Central Europe Private Aviation (CEPA) association was launched on 2nd November in Prague as "a voluntary, non-governmental and non-profit association of private citizens and legal entities that enjoins the interests of producers, operators, service organizations, training organizations, aircraft and helicopter brokers and supporting organizations including financial, insurance and publishing companies", reported the association´s press officer.
The Association´s primary aim is to represent its members´ interests on the national, European and international level and support the growth of private aviation in the Czech Republic and abroad. The Association will also have an educational arm in order to disseminate information about the current climate in business aviation in Central Europe, attract the attention of other operators and participate in and sponsor conferences on business aviation.
CEPA will initially focus on Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. In the Czech Republic, private jets held only a small percentage of total flight volume until recently, and interested clients were often directed toward foreign companies who could provide the service. Today, there are 19 business jets registered in the Czech Republic.
Secondly, CEPA will focus on promising markets such as Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.
Grossmann Jet Service, a Czech private jet operator, has become the first member of CEPA.
“Based on the response we´ve received from brokers and business jet operators, it became clear that CEPA was the right step in the direction to a common goal; the development of business aviation in Central Europe,” said Chairman and founder of CEPA, Dagmar Grossmann.