AsBAA, Asia’s non-profit representative trade body for business and general aviation today kicked off ABACE2017 with its Chairman, Charlie Mularski joining the Opening General Session on Day one of the show along with NBAA CEO, Ed Bolen and honoured guests from ICAO and US Consul General, among others. The over-arching tone of the general opening session speeches was positive, with a focus on safety, community and industry growth.
Stephen Creamer, Director, Air Navigation Bureau urged ABACE attendees to support their local associations such as AsBAA, saying that engagement is essential to having a voice with the authorities. Creamer also spoke of projected 100% growth in future air traffic volume and of the need to ensure safety standards are not compromised. ICAO has released a business and general aviation specific Operation of Aircraft Guide, Annex 6 Part II that seeks to set the safety standards and recommended practices for the industry to maintain the highest safety levels as it grows.
Hanson Smith, US Consul General spoke of the positive economic impact of business and general aviation, saying that, “Business aviation is a critical business tool in Asia and the world”, going on to later comment that, “Economic success and business aviation are inextricably linked”. This message aligned well with Ed Bolen’s earlier comments relating to the four pillars / benefits of business aviation: a lifeline for communities, humanitarian support, enhanced productivity and a job creator.
AsBAA Chairman, Charlie Mularski said, “ABACE is growing in size and influence year-on-year – the honoured guests and speakers at today’s opening general session are indicative of this. AsBAA is confident that the recent announcements of the 13th 5-year plan to promote general aviation combined with the work that we are doing in the region will create opportunities for our members and the wider industry”.
AsBAA’s key achievements in 2016
• Removal of restrictive regulations for foreign registered business jet owners flying in domestic Indonesia.
• Streamlining the slot coordination and apron operations in Hong Kong airport for business jets.
• Obtaining permission to perform maintenance tasks at remote bays at HKIA.
• Compact parking introduced at Shanghai and HK airports.
• Expansion of hubs in the Pearl River Delta to include temporary CIQ at Zhuhai with possible commercial helicopter links to follow.
• Conducted and sponsored our first cross border charter flight by helicopter from HK to Zhuhai during the air show in Nov 2016.
• Student Chapter (AsBAA Discovery) initiative rolled out across Mainland China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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