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MAViO solidified its status as Malta’s premier aviation event, attracting over 60 companies and entities from the local aviation industry. Hosted at the Salini Resort, the Enemed MAviO Conference & Awards drew more than 120 delegates, making it the largest aviation meetup on the island.

One of the highlights of the event was the debut of the Hynaero Fregate-F100 in its passenger configuration, announced by CEO David Pincet. Hynaero, a French startup, aims to challenge the dominance of Canadair water bombers with this innovative aircraft. Pincet emphasised the Fregate-F100’s exceptional handling capabilities both in the air and on water.


Additionally, he revealed plans for a twin-turboprop version, which will later be offered with a hydrogen powerplant, promising unparalleled cost efficiency per seat mile in its class. The aircraft is set to compete with the Cataline II NG and the AAI Albatross.


Another notable speaker at MAViO was Sanja Ples, Chief Data Officer of ch-aviation, who provided insights into the state of the local aviation industry and the financial health of European airlines. Ples also highlighted the challenges facing newly launched KM Malta Airlines, particularly in achieving economies of scale and competing with established carriers.


Captain Charles Pace, Director General of TM’s Civil Aviation Directorate, underscored the importance of developing infrastructure to nurture aviation talent among Maltese youth. He expressed concern over the high percentage of aviation opportunities being filled by foreigners, urging greater investment in local training initiatives.


The Enemed MAviO Aviation Awards recognised outstanding contributions to the industry. Captain Chris Gauci received the Aviator of the Year Award for his remarkable flying skills demonstrated during the opening of the 2023 Dubai Airshow. Johan Debattista was honoured as Leader of the Year for his advocacy for general aviation and innovative initiatives. Joe Ciliberti was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of leadership at the Malta Aviation Society and his role in establishing the Malta Airshow in 1993.


MAViO 2024 showcased the latest advancements in aviation while celebrating the achievements of industry pioneers, reaffirming its position as a key event in the global aviation calendar.


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