By Chinedu Eze
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has announced the appointment of the CEO, African Aviation Services Limited, Mr Nick Fadugba, as its new Chairman.
He was appointed by AfBAAâ€™s Board of Directors during the recent European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and replaces Mr Tarek Ragheb, the Founding Chairman of AfBAA.
Mr. Fadugba established African Aviation Services in 1990, with the aim of promoting aviation development in Africa and he is widely recognised as an authority on the African aviation industry.
He is a former elected Secretary General of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), currently the Advisor to the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes), UK.
Over the years, Mr Fadugba has provided a wide-range of consultancy and advisory services to international and African aviation organisations and governments.
The Executive Director of AfBAA, Mr Rady FahmyÂ said, â€œWe are delighted with the appointment of Mr. Fadugba as the new Chairman of AfBAA.
Reacting to the appointment, Mr Fadugba said, â€œMy immediate goals are to build on the reputation of AfBAA, make it more relevant to its membership and ensure its financial sustainability. In this regard, I am pleased to confirm that AfBAA will now embrace both the business and general aviation industry throughout Africa, giving it a much wider and deeper footprint on the African continent.
â€œAnother urgent priority for AfBAA is to increase its membership of African operators, Civil Aviation Authorities and other regulatory bodies. We will also seek to strengthen AfBAAâ€™s relationships with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the African Union (AU). Having successfully become a member of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), AfBAA is committed to encouraging its members to qualify for IS-BAO and IS-BAH certification as soon as possible.
â€œIn addition, we will re-examine AfBAAâ€™s existing committees and where necessary streamline them so as to make them more effective in delivering their objectives.â€
AfBAAâ€™s main event this year is the African Business and General Aviation Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya on 22nd and 23rd November, 2018, which will be its first event in East Africa.
The event will be attended by both jet and turboprop aircraft operators from throughout the region and further afield and will be attended by numerous African Civil Aviation Authorities and international organisations. AfBAAâ€™s Second AfBAC Expo will take place in 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
AfBAA was formed in 2012 as a not-for-profit corporation that aims to promote the understanding and benefits that business aviation provides for Africa’s economic development and prosperity through its unwavering commitment to the organisation’s Guiding Principles, thus offering assistance and support to enterprises, entrepreneurs, business leaders, governments and their respective Civil Aviation Authorities.