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Brandon Mitchener Appointed EBAA CEO
3/22/2017 11:29:16 AM

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.

   

AfBAA Regional Symposium & NBAC
3/17/2017 3:53:09 PM
KMQY: Smyrna Air Center Receives New Owner and Name: Hollingshead Aviation
3/10/2017 5:10:06 PM
NEWSFEED: FBO Acquisitions, Mergers, Networks & Partnerships update:

Smyrna Air Center, Nashville, Tennessee, KMQY Receives New Owner and Name: Hollingshead Aviation :

As Jeff Hollingshead settles in to his new role as president of the FBO previously known as Smyrna Air Center, the FBO ramps up changes to settle for nothing less than excellence, starting with its new name: Hollingshead Aviation.

“When I took over the FBO, I immediately recognized its value as an alternative to congested city traffic and its potential to provide premier services to GA traffic in the greater Nashville area,” said Hollingshead. “As Hollingshead Aviation, we’re raising the bar of our services, from ground handling to customer needs and everywhere in between.”

Located at Smyrna Airport, Hollingshead Aviation lands guests approximately 30 minutes from Nashville’s downtown with quick access to a major highway. This serves guests with a convenient location to fly in for exceptional services without the hassle of big-city congested airspace.

The FBO boasts red carpet customer service, ensuring every aspect of its customers’ trips are executed flawlessly. Hollingshead Aviation’s modern, state-of-the-art amenities and personalized rampside services are designed to offer guests total comfort and convenience. Flight crews enjoy no landing fees, a dedicated pilot lounge complete with wide-screen smart TVs, over-sized recliners, showers, and an on-site golf course.

In addition, the operation provides specialized aircraft maintenance as a Part-145 Repair Station. Each technician is factory-trained and A&P certified through the FAA. Services include:  inspections, metal repair and fabrication, aircraft weighing, troubleshooting, A/C service, STC installations and conversions, Pratt & Whitney hot section inspections (PT6 Large), GE Walter 601’s and H80 inspections and repairs, aircraft pressurization and testing, factory-trained Lycoming & Continental mechanics, and aircraft detailing services.


  
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: www.terrapinn.com/avfestafrica
BBGA highlights the need for change
3/9/2017 11:47:37 AM

 

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.”

AfRSNBAC2017
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
admin@nbac.com.ng
ExecuJet Acquires FBO Sydney/YSSY
3/6/2017 2:36:16 PM

FBO Acquisitions, Mergers, Networks & Partnerships update:
ExecuJet has acquired an FBO at Kingsford-Smith Int. Airport, Sydney, Australia to complement its existing maintenance, flight operations & administrations facility. The FBO is located at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, 12km from the city center, with a dedicated VIP lounge, passenger amenities & CIQ processing facilities.

Part of the Luxaviation Group, ExecuJet now has an international network of 25 FBOs. Facilities are located across Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

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: Kachinga.phiri@terrapinn.com
 
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 Roschan.vanderhaar@terrapinn.com
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