The annual Business & General Aviation Day on September 18th is to be held in a larger and more modern hangar venue at Cambridge airport, allowing more space for exhibitors and aircraft on display.
The steady increase in popularity of the single day event over its 11-year history has led to strong demand for booth space, event manager Mark Ranger reports. "Hangar 22 is a new structure that was built only a few years ago," he says. "As well as increased exhibition space, it will have a separate entrance and a special static display area."
ExecuJet, recently appointed operators of Cambridge airport's FBO, will be playing an active role in BGAD this year, both showing its range of services for business aviation and also as hosts. Exhibitors already confirmed represent all areas of business aviation: charter operators, aircraft management, software suppliers, fuel and flight support, certification services, aircraft coating, crew training, engineering and maintenance, consultants, aircraft sales, airports and FBOs.
"The static display area looks set to be the best yet, with aircraft already committed by ExecuJet, Marshall Executive Aviation and 2Excel Aviation," adds Ranger.
As well as industry professionals, local users of Cambridge airport's business aviation facilities will be targeted as visitors to BGAD12, as part of a wider campaign to show how business aviation can benefit the travel arrangements of companies in the very important high-tech catchment area.
Additionally, Quaynote Communications has chosen to stage its sixth annual Future of Business Jets conference at Cambridge airport on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th September. Delegates to the conference will be welcomed to BGAD for lunch on the Tuesday and will then be able to spend the afternoon at the event.
The conference programme can be accessed via www.quaynote.com, and includes discussion of major issues such as ETS, grey market charters and the Olympics.
Full details of BGAD12, including online registration, can be accessed at www.bgad.aero.
ExecuJet's largest finds a home at Cambridge
ExecuJet Europe has just introduced the largest aircraft in its managed fleet, a vip MD-87. The aircraft is owned by a private customer, is based at Cambridge, and now regularly flies back and forth to the Middle East.
"Our UK operation is set to grow further in the months ahead," comments UK manager John Brutnell. Several additional mid-size, large cabin aircraft are to join the fleet in the next few months, bolstering its total European fleet to over 50 aircraft. "The MD-87 is the biggest aircraft in our fleet, following closely after the introduction of the Lineage 1000, now available for charter out of Dubai. Cambridge Airport's long runway, attractive opening hours, the FBO's discretion were all very pleasing for our owner," says Brutnell.
"We have the capability to park up to 90 plus aircraft at Cambridge during the Olympics and we are firming up our collaborative partners so it all runs smoothly."