BBGA Press Releases

Marshall Executive Aviation sets sights on Canadian FAOC

Dated: 20 November, 2012

Marshall Executive Aviation, part of the Marshall Group, is advancing work to obtain a Canadian Foreign Air Operator’s Certificate (FAOC) to enable the company to operate flights in Canada with its Challenger 300.  The move follows hard on the heels of the operator being granted an AOC extension this summer enabling its Challenger (G-KALS) to operate to North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Russia as well as the popular European destinations.

“Our goal is to widen our AOC internationally as our business expands and also add to the managed aircraft fleet,” said Marshall Executive Aviation’s Managing Director Steve Jones.  G-KALS joined the Marshall Executive Aviation fleet in June 2010 and is based at Stansted Airport.

Marshall is also expanding its footprint into London Luton Airport, where sister company Marshall Business Aviation (MBA) recently opened a base, providing technical support (including AOG and casualty support) for an expanding range of Cessna aircraft based there.  MBA’s office is within the Harrods Aviation facilities.

G-KALS is one of three executive aircraft Marshall Executive Aviation operates, the others being a Cessna Citation C560 XLS and a Cessna Citation C550 Bravo; ideal for charters in Europe, North Africa and Western Russia.

Steve Jones added:  “The extension of G-KAL’s AOC will enable us to operate over a much larger area and offer Marshall Executive Aviation’s clients our excellent service virtually worldwide.”

Marshall Executive Aviation will mark its 10th birthday next spring.



LEA Triumphs Over RotorMotion In Closely Fought
‘Aviation Polo Challenge’

London, England, September 3, 2012London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, is celebrating victory over top helicopter charter business RotorMotionin the second annual ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’.Held on Saturday, September 1 at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey, the pro-am match saw a nail-biting finish, as the LEA team staged a dramatic comeback in the final chukka to secure a 6-4 victory.

LEA team captain and managing director George Galanopoulos says: “As a passionate polo player, I am delighted the sport enables us to bring so many industry colleagues and friends together for a day of family celebrations. This year’s match was a real tussle, so the crowd saw some first-rate action from both teams. With the addition of delicious barbecue-style food from the traditional Argentinean asado, and a selection of RotorMotion’s superb Agusta 109 helicopters to admire, there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”

With the day’s emphasis upon family fun and entertainment, other attractions included a wooden polo pony, giving guests an opportunity for a taster polo lesson, and a raffle to win a helicopter flight, through which a large sum was raised for the ‘Children in Need’ charity appeal.

Rival team captain Philip Louis Amadeus, managing director of RotorMotion, says: “Once again, we are indebted to Embraer Executive Jets as the day’s sponsor. Embraer is a great supporter of business aviation in so many ways and without the company’s involvement we would not be able to stage such a successful event.

“The record turnout of over 300 people and a party atmosphere that continued well into the evening shows how popular the ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ has become with the business aviation community. Along with LEA, RotorMotion is committed to the event as an annual fixture and, of course, we look forward to regaining the trophy from LEA next year!”

The winners’ trophy was presented by legendary rock drummer and Hurtwood owner Kenney Jones. Famous from his involvement with bands including the ‘Small Faces’, the ‘Faces’ and ‘The Who’, Jones is a helicopter pilot and avid polo player.

Image 1: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (fourth from right) shows off his team’s ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ trophy, presented by rock legend Kenney Jones (fifth from left), while RotorMotion managing director Philip Louis Amadeus (extreme left) enjoys the celebrations.

Image 2: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (left) and RotorMotion managing director Philip Louis Amadeus fight it out during the match.

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BBGA publishes the results of the Business Confidence Survey 2012.

~$GA Business Confidence Survey 2012


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lindsey Oliver as the Operations and Development Manager.  Full information is contained in the attachment.

Operations & Development Mgr


The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), British Helicopter Association (BHA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are pleased to announce the outcome of the industry’s joint consultation with the UK Treasury concerning the inclusion of business aviation in Air Passenger Duty.

Joint Statement Reform of APD 2011 Final 14122011

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