2014 Schedule of Events
Singapore Private Aircraft Conference and Expo (SPACE) 2014 - 17-18 April - Singapore
The Private Jet market worldwide, 2014 – 2021 is worth $260 billion representing 11,275 aircraft and Asia Pacific is expected to take an increasing share of the cake with sales of between 1363 to 1690 units over the same period. If the US and Europe continue to have economic woes the value of the worldwide market will decrease, but Asia is expected to remain solid with $40 billion in private jet sales expected over the next 10 years, regardless of factors elsewhere. The significant trend in Asia is that buyers prefer new jets and there is virtually no pre-owned market and so this represents a high value region from the perspective of the OEMs.
Historically, there has been a reluctance for the authorities in Asia to embrace private aircraft, with China for example, as recently as 2003, outlawing ownership. Additionally, poor infrastructure and high airport taxes have worked against private aircraft ownership and operation. However, the mindset of the authorities is changing and although we can expect further turbulence, there are signs of clouds lifting and clear skies ahead!
In recognition of the emergence of the market in Singapore and elsewhere in the region, MIU events is joining with the Singapore Yacht Show, in staging the 2nd SPACE conference, April 17-18, 2014, a dedicated event for the private jet and helicopter market. The Private Jet conference will run concurrently with the Asia Pacific Super Yacht conference and delegates registering for the event can attend either conference or a combination of sessions. The event will be staged at the Marina Club at Sentosa Cove and delegates will enjoy complementary access to the Singapore Yacht show which runs concurrently and this year will feature a private aircraft exhibition pavillion. There will be any number of social events throughout the show and a spectacular gala dinner on the evening of Thursday, 17April.
The event is very much geared to the interests of the region and will provide a detailed insight into ownership models, market forecasts, the do’s and dont's of purchasing private aircraft, funding options, potential pitfalls, aircraft management and maintenance options, regulatory considerations, charter options, aircraft types and mission planning. We will also address the scope and nature of the market in Asia for private aviation, both fixed wing and rotary, and set this in the context of private aircraft usage globally.
The Private Jet show will be supported by an exhibition featuring those who operate, supply and support private aviation and will stage a lifestyle evening reception where attendees can relax and network surrounded by high end lifestyle brands.
Rotary Operations Conference (ROC) 2014 - 9 July - London Heliport
MIU Events, in association with Barclays London Heliport, will be staging the 2nd Rotary Operations Conference (ROC) - on 9 July, 2014 at the London Heliport.
Following this year's successful event, we will expand on the latest developments and initiatives within the industry. The new generation of helicopters will be more efficient and provide greater flexibility and economies in terms of operational costs. ROC will investigate whether some of the design innovations offer a realistic option in terms of providing helicopter metro city links and what safety concerns should be addressed when helicopters operate in city centres.
Additionally, we will examine the role of the helicopter as a business efficiency tool and the attitude of Government and regulatory bodies to the use of helicopters in metro areas. We will also have a look at the impact of new design models, interlining jets and superyachts with helicopters, maintenance issues, some views from the OEMs on how they see missions evolving, customer priorities and we will, once again, invite operators to join a panel to discuss some of the thorny issues affecting day to day issues and how to consolidate and sustain operations.
The event will be supported by a small exhibition and there will be various networking opportunities throughout the day. The event will culminate in an evening reception on the veranda of the adjoining Verta hotel, where attendees can enjoy hospitality, network with industry colleagues in convivial surroundings and look across the heliport and down the River Thames on a pleasant June evening in central London.
Business Aircraft Europe (BAE) 2014 - 10/11 September - Biggin Hill, UK
Business Aircraft Europe will take place on 10/11 September 2014 and has been expanded to take over the entire main hangar at Biggin Hill with the static display moving indoors and a new layout to include aircraft, exhibition stands and a demonstration area. The format from 2013 with specialist seminars will be repeated and will be supported with a variety of networking events. The Rizon Jet evening networking reception is now called the "Rizon Lifestyle Event" and will include cars from leading distributors, luxury lifestyle brands and a variety of promotional highlights through the evening.
The 2013 event featured a variety of seminars covering all aspects of business aviation from operator activities through to supplier issues. The formal seminars were supported with an aftershow party hosted by Rizon Jet and the event overall saw many of Europe's leading movers and shakers meet and exchange ideas and thoughts on how the market will unfold in the future.
BAE is now the leading European event for the Autumn calendar and the 2013 event saw over 900 visitors attend over the two days. BAE 2013 led to an interesting debate amongst the operators on who was the most resilient and there was a general consensus that some form of consolidation was inevitable. The same theme was echoed on Day 2 when the charter brokers met and underlined just how tough the going was in the current market.
Despite the rather gloomy outlook from European operators and brokers there were some positive elements with certain aircraft types, notably the Embraer Phenom 300, having a good year and traffic to Russia, Middle East and Asia holding up well. Additionally, the US was reported to have made a comeback and transatlantic operators had seen an improved level of business.
Day 1 ended with a reception hosted by Rizon Jet at their state of the art FBO facility. A spectacular aerial display from the Biggin based Spitfire, Spirit of Kent, sizzled along the flightline and then rolled into the Rizon Jet hangar to spontaneous applause, to become the hangar centrepiece surrounded by luxury and high end brands including Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Asprey, Bremont watches, The Mayfair Hotel, London and a selection of business jets.