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EBACE2024 Keynote to spotlight those shaping aviation's future
EBACE offers the chance to hear from the decision-makers and the visionaries defining the industry's future. Dr Bertrand Piccard, John Santurbano and Delphine Bachmann will be keynote speakers for 2024.
Explorer, psychiatrist, environmentalist and aviator Dr Bertrand Piccard is the first person to fly around the world non-stop in a balloon and, more recently, in a solar-powered aircraft. He is the initiator and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, founder of the Climate Impulse Foundation and a UN Goodwill ambassador for the environment.

The EBAA and NBAA have revealed a compelling lineup of keynote speakers for this year's EBACE, which will take place at Geneva's Palexpo and Geneva International airport from 28-30 May.

The keynote session will feature Swiss aviation pioneer and environmentalist Dr Bertrand Piccard, who first circumnavigated the globe non-stop in a balloon flight in 1999, then completed a round-the-world solar powered flight in 2016. At EBACE, Piccard will detail his next thrilling chapter, including plans to circumnavigate the globe in a hydrogen-powered aircraft in 2028 through his latest project, Climate Impulse.

The keynote will also feature EuroControl director of Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre John Santurbano, a leader in the development of more fuel-efficient airspace routing. His perspectives will speak to issues in focus for the industry across Europe, including the ways new technologies are continually enhancing the safety and efficiency of a unified EU aviation system, the sustainability of operations and the work being done to integrate drones, Advanced Air Mobility transport vehicles and other new entrants into the system.

Opening the keynote will be Delphine Bachmann, an environmental advocate who is state councillor in charge of the Department of Economy and Labour, State of Geneva. The city is home to Geneva airport, a strategic asset for both commercial and business aviation, which directly and indirectly supports more than 33,000 jobs and generates $4.5 billion (CHF4.1bn) to the region's economy.

"EBACE offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the decision-makers collaborating with industry at all levels of government today, as well as the visionaries defining the industry's future," says NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are honoured to have these leaders joining us at EBACE, as we continue to usher in an era of aviation that is more safe, secure and sustainable than ever."

"EBACE2024 underscores the ever-growing importance of business aviation in European society," says EBAA Secretary-General Holger Krahmer. "This premier event is our prime opportunity to display the industry's significant contributions to technology, sustainability and economic development across the region and around the world. We are excited to lead in these areas, and look forward to welcoming everyone at the show to explore the exciting advancements that will change the way we think about aviation in the years ahead."

The keynote session will kick off the convention, which will also include prominent, separate events featuring CEOs with major business aviation OEMs, AAM vehicle developers, emissions-offset program leaders and top leaders with companies providing on demand aviation services.

EBACE will also feature a three-day Sustainability Summit with leaders who are accelerating business aviation's flight to net zero, as well as the availability of SAF at Geneva airport for the show week.

The convention will also feature the newest aircraft, an AAM aircraft on the outdoor display for the first time, the latest in alternative propulsion, an innovation zone with next-generation aircraft, the unveiling of new EBAA sustainability accreditation and headline-driving announcements from exhibiting companies.

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