The seventh annual Business and General Aviation Day, BGAD11, hosted by Cambridge Airport and held in conjunction with European Business Air News, is shaping up to be the most successful yet.
With three weeks to go BGAD11 has attracted close to 50 exhibitors, including OEMs Embraer Aircraft and Cessna, which is sponsoring the media centre. Embraer is bringing its new full fly-by-wire Legacy 500 simulator, currently on its world tour.
To date 11 business aircraft and three helicopters have booked to display in the static park. Embraer and FlairJet will each exhibit a Phenom 300 light jet and Cessna will show a Citation CJ3. Cambridge Airport-based Marshall Executive Aviation will show its Bombardier Challenger 300, Cessna Citation Bravo and the Cessna Citation XLS; Norwich-based SaxonAir Charter will display the Hawker 400XP and Action Aviation, new tenant company at Cambridge Airport, will debut the transatlantic-capable high speed SJ30 light jet. Smaller business aircraft showing for the first time at BGAD include Diamond Executive Aviation’s DA42 Twin Star and the DA42 MPP multi-mission surveillance aircraft plus Cambridge Aeroclub’s Extra200 training/sports aerobatic aircraft. Helicopters on display include a Eurocopter EC155, EC135 and EC120.
Among the new exhibitors this year are charter company Centreline Air Charter and Gloucestershire Airport, together with an increased number of European exhibitors including Lancelot, the Spanish based Flight Services provider, and Avinode the b2b online market place. Another unique attraction and new to BGAD this year will be charter broker PrivateFly’s ‘booth’ - a novel vintage Routemaster bus.
London-based in-flight catering specialist Alison Price On Air will give delegates a demonstration of its unique fine dining system. Its revolutionary in-flight catering system is tailored specifically for the aviation industry and will appeal to passengers, FBOs and anybody involved in influencing in-flight catering service selection.
Additional attractions this year will feature a display of top quality cars, courtesy of Marshall Motor Group, and First Class Cars, specialists in chauffeur-driven car services for business aviation clients.
BGAD11’s exhibition and static display will be complemented by two ‘free to attend’ seminars. ‘The Practicalities of the Olympics’ an inter-active Question Time style panel discussion will run at 11 am until 12 noon. Moderated by Aviation International News’ Charles Alcock, the panel line up has been finalised with the addition of the UK CAA’s Jonathan Nicholson. Avinode’s Magnus Henriksson will explore the events and trends that have shaped the European charter market this year with its ‘An Industry in Motion: exploring the European Charter market - circa 2011 at 2pm.
Archie Garden, Airport Director said, “Cambridge Airport is proud to host the seventh BGAD in partnership with EBAN. As we focus on developing our business and general aviation services at Cambridge, this is an ideal platform for us to showcase our offering. All our senior management team will be in attendance to support this hugely popular and prestigious event which we are certain is going to be the best BGAD yet.”
Mark Ranger, BGAD Organiser added: “With 50 exhibiting companies, an excellent static aircraft display and two quality seminars, we have a strong business offering for delegates. For the first time there will also be a dedicated press centre (run by Emerald Media) for journalist attendees to file stories and interviews.
For further information visit www.bgad.aero