The history of EBAA
How it started
Dr. Ir. F.J. Philips and François Chavatte of IBM Europe co-founded the “International Business Aviation Association (Europe)”, in the Netherlands with 12 founding members. François Chavatte is elected as its first President, holding this post until 2003. He was also Chairman from 1986-1996.
The place to be
Recognising that Brussels was the strategic place to be, the Association moved to Belgium and became known as the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Brian Humphries joins EBAA as Chairman, holding this post until 2004. Following his retirement from Shell Aircraft International in 2005 he became CEO of EBAA, and in 2009 assumed the dual role of President and CEO.
A premier event
The first European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) takes place in Geneva. This event becomes the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community.
Fabio Gamba is appointed Chief Executive Officer of EBAA, taking over from Brian Humphries who remained in the role of EBAA President.
40 years of EBAA
EBAA celebrates 40 years of operations with 685 members, representing a fleet of over 1000 aircraft! Jürgen Wiese is the new Chairman. Brandon Mitchener is appointed Chief Executive Officer, and Robert Baltus, with nearly 20 years of experience in aviation, joins as Chief Operations Officer. Brian Humphries retires and becomes an Honorary Member, along with François Chavatte.
Expanding Horizons is the EBAA's 5-year campaign to share facts, stories, and insights to help ensure Business Aviation is recognized by key stakeholders as being a pioneering, accessible, indispensable and desirable transport option.
Business Aviation (BizAv)
Business aviation (BizAv) provides closely tailored, flexible, point to point air transportation for individuals, governments, businesses and local communities in the most time-efficient way possible.
BizAv generally refers to an on-demand industry that consists of a mixture of commercial and non-commercial services that encompasses everything from charter to corporate and emergency medical flights. The sector is not defined by the size or type of the aircraft, but rather by the nature of the service provided.
Business aviation brings value to European companies, citizens and communities both as a specialised, secure, time-efficient mode of travel and as a dynamic sector providing highly-skilled jobs.