CEPA Expo 2011, the premier business aviation networking and conference event for Central and Eastern Europe taking place on 1-2 December, 2011 at the Prague Congress Centre, is shaping up to be a must attend event for business aviation in the CEE region. The annual event has already attracted leading companies including OEMs Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna and Bombardier.
Highlights of this year’s CEPA Expo will be the manufacturers’ panel, a legal panel and an afternoon session run by Alasdair Whyte, Editor of Corporate Jet Investor which will focus on air finance and aircraft availability in the region. A diverse range of speakers from Western Europe will cover a variety of topics demonstrating the interest CEPA has successfully generated in the region’s business aviation market. Those speaking include David Macdonald, Director, Air Partner; Mark Bisset, Partner, Clyde & Co.; Alan Cunningham, Partner DLA Piper; Mathew Day, director, Hayward Aviation; Brendan Lodge, Business Development Director, JetBrokers Europe; Dr. Daniel Luetolf, CEO, Swiss Aviation Consultants; Eddy Pieniazek, Global Head of Consultancy, Ascend; Werner Slavik, Head of Aircraft Finance, HYPO Luftfahrzeuge Leasing and Oliver Stone, Managing Director, Colibri Aircraft will join counterparts from Eastern Europe.
CEPA’s growing influence recognized by presence at EU Parliament
Reflecting the credibility of CEPA as a source of valuable commercial information and recognizing its ability to promote the region in the area of business aviation, the association’s founder Dagmar Grossmann was invited to join the Polish Government at a prestigious conference, held at the European Parliament, entitled “The Brand ‘Poland’– The Improvement of Poland’s Image in the World”. CEPA participated in the panel discussion titled "Innovative Economy in Modern Europe". The debate focused on how economic innovations are seen by member countries of the European Union as an opportunity to boost economic growth. "New economies benefit from low labour costs and the countries are still in the process of growing and can be flexible. Central Europe has the greatest potential for growing and launching new businesses," said Dagmar Grossmann.
The CEPA Association was formed to promote the interests of private aviation in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia and in due course, other markets including Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. CEPA builds on its worldwide experience and contacts in the aviation industry to bring together the major players and innovators in the business aviation and private aviation sectors to debate, analyse, structure, and thoughtfully consider the best way forward for private aviation in the strategic heartland of Europe.