Illegal operations discredit the sector and impact the bottom lines of BizAv operators.
They are essentially of a two-pronged nature:
a) commercial transactions operated without the necessary Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC), and/or
b) commercial flights between countries without the necessary traffic rights (or permits).
In order to curtail illegal flights, the EBAA has engaged into different parallel initiatives aiming at addressing the issue either from a prevention viewpoint, by for instance informing customers of the dangers linked to flying with illegal operators (this was highlighted specifically during a wide campaign orchestrated by the Association in 2010 and 2011), or from a repression viewpoint, by engaging with national authorities and fostering more specific ramp-champ inspections.
Other activities include:
- A Voluntary Declaration for EBAA Members that in substance, explicitly bans the conduct of any sorts of illegal activities, even if this remains non-binding; it helps set the tone.
- A position paper aiming at highlighting the current incoherencies and loopholes of the legislation and proposed remedies;
- Drafting of an EASA/MS-led initiative aiming at crafting a "White List" of rubber-stamped European and non-European operators (in essence, the counter-document to the infamous Black List).
Last but not least, the EBAA has launched a series of one-to-one meetings with National Authorities so as to sensitize governments of the EU about the importance of the issue (around 7% of total BizAv movements are deemed to be illegal under one form or another) and to convince them to engage adequate means to better combat them.
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Mr. Belarmino G. Paradela, Senior Manager, Economics and Operational Activities
Mr. Pedro Vicente Azua, Chief Operating Officer - (COO)