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Where it all began

This Beechcraft Super G18 (registered PH-LPS) is possibly one of the most significant aircraft in European business aviation. Acquired in June 1955 it was the first aircraft of the Philips Vleidgdienst, one of a number of corporate flight departments that emerged following the end of the Second World War. Its creation was the brainchild of Frits Philips, the then chairman of the Dutch electronics company Philips, who saw the versatility of aviation, and in particular business aviation, in aiding the growth of corporations in post-war Europe. Following the arrival of PH-LPS the flight department expanded to eventually include Dassault Falcon’s, Fokker F27s and Beechcraft King Airs.

By the 1970s Frits Phlips was aware of how influential the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) was in the United States in coordinating and improving corporate aviation. As a result he become instrumental in establishing the International Business Aviation Association (Europe) in 1977. Initially based in Eindhoven and consisting of 12 founding Members the association grew into the EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) which hosts the annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Genève.

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