EBAA Insights Webinar: Can collective industry reduce illegal flights?

Join us for a webinar hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), focusing on addressing illegal flights in business aviation.

02/05/2024 16:00 - 17:00 CEST

About the webinar


Join us for a webinar on the pressing issue of illegal flights within Europe, their regulation, and the implications for aviation safety and legality. This session will explore the current landscape of unauthorised aviation activities, highlighting the regulatory responses, and proactive measures necessary to enhance the integrity of European airspace.


  • Glenn Hogben, CEO at Air Charter Association
  • Robert Baltus, Chief Operations Officer at European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
  • Julie Black, Manager Executive Aviation at Hunt and Palmer
  • Aoife O’ Sullivan, Chair and Board Member at the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA)

Key Topics:

  1. Prevalence of Illegal Flights: We will begin by examining how widespread illegal flights are across Europe, drawing on recent data and case studies to understand the magnitude of this issue.
  2. Impact of High-Profile Incidents: The tragic case of footballer Emiliano Sala tragically highlighted the dangers of unauthorised flights. Our discussion will cover the aftermath of this event and whether it has catalysed changes in investigative processes and regulatory frameworks in the UK and beyond.
  3. Regulatory Challenges and Proposals: Should the responsibility to prove the legality of flights fall on operators? We will debate potential shifts in the burden of proof and discuss the viability and implications of such regulatory changes.
  4. Reporting Suspicions: When there are suspicions of an illegal flight, what steps should be taken? We will provide guidance on effective reporting mechanisms and how individuals can act responsibly without jeopardising safety or legal processes.
  5. Regulatory Body Responses: Assessing the seriousness with which National Aviation Authorities (NAA) treat illegal flights, we will explore whether current actions are sufficient and discuss what more can be done to deter such activities.

Interactive Q&A Session:Following the presentation, we will open the floor for a live Q&A session, where participants can pose questions, share insights, and seek advice on specific concerns related to illegal flights.

Who Should Attend:This webinar is designed for aviation professionals, regulatory authorities, legal experts, and anyone interested in the safety, legality, and regulation of air travel in Europe.

Join Us:Don’t miss this comprehensive exploration of illegal flights, an opportunity to gain expert insights and practical guidance to navigate this complex issue effectively.

Contact the Events team 

Do you want to attend or speak at one of our flagship events? Want more information on sponsorships options? Get in touch with our events team:

events@ebaa.org or +32 23 18 28 07

If you have specific questions on EBACE, please contact Rachel Clementi at rclementi@ebaa.org