Cambridge airport is seeking a branded FBO to operate from its established state-of-the-art facility. The tender process took place during June and a decision is expected by October ahead of the NBAA convention in Las Vegas.
"By bringing a fully branded FBO to Cambridge we are aiming to improve efficiency and demonstrate our commitment to providing our business aviation clients with the levels of excellence they expect," said airport director Archie Garden.
The new FBO will take over from Marshall Business Aviation, which will become the brand for business aviation maintenance provision at Cambridge. The airport is keen to attract a growing number of business aviation operators, and has renewed its commitment to hosting the Business and General Aviation Day (BGAD) in conjunction with EBAN every year.
The seventh BGAD will take place on Tuesday September 20 and will include a full exhibition, seminars, panel discussion and static display.
"Cambridge Airport is pleased to work with EBAN on hosting this prestigious event as we build greater awareness of the business and general aviation services available at Cambridge," says Garden. "BGAD provides the perfect platform to do this and following a very positive EBACE we are certain this is going to be the busiest BGAD yet." This year's show will see a number of new initiatives for visitors including the introduction of an open panel discussion where senior figures from the aviation community will discuss the hot topic of "The Practicalities of the Olympics". Representatives from FBOs, airports, brokers and operators will explore and share the issues associated with the day-to-day running of business aviation during exceptionally busy periods. For the first time there will also be a dedicated press centre, ensuring that media attending can gather the latest news from exhibitors all in one spot, and also file news stories as they are announced at the show.
New exhibitors include charter company Centreline Air Charter and Gloucestershire Airport, along with an increased number of European exhibitors including Lancelot, the Spanish-based flight services provider, and Avinode online charter market place. Marshall Executive Aviation will be taking the opportunity to demonstrate its growing fleet and the Embraer Phenom 300 will make its debut on the static. Mark Ranger from EBAN says: "BGAD is now attracting more attention from European companies, who appreciate the easy and informal way that the show takes place – all they have to do is to turn up with themselves, their promotional material and make the most of the networking opportunities."
Returning exhibitors include Daniel Tee, md of Gama company Airops Software Ltd, that has exhibited at every BGAD. He says: "We have chosen to exhibit again as the calibre of visitors and relaxed atmosphere of the show has generated significant interest for our products." London Oxford Airport's business development director James Dillon-Godfray added: "The show has always been really good for us and we're looking forward to another positive event this year."
A splendid day of business aviation
Business aviation professionals can attend the exhibition and seminars at the Business and General Aviation Day at Cambridge on September 20 free of charge.
Save time by registering in advance using the leaflet enclosed in this EBAN, or online at www.bgad.aero