Last month, thousands of business aviation professionals joined together in Geneva, Switzerland, at EBACE 2019 where they discussed how the industry is evolving and how to keep pace with the latest innovations. With topics ranging from safety to sustainability and operational efficiencies, to emerging technologies including AI, aviation leaders shared their expertise and lessons learned.

Top of mind for many aviation executives is the impact of sustainable travel. At EBACE, there was an impressive number of aircraft that arrived by sustainable jet fuels and much discussion on the impact to business aviation operations as more innovation in the area of sustainability occurs.

Nearly half of the aircraft  on display at EBAC used sustainable alternative jet fuel (#SAJF), electric propulsion, or other sustainable innovation.

Another area of focus at EBACE is the need for flight tracking. While tracking is critical for ADS-B, which is a pending U.S. FAA requirement, it is also a growing topic of discussion in Europe. One EBACE exhibitor, FlightAware, showcased its flight tracking service, which takes data from air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in more than 45 countries, in addition to its own network of ADS-B receivers, and adds in data from the FAA data feed.  “We’re the only ones taking this data and fusing it and providing it as a service,” CEO, Daniel Baker said during an interview with AINOnline.

Connectivity remains a large part of the business aviation conversations. From seamlessly transferring data from air to ground for safety and maintenance, to ensuring in-flight wi-fi to boost the passenger experience, there were several exhibitors sharing the latest innovations.

For those of our readers that missed the event, visit www.ebace.aero/2019 for a full show recap.

We look forward to seeing what the future of business aviation holds for prevalent trends like sustainability, connectivity, and flight tracking.