Time to Rethink Business Aviation?

25 April 2017

No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Networking Event

18:00 - 20:30 

Highlighting opportunities, the real economic benefits and tackling the current challenges


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A lack of clarity over the changing political landscape, the constant need to remain attractive as an employment sector and being at the forefront in environmental improvement. ‎ These are just some of the issues affecting the entire aviation community. The business aviation industry is no exception, continually having to evolve to maintain its strength in a world of uncertainty.

Given the importance of business aviation to the national economy, especially as a driver for creating and sustaining jobs, the Royal Aeronautical Society believes public policies and decision makers need to better understand the role of the business aviation sector in the UK.  Equally, business aviation may not have the best reputation among the public and policymakers, who could see business aviation as nothing more than ‘rich people’s toys’.  With the future political and future regulatory landscape set to change with Brexit, the sector must adapt to ensure the benefits to the economy and society are preserved, and decision-makers can help overcome barriers to growth.

The event will convene representatives from the business aviation sector, industry advocates, enthusiasts, press and politicians, among others. The Royal Aeronautical Society looks to the business aviation community to highlight these benefits, whilst also tackling three key ‎hurdles to growth:

- Ill-suited ‎regulations

-‎ Attracting the next generation

- Access to key airports



Non-Member: £50 + VAT
RAeS Corporate Partner: £30 + VAT
RAeS Member: £30 + VAT
BACA / BBGA / EBAA / NBAA Member Rate: £30 + VAT

Speaker Details

Confirmed panellists:

Panel 1 - Key challenges for the Business Aviation industry?

Chair: Richard Koe, Managing Director, WingX-Advance

Dave Edwards FRAeS, Director, Synergy Aviation

Brian Humphries CBE FRAeS, President, EBAA

Charlotte Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, Luxaviation Helicopters

Steve Varsano‎ FRAeS, Managing Director, The Jet Business


Panel 2 - How can industry overcome these issues 

Chair: Aoife O'Sullivan, Partner, The Air Law Firm 

Marwan Khalek FRAeS, Chief Executive Officer, Gama Aviation 

Nick Rose, Director Business Aviation, London City Airport 

Mark Swan FRAeS, Director of Safety & Airspace Regulation, CAA

Steven Brown, Chief Operating Officer, NBAA


No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters

No.4 Hamilton Place