On the shores of Lac Léman in Geneva, Switzerland, the latest edition of the European Business Aviation Conference and Expo (EBACE) kicks off officially on Tuesday—but the announcements will begin a couple of days prior to that, as major players such as Gulfstream, Dassault, Bombardier, Embraer, and Textron Aviation jockey for attention at the event hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)—the European Union wing of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
At Palexpo and the Geneva International Airport (LSGG) on Monday, the show opens for the media—and FLYING already has the scoop on a few key tidbits. We can’t say anything more, but watch this space.
For the opening session on Tuesday morning, be prepared to race into action with keynotes from the Formula 1 racing world: Susie Wolff, of F1 Academy, and Toto Wolff, team principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, will talk about how pressure drives innovation in the sport. There’s a definite corollary between F1 and business aviation in that response to a challenge.
And the challenges remain as the show opens—coming as the industry continues to make its own drive toward net-zero emissions. The race is on, indeed. At EBACE, the Sustainability Summit will focus on that commitment to achieve the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) long-range goal by 2050.
Many exhibitors have taken the sustainability pledge—managing their practices not just in manufacturing and service facilities but also at the show itself. Look for natural materials, water conservation, and energy management as a theme.
But really, you want to see the airplanes, right? In addition to new aircraft on display, look for the recently redesigned Dassault Falcon 10X mock-up, which will make you truly feel like you’re in the real thing. FLYING had a sneak peak of the modular design before it traveled to the show when we visited the company’s facilities at Le Bourget, France, last month.
Sustainability highlights the ramp action too, with VoltAero’s Cassio 330 hybrid-electric demonstrator there to explore—one of several examples of advanced air mobility that proposes to transform the short-haul mission.
The show runs through May 25, and there’s still time to register.