Business Aviation – boosting regional opportunities & connectivity

Business Aviation – boosting regional opportunities & connectivity

The European Business Aviation Association was pleased to host a full house during its event: ‘Business Aviation – boosting regional opportunities & connectivity’, to discuss the positive impact of the business aviation industry on European regional growth and development.

During the panel debate, the European Business Aviation Association called on the European Commission to provide the necessary additional regulatory and financial tools to help national and regional authorities implement Performance Based Navigation Rules (PBN-IR).

PBN-IR opens the door to the large deployment of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)-based procedures. Business Aviation is an early adopter of this technology, with most business aircraft already equipped with the relevant technology. The full implementation of PBN-IR would provide a concrete, effective and cost-efficient solution to increase airport access across the European region, at a time in which airport capacity is seen as one of the main transport challenges across the EU.

EBAA’s Secretary-General, Athar Husain Khan, said: “The development of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)-based technologies is the best way to ensure safer access at secondary and tertiary airports in all weather conditions, and it makes infinite sense that this technology should be rolled out.”

“The adoption of PBN implementing rules is an important step towards increased access to airports, but for this progress to become tangible, it is important that the Commission and EASA support local and regional players in this transition. This is a concrete solution to the capacity challenges we see across the region.”

“I therefore call on the European Commission to provide guidance to local authorities. In addition, I hope that SMEs are provided with improved access to EU funding in the area of research and innovation.”

Mr Khan’s comments were echoed by other members of the panel at the same event.

Stan Medved, Director of Corporate Aviation at Shell Aircraft Limited, emphasised that: “Innovative technologies on aircraft and at airports will open up a range of airports currently underserved, allowing business aviation to really bring their customers where they need to be anywhere in the region. Business aircraft already have the enhanced capability to land in reduced weather conditions, and soon in zero-visibility.   It’s now only right that the infrastructure within airports and regulations meet these expectations.”

Another panelist added that the only way to face the current challenges affecting the aviation sector is for all players involved, including airports to communicate with each other more. He stressed: “We all own part of the solution, and we need to join forces to find shared solutions for the future.”

Calls from the EBAA and industry, were also echoed across other avenues gathered at the event in Brussels. Jyrki Paajanen, Policy Officer in the Aviation Safety Unit at DG MOVE (European Commission), stated: “thanks to the air navigation strategy, we agreed with Member States that we will roll out satellite-based navigation, including a compulsory programme of implementation of PBN approaches and decommissioning of old technologies.”

Léa Bodossian, Secretary General at the Airport Regions Conference (ARC), stated that business aviation and local communities do share common concerns. She added: “From a regional perspective, connectivity is not simply from airport to airport, but includes the duration of journey, including the access time to the airport, cost of journey, etc. Investments in new airport technologies will have to be evaluated under this broader light.”

To discover even more about the positive impact of Business Aviation in Europe, please feel free to download the documents left. And click here to check out photos from this event.

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Jacek Krawczyk, President of the Employers’ Group, European Economic and Social Committee
As President of the Employer’s group of the EESC, Mr Krawczyk is committed to the promotion of European integration by supporting the development of businesses, with the ambition of developing a prosperous society and creating jobs.
He considers aviation to be more than just a field of interest but a true passion. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of LOT Polish National Airlines and is a fully qualified pilot. He is currently heavily involved in the “Single European Sky II” project, which – when completed – will provide both airlines and passengers with substantial benefits.

Jyrki Paajanen, Policy Officer, Aviation Safety, DG MOVE
Works at the Aviation Safety Unit of European Commission, Directorate General Mobility and Transport (MOVE). He is a Finnish national, with a lifetime in aviation. In the Commission, he has been responsible for such legal proposal as the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) and Performance Based Navigation, but perhaps more importantly he is also one of the drafters of the EU’s General Aviation Roadmap, which includes also Business Aviation. In that later capacity, he is also the Commission focal point for supporting General and Business Aviation operations.

Léa Bodossian, Secretary General, Airport Regions Conference (ARC)
ARC represents the interest of regional and local authorities, as well as representatives elected by citizens, who host or are neighbouring an international airport. Before becoming ARC Secretary General, Ms Bodossian spent a significant part of her career dealing with aviation issues, especially in the European Aviation Safety Agency and in the European Commission. Ms Bodossian also managed regional representations in Brussels in the early 2000’s.

Stan Medved, Director Corporate Aviation, Shell Aircraft Limited

As Director Corporate Aviation, Stan manages the in-house team operating and maintaining aircraft for Royal Dutch Shell headquartered in the Netherlands, with operations extending globally. The fleet is employed, for example, to transport specialist teams where they are needed in the most efficient way, even in remote regions. His team additionally provides advice on air operations and flight standards to Shell group companies.

Frédéric Leboeuf, Director, Operational Support Dassault Falcon

Frédéric Leboeuf began his career at the French Naval Academy, he then served in the French navy for 21 years, mostly as a pilot in various Maritime Patrol Flotillas. He also flew some Falcon aircraft models and was responsible for the training and qualification of maritime patrol crews. Following his service in the Navy he worked for NORTEL NETWORKS, a Canadian telecom company where he was in charge of the commissioning of all new products for Europe, Middle East, Asia. Following this he joined DASSAULT AVIATION to work on the Mirage 2000-9 program for the Emirates. He was part of the technical coordination team for the development of the new versions of the Mirage 2000 export. As a leader of that team he was in charge of installing new weapons and renovation programs on all export aircraft of the Indian Mirage 2000 retrofit program. In 2012, he joined Falcon’s aftersales service as deputy to the director. He became Director of this unit in 2013.