BBGA applauds RAeS for recognising bizav with its first Sector event - "Time to rethink business aviation"

Monday 3rd April 2017

  • BBGA
  • RAeS

On 25th April business aviation leaders will gather at the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to debate the future of the business aviation industry - the first Society event of its kind dedicated to this vibrant sector.

Supported by the British Business and General Aviation Association, The 'Time to Rethink Business Aviation' evening event, (18:00 and 20:00 hrs), will examine the current challenges in the industry, including the lack of clarity over changing political landscapes; the need to remain attractive as an employment sector; being at the forefront in environmental improvement and securing access to key airports.  It will also consider how the industry can overcome barriers to growth.

Panelists and speakers include:

    •    Richard Koe, Managing Director of WINGX-Advance

    •    Dave Edwards, Director, Synergy Aviation

    •    Brian Humphries, President, EBAA

    •    Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters

    •    Steve Varsano‎, Managing Director, The Jet Business

    •    Aoife O'Sullivan, Partner. The Air Law Firm

    •    Marwan Khalek, CEO, Gama Aviation & BBGA Chairman

    •    Nick Rose, Director-Business Aviation, London City Airport

    •    Mark Swan, Director Safety & Airspace Regulation, CAA

    •    Steven Brown, COO, NBAA

Attendees will include industry advocates, enthusiasts, and politicians, with a number of MPs have indicated their willingness to attend.

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) are also endorsing the initiative.

Liz Moscrop and GearUp.TV will be filming during the evening.

Marc Bailey, Chief Executive of the BBGA commented, "The RAeS is a tremendously well-respected institution globally, so the fact that it has chosen to broaden its scope and look more deeply at business and general aviation is a ringing endorsement for our sector and the BBGA, as its national association. Our key driver is to get our voice heard among influencers and this is a perfect opportunity.  We look forward to attending the first iteration of what we hope will be more relevant and topical events at No.4 Hamilton Place."

Simon Luxmoore FRAeS, Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society said: "The Royal Aeronautical Society is increasing its activity in the area of business aviation because of the large number of benefits it brings to the national economy and society generally.  As we look to the future and enter a new period of political uncertainty it is more important than ever to look at the barriers to this sector's growth and consider how we can overcome them.

The Society has a strong pedigree in bringing industry groups together to surmount major sector-wide challenges and we are delighted to play a key role in supporting business aviation in the same way.  The Society is fortunate to have the support of BBGA, BACA, EBAA and NBAA to help drive what we hope will be an annual initiative.


To register visit the Time to Re-think Business Aviation event page  or contact the Conference & Events office via: or +44(0) 20 7670 4345.

About the RAeS

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community.  Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since.  It seeks to promote the highest possible standards in aerospace disciplines; provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas and play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters.

BBGA is the UK's national trade body representing business and general aviation.  Now in its 43rd year, (formerly known as GAMTA) its member companies span all facets of the business aviation sector.

BBGA is headed by Chairman Marwan Khalek and CEO Marc Bailey. It represents 175 companies, including airports, corporate flight departments, operators, aviation services organisations and aircraft manufacturers.  In a new partnership with EBAA, all UK business and general aviation companies seeking to join EBAA will do so via BBGA and all current UK based EBAA members are automatically BBGA members too.  BBGA is based at Dorton, Aylesbury, Bucks.

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