CO2 emissions. At the global level, IBAC has proposed that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) develop a metric suitable for business aviation. In the continued absence of an ICAO formula, IBAC is suggesting that the industry could adopt the metric already developed by GAMA.
Business aviation is now a global business but it is being held back by the lack of a global regulatory structure, according to leading industry lobbyist speaking on the eve of this week’s EBACE show.
The 11th edition of the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) is set to open on Tuesday in Geneva. Joint organizers EBAA and NBAA expect the event to be 16 percent larger than last year’s and, in terms of the area of booked exhibit space, it could even be the biggest yet with almost 500 exhibitors signed to set up shop at Geneva’s Palexpo center.
The UK business aviation lobby has launched a vigorous campaign to convince the British government that its plans to extend the existing airline passenger duty (APD) to private aviation are discriminatory and disproportionate.