The new Central Europe Private Aviation Association (Cepa) will hold its inaugural conference in the Czech capital Prague on April 22 and 23. The group has been formed to represent and coordinate the interests of business aviation companies in new European Union states, including the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
Jet Professionals, a division of Jet Aviation, is making its Crew Advantage program available to business aviation crews globally. Already available in the Americas, starting this month Crew Advantage is being extended to cover Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The program covers pilots, cabin crew and technical personnel.
Global Aerospace has announced its online insurance certificate processing site, www.eCert.global-aero.com. By early 2010, brokers and customers of the Short Hills, N.J.-based company (Booth No. 1845) will be able to issue and print insurance certificates anywhere in the world.
In an economy that has ravaged aviation, one stable segment is the insurance industry, but change is coming. “Nobody knows what [the future is] going to look like,” an industry expert told AIN.
The 24th annual NBAA maintenance management conference was held in New Orleans last week.
A Massachusetts judge has granted a petition for a temporary restraining order preventing JetDirect Aviation Acquisition Company (JDAAC) from completing the purchase of assets of JetDirect Aviation, at least until a preliminary injunction hearing is held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
“You can bet the insurance market is going to change. All the ingredients are in place and it’s only a matter of time,” Jim Gardner, v-p of Insuramerica Aviation, an affiliate of J. Smith Lanier, told AIN.
In addition to the costs of acquisition, prospective buyers must consider the costs–especially insurance and taxes–they will incur once they own the aircraft. To that end, aircraft management contracts with well thought-out insurance provisions should be integral to the aircraft acquisition process, said Bill Kingsley, an account executive with the Addison, Texas-based brokerage AirSure.
As of this month, USAIG (U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group, Booth No. 1730) has contributed more than $5.1 million toward Bell, American Eurocopter, MD Helicopters and AgustaWestland training programs through the company’s preferred policyholder program.
As worries about the economic health of insurance giant AIG dominated headlines last month, they also sparked concern among business aircraft operators about the state of their insurance coverage.