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Aeropodium -Intro to Aircraft Appraisals & Valuation
10/17/2017 11:08:03 AM

Introduction to Aircraft Appraisals and Valuation

Monday 4th Devember 2017, London, UK

All Seminar Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion!

Further to its recent success in Dubai, London and Dublin, we are delighted to offer this interactive aviation seminar in London again this year!


Early-Bird Registration - 50% Off! £400 + 20% VAT, Total: £480

Until 31st October 2017

For more information, the seminar 
agenda and to register, please visit




UK: +44 20 8123 7072, USA: +1 305 767 4707

Aeropodium - Commercial Aircraft Financing
10/1/2017 12:22:24 PM
Commercial Aircraft Financing

Monday 16th October, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE

Register now and save $200!

For more information, the seminar agenda and to register, please visit



Email:  Tel: +44 20 8123 7072

Aircraft Leasing: A Guide to Successful Negotiations
9/20/2017 6:07:56 PM
Monday 30th October 2017, Hilton Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland



- Mark Atwood, Member, Cozen O’Connor
- Jamie Baldwin, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College

  and Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK

- Jordan Karatzas, Executive Vice President, InterVISTAS Consulting

For more information, seminar agenda & to register please visit


Email:   Tel: +44 20 8123 7072

6th Annual Aircraft Records & Data Integration
9/20/2017 5:27:45 PM

Thursday 28th September 2017, Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg Airport, Hamburg, Germany

Following the success of the previous events, the 6th annual conference will explore themes such as: 

- The importance of data integration in a digital business
- Aircraft documentation and compliance
- Legal pitfalls for aircraft records experts
- Protecting the integrity of records today and in the future
- Fully digital aircraft transitions: Simplify process by data standards
- Acceptance and transfer of electronic records: Modern technology for aviation
- The case for Electronic Technical Logbooks, regulatory hurdles to resolve and the business efficiencies to be gained
- CAMO and new challenges for operators
- Hourly cost maintenance programs and how they assist in preserving aircraft value

- EASA crackdown on aviation IT systems - How upcoming regulatory changes will impact MRO software

The agenda includes simultaneous Roundtable Discussion Groups!



Julian Beames, Business Operations Manager, Commsoft

John Bowell, Director of Global Sales, FLYdocs
Paul Boyd, Managing Director, Conduce Group
James Carroll, Director, Business Development - Western Europe, JSSI

Sander De Bree, CEO, EXSYN Aviation Solutions
Roland McKay, Principal,
Robert Ricketts, Equity Partner, Holland & Knight
Anton Tams, SVP & Manager Fleet Support, GECAS
Gilles van Hövell tot Westervlier, Managing Partner, Aviation Independent Consulting



EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION €450 Until 22nd Sept. 2017 - Regular Fee: €550

 For more information, agenda & to register please visit 


Email:   Tel: +44 20 8123 7072

Air Ops Europe open for registration
6/26/2017 6:44:38 PM

Air Ops Europe is where:
  • Is where schedulers and dispatchers focused on Europe come to learn and do business
  • Offers ground handlers, FBOs, airports, trip planners and operators exclusive advantages
  • Offers targeted, expert-led training and learning opportunities
  • Maximises your networking opportunities                

Aviation Bloom & Aviapartner Executive team up!
6/1/2017 11:08:28 PM
Aviation Bloom is delighted to announce that Aviapartner Executive is opening its new FBO in the Balearic Islands at Ibiza (IBZ/LEIB) in June!

Aviation Bloom CEO Thomas Kränzlein, Aviapartner Director Europe of Premium Services, Caroline De Caigny & the Amsterdam FBO Manager, Martijn Minnema, dannounced the new facilities listing on the Aviation Bloom Ground Handling booking platform at EBACE last week.
During the first 20 days of the facilities operation every operator booking handling via Aviation Bloom will receive a 20% discount off the Basic Handling Fee !
Aviation Bloom - Trip Support Platform
5/15/2017 11:43:34 AM

After more than two year of consultation with business aviation stakeholders we have launched Aviation Bloom, a new online platform designed to connect flight planners, crews, owners and operators with FBOs, Business Aviation Ground Handlers (BAHA), Airports, In-Flight Caters, Chauffeur companies & other services.
Aviation Bloom is a Free-to-Use Service
Aviation Bloom is accessible via any office PC or laptop and our App is available to download for Android and iOS from the App Store.
Flight operators can book handling services directly from the platform.
Listing is free for FBOs, Business Aviation Handling Agents and airports. To ensure your operation is listed & up to date go to
If you are not there yet, if you want to update a listing or to advertise with your logo, just click the UPDATE button and send us an email with your comments to our Operations Control Center in Munich.
AviationBloom is proud to offer ourregistered usersdiscounted rates for ground handling with Aviapartner Executive at all their locations!

To meet the Aviation Bloom team at EBACE please send an email to
Airport Best Practices Conference
4/13/2017 12:21:24 PM
Click our banner for full details including hotel reservations and registration information. This is the first time AAAE/IAAE have held a conference in Iceland. We are pleased that the CEO of Icelandair will speak on May 26!

Global FBO Consult are Media Partners with AAAE/IAAE for this unique event.
First AfBAARS|NBAC launches new Nigerian business aviation organisation
4/7/2017 11:32:43 AM
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.

Airport Best Practices Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
4/4/2017 6:57:41 PM

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) and Isavia (Operator of Keflavik International Airport) are very pleased to present the North America/Europe Airport Best Practices Conference, which will be held May 24-26, 2017, at the Hilton Hotel in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland.

Airport and aviation executives from Iceland, North America and Europe will discuss best practices in several key areas, including: airport/tourism partnerships, enhancing the passenger experience, safety/security initiatives, increasing non-aeronautical revenue and green/sustainability initiatives. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear how airports in Iceland, North America and Europe are handling current challenges and to discover new strategies for improving airport operations and performance.

This unique forum will allow senior airport/aviation executives, government and corporate executives from North America and throughout Europe to network and to discuss the current challenges and opportunities associated with operating airports in today’s dynamic environment worldwide. Representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and other aviation organizations have been invited to participate. Attendee participation is highly encouraged, as the intent of these sessions is to provide a forum for exchange of best practices. The broad array of panel discussions will surely have a topic of interest to suit attendees from across the aviation industry.

The conference will begin with an evening reception on Wednesday, May 24, and conclude at 12:30 on Friday, May 26.


  • Airport and Civil Aviation sector representatives
  • Government Officials
  • International Airline Executives
  • Tourism Officials
  • Safety and Security Experts
  • Green/Sustainability Experts
  • U.S. Companies
  • European Companies
  • Industry Consultants and Partners

Link to our event website & registration & booking

AfBAA Regional Symposium & NBAC
3/17/2017 3:53:09 PM
Aviation Festival Africa 2017
3/9/2017 12:09:59 PM

Global FBO Consult are proud to announce that they are a Media Partner for the forthcoming Aviation Festival Africa 2017, to be held 13 - 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Aviation Festival Africa is the leading aviation conference & exhibition in Africa. Take a look here:
3/8/2017 4:54:59 PM
The African Business Aviation Association Regional Symposium and Nigerian Business Aviation Conference scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of March is just 15 days away.

Also, come experience great networking opportunity with industry leaders and HNIs in the Business Aviation sector at the 2017 Dinner

For sponsorship and more information, contact NBAC Admin on
7th Annual Aviation Festival Africa
3/6/2017 1:05:57 PM

Afriqiyah Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, ASKY Airlines, Air Djibouti, Libyan Wings, Air Seychelles and many more!

Running an airline in Africa is not for the faint-hearted with customer satisfaction posing as a very fickle prospect. Airlines regularly get the rap for factors that are completely out of their control. Slow airport terminal facilities, crowded airspace and even bad weather can negatively affect the customer’s experience of the airline.

How can airlines in the modern age live up to the high expectations of today’s traveller?

The 7th annual Aviation Festival Africa, brings together the brightest minds in the aviation industry to discuss the most effective ways to deliver excellence, keep the customer happy and the bottom line healthy.

Join our first 30 African speakers who will be sharing their insights:
·Kate Aleksidze, Chief Executive Officer, United Airports of Georgia, Georgia
·Gilles Darriau, Chief Executive Officer, Abidjan Airport, Cote D’Ivoire
·Dinesh Hapuarachi, Manager Revenue Management, Air Djibouti, Djibouti
·Flora Wakolo, Chief: Air Traffic Control Officer, Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya
·Papa Diery Séne, Director: Internal Control and Management, Aeroports du Senegal, Senegal
·Khaled Chelly, President Directeur General, Office de L’Aviation Civile et des Aeoports, Tunisia
·Peter Carrie-Wilson, Human Resources Director, Air Seychelles, Seychelles
·Dr Gershon Adzadi, Head of ICT, Ghana Airports Company, Ghana
·Abu Bakarr Kamara, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority, Sierra Leone
·Ian Patrick, Commercial Director, Air Djibouti, Djibouti
·Nowel Ranyu Ngala, Commercial Director, ASKY Airline, Togo
·Edgardo Badiali, Chief Executive Officer, Libyan Wings, Libya
·Hamza Johari, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority, Tanzania
·John Ryan, Project Director, Fraport, Germany
·Benson Osoro, Senior Air Traffic Controller, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya
·Acacio Tuendue, Managing Director, Maputo International Airport, Mozambique
·Wil Bako Freeman, Managing Director, Liberia Airport Authority, Liberia
·Tino Motloung, Ancillary Revenue Specialist, South African Airways, South Africa
·Fausto Cruz, Chief Executive Officer, Kaya Airlines, Mozambique
·Abel Alemu, Regional Manager Southern Africa, Ethiopian Airlines, South Africa
·Zaeem Mirza, Global Head: Online Marketing Channel, Qatar Airways, United Arab Emirates
·Werner Reiser, Senior Manager: Aircraft Phase Out Program, Swiss International Air Lines, Switzerland
·Kashif Chaudry, Head of Aviation Security International Operations, Department for Transport, United Kingdom
·Manish Sinha, Chief Operating Officer, GMR Hyderabad International Airport, India
·Dr Julius Karangi, Chairman, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya
·Ashraf A Hakim Al Sayad, Regional Manager South Africa and Zimbabwe, EgyptAir
·Courage Silombela, Strategic Executive: Engineering, IT & Special Projects, Airports Company, Namibia
·Abubaker Elfortia, Chief Executive Officer, Afriqiyah Airways, Libya

We expect to sell out – book your seat today! Call me now to inquire about early bird discounts.
For more details & agenda please email:
Exclusive sponsorship packages are available for companies wanting to speak alongside these industry buyers and investors. Call Roschan +27 (0)11 516 4045 to sponsor or email
GSE & Ramp-Ops
2/27/2017 11:40:45 AM

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Aviation Festival Africa
2/24/2017 12:53:16 PM
School of Corporate Jet Finance
2/21/2017 11:37:02 AM

School of Corporate Jet Finance
Wotton House, Surrey, England  27th & 28th June
Led by a specialist faculty of business aviation experts – who lead transactions every day – the interactive course will use practical examples and case studies to give you knowledge and understanding you can use to get deals closed:
• Gain an insight into what determines aircraft values
• Understand the fundamentals of the sales process – with a special case study on negotiating and structuring a letter of intent
• Review the practicalities of aircraft registration and insurance
• Develop a thorough understanding of risk management – including a focus on residual values and asset management
• Understand fiscal regulations that apply to business aircraft
• The residential course will give you opportunities to network and make new business contacts in a relaxed environment
• Over the two days the faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and to give you detailed insight into specific topics that are relevant to your business – without paying an hourly rate.
• The School of Corporate Jet Finance uses a mixture of discussion and (very) interactive case studies taking attendees through the whole process of buying, financing, repossessing and selling an aircraft.
You can see the current agenda and confirmed speakers on our event website by clicking on the following link:
Feedback from delegates on past courses has been fantastic, with individuals enjoying the course and returning to work with new skills. Past attendees include: financial institutions, operators, charter brokers, trust companies, law firms, aircraft brokers and others.
Our super early bird registration fees expire on the 7th April:
First Delegate - £ 2099.00 plus VAT
Second Delegate - £ 1574.25 plus VAT and any additional delegates at £ 1049.50 plus VAT per person.
The above fees include all course documentation, accommodation and dinner for the nights of the 26th, 27th and 28th June, lunch on the 27th and 28th June, and breakfast on the 27th, 28th and 29th June.
The Isle of Man Aviation Conference
2/16/2017 12:43:45 PM
The Isle of Man Aviation Conference
Thursday 22 June, Villa Marina, Douglas
This year we are working in partnership with Mann Link Travel to provide online registration and easy access to hotel booking and any other travel requirements.
Part NCCRiskBrexitTrumpVAT/Tax
Setting up an aviation business on the Isle of Man
Travel SafetySafety PerformanceOperators

The Isle of Man Aviation Conference is organised by ICM Aviation and supported by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.
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2nd British & Irish Airports Expo
2/13/2017 1:14:35 PM
West Africa Business Aviation Symposium
2/13/2017 11:49:25 AM

13 February 2017: AfBAA and NBAC to co-host West African Business Aviation Symposium



The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has teamed up with EAN Aviation, organisers of the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, NBAC, to merge the two respected meetings into one powerful event.

In a value-add for delegates the two meetings will come together to spearhead discussions about the value of creative business thinking, and how it can stimulate new ideas to help navigate the increasingly challenging world of business aviation in the region. The organisers have designed the programme with the aim of providing a set of pragmatic tools that will support the region’s stakeholders’ future planning and development.

Networking will also from a significant part of the meeting and organisers have introduced a “Meet the Operators” session that will enable suppliers and operators to effectively network in a dedicated environment. “We see operators as a lynchpin for the industry and want to facilitate meetings that will be genuinely useful for both parties,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA.

The programme will include discussions about human resources and training; the benefits of purchasing pre-owned as opposed to new aircraft; and look at how to plan for ongoing success. Presentations will explore the perception of West African business aviation and a case study will look at how the closure of Abuja airport, Nigeria’s legislative capital may have affected the sector.

“We’ve create a dynamic programme with some fascinating new themes for delegates to debate. We are sure we can provide several tangible take-aways that will contribute to business longevity,” added Segun Demuren, CEO of co-host EAN Aviation.

In another first the event will be Chaired by African aviation industry veteran Nick Fadugba who, for more than thirty years, has been supporting aviation development on the continent through his company African Aviation Services. Sponsors are already confirming their interest with leading names Bombardier, Gulfstream and RUAG all confirming their participation.

The AfBAA Regional Symposium West Africa/NBAC 2017 event will take place at The Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos on 23 and 24 March. For more information please visit or


About AfBAA

The African Business Aviation Association was launched in May 2012 to represent the interests of Africa’s aircraft owners, operators, and suppliers to the Business Aviation community in a single voice. AfBAA has over 115 members.


AfBAA’s primary objective is to promote the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the Continent’s economic development and prosperity through advocacy.


As an active, well funded, professionally run organisation AfBAA is committed to increasing membership, raising awareness of the Association internally and externally in Africa and supporting all entities involved in Business Aviation in Africa.



African Aviation 2017
1/25/2017 12:19:28 PM

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will be the 2nd event in the Aviation Africa series, the first having been held in May 2015 in Dubai
and attended by over 400 delegates, featuring 40 exhibitors and 12 sponsors.

AVIATION AFRICA 2017 will take place on 22 & 23 February 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The event will be a two-day conference and exhibition focusing on all aspects of the aviation industry including MRO, Business Aviation, defence and commercial aviation.  

The event is supported by the Rwandan Government including the Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority and RwandAir.

The Rwanda Development Board, Akagera Aviation and Kigali Serena Hotel are confirmed partners. 

Rwanda is fully committed to supporting the Aviation Africa 2017 event and ensuring that aviation related events grow in Rwanda. 

They will be inviting all Rwandan aviation industry to the event as well as their counterparts across the African continent.


Jet Pro at Airfinance 2017 in Dublin
1/18/2017 6:20:18 PM
Aviation Africa 2017
1/18/2017 11:21:31 AM
Aviation Africa will feature an exhibit hall hosting 50 aviation companies from Africa and around the world. The conference will host 70 speakers & panelists along with 500 delegates.
Don't miss this event, which offers a fantastic platform to look at the opportunities to do business with Africa. Register today and join these names and many more who have already registered.

Association of Airport Executives
12/13/2016 4:11:08 PM
Dates: May 24-26, 2017    Location: Reykjavík, Iceland 

CONTACT: Spencer Dickerson at 703.578.2511

AfBAC 2016 Report
11/28/2016 3:51:38 PM

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 for more information.

Photo Caption: Tarek Ragheb welcomes delegates to the first AfBAC event in Cape Town.

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Aviation Africa 2017
11/17/2016 1:01:31 PM
Increased interest in first AfBAC
11/10/2016 1:00:45 PM

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.”

For further information please visit:


Photo Caption: L to R - Tarek Ragheb and Rady Fahmy look forward to AfBAA's biggest event yet. High res available on request


African Business Aviation Conference (AfBAC) - Cape Town 2016
11/9/2016 8:07:11 PM
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.
EBAA say first AirOps Europe a success
10/17/2016 9:29:48 PM

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) said it is very pleased with the industry’s response to the first of its new AirOps Europe conferences, staged last week at Cannes Airport in the south of France. “We hoped for 300 visitors and in fact we had almost 400, so that was very positive” said EBAA president Brian Humphries. The event, which has some similarities with the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference, drew around 30 exhibiting companies including FBOs, fuel providers, ground-handling specialists, trip support companies, airports and aircraft operators.

AirOps Europe included training & auditing sessions for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), which a growing number of FBOs and handling providers are seeking. The event featured “speed networking” sessions to give companies the opportunity to make pitches for new business and partnerships.

The second edition of AirOps Europe will be held Sept. 20-21, 2017, once again in Cannes.


AirOps Europe
9/8/2016 6:35:08 PM
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.
RUBAA - Wings of Business
8/26/2016 12:56:34 PM

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.

Press Release at Oshkosh 2016
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July 25-31
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Global FBO Consult on EBACE BizAv Panel
5/30/2016 11:33:22 PM

Big is Beautiful: Will Consolidation in BusAv Accelerate and, if so, with what Consequences?

education sessions focused on issues of importance to companies operating business aircraft in Europe. Global FBO Consult were invited to join the panel.

Amidst economic ups and downs, largely matched by traffic levels, consolidation is unfolding at a pace never seen before in the sector. For long, pundits believed the specificities of business aviation would act as barriers to large-scale M&As, but recent transactions have paved the way to new business models. Will Business Aviation follow the same route as other sectors, with the emergence of multinational businesses? If so, will they deliver positive synergies and economies of scale, or are there hidden obstacles that will prevent the sector enjoying the benefits of consolidation?

Moderator: Taunya Renson-Martin, MachMedia
Speakers: Mark Johnstone, BBA Aviation Flight Support; Patrick Hansen, Luxaviation Group; Joe McDermott, Global FBO Consult; Laura Pierallini, Studio Pierallini; Greg Thomas, PrivatAir

International School of Corporate Jet Finance
4/15/2016 4:42:24 PM

Now running for the fifth time, our International School of Corporate Jet Finance 2016 is a unique two-day intensive residential course for anyone that wants to understand aircraft transactions.

The intimate course is taught by an expert faculty and the fee includes accommodation, meals and course materials.

Past attendees include: financial institutions, operators, charter brokers, trust companies, law firms, aircraft brokers and others.

The School of Corporate Jet Finance uses a mixture of discussion and (very) interactive case studies taking attendees through the whole process of buying, financing, repossessing and selling an aircraft.

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NBAC - Nigerian Business Aviation Conference 2016
1/25/2016 2:13:19 PM
Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers
1/24/2016 3:25:33 PM
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.
New sponsors are always welcome.
Corporate Jet Investor 2016
1/8/2016 5:48:34 PM
Nigerian Business Aviation Conference
12/8/2015 12:29:11 PM
NBAC builds momentum with Chairman confirmed as dates move to
17/18 March 2016.

EAN, the Lagos-based fully integrated business aviation company confirmed today that the third Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, NBAC 2016 will now take place on 17th and 18th March 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. The event is gaining momentum with the Chairman being confirmed as Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief of African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace. Alan chaired NBAC 2014 and is well positioned to lead the event with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the West African aviation landscape.

As with the previous event 2016 will incorporate two days of panels, keynote speeches and debates. The main discussion points will focus on the theme of “Sustaining Nigeria's position on the African Business Aviation Landscape.” Discussions will incorporate changes in the business aviation sector within the national context of Nigeria, as well as the effects of regional, African and international development on the Nigerian business aviation sector.

New formats and themes will bring together a diverse range of topics. In a first for NBAC an opening panel will bring together international CAAs to discuss the creation and implementation of regulations and how these can be applied to Nigeria. The effects of reduced crude oil prices will be debated by a panel representing the full spectrum of business aviation; whilst a rotary panel will discuss the importance of linking helicopters and executive aviation to support the hydrocarbon industry in Nigeria and further afield.

Segun Demuren, CEO of EAN, founder and host of the symposium comments: “We are delighted that Alan has agreed to chair our event again. He’s extremely knowledgeable, and knows how to extract the best from our panellists and speakers to ensure the event adds value to the business aviation knowledgebase. We are excited to be hosting the event once again and look forward to welcoming delegates, speakers and sponsors.”

EAN has a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the event and companies interested in developments in this sector should contact Adedayo Olawuyi Telephone: +23 4129 50960 or +234 809 393 4033.

MCAS 2015
4/19/2015 2:47:37 PM
EBACE 2015
4/15/2015 9:54:34 PM
Global FBO Consult will be attending EBACE 2015, Geneva, May 19, 20 & 21st

To set up a meeting drop us an email at:
Future of Business Aviation 2015
4/15/2015 9:52:32 PM
Global FBO Consult are proud sponsors of
The Future of Business Aviation Conference - FBO & Executive Handling Expo 2015

3rd ECAS
4/15/2015 9:50:01 PM
8th International Aircraft Repossession
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