Irish Business Aviation Association Launch
Future of Business Aviation Conference & FBO Expo 2015
The Irish Business Aviation Association was officially launched at the Future of Business Aviation Conference, Heathrow Airport, London on 19th February.
The IrBAA's aim is to promote the growth & effectiveness of Business Aviation industry in Ireland and to achieve this by representation, monitoring, co-operation, promotion and information. In addition, IrBAA plan to have representation in Europe as a member of the European Council for General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and plans to work closely with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
According to founder Bas de Bruijn, “Establishing the IrBAA is a great step forward for the industry in Ireland. By uniting the Irish Aviation community and banding together as a group, we can utilize all of our collective worldwide experience to help make Ireland a better place for business and general aviation. We have had great feedback from the international business aviation community so far and we are looking forward representing the industry here in Ireland. We have a great management team supporting the association with a broad experience in the aviation industry.”
“We hope to work closely with our colleagues at the European Business Aviation Association to cover the areas of Engineering, Flight Training & Safety. We would like to become members of the International Business Aviation Council so we have access to the decision makers at ICAO, the global body for aviation regulation. We also aim to affiliate with other organisations in various countries allowing us to interact with the IAA, EASA, Irish Government and the EU to better the fortunes of all sectors of Ireland’s business aviation industry”
Senior Consultant at Global FBO Consut, Joe McDermott says that it is especially important for a small island nation such as Ireland to develope a forum that represents all sectors & stakeholders across the industry.
Present at the launch was Jim O’Sullivan, owner of Dublin based Exchequer Aircraft Leasing who remarked “this is a very welcome development & will provide an excellent platform for business aviation interests in Ireland to co-operate into the future”
Pat Forde, Managing Director of South Aer Aviation Services (FBO) at Cork International Airport also welcomed the IrBAA launch, “The IrBAA will represent all stake holders in the sector, including FBOs, AOC holders, Charter Brokers, Leasing Agents, Part 145 facilities, Flight & Ground Crews as well as Regional & International Airports.”
Dublin-Weston Executive Airport, Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland