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.