BizAv sessions highlight of Asian Aerospace 2009
I’ve spent the last couple of months working with the ASA Group and the Asian Business Aviation Association helping to put the speaker sessions together for the show. Am really looking forward to hearing what industry experts in the region have to say about the potential new developments here.
The two half-day afternoon conference sessions on the 8th and 9th of September will complement a strong showing of business aviation players: Bombardier, Gulfstream, Airbus, Jet Aviation, Piaggio, VistaJet, Jet Aviation, Embraer and Dassault who are all displaying aircraft in the static park.
Day One – will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of operating business aviation in the region. The sessions will tackle regulatory, legal and insurance considerations. Key figures will address crucial issues on airspace and other requirements. AsBAA Vice Chairman Jason Liao of Bombardier will moderate. Eric Cheng Chief of Flight Standards, Hong Kong CAD, will explain how to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate in HK. Mr Herry Bakti, Indonesia’s DG will discuss his country’s rules and Francois Chazelle of Airbus will talk about regional penetration of large jets.
Paul Ng, Global Head of Aviation Stephenson Harwood will be among the panelists giving an overview of legal requirements in the region, while Peter Coles and Peter Buckley, partner Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert will map out the insurance issues relevant to operators in today’s economic climate. Jay Mesinger, CEO Corporate Jet Sales will wrap up the sessions with a look at the asset value of aircraft in the region.
The USA’s Senior VP International Affairs of the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association (GAMA) Ed Smith will deliver the keynote address on day two, which will cover the evolution of maintenance and repair (MRO) for business aircraft, addressed by Chris Buccholz, CEO of Hong Kong’s MetroJet. The current financial climate and how it is impacting aircraft sales (new and pre-owned) will be addressed by a panel of speakers, including Fernando Grau, Director Airline Market Analyst, Embraer, Jolie Howard of TAG Asia and Andrew Hoy, Executive Director, Group Sales, ExecuJet. Jason Liao will deliver the Bombardier’s latest market forecast for the region.
What local operators are doing to weather the storm is the next panel discussion with participants Joe Wilson MD of Hong Kong’s ASA Group who will speak about VIP airport development and security and Daniel Blizzard of GE will talk about obtaining finance for new aircraft – an important subject today.
Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong is taking place at a time when the rapid economic development of Asia is constant. China is featuring strongly as an engine of growth. Although a relatively new entity in Asia, and in spite of the world economic turndown, 2008 was a record year for the business aviation market, particularly in Mainland China. China is already the world’s second-largest overall aviation market having experienced substantial growth over the past ten years.
Am so looking forward to the show…will post more plus videos as it evolves.