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Authorities have issued two separate notices regarding airspace over the Balkans and the Ukraine. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has issued new regulations for general (civil) air traffic operating in the Balkans, essentially re-opening airspace over Kosovo to civil air traffic for the first time since 1999. Meanwhile, the FAA has issued a special notice regarding a potentially hazardous situation in Ukrainian airspace, particularly over Crimea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Read more about flying over the Balkans and Ukraine.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea, present a number of challenges for business aircraft operators, whether they are flying via Part 91 or Part 135 to the event, or are simply in the area on business during the games, Succeeding in flying to the city will depend on advanced planning, experts said. Tips include: having alternative plans so operators are ready for any unforeseen incidents, making sure your visa is correct and carrying proper identification at all times while traveling between Olympic venues. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on planning a trip to the Sochi Olympics.
A recent spate of attacks throughout southwestern Russia, attributed by the Russian government to extremist groups in the North Caucasus region, has underscored the need for security vigilance for those planning to be in Sochi during next month's 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which run from Feb. 7 to 23. According to Jerri Banks, team manager for the Echo, Large Aircraft and Team Europe teams at Universal Weather and Aviation: "Our primary focus ahead of the games has been with providing our clients with the proper security briefings for the region. Since the attacks, however, many of our clients have inquired about significantly upgraded security arrangements." Read more about increased security ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
With an eye toward the cost of complying with ADS-B requirements scheduled to take effect in December 2017, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and European operators have convinced Eurocontrol to expand the implementation timeline for its Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program (SESAR) by three years. EBAA and the other groups expressed their concerns over the current implementing regulation, in particular with respect to the costs of retrofitting both 'old' and 'new' aircraft that appear to be significantly higher than anticipated in the initial cost benefit analysis, and the lack of binding requirements for air navigation service providers to synchronize the deployment of ADS-B ground stations, said EBAA’s Senior Manager for Economics and Operational Activities Belarmino Gonçalves Paradela. Read more about SESAR implementation.
Turkey has an economy that has continued to grow despite the Eurozone's economic crisis, and as a business aviation market, it is virtually untapped. "It's a nascent market, still in its infancy," said Fabio Gamba, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). "That makes it so interesting to us, because there we see a remarkable level of youth and enthusiasm." Gamba suggested there are both challenges and opportunities for business aircraft operators in Turkey, pointing to the vast number of potential users in a market that has yet to be fully explored by the industry. That is one major reason why on Oct. 10 and 11 in Istanbul, EBAA will stage a regional forum called "Destination Turkey: A Powerful Hub for the Rising Euro/Asian Economy." Read more about expanding the business aviation market in Turkey.
Two well-established business aviation airports – one on either side of the Atlantic – recently announced a unique "sister airport" relationship. New Jersey's Teterboro Airport and London's Biggin Hill Airport recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that "provides the platform for international cooperation and customer service," according to a Biggin Hill Airport statement. The MOU encourages mutual assistance and participation by both parties, with a focus on communication, security and safety. Learn more about this "sister" airport agreement.
The 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) provides an important venue for Attendees to hear directly from regulatory authorities and industry leaders in the region about the latest policy and marketplace trends facing business aviation. This tradition will continue on May 21 at the Opening General Session at EBACE2013. Moderated by European Business Aviation Association CEO Fabio Gamba and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the Opening General Session will feature two of Europe's top aviation experts speaking on the state of the industry in the European region. Learn more about the EBACE2103 Opening General Session.
For NBAA Members headed to the United Kingdom, April 1 brought about the imposition of a new aviation tax – the Air Passenger Duty. Although this tax has applied to commercial passengers departing the UK since 1994, the APD is being imposed on business aviation operators for the first time, and even those who are familiar with it concede it can be confusing. The APD applies solely to flights departing the UK, and varies according to the weight of the aircraft, the passenger capacity and the distance it travels. Listen to this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast and read more about the new Air Passenger Duty.
Patrick Ky, executive director of Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking, has been tapped to lead the European Air Safety Agency (EASA). Ky replaces Patrick Goudou, who has led EASA since its inception in September 2003. Goudou's term at EASA expires at the end of August. EASA said Ky's term as executive director will begin Sept. 1. Read more about Ky..
In a move that could change the way crew rest is regulated in the European Union, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has invited NBAA to take part in the formulation of new rules that would, for the first time, differentiate rest requirements for charter operators from those that cover scheduled air carriers. Right now, EASA regulations on crew rest have a one-size-fits-all flavor, said NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security, Operations & Regulation Doug Carr. They make no allowances for the very different nature of the on-demand charter business when compared to scheduled airline operations. Carr is one of 10 people in the working group, which has been created to tackle the issue of creating crew-rest regulations for European on-demand operators between now and the end of October. Read more about the issue of crew rest regulations.
A recent study of European business aviation operators and users determined that the industry provides significant benefits for local industries, governments and communities. Commissioned by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), and conducted by the global forecasting firm Oxford Economics, the study confirms that an overwhelming majority (80 percent) of business flights conducted in 2011 were operated for the promotion of business interests across the economic scale, and for travel to less-accessible areas and communities. "It has been shown that two-thirds of businesspeople declare face-to-face contact to be crucial in deal-making," noted EBAA President Brian Humphries. "Business aviation facilitates such meetings like no other form of transport, thanks to the flexibility of its service." Read more about the study.
The recent seventh annual Jet Expo aviation exhibition highlighted the growing interest in business aviation throughout Russia and across Eastern Europe, as well as the need to ease restrictions on aircraft operations in the region. Alexander Evdokimov, general director of Jet Transfer Business Aviation and one of the organizers of Jet Expo, said approximately 100 companies exhibited at this year's event. "That's a bit of an increase from past years, but less than in 2008," he said, adding that an expanded static display featured approximately 50 business aircraft from multiple international manufacturers. The event was held Sept. 27 to 29 at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport. Read more about the expo.
European business aviation traffic continued its downward trend in July, as the region grapples with the lingering effects of the economic downturn, and casts a wary eye toward global anxieties and other concerns. According to the July 2012 Business Aviation Traffic Tracker, published by the European Business Aviation Association, business aviation traffic throughout the European Union slipped 4 percent from July 2011 figures. That decline also contributed to a 2.6 percent drop in year-to-date traffic numbers compared with 2011 figures. EBAA Chief Executive Officer Fabio Gamba said the latest figures ensure that 2012 will be a declining year for business aviation traffic in the region. Read more about business aviation traffic in Europe.
Officials are looking at separating Shannon Airport, the historical aviation gateway between America and Europe, from the Dublin Airport Authority and, in doing so, are reaching out to business aviation owners and operators. "There is a very real opportunity for the center of excellence that the government is trying to champion, and the beauty about it is that a lot of the pieces for this puzzle are already available. It's just a case of bringing them together. It really is there for the taking," said Aoife O'Sullivan, who chairs the European Business Aviation Association Finance and Leasing Group. Read more about Shannon Airport.
With the London-hosted 2012 Summer Olympics beginning in just under a month, civil aviation authorities in the U.K. are gearing up for what's expected to be an unprecedented number of aircraft movements into and out of the southeast region of England over the 31-day period. Significant airspace restrictions and operational requirements will be in place, and starting July 21, only aircraft with slot reservations will be allowed access to the 40 airports surrounding London. NBAA urges operators to reserve slots while they are still available and to familiarize themselves with the planned airspace restrictions. Learn more airspace issues for the 2012 Olympics.
As expected, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week unveiled new flightcrew licensing regulations overhauling requirements for pilot training and the issuance of European licenses, ratings and certificates. While the new regulations have a profound impact on pilots and operators of European Union-registered aircraft and on operations based in the EU, most NBAA Members remain unaffected. Pilots holding FAA-issued certificates flying N-registered, U.S.-based aircraft in Europe will not be required to seek an EASA license or EU validation for those operations. These types of operations continue to be protected by reciprocity mandates established by the ICAO Chicago Convention. Review guidance on the EASA licensing transition.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was formed in 2003 to administer new European aviation regulations and rules. On April 8, 2012, the new regulations for pilot training and issuance of European pilot licenses, ratings and certificates became effective.While these regulations are significant, most NBAA Members holding pilot licenses issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should not see major changes. This is primarily due to Article 33 of the Convention on International Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention. Learn More.
For the past six years the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been working to develop a new set of regulations covering all flight operations throughout the European Union. The rules were expected to be finalized this month, but completion of the non-commercial rules has now been delayed until the end of 2012. The rules of most interest to NBAA Members are those pertaining to "complex motor-powered aircraft" used in non-commercial operations. This covers all aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight; turbojet powered aircraft; or multi-engine turboprop aircraft. These rules will contain a number of new requirements for operators, such as the need to implement a safety management system. Learn More.
Faced with the most challenging operating environment they've seen in decades, European business operators are going back to the basics, commissioning a study on what business aviation can do for users in Europe. It's not a study about the number of people working in the industry or the salaries it generates. Instead, this study focuses on the exactly how business aviation benefits European companies that use it. This week, NBAA Flight Plan interviews European Business Aviation Association Chairman Fabio Gamba on plans for the study. Learn more and listed to the podcast.
Despite protests and threats by the European Union's trading partners, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) is now a reality, and operators must comply with its requirements. "If you're doing one applicable flight to the EU a year, then you're captured by the system and must comply," said Adam Hartley, a regulatory expert with Universal Weather & Aviation, in a recent edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Many international operators were already tracking their carbon emissions for reporting and verification. Now, they must set up a carbon registry account, for trading carbon credits. Learn more about EU-ETS compliance and hear the podcast.
New European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) CEO, Fabio Gamba, is matter-of-fact about it when he says there's no denying that "2012 will be a pivotal year" for business aircraft operators in the European theater. They face a myriad of complex, high-stakes issues that range from the new European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) for aviation to a new passenger duty tax, and an onerous slot-reallocation program confronting operators from one end of Europe to the other. These challenges are detailed in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Learn more.
Shannon Airport is more than an important access point for Ireland and a convenient pre-clearance point for entry into the United States. "Shannon Airport is an uncongested airport," said, Joe Buckley, airport Business Development Manager. "You can leave the terminal and be at your desk within 10 minutes." Local officials, who are working to increase the presence of business aviation at the airport, understand the economic value of business aviation activity. In 2010, companies using Shannon generated over 3 billion euros in revenue, with 600 million euros returned to the community surrounding the airport. Learn more.
As NBAA members confront a number of contentious issues here at home, so are EBAA members facing similarly difficult issues in Europe. Now, the European Business Aviation Association has taken on a new leadership strategy, designed to highlight the abilities and relationships that organization's new CEO, Fabio Gamba, brings to the group. Read the full article or listen to the podcast.
The UK government is in the process of developing airspace restrictions that will be in place during the London 2012 Olympics. The major restrictions will be centered on London and the Olympic Park and will run from July 14 to August 15. A smaller set of airspace restrictions will in place for the London 2012 Paralympic Games from August 16 to September 12. From July 21 to August 15, all aircraft arriving or departing from the coordinated UK airports will also be required to have an arrival and/or departure slot. To help operators planning flights to the London Olympics. Those registered for NBAA2011 in Las Vegas also are invited to learn more at an education session titled “Flying to London Summer Olympics 2012, What’s Involved?” on Monday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. Visit NBAA’s London Olympics resource page.
As part of a fact-finding mission about business aviation in the U.S., British Conservative Party member and European Parliamentarian Jacqueline Foster visited NBAA Headquarters on July 21. Foster, who also is the conservative party spokesperson on the EU Transport & Tourism Committee, discussed issues such as the EU-ETS and decreasing access at smaller European airports with Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security & regulation. Learn more.
The decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ease restrictions on the use of auxiliary power units (APUs) during radiation screening of business aircraft is already leading to faster pre-clearances at Ireland's Shannon Airport (EINN). The new APU policy followed nearly two years of work between NBAA and CBP to find ways to expedite pre-clearances. "We appreciate the hard work from NBAA to make this change happen," says Joe Buckley, Business Development Manager at Shannon. "It really is a fantastic achievement for NBAA as a representative in the industry." Learn more.
As part of the transition to Mode S, NATS radars were configured so that Mode S equipped aircraft would respond with both a Mode S and a Mode A/C reply as a failsafe to protect against possible transponder anomalies. However, this configuration places the radio spectrum under much greater strain increasing the risk of corruption or reduced detection and it causes a number of false targets to be presented to controllers. In response, NATS has started to reconfigure its radars so that Mode S equipped aircraft will only respond to Mode S interrogations. This will be completed by December 31, 2011. View the UK NATS Mode S Interrogation Pattern Operator Fact Sheet (173 KB, PDF)
A deadline looms for operators flying to Europe to comply with new data link communications standards between aircraft and air traffic control, but how concerned should the business aviation community be? At issue is the January 2014 target date for "harmonization" between Link 2000+, EUROCONTROL's solution for handling Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), and existing technologies referred to as the Future Avionics Navigation System (FANS) 1/A. Learn what it means for your international missions.
A report last month from Eurocontrol shows that as the European economy is recovering, businesses there are starting to fly again. Eurocontrol's analysis shows the number of 2010 business flights in Europe rose by 5.5 percent over 2009 – travel that largely takes place among small and mid-sized communities. The value of business aviation in serving communities with little or no airline service is one of the main themes of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which is jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Learn more.
Many flight departments that had previously flown in the U.S. only are starting to see destinations whose ICAO identifiers do not begin with “K.” “Flying to Europe is not particularly complex,” said Nancy Pierce, a business consultant for Jeppesen. “But there are specific operational requirements, regulations and potential ‘gotchas' for flying to Europe that flight crews and schedulers need to be aware of well before engine start.” Learn more.
In Europe, EU-OPS and other state regulations require that some non-precision approaches be flown using the continuous descent final approach (CDFA) technique. In support of these CDFA procedures, Jeppesen is replacing previously charted minimum descent altitude (“MDA(H)”) minima with decision altitude (“DA(H)”) minima on non-precision approach procedures. Unlike DA(H) minima published on an ILS, LNAV/VNAV or LPV procedure, the DA(H) minima for the subject non-precision approaches do not provide an allowance for momentary altitude loss during the transition to the missed approach climb. Therefore, when a DA(H) is shown on a non-precision approach chart, it is critical to safety that crews account for loss of altitude in order to avoid descent below the published DA(H). Review the notice.
A campaign to curb illegal charter flights in Europe was launched this month by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), NBAA's "across the pond" counterpart. "It's a safety issue," said Pedro Vicente Azua, COO of the EBAA. "If…the flight is not performed by a duly certified and licensed operator (it)…may be operated to considerably less-demanding standards than those for certified public transport flights." Learn More.