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Is Europe turning the corner in Business Aviation ?
Brussels, 4 May 2017: Presenting the state of the European business aviation industry at its annual press conference, Brandon Mitchener, the new CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), said that the sector was showing promising signs of vigour after a few years of flat figures.

“We’ve now had six months of steady growth in traffic numbers and they’re the best since 2011,” said Mitchener. “This is an exciting time for business aviation, with innovative new aircraft, technologies and business models coming to the fore. The industry is looking dynamic as it expands its offerings for new and existing customers and aircraft owners.”

Mitchener underlined Business Aviation’s unmatched value proposition: meeting needs that no other transport option can satisfy by helping users gain direct access to destinations while achieving huge time savings, flexibility and full control over their schedules—even if their itineraries combine multiple and remote destinations.

“It’s a vibrant, evolving industry and many players are developing new ways of working that further expand customers’ freedom of choice,” said Mitchener. This includes online booking platforms with faster response times, more transparency and better pricing.

EBAA member company Stratajet pointed to the broader customer base thanks to the direct access to private jets through an online platform. “We are reaching out to new types of customers, one-third of whom are first-time private jet users, and many of whom are in the 25-34 age segment, comprising a tech-savvy new audience of fliers,” said Ricardo Gato, CMO of Stratajet.

Another area where customers are gaining more choice is in the use of single and twin engine turboprop offerings. Maxime Bouchard, Managing Director of JetFly Aviation, described the potential of that entry-level and versatile segment of business aviation following the European Aviation Safety Agency’s recent approval of single-engine turboprop aircraft for commercial operations in Europe.

This opens new possibilities for utilising a single-engine turboprop that has the same range and capacity as some business jets, according to Bouchard. “These aircraft can land on two to three times more airfields than a jet – some 2000 airfields in Europe compared to 800 for a jet. As a user, you get more choice, avoid congested airfields and can land closer to your destination,” said Bouchard.

Mitchener said this was an example of how EBAA was working on behalf of its members and the industry to ensure reasonable and proportionate rules for the sector, as well as to promote new technologies that enhance safety and access to smaller airports, including satellite-based navigation, instrument landing approaches such as LPV and augmented vision technologies.

EBAA Chairman, Juergen Wiese, added: “As we mark the 40th anniversary of our Association this year, we are happy to report a steady increase in our membership numbers as well as increasing levels of expertise and support that we are already able to provide our member companies. And we will continue to develop further these capabilities for our membership at this promising time for our industry.”

Looking to this month’s EBACE 2017, Mitchener said that the 17th edition of EBACE in Geneva was going to be “this year’s best and biggest business aviation event in Europe.”

“We have an exciting show lined up, highlighting where the sector is going and showcasing on the static display more than 50 of the latest generation of business aircraft and avionics equipment. In the Palexpo halls we have more than 400 exhibitors, and we’re pleased to have Bertrand Piccard, Founder and Pilot of Solar Impulse, the first aircraft to fly around the world entirely on solar power, as our keynote speaker,” said Mitchener.

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Brandon Mitchener Appointed EBAA CEO : Brussels, 22 March 2017: Brandon Mitchener has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017. A French and US citizen, Mitchener’s career as a journalist and public affairs professional spans more than 25 years in Europe, including the last 20 in Brussels.
                      
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A bolstered British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) meets for its annual meeting at a new Luton Hoo Hotel venue today. Membership has been strengthened, especially with more operator members, following the recent partnership with EBAA, whereby all UK members of the latter automatically become members of BBGA. This has seen a boost in membership from 122 to over 170 companies. Read full Press Release at www.GlobalFBOconsult.me/Newsfeed.php




Aviation leaders call for satellite-based technologies to tackle capacity crunch
 
 

Brussels, 10 February 2017: Key aviation stakeholders gathered on 9 February at the European Parliament to discuss ways to tackle the airspace and airport capacity crunch in Europe, at the occasion of EBAA’s annual debate, sponsored by MEP MJ Marinescu (EPP, RO).

Panellists, from the European Parliament (Ines Ayala-Sender S&D, SP), European Commission (Paul Flament, Head of Unit for Galileo/EGNOS Programme, DG Grow), GSA (Gian-Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development) and the Business Aviation Operators community, represented by Pascal Lhoest, Head of Flights Operations of NetJets Europe, stressed the urgent need to foster the development of satellite-based solutions.

Some encouraging progress with respect to the implementation of GNSS applications were made by the panellists, including the deployment of 424 existing EGNOS-based procedures - out of target of 800 - at 288 European airports. Panellists applauded the publication of the Commission’s Space Strategy, calling for maximising the benefits of space for society and the EU economy.

Panellists also urged action to support the deployment of GNSS applications, and participants acknowledged the willingness of the European Parliament in this regard. “As a concrete action to foster full deployment of GNSS applications, ADS-B and EGNOS requirements for all aircraft could be introduced as from 2018 in the Annex II - Essential requirements for airworthiness of the EASA Basic Regulation,” said MEP MJ Marinescu.

EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba called for “an overall CNS Strategy (Navigation, Com, Surveillance), which includes a revision of the Single European Sky technical mandates”. In this regard, “EBAA is willing to pursue its cooperation with the GSA established under an MoU signed in 2014,” added Gamba. EBAA also reiterated its invitation to the Commission to publish a specific communication to foster the deployment of GNSS applications for aviation.
 

About EBAA:
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) was founded in 1977 to defend the interests of business aviation. Today, more than 800 business aviation companies (direct members or members of associate organisations) rely on the EBAA to protect their business interests. It is the only voice to represent business aviation among the European institutions. For more information, visit
www.ebaa.org.

Keir Bonine
Corporate Communications
 
Phone: +32 2 766 00 70
communications1@ebaa.org

 

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Dublin based Global FBO Consult has received I3SA recognition as an
International Standards Support Services Affiliate to the IBAC IS-BAH program,
the first Irish or UK organization to be recognised as such.
 
IBAC launched IS-BAH, the International Standard – Business Aviation Handling in
May 2014 at EBACE.
 
 The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) successful Safety 1st Ground Audit program was incorporated into the new standard, setting a new and higher standard for Safety Management Systems and best practices throughout the business aviation ground support industry.
 
The standard was developed at the urging of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Day-to-day operation of the standard and audit processes is managed by IBAC.

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The EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) office in Brussels, December 14, was again host to a Council of European Business Aviation Associations quarterly meeting. Countries represented included Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland & the United Kingdom.

   

The EBAA has a wide brief but it includes monitoring business aviation activity across Europe, identifying issues which impact the BizAv industry (regulations, security, slot control, training, NCC to name a few). EBAA also hosts numerous events across Europe each year including EBACE & Air Ops Europe.

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Gainjet Ireland & Shannon Airport Group at MEBAA2017
 




 

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