European policy makers will this morning be told to stop kicking business aviation while it’s down at the opening general session of the 2012 EBACE show. New rules on airport slots, the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and new taxes imposed by Europe’s cash-strapped governments are all conspiring to keep the industry’s prospects flat, according to business aviation leaders gathering here in Geneva yesterday.
Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant delivered two civil Mi-171 heavy helicopters to Iran last month. They will be operated by the Red Crescent Society, a nongovernmental humanitarian organization, and used for search-and-rescue missions and transporting victims of natural disasters. Another three Mi-171s are planned for delivery this month.
March marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Since 1977, the Brussels-based group has defended the concerns of an industry that is steadily expanding. From modest beginnings, EBAA now represents the interests of more than 300 business aviation companies in Europe and a fleet of more than 600 aircraft.
The United Nations and the governments of India and Pakistan have characterized international response to the October 8 earthquake in the Kashmiri regions of Pakistan and India as “piecemeal” and “inadequate.” On several occasions since then, they have specifically requested helicopters, some of which are now in theater and flying hard.