The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is teaming with the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) to promote and help develop business aviation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

GAMA and MEBAA plan first to focus on the regulatory environment, including urging aviation authorities to adopt a common set of rules that facilitate business aviation operations.

“It is important we combine our efforts to ensure business aviation is treated fairly, with proportional rules implemented across the region,” says GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, noting the growing importance of the MENA region to business aviation.

“The single biggest obstacle to the full development of business aviation in our region is the lack of an appropriate regulatory framework tailored to the particular needs of business aviation,” says MEBAA founding Chairman Al Naqbi. “Through this partnership we aim to change that.”

Bunce stresses that business aviation should not be regulated as if it were commercial aviation. “It needs access to airports and airspace, airport infrastructure tailored to its needs, and the freedom to operate with flexibility and agility,” he says.

The organizations plan to develop common principles and best practices as guidance for regulatory authorities.