A number of high profile speakers have confirmed their participation at MEDEX2011, the business aviation conference being held in Malta between the 19th and 20th September 2011.
Brian Humphries, President of the European Business Aviation Association, which has demonstrated tremendous support towards the event, will be heading a panel discussion of Illegal Flights within Europe, a topic which has been a top agenda item for the EBAA since 2010. Mr. Humphries will also be participating in the IS-BAO Standard discussions and will contributing his views on the upcoming EASA Implementing Rules effecting business aviation. The lead speaker on EASA’s Opinions which are expected to be adopted in the coming months will be Terje Aanestad, a regular lecturer at Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation Centres worldwide.
IS-BAO Programme Director Jim Cannon, will then be heading discussions on IS-BAO standards. Not only has the International Business Aviation Council demonstrated support towards MEDEX 2011, but has in addition opted to hold an introduction Workshop and an Auditor Accreditation Workshop in the days preceding MEDEX2011 in Malta. Jim will be joined, amongst others, by Stefan Savin of Romanian Airports.
Dr. Tonio Fenech, an expert in aviation finance, tackles the Cape Town Convention on Mobile Assets and the Aircraft Protocol and the relevance of choosing the right jurisdiction in securing finance. Dr. Fenech will be joined by another local expert on the matter, Dr. Max Ganado, as well as a representative from Deutsche Bank.
The implications and threats of Value Added Tax in relation to business aviation will be headed by Austin Demajo, a partner at Grant Thornton, whereas Stanley Bugeja of DC Aviation and president of the Malta Business Aviation Association, will discuss standards and recommended practices for business aviation handling providers. The presentation will be supplement by representatives of other handling providers, including Alexandra Huzuneanu of Romanian Airports.
The Honourable Dr. Austin Gatt, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications will open the conference joined by a number of speakers who will give an insight into Malta’s potential as a jurisdiction for business aviation, including established aviation undertakings which include Maintenance Center Malta, Comlux and Hyperion Aviation.