From the Editor-in-Chief

‘Sustainability’ is the buzzword these days amongst the GA/BA community. At the recently concluded EBACE 2022 show, the inaugural EBACE Business Aviation Sustainability Summit witnessed industry leaders examining business aviation’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, increase the use of SAF and generally move toward a more environmentally friendly future.

Issue: BizAvIndia 2/2022By Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief

Dear Reader,

After a pause of two years, one of the biggest business aviation events, EBACE 2022 was held. It ensured that further developments in sustainability, new technologies and evolving regulations will reshape the industry, and gave a glimpse of what business aviation could look like in years to come. Detailed reports by Ayushee Chaudhary on the EBACE Conference, including sessions on Sustainability and Innovations, are included in this issue of BizAvIndia.

Showcasing some of the other initiatives towards ‘Sustainability’ is Gulfstream. While the BA/GA fraternity is working hard to achieve certain defined goals on the ‘Sustainability’ front, Gulfstream has always been the leader on this with various initiatives. They were also the first to sign the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow 2030 Ambition Statement. With these factors in view, an Exclusive interview with Christian Falthman, Director – Public and Media Relations, Gulfstream Aerospace has been included in this issue.

After two years of virtual interactions, the business aviation fraternity of India reconvened in Hyderabad for the 6th edition of the BizAvIndia Conference held on March 23, 2022. Organised by the Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA), the conference’s theme was GA/BA - The Growth Enabler. Ayushee Chaudhary reports on how the conference aimed to capture the social and economic impact of BA/GA. In his presentation, at the conference, JetHQ President, Rohit Kapur highlighted some of the pain points that exist in the Indian business aviation market but can be done away with shortly if the appropriate actions are taken to make life easy for a seller as well as a buyer. He addressed certain regulatory concerns as well that don’t necessarily need to be as stringent.

Business Aviation needs standardisation of rules and regulation globally. These were pearls of wisdom from Ted Farid, Chaiman of JetHQ, an Industry Veteran and an old friend of 15 years. He sat down with Ayushee Chaudhary of BizAvIndia for an exlusive conversation published here within.

Also, in this issue of the magazine, we have Rajan Mehra, CEO, Club One Air, underlining the need for government’s assistance in accelerating the growth in this sector, along the same lines as the UDAN scheme. Sudhir S. Rajeshirke, Chief Operating Officer, JetClub Europe talks about the fixed-base operator (FBO) industry in his article, adding that they deliver high quality and time-critical functions in the entire business aviation ecosystem and can really transform the sector in India.

Wishing all Very Pleasant Flying Times!