Cambridge Airport welcomes business and general aviation leaders to BGAD12


18 September 2012 – The UK Business and Aviation Day 2012 (BGAD12) is today being held at Cambridge Airport and is already being hailed a success by organisers and delegates alike. Over 400 delegates have attended today’s event in order to network with 46 exhibitors from the aviation and motor industry, sealing its position as one of the most important events in the business aviation calendar.

The event has grown year on year, forcing the organisers to move the event to a new, larger exhibition space within the airport complex. Much of this growth is due to the widening appeal of the day, which today plays host to exhibitors from not only the business and general aviation industry but also supply chain, synergy businesses and exhibitors from the automotive sector.

Archie Garden, director of Cambridge Airport, commented, “We are delighted with the turnout for today’s event, showing that, despite the difficult economic climate, business aviation continues to thrive in the UK. We are thrilled to be welcoming many of the leading names in the business aviation industry to Cambridge Airport today and have had the opportunity to demonstrate our excellent business aviation facilities, courtesy of our partners ExecuJet, Marshall Executive Aviation and Marshall Business Aviation”.

Today’s displays have included the launch of the first ever night-capable air ambulance helicopter in England and Wales, by East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). Specially built by Eurocopter in Germany using the latest technology and leased from Bond Air Services, the EC135 T2e helicopter was accompanied by members of EAAA’s highly skilled doctor and Critical Care Paramedic crews, who will be using the aircraft to access and treat casualties in unlit and difficult terrains during the hours of darkness. Other exhibits include tours of the ExecuJet VIP handling facilities, aircraft from 2Excel Aviation, Embraer Executive Jets, Cessna and Marshall Executive Aviation, as well as motor industry exhibits from Marshall Motor Group and other luxury Cambridge-based car dealerships.

Marshall Business Aviation, a Cessna Authorised Service facility, also used BGAD12 to showcase its services; which include conversion, modification, maintenance and support for the Cessna 500 Series.

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About Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. Marshall Group activities which take place at the airport include Marshall Aerospace (engineering and technology), Marshall Executive Aviation (Jet Charter and management) and Cambridge Aeroclub (GA Training and Maintenance). Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. It is also a strong provider to the equine community as it is just 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses. The airport is ideally positioned for easy access to London with just under an hour’s drive to Canary Wharf and East of London the location of the key Olympics venues. With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services.  It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm and a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system. Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300.  Twitter: @CBGairport

East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance saves lives every day of the year and receives no direct government funding.  We are a local charity, funded by the people of East Anglia.

We perform three essential roles:

·          We treat patients at the scene of their accident or emergency (we take the emergency department to the patient)

·          We transfer patients to hospital rapidly, when appropriate

·          We can fly to the most inaccessible places and to anywhere in East Anglia within 25 minutes


We operate two dedicated air ambulances, 365 days a year, across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  By January 2014 fundraising target will be £6million a year to maintain our fleet of helicopters and the extended service into the hours of darkness. We work in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and with Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to provide a comprehensive service across all six counties. Our crew are specially trained NHS doctors and critical care paramedics and we play a crucial role in the provision of trauma care throughout the region.

For more information about the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity, contact the charity on 0845 066 9999 or visit our website at, or follow us on Facebook: East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity and Twitter: @EastAngliAirAmb


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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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