Europe’s continued–and in some respects worsening–economic troubles give little grounds for optimism, and yet industry mood ahead of the 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) appeared to be surprisingly bullish. This may be due in part to the success of the show (May 21 to 23) in attracting both exhibitors and visitors from well beyond the cash-strapped continent.
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Never known for hiding his light under a bushel, former American Airlines chairman and CEO Bob Crandall kicked off a panel session of aviation manufacturing executives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual aviation conference in late March by asking them, “Why are you guys always late and over budget?” on delivering products.
ABACE 2013 broke the records on all fronts as it closed today, according to show organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Attendance was up more than 20 percent from ABACE 2012, with 7,714 people walking through the door at this year’s show, which was held this week at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, China.
Marching to the theme of the Star Wars movies, speakers for the 2013 opening session of ABACE found their places on the broad stage in the Shanghai Hawker Pacific hangar at Hongqiao International Airport and the event began.
The general theme of all the speakers, from Ed Bolen, president, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), to Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to China, was one of cooperation of efforts to bring a vibrant and viable business aviation industry to China.
As expected, President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014, released yesterday, includes a proposed aviation user fee–just as previous budgets have since 2007 when the Bush Administration first floated the idea.
“An organized attack by the administration on business aviation,” was among the topics under discussion at the General Aviation Association CEO Town Hall moderated by HAI president Matt Zuccaro yesterday. Panelists–the leaders of AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, NASAO and NATA–also discussed topics ranging from the effects of sequestration to efforts to revisit aircraft certification standards.
If I had to sum up the benefits of business jets in just one word, I might pick “convenience.” According to Wikipedia, “convenient procedures, products and services are those intended to increase ease in accessibility, save resources (such as time, effort and energy) and decrease frustration.”
NBAA has changed the name for its largest annual U.S. event from “Annual Meeting & Convention” to “Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition” (BACE), the association announced yesterday. The new name for NBAA’s flagship event brings it into alignment with the other dedicated, business-aviation-only shows that the group co-hosts around the world, including EBACE in Europe and ABACE in Asia.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen received this year’s Charles Lindbergh General Aviation Diploma from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) last Tuesday. The award is given for significant contributions to the progress and success of GA in either air sport or transportation, or in the work of international bodies concerned with GA. “[Ed] has had a major, positive impact on the world’s general aviation community for well over a decade and is a most worthy recipient of the Diploma,” said Jonathan Gaffney, president of the National Aeronautic Association, the U.S.
NBAA released a new study today showing that even during the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business aviation outperformed those that did not. According to NBAA, the companies that use business aircraft have better shareholder value and recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers.