Representatives of CEPA, the Prague-based Central European Private Aviation organisation, founded by Dagmar Grossmann, CEO of Grossmann Jet, will be at EBACE in Geneva this week to initiate closer co-operation with partner associations in Europe and promote its forthcoming CEPA Expo event. The aviation conference and networking event will be staged at the more convenient downtown city’s Prague Congress Centre during 29-30th September. The primary theme will be exploring business aviation in Central Europe and building a strengthened bridge between eastern and western operators and supplier companies.
Newly appointed CEPA Chairman Jiri Matousek and Dagmar Grossmann will be in Geneva to recruit speakers for the conference element of the Expo, as well as meeting with the OEMs, including Bombardier Aerospace, which recently joined as a member association. Membership now totals 150 from eight central and eastern European countries, as CEPA continues to grow its representation throughout the region.
The organisation recently appointed Aero A&T as its representative in the northwest part of the Balkan peninsula. While for the south eastern region it is close to finalising an agreement with a partner in Romania. In the north of the region, a representative will be secured in Poland. Other newly signed partner associations include the Association of Aviation Manufacturers, and the Hotel association in Prague, plus IAFTP in the US.
CEPA is a voluntary, non-governmental and non-profit members association which co-ordinates the interests of executive aviation manufacturers, operators, airports, service providers, training establishments, fixed wing and rotary brokers to improve standards and best business practice in the region. Supporting services including financial, legal, insurance and publishing companies are also welcomed. Its primary goal is to represent its members´ interests at national, European and international levels to support the growth of private aviation in the Czech Republic and abroad. For the future CEPA plans to develop an educational arm which will be responsible for providing information and data about the current climate in business aviation in Central Europe.