The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) plans to open an office in Hong Kong by mid-year and hire its first full-time staffer.

AsBAA chairman Jason Liao says the association’s 30-plus members have agreed to fund the creation of a full-time position to help push lobbying efforts throughout the region.

“We need to better look after our members. It’s time to have a full-time person,” says Liao, whose day job is as Raytheon Aircraft’s Beijing-based sales executive for north Asia.

He says AsBAA has also formed a government affairs committee to better work with government agencies on regulations, awareness and promotion. AsBAA’s primary mission is to convince authorities to ease regulations that impede growth in places such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. AsBAA was relaunched in late 2004 by Liao and vice-chairman Check Woods from Macau-based operator Jet Asia, ending over two years of dormancy (Flight International, 9-15 November 2004).

Source: Flight International