Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Joe McDermott


Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA) Launch

The Irish Business Aviation Association was officially launched at the Future of Business Aviation Conference, Heathrow Airport, London on 19th February. The IrBAA’s aim is to promote the growth & effectiveness of Business Aviation industry in Ireland and to achieve this by representation, monitoring, co-operation, promotion and information. In addition, IrBAA plan to have representation in Europe as a member of the European Council for General Aviation Support (ECOGAS).

According to founder Bas de Bruijn, “Establishing the IrBAA is a great step forward for the industry in Ireland. By uniting the Irish Aviation community and banding together as a group, we can utilize all of our collective worldwide experience to help make Ireland a better place for business and general aviation. We have had great feedback from the international business aviation community so far and we are looking forward representing the industry here in Ireland. We have a great management team supporting the association with a broad experience in the aviation industry.” Dave Scully added “We hope to work closely with our colleagues at the European Business Aviation Association to cover the areas of Engineering, Flight Training & Safety. We would like to become members of the International Business Aviation Council so we have access to the decision makers at ICAO. We also aim to affiliate with other organisations in various countries allowing us to interact with the IAA, EASA, Irish Government and the EU to better the fortunes of all sectors of Ireland’s business aviation industry”. Present at the launch was Jim O’Sullivan, owner of Dublin based Exchequer Aircraft Leasing who remarked “this is a very welcome development & will provide an excellent platform for business aviation interests in Ireland to co-operate into the future”.

The IrBAA will be based at Weston Executive Airport and the launch members are Bas de Bruijn – Deputy Director of Aviation EMC Corporation, Executive Member & Founder IrBAA, Dave Scully – Dublin-Weston Executive Airport & AEM Aviation Consulting, President IrBAA, Helene Wall Horan – Business Manager EMC Corporation, CEO IrBAA and Joe McDermott – Global FBO Consult, Chairman IrBAA.


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Joe has worked in operations & business development with a number of Fixed Based Operators (FBO) including USA based companies Landmark Aviation & Universal Aviation. As founder of business airport/FBO focused consultancy Global FBO Consult he has worked on projects in Bahrain, France, India, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania, UAE, United Kingdom & USA. The company specializes in providing cost effective solutions to assist airports, FBOs & ground handling companies grow efficiently & deal with the competition head on, allowing them to attract new customers, keep existing customers & generate maximum revenue. He is a contributor to many BizAv magazines including Business Airport International, Bluesky Business Aviation News, & has written feature articles for P1, historic aircraft magazine FlyPast and a regular contributor to Flying In Ireland. He is a founding member & CEO of the Irish Business Aviation Association (IrBAA), Honorary President of Runway Aviation Club Ghana, founder of Follow Me-Aircraft Marshallers & a “patched” member of the Commemorative Air Force Marshallers-Detachment in the USA.

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