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Four operators recognised with EBAA Safety of Flight Awards at EBACE 2016

Four European companies were honoured yesterday with European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Safety of Flight Awards, as part of the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2016) Safety Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland.

"These awards recognize the careful and conscientious attention to safety in all aspects of an operation as part of a culture embodied throughout each recipient's flight department," said EBAA President Brian Humphries. "Safety is a matter to focus on day after day, year after year. That’s why, several years ago, we decided to include at EBACE recognition of companies that have made safety a continuing mission, and have achieved magnificent, accident-free records over many years to show for it."

This year’s EBAA Safety of Flight Award recipients are:
• VistaJet, Ltd., Malta, flying a young fleet of long-range business aircraft, earned an EBAA Diamond Safety of Flight Award for surpassing 50 years, or 100,000 hours, of flying without an accident.
• PrivatAir, Geneva, Switzerland, in operation for more than 35 years, received an EBAA Platinum Safety of Flight Award for achieving 50 years, or 100,000 hours, of flying without an accident.
• Jet Aviation Business Jets AG, a General Dynamics company headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, was recognized with an EBAA Gold Safety of Flight Award for achieving 40 years, or 80,000 hours, of flying without an accident.
• GlobeAir AG, Linz, Austria, was recognized with an EBAA Silver Safety of Flight Award for achieving 30 years, or 60,000 hours, of flying without an accident.

The full-day Safety Workshop, which took place prior to the start of EBACE2016, focused on topics of interest to professionals in the business aviation community in Europe, including safety culture, risk, flight-time limitations, enhanced access to regional airports, upcoming EASA regulations for non-commercial operations and updates from aircraft manufacturers, regulators and aviation organizations.

EBACE2016 features about 60 business aircraft on static display, and more than 450 exhibitors on the show floor, including manufacturers, aircraft-completion specialists, sales and financing professionals, maintenance providers and a variety of other vendors.

In addition to serving as a key industry trade event, EBACE2016 also includes a full roster of education sessions that address the latest topics of concern to business aircraft operators, including discussions about initiatives to reduce the industry's global carbon emissions, and the use of satellite-based technologies to make business aviation safer and more efficient.

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