france UEFA euro cup

The Group Stage of the highly anticipated UEFA Euro Cup 2016 occurs at ten French venues from June 10 to July 10. It is the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial international football championship. The Championship, founded in 1960, was the brainchild of former UEFA President Henri Delaunay.

Football enthusiasts from Europe and around the world will share in the revelry and excitement of the 2016 edition this summer. For the period leading up to and including the 31-day event, Jetex will provide ground support and trip planning services to hundreds of clients that want to attend this major competition. Jetex is well prepared for more private jet traffic than usual. We expect more than 100 flights/day at Paris Le Bourget, and we are ready!

UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Background Information

The UEFA awarded France the honor of hosting Euro 2016 on May 28, 2010 after competing against Italy and Turkey for the honor. France previously hosted the event in 1960 and 1984.

The championship now features 24 teams at the Group Stage. France, as the host nation, automatically gets a berth. Fifty-three teams competed for the other 23 spots. To accommodate 24 teams, the competition will feature 51 games played over 31 days, rather than the 31 games required during the previous 16-team championships.

The 24 qualifiers are, in alphabetical order, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Spain is the defending champion. Germany qualified for the 12th straight time, and England became only the sixth team in history to record a perfect record during qualifying when it won all 10 of its matches.

Euro Cup 2016 Spurs Stadium Development

France’s national stadium in Saint-Denis, the Stade de France, is one of the ten venues. The stadium in Saint-Denis sports the greatest UEFA Euro 2016 capacity: 81,338. France will square off against Romania in the inaugural match here on June 10th. Competition gets underway in earnest on June 11.

Once UEFA officials named France as the host of the 2016 event, a number of pending French stadium projects were given a boost. Recently constructed stadiums in Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Lille will host matches.

Lyon replaced its former stadium, the Stade de Gerland, with the Grand Stade OL in January 2016. The 56,186-seat stadium cost €415 million. Lyon’s spectacular new venue will host six games during UEFA Euro 2016, including Belgium v. Italy on June 13, Northern Ireland v. Ukraine on June 16, Romania v. Albania on June 19, and Hungary v. Portugal on June 22. It will also host a Round of 16 match on June 26 and a semi-final contest on July 6.

The Stade Matmut Atlantique was completed in April 2015, and it opened May 18, 2015. The 42,115-seat facility cost an estimated €168 million. The elegant architecture results in a light and open feeling, enhanced by the dozens of slender columns that support the stands and more. The stadium hosts Wales v. Slovakia on June 11, Austria v. Hungary on June 14, Belgium v. republic of Ireland on June 18 and Croatia v. Spain on June 21. It will also host a Quarter-Final match on July 2.

The Stade Pierre Mauroy, in the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascoq, opened on August 17, 2012. It is just 6 km southeast of Lille’s city center. The stadium, originally named the Grande Stade Lille Metropole, was renamed on June 21, 2013, to honor the former French Prime Minister and Mayor of Lille. The complex includes a hotel and restaurant, and it cost €324 million to construct. The retractable-roof stadium seats 50,186. The stadium will host Germany v. Ukraine on June 12, Russia v. Slovakia on June 15, Switzerland v. France on June 19 and Italy v. Republic of Ireland on June 22. It will also host a Round of 16 match on June 26, and a Quarter-Final contest on July 1.

Construction of the Alliance Riviera in Nice began in 2011, and the facility opened in September 2013. The €245 million stadium seats 35,624. Authorities originally planned to complete the stadium project in 2007, but it stalled over budgetary concerns. Many credit the UEFA 2016 Championship for helping to revive the project and usher it to completion. It will host Poland v. Northern Ireland on June 12, Spain v. Turkey on June 17 and Sweden v. Belgium on June 22. On June 27, it will host a Round of 16 match.

The Parc des Princes in Paris, the Stadium de Toulouse in Toulouse, the Stade Geoffrey Guichard in Saint-Etienne, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens Agglo will also host matches.

The final contest to determine the winner of the Henri Delaunay Cup is scheduled for July 10th at the Stade de France. The 2016 champion will compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Distance From Le Bourget to 2016 Euro Cup Venues

Distance to all ten sites participating in the 2016 Euro Cup Championship, from closest to furthest:

  • Le Bourget to Paris’ Stadt de France ~ 8 km (5 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Paris’ Parc des Princes ~ 22 km (13.7 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lens Agglo ~ 185 km (115 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lille ~ 206 km (128 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lyon ~ 505 km (314 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Saint-Etienne  ~ 563 km (350 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Bordeaux ~ 600 km (373 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Toulouse ~ 696 km (432 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Marseille ~ 792 km (492 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Nice ~ 948 km (589 mi)

Note that the two Paris venues are relatively close to Le Bourget Airport. Jetex can easily arrange for efficient ground transportation to both the Stadt de France and the Parc des Princes. We’ll also assist with flight planning and VIP transportation services if you wish to attend matches at any of the 8 venues outside of Paris.

More About Le Bourget Airport

Le Bourget Airport (ICAO: LFPB, IATA: LBG) is approximately 11 km (6.9 mi) north-northeast of Paris’ city center. It is a general aviation facility with an emphasis on international and domestic business aviation and air shows. The Paris Air Show is the world’s oldest such event. It is staged in odd-numbered years. At the 2015 show, 2,303 exhibitors from 48 countries greeted 150,000 professionals and 200,000 general visitors. The 52nd Paris Air Show is scheduled for June 19-25, 2017.

Le Bourget was the only airport in Paris from 1919 until Orly Airport opened in 1932. International commercial flight operations ceased in 1977, and domestic flights ended in 1980. The aviation museum at Le Bourget is one of the oldest in the world. It features over 150 aircraft along with items dating to the 16th century. The museum occupies 1.6 million sq ft of land and hangers along the southeastern edge of the facility.

FBO Services at Le Bourget

Our Le Bourget FBO offers more than 20,000 square meters of parking space for our private aircraft clientele, along with private car parking for both passengers and crew. Take full advantage of our concierge services so that you see more of the action during your stay, including hotel booking, limousine, helicopter transfers and shopping. We’ll gladly provide you with trip planning services if you plan to attend matches at other venues scattered across the country.

Contact Us Today

Since Jetex’ inception in 2005, global flight support operations have grown to include over 600 employees with the requisite skills needed to meet the diverse needs of our clientele. State-of-the-art systems provide vital information 24/7. The first Jetex FBO opened at Le Bourget in 2009. Click here for a virtual tour of our FBO lounge, reception area and airside facilities at Le Bourget.

Jetex is ready to meet your ground support, fueling/refueling and trip planning requirements during the 2016 Euro Cup competition. Please contact us today for prompt, friendly and professional assistance.

Cuba flight operations

From the Cuban side, there are no restrictions. The restrictions are set by the US Government.
Previously, Private (FAR Part 91) and Charter (FAR Part-135) operators of N-registered aircrafts were required to
obtain an export license from BIS for the flight to Cuba. This requirement has now been removed, and now private
and/or charter operators can fly to Cuba without the need to apply for a BIS or OFAC license provided the purpose
of the flight is to carry authorized travelers between the U.S. and Cuba. FYI, Private (FAR Part 91) operations of
aircraft from the U.S. will no longer require an advance “temporary” sojourn license from Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

a. Flight has to perform the trip based on the 12 approved purpose of travel to Cuba. (see below)

b. Landing permit is needed in Cuba. (lead time is 3-5 working days) To process the landing permit, CAA Cuba requires:

  • Complete flight details including schedule.
  • Aircraft certificates: noise, airworthiness, insurance and registration.
    Flight crew license and medical certificates are not mandatory but are sometimes requested by CAA Cuba.
  • The actual purpose of flight into Cuba. Indicating Private Business or Business Flight on our requests are always questioned for the true and actual purpose of flight before approval for the permit is issued. (ie. business meeting with ABC company, etc)
  • The local sponsor name and contact number in Cuba is also required by the Cuban CAA for verification.c. Aircraft and crew can stay for a period of no longer than 7 days (see parking information below)d.The previous ruling for aircraft operating to Cuba to operate to and from 22 approved US airports has been removed.


Concerning parking at MUHA, as per the authorities in Cuba, they don’t have any restrictions as to how long a N-registered would like to remain on-ground. The new regulation allowing a N-registered aircraft to park in Cuba is set by the US government which is not more than 7 days. Here is the link to the recent changes as posted by the U.S. Department of Treasury (Under point “Travel”)

12 Approved Purpose of Travel to Cuba

1. Family visits
2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
3. Journalistic activity
4. Professional research and professional meetings
5. Educational activities
6. Religious activities
7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
8. Support for the Cuban people
9. Humanitarian projects
10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

Approved U.S. Ports of Entry for Flights to and from Cuba

CBP has determined that the 22 airports listed below are suitable to accommodate flights traveling between the United States and Cuba:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX
  • Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Baltimore, MD
  • Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, TX
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY
  • Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA
  • Key West International Airport, Key West, FL
  • Miami International Airport, Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, MN
  • New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans, LA
  • Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
  • Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburg, PA
  • San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL
  • Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.

On January 28, 2011, DHS published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and From Cuba.”
The final rule amended DHS regulations to allow additional U.S. airports that are able to process international flights to request approval of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to process authorized flights between the United States and Cuba.

photo of EBACE

Thousands of customers and business aviation professionals gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Expo (EBACE) last week. The event marked the event’s 15th anniversary – and Jetex was there in full-force.

“EBACE remains a forward-looking event, which is why it will always be a can’t-miss show on the industry’s calendar,” says NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

This year’s edition drew 500 exhibitors and boasted nearly 60 aircraft on the static display. A highlight of the event was the many aircraft manufacturing companies that debuted new aircraft. For example, the Citation Latitude got to show off to potential customers as it made its first public appearance. The jet is the widest Citation in the Cessna fleet and has a range of 2,850 nm. In addition, the Cessna Citation CJ3+ business jet was on display in Europe for the first time.

HondaJet, which is currently in the middle of a world-tour, made an appearance at EBACE. The light jet, which is manufactured by the Honda Aircraft Company, is set to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in the next few months and a European tour was scheduled to launch post-EBACE.

“We have been extremely pleased with the performance and reliability of the HondaJet during the world tour and are excited to bring the aircraft to Europe,” says Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

Other OEMs announced that new aircraft were progressing through the stages of development. Gulfstream, for instance, says the work on next generation of the Gulfstream G500 and G600 are moving forward. Both debuted last year and testing continues on the new advanced aircraft. The G500 should be certified in 2017, with the G600 following in 2019.

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation says it is continuing to test the Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X. Three Falcon 8X have been produced and are being run through a series of flying tests. The 5X should make its maiden voyage this summer and is currently undergoing ground tests. The 8X is expected to receive certification in 2018.

Finally, Formula One Grand Prix great Niki Lauda signed a contract to purchase a Bombardier Global 7000. The jet is under development, and Lauda hopes to take delivery of the new plane in 2018.

“As soon as I saw the Global 7000 I knew I must have one,” said Lauda during a press event.

Regulations Coming to Europe

The other big topic at EBACE was European aviation regulations. There are a lot of new regulations coming down the pipeline in Europe and aviation professionals need to be aware of them.

Rules that require the implementation of ADS-B were delayed in Europe. They now must be implemented by June 8, 2016 for new aircraft and June 7, 2020 for older aircraft. ADS-B, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, is a system for air traffic surveillance. With ADS-B, an aircraft broadcasts its GPS position. Information like heading, ground track, ground speed and altitude are also broadcast. Receivers on the ground then receive this information and send it to air traffic control displays. The ADS-B information can be used to augment existing primary and secondary radar or used in lieu of those radar technologies.

As numerous older aircraft still need to install the avionics, the waiting list to do the upgrade is growing. For this reason, Jetex highly recommends that aircraft owners and operators schedule the work sooner rather than later if they plan to operate in European airspace after the regulations are implemented.

Europe has also extended the deadline for cockpit voice recorders and underwater locator beacon installations. By January of 2019, cockpit voice recorders must have a minimum 15-hour recording time for large aircraft (MTOW> 27,000 kg) and two hours for smaller aircraft. By January of 2020, CVRs and FDRs must have underwater location devices that broadcast for at least 90 days.

As part of the overall process of advancing new regulations, the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) is poised to extend the scope of its reach and influence on aviation. According to the NBAA, EASA “is taking on a more comprehensive role in overseeing aviation throughout the Europe. The agency has issued numerous documents this year with potential impact on business aviation operations.”

Needless to say, this news had people talking at EBACE. More so, according to the NBAA, research and development, airports, air traffic management, security, among other things are all under consideration for inclusion in an EASA mandate.

Finally, after Dec. 31, 2017, all aircraft radios operating in Europe must be 8.33 kHz-capable. An aircraft may not fly IFR in Class A, B or C airspace unless it’s 8.33-capable. For most business aircraft this is a non-issue, but something to be informed about nonetheless.

Regardless of what kind of aircraft you fly, if you’re operating in Europe change is in the air. To ensure your operations are smooth and hassle free, be sure to contact your local Jetex Flight Planning Professional before you take to the skies.

photo of EBACE 2015 in Geneva Switzerland

With the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) launching this week in Geneva, Jetex takes an inside look at the trends and challenges of the European market.

With all the talk being on the surging North American market, it might be easy to forget about Europe. But despite some recent challenges, the European Business Aviation market remains alive and well – a point driven home by the latest analysis and forecasts.

For example, according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the state of business aviation in Europe can be summarized as ‘continuing to climb’. This sentiment is made clear in this year’s edition of its Annual Review of Business Aviation in Europe.

Trend Spotter

In terms of industry trends, one key indicator highlighted in the EBAA report is conservative growth. Despite ending 2014 with a disappointing flight activity growth rate of .7%, overall business aviation fared better than other segments of the air transportation sector. According to the report, a key reason behind this low level of activity was external factors, including economic and political pressures. “If no earth-shattering events were to occur in 2015, business aviation should be the first to benefit from some economic stability, although forecast for growth remain conservative,” says the report.

Despite these challenges, the EBAA says that Europe’s fleet continues to climb. For example, as of 2001 the European fleet consisted of 1,517 aircraft. As of 2014 this number had more than doubled, checking in at 3,301 aircraft. The report demonstrates that this growth has been relatively incremental over the past decade.

On top of this, the European fleet remains one of the world’s youngest, with 50% of all aircraft being less than 10 years old. In terms of aircraft type, the trend from 2005 to 2014 has been high growth in Ultra Long Range and Very Light Jets, with a decline in Entry Level and Midsize Jets and, significantly, a decline in Turboprops, which has traditionally been the segment’s workhorse. This suggests that the market may be shifting towards long-haul, heavy aircraft operations becoming the industry’s bread and butter.

Another trend highlighted in the report is that of location. According to data collected, the activity of the European fleet is shifting in terms of location. A clear example of this is happening here in Geneva. What has long been Europe’s second busiest European airport for business aviation, since 2011 it has seen a decline in its departure figures. Similar declines have been seen in Zurich and major Italian airports. On the other hand, the UK’s Farnborough and Luton airports, along with France’s Nice, have all seen increases in departure activity.

What can be taken away from this is that business aviation continues to struggle to access major mixed-mode airports, feeding into the trend that the list of Top Ten European airports for business aviation is going through a major reshuffle.

Crunching the Numbers

Diving further into the state of the European market, according to the latest Honeywell Global Business Aviation Outlook all economic indicators point to stabilization – if not growth – in the region. According to the report, last year Europe’s purchase expectations jumped to 31%, bringing it back in line with the 30 to 33% levels seen in the three surveys before 2013.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent Bombardier Market Forecast, Europe remains the second largest market for business aviation. Led by the currently improving external environment and reduced fiscal austerity, the moderate economic recovery across Europe should continue in the short- and medium-term and stabilize in the long-term.

Noting that the European business jet fleet accounts for approximately 10% of the worldwide business jet installed base, Bombardier concludes by saying that Europe is expected to remain one of the main markets for new business jet deliveries between 2014 and 2033, at 3,575 unit deliveries, seeing significant fleet growth equivalent to a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period.

See You at EBACE!

This week’s EBACE will likely serve as a ‘straw poll’ indicator of how the industry views the European market, both today and in the coming years. Be sure to visit Jetex at booth G089 in Geneva! To arrange a meeting, contact us at

Often seen as a region where no industrial developments are achieved or are part of national policies; it is interesting to look into the current Aviation Projects under development in Latin America to understand the real picture and the full potential of the Regional Aircraft manufacturers and the new joint ventures which are making evolution of the industry possible.

EMBRAER, betting on regional partners
photo of aircraft EMBRAER KC-390

EMBRAER KC-390 during the type’s roll-out ceremony in October in Brazil.

A clear example of how the industry has evolved is the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica –known worldwide as EMBRAER. The factory was opened in 1969, and since then, their market share has grown considerably; currently being the third biggest aircraft manufacturer worldwide (only behind Boeing and Airbus). Since 1990, Embraer has consistently been placed among the three biggest exporters from Brazil. Currently working on and developing their newest and most ambitious project yet, they have known how to invest not only in Brazil, but also in the industrial capabilities of other partners in the region.

October in Brazil

Known as the KC-390, the new military tactical airlifter designed and assembled by Embraer is a product which not only attracts the attention of the Latin American Air Forces; but different Governments around the world as well, such is the case of Portugal and Czech Republic.

The importance of the project not only resides in the number of airframes required or the interest generated at an international level, but in the Regional industrial integration EMBRAER is promoting by working together for the development of the airframes with the other partner countries. This has been achieved by allowing them to participate in the manufacturing process of several parts and improving in this way the technical knowledge of the factories involved; increasing the international cooperation and sharing the lessons learned during the process.

UNASUR 1, new airs for FAdeA

A less promoted project currently under development by the Consortium Unasur Aero SA –formed by Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador- is the new UNASUR 1.

Manufactured by FAdeA, the aircraft can be placed in the same segment as the Alenia Aermacchi SF-260 and the Grob -120TP (currently in service with the Argentina Air Force) and will represent; as the KC-390, the result of a joint development between the several Latin American countries involved. The goal of the program is to successfully design and produce a light military training aircraft which will cover the needs from Argentina (50 aircraft), Venezuela (24) and Ecuador (18) for a basic trainer for their Air Forces, and with several other nations in the region following up the project very close and with high interest.

The new trend and a successful future

This new chapter in the Aircraft Manufacturing Industry in Latin America is showing a clear trend from National factories to team up with their regional counterparts and to enter joint ventures to successfully design, develop and build their products. This approach will not only assure the increasing quality standards required by customer in the region are achieved, but it does represent as well a clear example of how the Latin American Industry is adapting to the new challenges faced at an International level.

Surely enough, this new approach to regional industrial cooperation is representing the new trend to be followed and it will assure with no doubt, a successful future for the current programs under development.

ABACE 2015 convention photos

ABACE was successfully held from April 14th-16th at Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. Being the largest regional aviation event, it provided the ideal platform to show business aviation industry related products and services. More than 180 exhibitors attended the event, and it brought together more than 8000 business aviation experts, entrepreneurs and decision-makers. ABACE 2015 also featured 38 aircraft displays, which included the full spectrum of business intercontinental jets, as well as helicopters.

Jetex booth on ABACE 2015
“This was a big and exciting week,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “ABACE once again put China at center stage of the Asian and global business aviation community, and as we celebrated the show’s 10th year, it is clear that a high-water mark has been reached, not only for ABACE, but for business aviation in China and across Asia.”

Being a major and regular sponsor of ABACE, the Jetex booth was strategically located in the exhibition hall and welcomed partners and visitors to exchange ideas and share market trends. Adel Mardini, the president and CEO of the group, attended ABACE along with representatives from Dubai Ops and the China regional team. Mr. Mardini’s vision and enthusiasm in developing business in the region, with special focus on Greater China has helped Jetex Flight Support stand out amongst severe competition. The regional team offers local and international business aviation expertise and tailor-made travel solutions for both inbound and outbound operations.

Jetex’s customized “pilot sheep”, a limited edition giveaway was being distributed to industrial partners and certainly became a “Super Star” at the event.


aircraft safety photo

Safety is always a major area of concern for any business aviation operator. An aircraft must be properly maintained in order to guarantee a safe flight for both crew and passengers.

To ensure safety throughout the industry, a variety of government-mandated and public-interest safety regulations and rules have been developed. It’s important that operators be familiar with them.

Safety Management System

A Safety Management System (SMS) is a systematic way of identifying risks and problems for an operator. According to industry professionals, an SMS is a businesslike approach to safety. More specifically, it is a systematic, explicit and comprehensive process for managing safety risks.

As with all management systems, an SMS provides for goal setting, planning and measuring performance. A safety management system should be woven into the fabric of an organization, becoming part of the culture, the way people do their jobs.

The system needs to be simplistic and offer ways to identify safety risks before and during flight, as well as when a plane touches down. It will need to contain checklists and, most likely, a scoring system. There also must be a person who is the complete authority for the flight. Finally, a safety management system establishes a system for regulators and operators to effectively communicate.

Part NCC

Part NCC is the most timely and important regulation for operators in Europe and places an emphasis on safety management systems. The rules apply to all non-commercial operators whose principal place of business is within a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) state, even if the aircraft is registered outside the area.

The rules go into effect this August.

To comply with the regulation, an operator must have a current safety management system. The operator must also have a training regiment and accurate documents and record keeping. In addition, the operator must have an operations manual that specifies maintenance programs, equipment and other aspects of the aircraft.

Once the regulations are implemented, it will not be uncommon for regulators to do ramp inspections to make sure operators have complied with the rule – so be prepared! Your Jetex Trip Planning specialist will be able to help ensure your operation is Part NCC compliant.


The International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) was developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its associated members. It is a set of best practices codes for business aviation operators and is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. The European Committee for Standardization also recognizes IS-BAO for safe operation and maintenance of business aviation aircraft.

There are over 700 IS-BAO registered operators in the US and around the world, and that number continues to increase each year. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has a complete toolkit for becoming IS-BAO compliant. The package contains a CD-ROM and other material. There are also companies that specialize in helping operators earn an IS-BAO certification.

For any questions or concerns regarding any of these regulations contact your Jetex Trip Support specialists – who will also be able to advise you on any updates to the regulations that could impact your operations.

nbaa 2015

The 2015 edition of the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015) came to end on Friday, February 6 at the San José McEnery Convention Center, in San José, California.

SDC 2015

SDC 2015

With “Soar to New Heights” as its logo, the four-day event held at the very center of Silicon Valley was filled with general and education sessions, hundreds of exhibits showcasing their latest products and services, and tons of networking opportunities.

During the SDC2015 Opening General Session Wednesday, February 4, several industry leaders gathered to provide attendees with valuable insights. Among the speakers panel were Desert Jet President & CEO Denise Wilson, CEO of international security and risk management firm BGI CEO Matt Bogaard, and Washington Penn Plastic Director of Aviation Caterhine Kidon. Moderating the session was emergency preparedness firm Fireside Partners President Don Chupp. “The Opening General Session set the tone for the conference, as attendees seek new opportunities to ‘Soar to New Heights’ in their profession,” commented NBAA Educational Development and Strategy Director Jo Damato.

At the center of this year’s conference was safety and preparedness, which was made clear by a first-ever live emergency response preparedness drill featuring a scenario involving an aircraft crash, organized on Thursday, February 5.

In a 90-minute exercise, ten volunteers offered their theatrical skills on stage in providing attendees with what Damato called “a realistic experience of what to expect in the event of a worst-case situation.” The purpose of the drill was to further underpin the importance of the so-called command center responsibilities that front-line flight operation professionals would face during an emergency, and the value of taking part in advanced simulations and training in best practices.

“Our goal with this dramatic live drill is to underscore that everyone in aviation has an important role to play in emergency preparedness and response, and to ensure that training and discussion opportunities like the one we’re providing are a regular part of our professional development resources,” Damato added.

Opening General Session moderator Don Chupp guided the audience through the simulated event, pausing at key points in the action to evaluate decisions being made on stage, and how flight department personnel interact with company leadership, the news media and family members.

Additional follow-up sessions explored several critical issues covered in the exercise, including tools and strategies to aid in the identification and response to an aircraft accident and to ensure the highest extent of preparedness.

Finally, throughout the event, and as an annual habit, several training scholarships were announced. Fifteen individuals were recognized for their talent as present and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers. Since 1997, the scholarships have been a benchmark to promote professional and career development through cash grants given at business aviation schedulers and dispatchers.

State of the business aviation industry

The beginning of the New Year is a time to reflect on the year before, and to look ahead towards the future. For the aviation industry, reflecting back on 2014 shows positive growth and the promise for an even brighter 2015.

According to Bombardier’s 20-year forecast released last July, 22,000 business jets are predicted to be delivered through 2033, representing about $617 billion in industry revenue. The report said the business aviation market continued to show improvement and signs of recovery. “The overall trend for the world economy is stable and positive,” it notes, even while current macroeconomic indicators are mixed.

Similarly, Honeywell’s 23rd Annual Business Aviation Outlook anticipates up to 9,450 business jet deliveries over the next decade. Those jets would be worth $280 billion and represent a 7-8% increase from its 2013 forecast. According to the report, the increase comes from operator plans to update their fleets, with about 23% of current fleets to be updated over the next five years, and 19% by the end of 2015.

Regional Markets

Where are these increases in purchases occurring?

According to Honeywell, 2015 will be a year for realignment of near-term regional market shares. New aircraft acquisition plans in North America are still notable because of the region’s size, but overall forecasted demand from North America fell this year following the first increase last year since 2010. North America represents about 59% of projected demand, and Honeywell says that as traditional higher-growth regions work through a year of reduced growth rates, the region’s demand will support industry volumes.

Bombardier also sees the majority of growth coming from North America, as well as positive growth starting this year. The Bombardier report does warn, however, that orders could remain difficult across the industry, despite growth. After North America, Bombardier predicts that Europe will receive the greatest number of new business jets over the next 20 years.

Honeywell puts Europe in second place as well. Last year, the region saw an increase in purchase expectations, but Honeywell predicts that this year purchases will return to the average 30-33% of past surveys. Estimated global demand in the region is currently at 18%, due to listless growth political tension.

In the Asia Pacific region, Honeywell and Bombardier both note that fleets have been growing rapidly, a trend that is expected to continue. Over the next 20 years, Bombardier puts China in the number three spot for receiving jet deliveries, with 950 deliveries expected between 2014 and 2023, and 1,275 between 2024 and 2033. That said, the Honeywell report lowered overall new jet acquisition plans for the region to 12 percent from 24 percent last year. This is mostly due to austerity measures and low growth figures, putting Asia Pacific shares of global demand at 3%, or two points lower than 2013 levels, over the next five years.

In Africa and the Middle East, the situation is much the same. The five-year global demand, according to Honeywell, has moved below the 4-7% range typical for the region. Honeywell says the numbers are not surprising, and regional stress is to blame. Because of regional conflict, operations are now scheduling purchases later in the next five-year window, and only 21% of purchases are scheduled before 2017. The report projects that only 18% of fleets in Africa and the Middle East will be added to or replaced with a new jet purchase, compared to 26% last year.

The Honeywell Latin America forecast shows that 28% of the sample fleet will be added to or replaced with new jet purchases, which is 11 points lower than last year’s forecast. However, 47% of projected purchases are expected to happen within the next two years.

Overall, Honeywell believes that global business aviation growth will be helped by regulatory and structural reforms, aircraft innovation, and long-term economic growth.

Charter Demand

During the 2009 recession, there was a decrease in flight activity, but 2015 is expected to see growth in this area. There will be modest growth in Europe and the United States, driven by improved economies. Of course, ongoing political tensions with Russia threaten to slow growth, but overall flight activity should see positive improvements this year.

One market where improvements are most visible is the charter jet market, especially in the US. According to Avinode, an online marketplace for buying and selling air charter, the US business charter jet market will see a 3.5% increase in flights over last year. Last year was a strong year for the charter market in the US, showing its highest figures since the recession. In addition, more aircraft are being purchased, new models are constantly emerging, and venture capital is flowing back into the market, resulting in the highest annual levels of business jet travel the US market has seen in six years. Avinode predicts this trend will continue through 2015.

Though growth is not as high in the European market, it is expected to see a 1.6% growth in 2015, rebounding after years of falling. The region is expected to continuously improve, though because of ongoing conflict between the Ukraine and Russia, growth will be slower than in the US, and will take longer to return to pre-recession levels. This conflict creates a contrast between Northern and Southern Europe. Northern Europe is expected to see a 2.8% market growth, while Southern Europe, where flight activity is less business oriented, more related to leisure, and more affected by the Russia/Ukraine conflict, growth is expected to increase by 0.8%.

Still, in the aviation industry, we can rest assured that 2015 is a positive year for growth around the world. And no matter where in the world you are flying, you can rest assured that Jetex is there.