Today’s issue of ShowNews features our annual listing of the Top 10 Leaders of European Business Aviation. We pick the movers and shakers, those who are helping create demand for business aviation through clever marketing and innovation, or who are influential in polishing business aviation’s image with the public and politicians alike. There are actually 14 leaders in this year’s Top 10 (whom we don’t rank), as we include close-knit teams as well. They are:

• Patrick Hansen, co-CEO of Luxaviation Group, who is driving consolidation in Europe’s business jet management and aircraft operating industry. 

Niall Olver, who we have often named before, for selling ExecuJet to Luxaviation and eyeing new ventures in the future such as restarting the SPn utility jet. 

Marwan Khalek, CEO and co-founder of Gama Aviation, who launched this year’s consolidation by absorbing the Hangar8 aircraft management company.

• Former automotive design engineers Howard Guy and Gary Doy, whose Design Q is inspiring business aviation buyers by translating fantasy into reality.

Siegfried Axtmann, whose FAI rent-a-jet is now the second-largest charter company in Germany, with a focus on air ambulance work in difficult places. 

Adam Twidell, whose PrivateFly online executive jet charter and booking system is not only pioneering a new way of doing business in the bizjet market, but also driving impressive growth as well. 

• The three men behind Biggin Hill Airport’s long, but now successful, crusade to make the local community realize that a world-class specialist airfield is an asset. 

Dominique Thillaud, CEO of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur Group, who plans to have a chain of 20-25 fixed base operators across Europe in five years’ time. 

Matthieu Dardenne, co-founder and CEO of Take Air, the first all-you-can-fly membership airline in Europe, which began service with King Airs this month. 

• Dynamic duo Thierry and Daniela Boutsen, whose separate businesses have been instrumental in attracting an elite clientele to business aviation.