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Signature Flight Announces New Program to Assist Commemorative Air Force
Jul 24, 2017
Signature Flight Support (Signature) issued a statement at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI whereby Signature will provide preferred pricing on fuel and services at all FBO locations to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the world’s largest flying museum comprised of over 165 historic warbirds.
Volunteer pilots and aircrews can relax and refresh during tech stops as they travel the country performing and exhibiting at airshows. Some of the pricing and services include a nationwide avgas fuel program, ground support and assistance with AOG and MRO services as needed via its Signature TECHNICAir division.
Pilots and crews will be able to participate in Signature TailWins, Signature’s pilot rewards program. Under the BLUESky program all Signature TailWins members earn 10 times points for avgas fuel purchases. Points can then be redeemed for cash equivalent gift cards or virtual Visa cards.
“We are pleased to offer this program to the Commemorative Air Force to help them further their mission of the preservation of historical aviation equipment and the military legacies of the brave individuals who flew these aircraft. In addition, we continue to enthusiastically support all avgas pilots and the general aviation sector. Signature is the largest provider of avgas in the United States, the availability of fuel and access to trained ground support for piston-powered aircraft. Signature offers its BLUESky program to all avgas pilots whereby pilots earn 10 points per gallon of avgas purchased. Also Signature’s Weekend TakeOff program provides for a fifty cent discount on posted retail avgas prices”, noted Maria A. Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer for Signature Flight Support.
“Operating the World’s largest flying museum, especially touring cross-country most of the year is expensive, but vital to perform our mission. The CAF is grateful for the generous support that Signature is providing our organization and looks forward to visiting many of their FBOs while on tour,” said David Oliver, CAF Vice President of Operations.
Press Release 15 May 2015 AfBAA celebrates five years with launch of AfBAC EXPO and Access Africa
The African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, today marks its fifth anniversary having launched on the 15th May at EBACE 2012. To celebrate the successful establishment of the dynamic organisation AfBAA will be launching AfBAC EXPO, Africa’s first dedicated Business Aviation Conference, Exhibition and Static Display, at the African Pavilion – Booth V70 – during this year’s EBACE.
l - R Tareq Ragheb, Founding Chairman
& Rady Fahmy CEO
AfBAC EXPO will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 November until 1 December, 2017 and will be of interest to any international professional or business operating, or planning to operate in Africa.
The conference objective is to inspire and inform through a variety of mediums including authoritative presentations from industry leaders, dynamic panel discussions from experts in their field, video presentations from international companies, and a selection of workshops that will discuss current topics affecting business aviation development in Africa. Training sessions on safety and regulation will run in parallel, as will an afternoon session dedicated to the booming area of remotely piloted aerial systems, RPAS. Building on the success of the AfBAC 2016 conference, content will also be delivered by professionals from outside the aviation sector who will discuss alternative business concepts, and their potential application within the aviation arena.
Once again networking and participation will be encouraged with a programme of social events taking centre stage, whilst during the conference interactive polling and digital questioning will provide delegates with the opportunity to share their feedback in real time.
“We have achieved much in five years, but we know there is still much to do as our journey has only really just begun,” said Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of AfBAA. “We recognise that aviation in Africa doesn’t work in global or commercial isolation, which is why we are launching AfBAC EXPO at EBACE. We want to bring together international professionals to share experience and knowledge in a dedicated environment. With Europe’s strong connections to the continent, we’re hoping to garner a lot of interest during EBACE,” he added.
AFBAC EXPO will also incorporate an exhibition area for companies wishing to showcase the latest innovations, products and services, as well as a static display which is expected to include around 15 aircraft from international OEMS and local operators. Site visits to FBOs and operators at Lanseria Airport will be part of the schedule. It is anticipated that the event will welcome visitors representing the full spectrum of the business aviation sector.
First Access Africa to take place at EBACE
Access Africa, a new international initiative from AfBAA, is also launching at EBACE. The forum has been created to facilitate better understanding of what is required to undertake business within the African business aviation sector. The plan is for the new event to be held during international aviation conferences around the globe. During the 90-minute session, attendees will be transported to Africa, through a trio of concise presentations from leading African business aviation experts, who will outline local issues, share anecdotal experiences, detail what works, and importantly what does not; as well as highlight the points to consider when taking the first steps into Africa
At EBACE these will be Segun Demuren from Nigeria’s EAN Aviation, Nuno Pereira from Angola’s Bestfly and Gavin Kiggen of ExecuJet South Africa. The informal nature of the forum is designed to stimulate frank discussion, open questioning and interaction that will address key concerns from the audience.
“One of AfBAA’s guiding principles is to raise awareness of the continent’s potential and that is what drives us to create these types of events. We are aware that many European companies are interested in developing African business but don’t necessarily have the information they need to hand. Access Africa is about providing tangible, practical information to support these professionals’ endeavours,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA. Access Africa is the second international event organized by AfBAA, the first being the annual African Pavilion at EBACE, and represents the sixth event in the growing portfolio of AfBAA meetings.
Access Africa will take place on Monday 22nd May in Conference Room L of PalExpo, Geneva. There are limited places available for the free event so please email email@example.com for more information or to register your interest.
|Press release, 7 April 2016, Arena Group
First AfBAARS|NBAC launches new Nigerian business aviation organisation.
The first jointly hosted African Business Aviation Association Regional Symposium and Nigerian Business Aviation Conference highlighted the need for regional stakeholders to collaborate to make real change happen. At the end of the two-day event, held at the Eko Hotel Lagos, 24 and 25 March, Segun Demuren CEO of local organisers EAN Aviation, pledged to form and launch a new Nigerian business aviation organisation within 90 days. Work has already begun on forming the administration and board of the AfBAA Nigeria Chapter which will be launched by July.
The announcement was made following two days of presentations and panels that clearly demonstrated local operators, suppliers, brokers and government bodies all derive benefit from meeting in a dedicated environment to create mutual understanding that can positively affect business aviation in the region. The AfBAA Nigeria Chapter will follow the template of the first AfBAA Country Chapter which was launched in Addis Ababa in May 2016. It has already succeeded under the guidance of local President Dawit Lemma, MD of Krimson Plc, in making great strides in raising the business aviation profile in Ethiopia. The AfBAA Nigeria Chapter will receive ongoing support, guidance and direction from the continent’s official association. “This is exactly the kind of positive action we welcome at these events, and look forward to working with, supporting, and participating in the organisation’s future,” commented Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA. “I encourage all those involved in Nigerian business aviation to join the association to maximise the knowledge sharing opportunities,” added Fahmy.
This was welcome news for national attendees who have had a particularly challenging time following the reduction in oil prices, the Nigerian recession, and a scarcity of Forex. Combined these phenomena have reduced purchasing power, stalled jet transactions and slowed business development. However, Demuren noted that opportunities do exist, and have been bolstered by the appointment of an aviator as the Minister for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Some 150 delegates agreed that challenges need to be approached with a coordinated strategy. There were numerous calls for stakeholders to submit a list of priorities through the new association to begin to lobby for change to deal with the varying issues of grey charter, complex and long AOC applications, and excessive import taxes for jets and spare parts.
Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita, Director of Air Transport Regulation at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority stated that the CAA was willing and ready to collaborate with the sector. He acknowledged the need to amend parts of the aviation regulatory structure that had originally been formulated for commercial aviation. Delegates applauded the significant progress that has already been made by the CAA in creating an automated permit process making it easier for unscheduled last minute requests to be processed in a timely manner.
Several new additions to this year’s schedule were well received. A dedicated helicopter operators panel with representatives from Bristow Helicopters, Nestav Aviation, and Caverton Helicopters, congratulated the chief pilot of Genesis Global Aviation, Captain Abayomi Coker, on the recent awarding of its AOC. Continuing the challenge as opportunity theme the panel discussed the notion of exploring operational diversification in the tourism, medevac, security, bullion movements, and emerging mining markets
The first Women in Aviation panel was also well received by the predominantly male audience who confirmed that women bring a diverse and valuable set of qualities to business aviation including relationship building, efficiency, loyalty, organisation and a balanced view of business opportunities. A call was made for AfBAA to raise the profile of the sector’s opportunities for women, and to create engaging, attractive strategies that would appeal to women at early stages of their career selection.
A meet the operators speed-networking session also spawned new relationships as Nigerian operators met with local and international suppliers keen to work with them, whilst potential customers took the opportunity to search for the right aircraft for their specific mission.
Nick Fadugba, the chair for this year’s meeting closed the event suggesting that Nigerian Business Aviation must work harder, closer, collaboratively, and with one common purpose to enhance business aviation in Nigeria. As one delegate quipped, “Nigeria should be heaven for business aviation.” With the launch of the AfBAA Nigeria Chapter organisers expect this to the be the first step in that direction.
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.
Before joining EBAA, Mitchener headed corporate communications for Monsanto Co. in Europe and the Middle East for four years, where he helped position agricultural technology as part of the solution to global food security challenges. Prior to this, he served as director of public relations EMEA for First Solar Inc., where he launched the company’s corporate communications presence in India, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Mitchener’s experience also includes working as a European public affairs consultant at APCO Worldwide for four years, advising a variety of blue-chip companies, business associations, non-profit organisations and governments on relations with the EU, the media and other stakeholders.
Mitchener spent the first 15 years of his career as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires in New York, Germany and Brussels.
PRESS RELEASE - BBGA highlights the need for change at 43rd annual meeting
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.
Some 120 plus of them will be in Luton to listen to the theme ‘Embracing Change Together.’ Topics due to be covered include Brexit; the desire to continue with EASA regulations and to embrace ‘Single European Skies’; and securing the concept of ‘Assured Clients’ and ‘Approved Organisations’ with the Home Office, DfT and CAA to enable transparent, safe and efficient transfer of repeat business into the UK.
Following a welcome address from BBGA Chairman, Marwan Khalek, delegates can look forward to presentations from a range of industry influencers, including Martin Rolfe, CEO of NATS; Chris Leach, CEO of Air Charter Service who will reflect on his long and glittering career in charter broking and how the industry has evolved with the general diversification/consolidation in the industry. Delegates can also look forward to presentations from Brian Humphries, President of EBAA; and discussing Brexit , Sir Gerald Howarth MP, together with the UK CAA’s Andrew Haines and Clyde and Co’s Mark Bisset.
With the emergence of new business models, airline hybrids, a robust MRO and aviation services market (as operators hold on to older aircraft for longer) versus industry concerns over a shortage of pilots and licensed engineers, lack of access and threatened small airport closures, Alex Berry will chair a session on future trends later in the afternoon. Joining him are Carol Cork, Privatefly, Surf Air CEO Simon Talling-Smith; Oriens Aviation CEO and SETops proponent Edwin Brenninkmeyer. Richard Mintern, Chairman of JMC Group and ELMS Aviation joins to bring a different perspective to the session drawing on his decades of experience in airline engineering and latterly the commercial helicopter industry.
A significant part of the day will be the ‘Visions and Values’ presentation led by Sewells, a company with significant experience in reviewing change programmes for corporate businesses and associations. It has been engaged by BBGA as an independent to do a top to bottom review of the Association and what it stands for, engaging with members and non members as it seeks to address what can our association do for you.
With the uncertainty over Brexit, the BBGA has decided there is no better time to evaluate what it’s doing for its members, and is therefore currently part way through a process of deciding exactly how the association should focus its resources to offer the best service possible.
Sewells has already overseen initial consultation inside and outside BBGA’s membership through a gathering in January 2017, attended by over 40 industry decision makers in business and general aviation. The association is now working through a schedule with the guiding coalition – made up of 15 volunteers from the aforementioned forty attendees – to establish the BBGA’s mission, vision, values and objectives. The ‘Visions and Values’ session at the BBGA annual meeting will continue to try and ascertain the needs and preferences of its members.
CEO of BBGA, Marc Bailey, commented: “We are the biggest national association and have an important part to play looking after our membership. The partnership with EBAA is very strategic and we are working hard with them and other European industry bodies to ensure strong national associations where we can work together with a joint strategy and act with one voice. With this in mind, it seemed like the perfect timing to formally assess how we can best use our growing position of influence to keep the UK business aviation thriving.
We therefore look forward to hearing the opinions from more of our members at our annual meeting.”
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has joined with five additional aviation stakeholders to petition the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the recent agreement between Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).
Last month, the FAA announced it had reached a settlement with the city, which, in addition to permitting closure of the historic airfield at the end of 2028, would also allow the city to immediately begin the process of reducing the length of the SMO's sole runway from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen termed the FAA’s seeming acquiescence to a vocal minority of Santa Monica residents, "a one-of-a-kind development" that would severely restrict aviation access throughout Southern California and across the U.S.
"Santa Monica's airport is a vital asset to our aviation system, both locally as well as nationally, and serves as a critical transportation lifeline for the entire Los Angeles basin," Bolen added. "NBAA remains committed to aggressively supporting unrestricted business aviation access to SMO, through this petition and other available channels."
City officials have repeatedly attempted to curtail access by aviation users and other stakeholders to the airport, in defiance of established historical precedents dating back to the original 1948 instrument of transfer agreement that returned control of the former military airfield back to the city, as well as the city's federal grant obligations.
Innovation takes centre stage at AfBAC 2016
AfBAA welcomed more than 160 delegates from over 60 international and African companies, to the first ever African Business Aviation Conference held in Cape Town, November 17 – 18. The latest event in AfBAA’s growing portfolio was the largest yet, and will become an annual Cape Town fixture on the aviation conference circuit.
Innovation was the conference theme and leading by example AfBAA launched the continent’s first forum dedicated to RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) technology. Over forty delegates learned about the possibilities for RPAS use in Africa. The highlight of the forum was a presentation about ZipLine, a company using RPAS technology, in association with the Rwandan government, to deliver urgently needed medical supplies across the difficult terrain of the country.
Underpinning AfBAA’s commitment to innovation CEO Rady Fahmy used the conference as a platform to announce an expanded AfBAA collection of events. The AfBAA Regional Symposium 2017 will take place in Nigeria where West African Business Aviation will be the theme, as it runs for the first time in collaboration with the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference. The newly established Country Round Tables, which have already spawned the Ethiopian Chapter of AfBAA, will provide an option for specific nations to discuss the themes and topics affecting their business aviation industry as Kenya and Nigeria were announced as the next locations. Access Africa, will complement attendance at international events. Designed for companies eager to grow their business in Africa the sessions will include presentations from leading African organisations that will impart local know-how and expertise. EBACE 2017 will be the venue for Access Africa’s first outing.
Fahmy also announced that Sascha Neusser of Jeppesen will be leading a new professional development programme for flight and ground operations through AfBAA’s Safety and Training Committee. It is being formed in conjunction with the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations. In addition the Aviation Security Committee was launched with a vision to collate the best practices and resources to vet the risks of flying in Africa, and explore how they can be mitigated. Training is now available for operators flying over conflict zones and can be deemed essential on a continent where at any one time conflict, hostility or emergency situations may emerge. Supporting these new events and committees is a renewed Board of Directors* who were introduced at the AGM preceding the conference. “Brimming with experience, knowledge and energy directors from twelve international and African companies, representing a full range of business aviation sectors, will now take AfBAA to the next level,” said Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of the Association.
The AfBAC conference delivered on its innovation promise with a first-of-a-kind line up of speakers covering new topics particularly pertinent to the African market. Ex-US Navy Seal Tom Rothrauff talked about how to manage landing in conflict areas and the psychological considerations; Pierre Lucas of the World Food Programme discussed operational challenges for emergency deliveries; whilst Jimmy Cho, a Boeing Digital Aviation specialist, explained how big data collected by omnipresent chips will affect the future of aviation; he also demonstrated how the Microsoft HoloLens technology may change the future of training through the use of augmented and virtual reality; whilst Investec economist Chris Becker explored how digital technology can advance African business, through the use of cryptocurrency, 3D printing and Apps.
Operators, technology suppliers, maintenance providers, engine manufacturers and regulatory bodies also spoke. Nuno Pereira CEO of Bestfly of Angola, and Segun Demuren, CEO of Nigeria’s EAN Aviation, argued that in the current African climate business grows organically, “We are growing directly in response to market demand,” said Pereira. He also encouraged competition arguing it prevents complacency. Demuren was concerned that African CAAs think about security above all else when it comes to Business Aviation, a consequence of years of conflict, “enterprise tends to come second,” he lamented, “all our achievements in Africa are in spite of the government red tape.”
Khader Mattar VP of Sales for Bombardier in Africa confirmed that market demand for aircraft has reduced from a few years ago but argues that it is up to the OEMs and jet brokers to manage the demand, in order to satisfy the needs. The OEM panel acknowledged that Africa is no longer the dumping ground for old aircraft. “The market is much more savvy and won’t just respond to new models any more,” he said highlighting the need to think smart about sales activity. “It recognizes the value of modernizing pre-owned aircraft with a good heritage. A complete overhaul and upgrade can offer an owner great value for money explained Jonathan Deutsch of JSSI. Satcom Direct’s Brian Roos stated that with the right equipment installation owners can create an office in the sky to support their business for reasonable costs.
Some new business models that may have shocked twelve months ago, such as the JetSmarter membership club concept, are also providing access through democratization of private aviation on the continent. Although cultural differences, challenging regulations, permit challenges and few operators currently make this more of an idea than a reality. Atedo Peterside of ANAP Jets is pushing the fractional ownership model with Embraer Phenom 300 aircraft based in Nigeria, but acknowledged it will take time to change the perception of business jet usage even though it is a smart way to fly. “Are we selling a dream or a business tool?” asked one delegate.
Lack of operators is preventing development of the air ambulance market argued Volker Lemke of medevac specialists FAI. Whilst regional demand exists the lack of equipped aircraft, the challenge of acquiring permits and the lack of medical experts on the continent means there is a long way to go before Africa can maximize this business opportunity. Flying over hostile zones, emergency areas and conflict areas continues to be a challenge but Stanley Joseph of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. argued that being prepared, with good local partners, information and communications, would support operations into and out of these challenging areas.
Innovation is key in supporting the market too. Pratt and Whitney Canada made its AfBAA event debut announcing the implementation of four mobile support teams strategically located to assist clients across the continent. “If we want to flourish in Africa we have to invest in support,’ said Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam VP Commercial Services for P&WC. With 2165 engines currently operating on the continent it is this kind of support that is welcomed by the industry. “The PT6 is the backbone of Africa, and we’re delighted to hear about PWC’s further commitment to the continent,” said Tarek Ragheb, AfBAA’s Founding Chairman.
In closing the event Chair Alan Peaford said that “AfBAA is not just a talking shop about ideas, the association is beginning to make moves as reflected in this conference. We have touched on areas that haven’t been touched before. AfBAA has made great steps.”
AfBAC 2017 will be held in Cape Town in November. See www.afbaa.org for more information.
Photo Caption: Tarek Ragheb welcomes delegates to the first AfBAC event in Cape Town.
Ahead of the first African Business Aviation Conference, (AfBAC 2016) to be held in Cape Town 17-18 November, Rady Fahmy, Chief Executive Officer of AfBAA, has confirmed delegate registrations have topped that of any previous AfBAA event, with more than 150 delegates registered ahead of next week’s inaugural meeting. “We are delighted to see that delegates value the event enough to register in advance. We genuinely look forward to meeting them all,” said Fahmy.
Built on the success of the AfBAA Regional Symposium, AfBAC has evolved into a two-day conference that is set to welcome an impressive list of influential African business aviation executives, in addition to international attendees exploring operational opportunities on the continent. The new, annual flagship event will encourage innovation, discussion, and debate about the topics that will ensure stability of the Business Aviation sector in Africa.
In another first, a dedicated afternoon session debating the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Africa, a continent that is said to lend itself well to the opportunities presented by this rapidly developing technology, will also be conducted.
During the event Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of the Association, will announce a new Board of Directors, which will have the baton of governance passed to them. They will be introduced to delegates, and have their roles and activity defined for the next there years.
As momentum builds sponsors are also confirming their involvement. Bestfly, the Angolan business aviation company has confirmed it has taken the leading sponsorship position for the first time at an AfBAA event. Nuno Pereira, Bestfly MD has supported AfBAA since launch, has been an active voice throughout the Association’s development and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Association in September 2016. The Diamond sponsorship firmly demonstrates his commitment and belief in the potential of the Association.
“We are taking AfBAA to the next level with this event,” says Fahmy. “It has a whole host of new elements built in, aims to encourage participation from all sectors of the business aviation arena, and will highlight our achievements over the last year. It is meetings like this that underscore just how important sharing information in this emerging market is. We thank our sponsors, and particularly Nuno and his team at Bestfly, for their Diamond level commitment. Without them all this type of activity just wouldn’t be possible.”
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Photo Caption: L to R - Tarek Ragheb and Rady Fahmy look forward to AfBAA's biggest event yet. High res available on request
|AfBAA’s Flagship event aims to provide the African and the global market with a two day world-class conference nestled in Cape Town, one of Africa’s top destinations. Designed from the ground-up in response to market demand, AfBAC is squarely focused on business aviation, and its wide array of disciplines making it a unique proposition on today’s event circuit.
New EBAA Chair Plans to Highlight the Industry’s Benefits, Seek Level Playing Field
Nov. 8, 2016
European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) top priority in the coming years will be communicating the economic benefits of business aviation, Juergen Wiese, the recently elected EBAA chairman, said of his goals for his three-year term.
“We have done recent studies on perception and economic impact, and based on those, we will launch a long-term communication initiative,” he said. “We want to make clear to all our stakeholders that business aviation is an important segment of the European transportation system, and business aviation is leading to new opportunities, careers, economic growth and regional development.
“We also need a common communication guide for our national associations, as well as a grassroots effort to ensure a [positive] long-term effect, with educational materials that can be used at schools and in other forums to plant the seeds for the future,” Wiese added.
EBAA’s other primary focus, according to Wiese, is dealing with regulatory issues, including flight time limitations and LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) approaches, “which we want to roll out to a greater degree in Europe. In the United States they have thousands [3,722 LPV approach procedures serving 1,812 airports as of mid-September], but in Europe there are just a few hundred. We have the technology in most of our flight decks, and LPV could provide business aviation better and safer access to regional and secondary airports.”
As a non-commercial operator – Wiese has headed BMW’s flight department since 2003) – he is especially concerned about implementation of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Part-NCC rule, which took effect in August.
“Many operators haven’t yet fully understood that they have to comply with it,” he said. “This needs to be a cooperative effort together with the national aviation authorities and EASA to fight for uniform application of NCC rules throughout Europe.”
Wiese added that an important goal for business aircraft operators in Europe is to gain equal opportunity in terms of access to airspace and airports.
“Regulators need to understand that the ‘one size fits all’ rulemaking is basically over,” he said. “In business aviation we are pretty flexible, and we are well equipped to comply with performance-based regulation. The problem is, while we think we are under one legislation, national authorities still have to apply this.”
Another of Weise’s goals is to increase EBAA membership from the current 560 members by “creating more tangible value for members and the business aviation community.”
He is encouraging EBAA members to engage and even organize regional and local forums and workshops to share their experience on issues, and to proactively provide input and feedback to the association.
“I think it will help us all, not only having the strength through numbers, but also safer business aviation.”
Juergen Wiese, EBAA Chairman
BBGA gains bigger voice in Europe as innovative dual membership deal is signed with EBAA
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), the largest national business aviation group in Europe, is to grow in stature following the joint signing today of a significant new membership-based partnership with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Effective November 2016, all UK members of EBAA will automatically become members of BBGA. In addition, any new UK companies seeking to join Brussels-based EBAA will be invited to file their membership and pay their fees, accordingly, through their British association and enjoy the benefits of dual membership, including eligibility to exhibit at EBACE without the payment of further membership fees.
The result will see BBGA’s membership expand to 170 member companies and give the Association even greater lobbying power as it will be joined by several more AOC operators.
“Members of BBGA and EBAA will benefit from dual membership - giving them a louder voice on crucial European and UK aviation matters,” said Marc Bailey, CEO of BBGA. The administrative side will be simpler for them too, as BBGA will (from November) collect both EBAA and BBGA annual membership contributions.
“This new dual membership agreement will lead to an even greater co-operation between the EBAA and BBGA and enable us to be more visible when we represent our combined member companies when meeting with regulators, officials and politicians. The main objective is for us to speak with one voice - whether we are in the UK or the EU.” added Marc Bailey.
“We’re delighted to enter into this agreement,” says EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. “It’s the basis for enhanced coordination between the two associations, allowing us better to represent member interests at both National and European levels, and to speak with one voice for the sector.”
|Segun Demuren becomes AfBAA’s Chairman of the International Committee
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has today confirmed Mr. Segun Demuren, CEO of Nigeria-based EAN, as the association’s Chairman of the International Committee. Segun and EAN has supported AfBAA since its inception by being one of the association's Founding Members and a Director at AfBAA’s Board of Directors. Since AfBAA’s launch Segun has been very active and a strong vocal representative for the organisation. He is frequently present at the AfBAA symposia and at AfBAA Pavilions at EBACE.
Segun will support AfBAA’s Founding Chairman Tarek Ragheb and AfBAA’s Executive Director Rady Fahmy in building strong bridges with Africa’s Ministries of Transportation and Civil Aviation Authorities, international organizations such as AFCAC and other stakeholders that will be informed about the benefits of business aviation to the economy and profile raising of Africa’s position on the international aviation landscape. “We are delighted that Segun is taking up this prestigious and extremely important role for AfBAA. He understands the Association, our mission and vision, as well as having first-hand knowledge of the challenges affecting the growth of business aviation on the continent,” said Ragheb.
AirOps Europe is a unique event offering the business aviation support community a powerful & cost-effective platform to network & market their services in Europe.
Taking place 12-13 October in Cannes, France, this inaugural event will bring business aviation operators & the support community in Europe together in one forum for priceless marketing opportunities & insights, as well as a unique chance to engage in an industry dialogue on such key issues as harmonized standardization & enabling legislation.
Press release 6 September 2016
Nuno Pereira becomes vice chairman of AfBAA as membership growth continues
Members of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) have voted in Nuno Pereira, MD of Angola-based BestFly, as the Association’s Vice-Chairman. Nuno has been regularly involved with AfBAA since inception with BestFly committing to its Founding member status at an early stage. Since launch he has been extremely active and a strong vocal representative for the organisation. He is frequently present at the AfBAA symposia, AfBAA Pavilions, and also hosted the Association’s second members only Rendezvous event, at BestFly’s Luanda home base in February 2015.
Nuno will support Association Founding Chairman Tarek Ragheb in lobbying African governments and educating them about the benefits of business aviation to the economy; profile raising of Africa’s position on the international aviation landscape; and in his supplementary role as Chair of the Budgeting Committee will manage forward finance and budgeting. “We are delighted that Nuno is taking up this prestigious and extremely important role for AfBAA. He understands the Association, our mission and vision, as well as having first-hand knowledge of the challenges affecting the growth of business aviation on the continent,” said Ragheb. “Nuno is also an astute businessman which will ensure he can add value to our strategic development. We thank Achuzie Ezenagu for his work in this role until now, and look forward to developing it further with Nuno.”
Nuno joins AfBAA’s Board at a period of growth as it confirms a 20% rise in membership numbers in the last six months. Now, with 111 members, AfBAA is preparing for the first ever African Business Aviation Conference, AfBAC, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa this year on 17 and 18 November. The event is already attracting leading aviation experts as speakers, and eminent aviation companies as sponsors. Confirmed speakers include representatives from OEMs Bombardier and Gulfstream, as well as principal operator Execujet. Nigeria-based fractional ownership business ANAP Jets is making its debut as an AfBAA event sponsor as it takes an Emerald sponsorship, whilst Universal Aviation and Weather Inc., which has been a consistent supporter of the Association, takes Ruby sponsorship. The association has also announced Ethiopian Airlines as the confirmed Official Carrier of the conference.
The new look conference will incorporate international speakers from a wide range of industries. Alongside regular maintenance, finance and training topics, new and varied panels will cover subjects including the use of aircraft in anti--poaching, lessons to be learned from commercial aviation, flying humanitarian missions in Africa and the pilot’s experience. An Innovation Zone section will look at developing trends.
AfBAA has also added a new sparkle to the event through the creation of a five-tier gemstone sponsorship structure with an amber category leading the way, followed by emerald, sapphire, ruby and diamond options. “We always try and be inclusive at AfBAA which is why we have introduced a cost-effective sponsorship in our amber option,” explains Fahmy. “We would like to encourage the small to medium size business’s to get involved. As an event sponsor it helps their visibility, and enables them to be seen in a dedicated aviation environment by fellow professionals. We hope our nod to South Africa’s gemstone industry will appeal to a whole new set of sponsors.”
The Wings of Business - a National Award in the Field of Business Aviation - will be Introduced in February 2017 in Moscow
The Wings of Business Award ceremony will take place in Moscow on 17 February 2017. The Wings of Business Award is a national award established by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) and is given for the highest achievements in the field of business aviation. This decision was taken as the Russian business aviation has reached a high level of development by now; it demonstrates strong operating and economic performance and has become a high-tech and advanced industry that creates thousands of jobs.
Thus, it was decided to distinguish the best industry players at the first award ceremony that is planned to be held annually.
Unique prizes will be delivered to the winners based on the results of 2016 in such categories as business aviation airline, general aviation operator, business aircraft manufacturer, flight support, business flight organization broker, service company, etc. Additional awards will be given to the business aviation project of year, a legend-company, and a legend-person.
It is important to note that though the Wings of Business is a national award, such categories as foreign business aviation airline, business aircraft manufacturer, MRO Company, project of the year and legendary achievements foresee international participation.
The ceremony will be held at the highest level: the dress code for the attendees will be the Black Tie, the guests will be offered haute cuisine, and the entertainment program will include performances of Russian celebrities. The Air Perfection contest for flight attendants will close the official part of the ceremony.
Business Aviation Systems, Ltd. lead by Mikhail Titov acts as a producer and a sponsor of the Wings of Business Award ceremony.
RUBAA will hold a press conference dedicated to the Wings of Business Award and the forthcoming first ceremony on September 8 as part of JetExpo 2016. The press conference will take place at 14:00 in the B2B hall of the exhibition in Vnukovo-3 Business Aviation Center.
The President of RUBAA Valery Ochirov, Vice-President of RUBAA Mikhail Titov, Chairman of RUBAA Board Alexander Kuleshov, and the Project Producer Ksenia Ananieva are expected to take part in the press conference. The Executive Director of RUBAA Anna Serezhkina will direct the press conference.
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) will be introducing its new African Business Aviation Conference concept during this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Expo, EBACE, at the African Pavilion – Booth Y140. The executive team will be highlighting how it has transformed the existing Regional Symposium into an improved and expanded event, to be called the African Business Aviation Conference, or AfBAC.
The first annual meeting, which will take place this year on 17 & 18 November, will appeal to an international audience eager to discover more about the latest business aviation developments from the dynamic African sector. It will also provide African business aviation stakeholders with insight into international business aviation activity and how it can support their own development. Complementing the regular panel sessions, key note speeches and presentations, new formats will include “fireside” chats with influential aviation leaders, extended networking opportunities, and a full two day agenda.
The Association will use the meeting as a platform to launch Africa’s first annual forum dedicated to the burgeoning sector of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS. “Africa’s operating environment offers great scope for unmanned aerial vehicles. The applications and opportunities are immense, and it’s an area that affects business aviation operations in a number of ways. This is why we’ve chosen to launch the annual RPAS Forum as part of the AfBAC event,” explained Rady Fahmy, CEO of the Association.
The introduction of AfBAC to the aviation conference schedule is the first in a series of planned steps by AfBAA to expand its events and networking opportunities. Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of AfBAA said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the introduction of AfBAC at EBACE. European and African relations have a long heritage, and continue to grow business together. By offering a variety of platforms from which to communicate we are fulfilling our mission of promoting the understanding and benefits of business aviation in Africa. We are aiming to bring the world to Africa, and Africa to the world, to serve the very different needs of our members both within Africa and across the globe. Creating forums for debate, discussion and development is a key part of the organisation’s function.”
South Africa has one of the most active business aviation sectors on the continent and Cape Town has one of the largest general aviation communities. This combined with its stunning coastal location, excellent convention infrastructure and convenient travel connections makes it an attractive proposition for the inaugural AfBAC.
Ireland based volunteer group Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers held their 2016 Pre-Season briefing at the Stephens Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, late January, sponsored by Jim O'Sullivan & Exchequer Aircraft Leasing. Also supporting the event was Dave Scully (Irish Business Aviation Association)
During the evening the 2016 season events list to date was disclosed, eleven so far, very high for so early in the year. At home Birr, Foynes/Brittas House, Limetree & Weston Special Day of Flying are just some of the confirmed events. In the UK the group has been invited to support the North Weald Marshallers with the Air Britain Fly-In. A return to join our colleagues from the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers Detachment & the Lone Star Flight Museum Marshallers at Ellington Field/Johnson Space Center, Texas for Wings Over Houston Air Show will round the year off.
The Spring recurrent training schedule was confirmed as well as nominees for the Heli-Ops courses. A new marshaller was welcomed to the group, Sean Cronin who is Ground Operations Supervisor with South Aer FBO, Cork. Sean is the groups second man based out of the Southern Capitol. Paul Daly has been with Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers since 2011 & is Station Manager with Weston Aviation, Cork.
The evening ended with a toast to the memory of our fallen friend Joe "Jag" Gallagher who's dry wit was especially missed!
Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers are sponsored by Exchequer Aircraft Leasing, Global FBO Consult & Simtech Aviation.
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Runway Aviation Club - Ghana was born from an idea by Okyere Gyamena Obed who wanted to create a gateway for young Ghanians into the aviation industry. To provide a platform for our members which assists them in starting a career in aviation To educate our members on available routes into the industry To encourage our members to self-educate where possible To approach Ghanian aviation industry & investigate future opportunities for members to start careers as pilots, flight attendants, engineers, flight ops, ground ops, admin & elsewhere. To advise members on joining flying clubs To assist & promote career days & seminars To seek internships for members within the industry
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Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA) Launch
February 19th 2015, London-Heathrow,
Future of Business Aviation Conference & FBO Expo 2015
The Irish Business Aviation Association was officially launched at the Future of Business Aviation Conference, Heathrow Airport, London on 19th February.
Launch Members are:
Bas de Bruijn – Deputy Director of Aviation EMC Corporation, Executive Member & Founder IrBAA.
Dave Scully – Dublin-Weston Executive Airport & AEM Aviation Consulting, President IrBAA
Joe McDermott – Global FBO Consult, CEO IrBAA
Pat Forde - South Aer FBO, Chairman IrBAA
The IrBAA's aim is to promote the growth & effectiveness of Business Aviation industry in Ireland and to achieve this by representation, monitoring, co-operation, promotion and information. In addition, IrBAA plan to have representation in Europe as a member of the European Council for General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and plans to work closely with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
According to founder Bas de Bruijn, “Establishing the IrBAA is a great step forward for the industry in Ireland. By uniting the Irish Aviation community and banding together as a group, we can utilize all of our collective worldwide experience to help make Ireland a better place for business and general aviation. We have had great feedback from the international business aviation community so far and we are looking forward representing the industry here in Ireland. We have a great management team supporting the association with a broad experience in the aviation industry.”
Dave Scully said “We hope to work closely with our colleagues at the European Business Aviation Association to cover the areas of Engineering, Flight Training & Safety. We would like to become members of the International Business Aviation Council so we have access to the decision makers at ICAO, the global body for aviation regulation. We also aim to affiliate with other organisations in various countries allowing us to interact with the IAA, EASA, Irish Government and the EU to better the fortunes of all sectors of Ireland’s business aviation industry”
Present at the launch was Jim O’Sullivan, owner of Dublin based Exchequer Aircraft Leasing who remarked “this is a very welcome development & will provide an excellent platform for business aviation interests in Ireland to co-operate into the future”
Pat Forde, Managing Director of South Aer Aviation Services (FBO) at Cork International Airport also welcomed the IrBAA launch, “The IrBAA will represent all stake holders in the sector, including FBOs, AOC holders, Charter Brokers, Leasing Agents, Part 145 facilities as well as Regional & International Airports.”
Dublin-Weston Executive Airport, Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland
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