This week’s issues of ShowNews feature our 14th annual listing of the Top 10 Leaders of European Business Aviation. We pick (but don’t rank) the movers and shakers, those who are helping create demand for business aviation through clever marketing and technical innovation, or who are influential in polishing business aviation’s image with the public and politicians alike. This year’s winners are:

Marc Bailey, CEO of BBGA (the British Business & General Aviation Association) has done sterling work especially getting government decision-makers to realize the importance of the trade group in speaking up for business aviation. 

Bernhard Fragner, founder and CEO of Austria's GlobeAir – Europe's largest operator of Citation Mustangs. Six more Mustangs are being added this year to bring its all-Mustang fleet to 20. 

Patrick Hansen, CEO of Luxaviation Group, the world’s second biggest aircraft management company. A 33% stake by China Minsheng Investment enabled the acquisition of ExecuJet, and will propel further expansion through acquisitions – though not in China. 

Clive Jackson, founder & CEO of Victor, the global charter booking company that with disruptive technology and traditional print advertising is generating 34% of its bookings from customers who have never flown privately before. 

Marwan Khalek, one year after the Gama/Hangar 8 reverse takeover created the fifth largest business aviation management company in the world. Following a 15% increase in profits last year, Khalek plans rapid expansion through acquisitions.

Antonia Lukacinova, initiator of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards for business aviation and CEO of the Prague-based Media Tribune marketing and PR agency. The Awards are a vehicle to promote East-West business links throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. 

Jonny Nichol, founder and CEO of Stratajet, claims to run the world's only real-time booking platform for private jets. Stratajet’s inventory management software integrates seamlessly with an aircraft operator’s existing system, allowing users to check out 500 operators quickly. 

Oscar Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus Aircraft. He leads the team that had the vision and conviction to design and produce the first all-round utility business jet, the PC-24, that is making its debut here.  

Michel Tohane, director of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, which saw record business aviation traffic last year at the three French Riviera airfields that the company manages. Now it plans to add 16 FBOs to its chain. 

Neil Turnbull, COO of Vertis Aviation for building up a managed aircraft fleet specializing in large-cabin jets. He’s looking for more aircraft.