BBGA talks up bizav at BGAD 2015

Monday 28th September 2015


While the overall trend for business aviation has not fully recovered since the peak of 2008 there are some notable emerging bright spots, delegates attending BGAD (Business General Aviation Day) 2015 at London Biggin Hill Airport this month heard.  The UK is ahead of this growth curve but in the political landscape there is still much to do BBGA CEO Marc Bailey noted.

Marc Bailey CEO of BBGA

Highlights include a growth of 10% in the Very Light Jet market, while business turboprop activity, led by the venerable Textron Beechcraft King Air, is firmly back to year 2009 flying levels.  Piston-engined aircraft also saw a significant growth last year, according to leading business aviation analysts WINGX Advance.

Business aviation aircraft regularly engaged in multi mission roles - in SAR, medevac and surveillance and currently account for 22% of activity in Europe, complementing the productive and time saving roles they fulfil moving company executives swiftly between
factories and production bases.

"Demand in the lower end of the market reflects a sector that is predominantly business led," said Richard Koe, WINGX Managing Director.  "Currently 50% of all business jet activity in Europe is flown by light jets.  Business turboprops account for 30% of movements although ultra-long range bizjet flying is up too - 12% over last year. 

This summer the average number of passengers flying on these bigger jets was below capacity, averaging 2.5 passengers," he said.

It is the activity in this sector - the ultra-long range large cabin aircraft - which tends to confirm the perception of business aviation as an extravagance rather than business
tool. "The view is especially prevalent among regulators and politicians and certain mainstream media," said Marc Bailey.

"But we should not really have to defend ourselves," he said.

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