A new exhibitor here at EBACE, Brussels-based Sabena Flight Academy, is at Booth No. 785 trying to diversify from its usual airline business. The former subsidiary of defunct carrier Sabena is offering pilot training and consulting for business aircraft operators.
Spectrum Aeronautical, the California-based start-up manufacturer, said it is taking orders for its all-composite business jets “faster than we can build them.”
At a conference session here at EBACE this morning, delegates will hear an update on where business aviation stands in relation to long-awaited revisions to the European Commission’s EC2320 rules.
California company plans to expand mX Operation As FBOs go, 10-year-old Jet Source, of Carlsbad, Calif., is fairly young. (Nonetheless, the FBO ranked 35th in AIN’s annual FBO survey.) Located on Palomar-McClellan Airport, it offers an executive terminal and provides maintenance, avionics, ramp service, fuel sales, aircraft charter, management and aircraft sales/acquisition.
Higher numbers of regional airline travelers in Europe have not meant greater environmental impact, according to European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director-general Mike Ambrose. Rather, the industry is flying bigger aircraft at record passenger load factors (PLFs)–the highest in 20 years of ERA data collection.
The Regional Airline Association opens the next chapter in its 32-year history this year as new association president Roger Cohen presides over his first RAA convention in Memphis. But in the five months since the group bid farewell to Debby McElroy, Cohen hasn’t enjoyed much time to acclimate to his new environs, having dived head-first into one of the most contentious debates over FAA funding the industry has ever had to face.
Europe’s primary weapon against global warming is the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), a program rooted in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The EU-ETS encourages the use of climate-friendly technologies by rewarding businesses that invest in green technologies, thus turning their investments into quick, short-term profits.
Like two punch-drunk prizefighters locked in a clinch, general aviation and the airlines continue to rain body blows on each other over the pending FAA reauthorization proposal that would shift much of the cost of funding the ATC system from airline passengers to GA operators.
User fees remain a fiery issue, despite a congressional recess the past two weeks during which no official business has been conducted on the proposal.
The DOT issued a “show cause” notice on Executive Jet Management’s plans to launch a business jet commuter operation. EJM, a NetJets affiliate that provides aircraft charter and management, submitted a DOT application in March to launch scheduled commuter service using business jets to connect Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Based on information provided in the application, scheduled flights could start as early as this summer.