The rapid growth of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) has undoubtedly been an inspiration to those seeking to institute dedicated industry shows in other regions of the world. Since 2001, when EBACE established itself here in Geneva, annual bizav gatherings have sprung up in Asia, Latin America and, most recently, the Middle East.
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For much of its 30-year history, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has had to work with a small staff consisting of just a handful of full-time employees. Indeed, the size of its payroll has been extremely modest compared with that of its U.S. counterpart, the National Business Aviation Association.
The interim final rule from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) detailing all the hoops that general aviation will have to jump through to gain access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has yet to be officially published in the Federal Register, but that hasn’t dampened the NBAA’s jubilation.
Difficult airspace and airport access combined with high costs are stunting the growth of business aviation in Asia, but governments in the region are beginning to get the message and are expected to improve the situation before too long. This was the message from Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) president Jason Liao at today's opening general session of the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).
NBAA has confirmed plans to launch a new annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This July 14 to 16 it will stage a prelude to the new show with its ABACE Forum to be held in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a full-blown event to be held in Shanghai, China, in the summer next year (firm dates to be announced soon).
Former NBAA president Jack Olcott weighed in on the NBAA contretemps with a letter sent to member representatives. In it, he said Robert Warren’s letter reflects a “deficiency of knowledge” of the organization. Olcott, who served as president of NBAA from May 1992 until Shelly Longmuir succeeded him last July, challenged several of the “troubling management issues” that Warren enumerated.
When NBAA hired Shelley Longmuir less than a year ago, the board of directors said the new president would raise the association to a new level. Apparently there was disagreement between Longmuir and the board on just what that next level should be.
Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, described the recently released FAA funding proposal as “one of the greatest threats business aviation has ever faced.” According to Matthew Zuccaro, president of HAI, it is an even bigger threat to the helicopter industry.
After gathering two consecutive years in Orlando, generally regarded as the preeminent playground for families with children, NBAA returns this year to the unabashed adult playground that is Las Vegas for what promises to be a larger-than-life meeting and convention.
General aviation was heartened somewhat last month when the federal government reopened the “DC-3” airports to limited “transient” traffic.