Business Aviation is Secure by Nature
With some rare exceptions, Business Aviation mostly operates small aircraft for private groups or purposes (below 45.5 tonnes Maximum Take-Off Weight and with a maximum of 19 seats) under charter, ownership or fractional ownership business models. Rather than operating through the sale of individual tickets, Business Aviation offers and/or sells flights, not seats. Because of this very specific modus operandi, the vast majority of Business Aviation passengers are frequent flyers, known personally to the operators. These basic operational factors of Business Aviation make it a small but distinct industry within the transport sector value chain that is naturally secure.
Moving Towards Better-adapted Risk-based Security
Passengers choose Business Aviation for the security it provides. Forcing security methods originally carved out for different circumstances, different business models, and different types of passengers is not only costly; it is also counterproductive.
The current one-size-fits-all type of security screening is inappropriate for Business Aviation. It is a disruptive and time-consuming procedure, especially when security staff are not, or only poorly, trained for the specific type of operations related to Business Aviation. It is all too often the case that the lack of communication skills and outright misunderstanding of the Business Aviation model, due to lack of proper training, results in poor customer service, which runs against all the values of Business Aviation.
The Future of Security
The EBAA is therefore committed to have European institutions and Member States:
- Recognise the lower risk profile in Business Aviation operations;
- Implement in the best possible way the measures identified in Regulation 1254/2009;
- Make best use of existing tools to expand alternative measures and best practices, in particular, on the basis of what is being done outside of Europe with some degree of success; and
- Apply European rules uniformly at national level.
View the EBAA Position Paper on Security.
View the EBAA Position Paper on Passenger Name Record.