Business leaders, manufacturers, government officials and business aviation professionals will soon gather at Geneva’s Palexpo for the 18th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) from May 21st – 23rd. For pilots and operators it’s the perfect business aviation exhibition to learn about the latest advances in private aviation.
The leading European event exclusively for the business aviation market, EBACE is jointly hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) – the foremost organization for the business aviation industry in the United States. Although the event focuses on the European market, attendees travel from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America.
Attendees of the famous aviation show in Geneva will benefit from face to face meetings with industry-leading vendors, side by side comparison of over 50 aircraft and opportunities to network with 13,000 business aviation professionals. Find out a full list of the exhibitors at the official EBACE 2019 Exhibitor List.
Have a look at the EBACE 2019 floorplan and full schedule of events. For EBACE 2019 registration you can find out more at the EBACE website. Your registration includes entry to all the exhibits, the static display and most educational seminars.
Visit Jetex at EBACE
Jetex is a major sponsor of EBACE 2019 again (see our post for EBACE 2018) at booth O89 – stop by for exciting announcements about our growing global network and learn more about how we offer full support for general aviation including luxury FBOs, trip planning, permit arrangements, flight following, ground handling, fuel uplifts, aircraft sales, and bespoke concierge services.
EBACE Location and Venue
Palexpo is Geneva’s biggest exhibition and convention center. Its size is impressive, housing 106,000 square meters of interconnected event space. It’s conveniently located adjacent to both Geneva International Airport and the city’s rail station, Palexpo. The venue is also easily accessible by motorway from the rest of Switzerland, as well as from France, Germany, and Italy. On-site parking is available for 2,800 vehicles.
The Palexpo venue is located just 10 minutes’ walk from Geneva Airport and its railway station and a 15-minute bus ride from the city center. Trains operate at regular intervals and take only 10 minutes to run between the airport and the jet conference.
EBACE2019 Program Schedule
As well as the many exhibits and static aircraft displays, attendees can join a variety of Keynote speeches, panelist discussions and networking events throughout the event. You can find out more about the program and timings at the schedule here.
Flying to Geneva
Geneva Airport (IATA: GVA, ICAO: LSGG) is the main international airport serving Geneva. LSGG functions as an Airport of Entry (AoE) and offers a full range of General Aviation (GA) support services and ground handling equipment for business aircraft. The airport operates from 06:00 – 22:00 local time, seven days a week. No overtime is possible and all arrivals must be on the ground by 22:00, otherwise, they face being diverted to another airport. Departures must be in the air by 21:45 at the latest. The airport is usually busy throughout the day. As there is only one runway, delays can sometimes occur due to inclement weather. However, this should not be an issue during the month of May, when conditions are generally favorable.
During EBACE, some of the parking areas normally used by GA will be restricted due to the static aircraft display. As a result, overnight parking may be limited during the event period.
Alternate airports which can be used for repositioning include Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport (IATA: LYS, ICAO: LFLL), Zürich Airport (IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH) and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (IATA: MLH, ICAO: LFSB). All function as AoEs and offer a full complement of GA support services. However, due to their relatively long distances from the EBACE venue (140km, 280km, and 255km respectively), Geneva Airport remains the best available option. In order to guarantee your spot, it is recommended to ensure that all permits, slots, and permissions are arranged well in advance.
Landing permits for Switzerland
Swiss landing permits are mandatory only for charter (non-scheduled commercial) flights. Private non-revenue flights do not require landing permits. Documents which need to be submitted with the permit application include the plane’s airworthiness and registration certificates, air operator certificate (AOC), and insurance details. The official lead time is five working days, although permits are usually processed within two or three days.
Airport Slots & PPR
Slots are issued in 19-minute blocks, with all timings strictly enforced. Once the request has been approved, a confirmation number will be provided which should be entered in the remarks section of the flight plan. Prior Permission Required (PPR) is not usually required at LSGG, however, due to heavy traffic must be obtained during the EBACE period and other business conventions.
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Customs & Immigration
Customs and immigration are cleared within the general aviation terminal at LSGG and is usually a fast and straightforward process. Passports of passengers and crew must have a remaining validity of at least six months. Visas may be required, depending on nationality. There are no visas on arrival in Switzerland, so they must be arranged prior to departure.
Hotels in Geneva will have higher prices and stricter cancellation policies during the EBACE period, with four-star accommodation running as high as $300 – 500 USD per night. Jetex has the connections necessary to secure the best available accommodation, at highly competitive rates. Contact our travel team today to discuss your EBACE hotel requirements.
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