CEPA Expo 2015 Brings New Perspectives to BusAv in CEE Region

22 October 2015, Prague; CEPA Expo & EBAA Regional Forum 2015

came to an end last week after two intensive days of presentations and networking. Delegates and organisers alike agreed that

the event was a huge success, reflecting the excitement of a region that is ripe with new optimism for business opportunities. The teaming of CEPA Expo and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) resulted in a top notch programme that addressed key issues for the business aircraft industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) today. In addition, networking opportunities, coupled with Czech hospitality, brought an extra dimension to delegate interaction in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.

Overall, the outlook for the CEE region is positive based on expected growth from its key economies, according to Bombardier’s CEPA Expo Industry Forecast. Thomas Fissellier, Manager Market Intelligence and Analysis at Bombardier Aerospace said: “We forecast the fleet in the region to double over the next 10 years, adding 125 aircraft deliveries representing $3 Billion in revenues.”

This year’s Expo was an opportunity to further explain the role of Business Aviation as a business tool to local authorities, and to contribute to the logical continuity of new perspectives in a historical context. Other highlights of the programme included presentations by Ed Bolen of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), who offered insight on the global market and its challenges in relation to the region, and Zdeněk Jelínek from the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Transport, who opened up discussion on Czech aviation in Europe and beyond.

The importance of CEPA Expo 2015 was further underlined by patronage from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the
Czech Civil Aviation Dept., and the city of Prague. CEPA Expo Chairman Roger Whyte expressed his thanks to the dignitaries and commented that “Prague is a great location due to its position in central Europe; it also acts as a major attraction when delegates are considering attending.” He went on to say that “CEPA Expo 2015 has surpassed all my expectations and I am very pleased with the incredible amount of positive feedback received.”

Key aircraft manufacturers also presented, making the event representative of a major cross-section of the industry. With over 170 delegates from 21 countries, this year’s CEPA Expo & EBAA Regional Forum 2015 was the most successful so far. CEPA Founder, Dagmar Grossmann, said that she is “delighted with how far CEPA and CEPA Expo have come in the six years since it was founded and the recognition of where it now stands in the business aviation industry.”

Fabio Gamba, EBAA CEO said: “CEPA Expo & EBAA Regional Forum raised the bar this year and I think this was evident to all those who attended. The CEPA-EBAA partnership resulted in the right combination of value points – expert presentations, regional insights, and opportunities for business networking. Our forecast that this would be a ‘not-to-be-missed event’ for 2015 was accurate, and we’re looking forward to the next edition.”

Anticipation grows for CEPA Expo 2015

2 September 2015, Prague; Anticipation is growing in advance of the CEPA Expo & EBAA Regional Forum 2015. With just under 2 months to go the organisers are looking to build on the success of the 2014 event. This year CEPA Expo has formed a partnership with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) to create a new and improved Expo, with increased benefits to participants and opportunities to enhance the profile of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as a key area for development.

The focus of this year’s event is ‘catalysing growth of business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe’, and a portfolio of high-profile speakers will give their expert opinions on the many aspects of the industry and the region. With the now improving situation in Ukraine, the market in Russia and the East is poised to bounce back, in line with the growing industry. This fact alone will ensure that CEPA Expo 2015 will offer new insights into future developments.

Sessions will cover region-specific topics, including state of the industry and forecast for the CEE, factors affecting demand, particularities and barriers in the region, special focus on former-Yugoslavia, as well as the Czech Republic and Prague airport. Participants will also dive into topical discussions industry-wide, ranging from capacity, to new technologies, to safety and standards, amongst others.

CEPA Expo Chairman Roger Whyte advises that “This year’s event will be bigger and better than previous years. The CEPA-EBAA partnership will offer a wider perspective, and greater number of innovations, and quality presentations for delegates. Joining together with EBAA is a great endorsement for CEPA Expo and the region.” He went on to say: “CEPA Expo has developed over the last five years to become the key forum for our region – Central and Eastern Europe. But the Expo offers something to the whole industry, beyond CEE.”



EBAA Chief Executive Officer, Fabio Gamba said: “October’s CEPA Expo and EBAA Regional Forum is definitely an event to highlight on the calendar this year. The speakers are top-notch, and the efforts of the new EBAA-CEPA collaboration have produced a two-day agenda brimming with thought-provoking topics centred on a region with huge growth potential. If the CEE region has baffled outsiders, a lot will be learned at this event; and for local operators, self-reflection is never without benefit.”

CEPA Expo & EBAA Regional Forum 2015 takes place on the 14th & 15th October at Prague Castle, which will provide an impressive backdrop for two days of panel discussions, networking and first class social events. For more information, including the agenda, visit: www.cepaexpo.com

Prague hosts a unique business aviation show – the first CEPA EXPO & EBAA Regional Forum

October 14-15, 2015 • Prague Castle

CEPA and EBAA have joined forces to create the CEPA EXPO and EBAA Regional Forum, an event that will bring together the high calibre aviation contacts from around the world to discuss how business aviation can flourish in Central and Eastern Europe. This premier event will include:

Leading figures from the industry speaking on key issues
Special panels and sessions taken by Biz Av specialists
An unforgettable setting and outstanding entertainment showcasing all Prague has to offer
“We feel now it is time to roll up our sleeves and pull together our respective strengths and turn this highly successful Expo into a not-to-be- missed event for business aviation” Fabio Gamba, EBAA Chief Executive Officer

EBAA and CEPA to collaborate on 2015 Conference

The Eur9opean Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and Central European Private Aviation (CEPA) have formed a partnership for the development of business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe by creating the new CEPA EXPO and EBAA Regional Forum.

The CEPA EXPO, which has traditionally been held in Prague annually, is the only event of its kind that seeks to promote the growth of business aviation in the CEE and to build bridges between Eastern and Western Europe. The conference has flourished since its inception in 2010, and the 2014 Expo made history by becoming the first aviation body to hold an event in Prague Castle, attracting a record number of delegates. EBAA will join forces with CEPA to organise this year’s event, which will further increase the benefits to participants and enhance the growing profile of the CEE as a key area for development.

Commenting on the collaboration, EBAA Chief Executive Officer, Fabio Gamba said, “Because of historic and cultural reasons, amongst other things, getting EBAA’s work and visibility across in the CEE is more challenging than in other parts of Europe.

“This, along with the growing importance of the sector in the region, has prompted us to team up with companies that already have a strong presence locally, such as CEPA. We feel it is now time to roll up our sleeves and pull together our respective strengths to turn this highly successful event into a truly not-to-be-missed event for Business Aviation.”

CEPA Chairman, Roger Whyte said, “This co-operation agreement between CEPA and EBAA provides the basis for increasing recognition and advocacy of business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Over the last five years CEPA EXPO has become a vital forum for addressing the specific issues relating to business aviation in the region it represents. The new name, CEPA EXPO and EBAA Regional Forum, emphasises the greater scope and enhanced content which is being planned. I could not be more excited about what this means for the future growth of our industry in the CEE.”

More details of the Forum, which will again be held in the historic Prague Castle, will be announced shortly and the upcoming European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE2015) in Geneva in May will feature a CEE focused workshop during the show.


5th CEPA EXPO Report

Dear CEPA EXPO attendees,

2014 saw the fifth CEPA EXPO where we focused on the effects of the unrest in Eastern Ukraine, answering as many questions as we could on this prominent issue. It is important that we use the expertise around us to help delegates though this difficult time. We had some of the biggest names in the industry, representing the main aviation organisations, providing keynote speeches which was very exciting. The evening entertainment at CEPA EXPO has become well known for being some of the best and we always try and offer something special. I think we did it again this year and I look forward to what the team will come up with for next year.

Global News / Issue 04

Only one more week to go! We have prepared our last issue of the Newsletter this year.

You can read about Bombardier introducing the new Challenger 650 at NBAA 2014, JSSI expanding their commitment to helicopter market or the new ARINCDirectSM introduced by Rockwell Collins. You can find the Newsletter here.

Global News / Issue 03

The CEPA EXPO Team has prepared the 3rd issue of the Newsletter for you. It is packed with current news from the aviation industry, included also news from our partners and CEE region.

This time you can read about Gulfstream´s new aircraft family, WINGX launching a new product and the opening of AELIS Group Asia, among others. You can find the Newsletter here.

Global News / Issue 02

With the CEPA EXPO 2014 drawing nearer we have prepared the second issue of our Global Newsletter. The articles included picture the most recent events that had an impact on the CEE market. If you want to find out more about the ARINC Direct iPad App or the planned Gulfstream aircraft paint facility look here.

Global News released

As the crisis in Ukraine reaches a less volatile stage, we are looking to address the sudden changes and consequences of the situation. CEPA EXPOon 19th and 20th of November will give us all an opportunity to discuss and analyze the market and what the future may hold.

Global Newsletter gives a snapshot of some recent events in the CEE and wider market so that you can stay informed running up to the EXPO. We will continue to stay in touch with you this way until we meet you in Prague. First issue of the Newsletter you can find here.