Is it any wonder that sustainability leads as the primary theme at the 2022 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) set to kick off on Monday? With climate change, emissions, and the volatility raging globally in the fossil fuel markets—and turboprop and jet deliveries recovering from the pandemic—what was once perhaps viewed by some as “nice to have” has taken on an urgency for most in the aviation industry, at all levels.
EBACE runs from May 23 through 25 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palexpo center located adjacent to the Geneva International Airport (LSGG). If you can’t make the trip, FLYING will have all of the news from the show.
We expect announcements from a long list of manufacturers and other movers and shakers in the business aviation industry, from pistons and turboprops to ultralong-range jets. Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Daher, Pilatus, Piper, Textron Aviation, Bombardier, Gulfstream, Hondajet, Tecnam and more—all plan to take part, with nearly 50 aircraft on display outside and inside the exhibit hall at Palexpo.
For news on the fuel horizon? Titan, Avfuel, and other service providers will address the current and future concerns of the aviation fuel supply chain.
Eye on Sustainability
This year’s main event is the Sustainability Summit and the launch of the STARS (Standards and Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability) program. STARS was initiated by young bizav professionals and several European companies to take “a holistic approach to sustainability, going beyond emissions reductions and extending the concept to such social concerns as workplace diversity and inclusion,” according to Róman Kok, European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) communications manager.
In the innovation spotlight will be companies such as magniX, Eviation, and VoltAero, which will launch its EU-based fractional ownership program for the Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft. At the show, VoltAero will take applications for positions starting on its Cassio 330 five-seat airplane with an electric-parallel hybrid propulsion system. The “330” refers to the 330 kW system. Future aircraft in development include the 480 and 600 models, which seat up to 12 people and use a 600 Kw drive system.
More Innovation Ahead
Charged up by advanced air mobility (AAM)? Check out the Innovation Pavilion, which will focus in on eVTOL advances with almost a dozen current and future aircraft on display—plus the Innovation Zone in the exhibit hall.
Keynotes and featured speakers include:
- Tennis legend Martina Navratilova
- Around-the-world pilot Zara Rutherford
- Maya Ghazal, Syrian pilot
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and EBAA secretary general Athar Husain Khan open the show on Monday. NBAA has put together a webinar to preview the show, and you can still register for EBACE 2022 here.