NBAA Seeing Double for 2011 Convention Static Display
This year’s NBAA Convention–to be held October 10 to 12 in Las Vegas–will have not one but two static display areas, marking a first in the 64-year history of this event. The new outdoor static display area will be “just a few steps away from the convention center,” said NBAA vice president of exhibits Linda Peters. The traditional static display will be located at Henderson Executive Airport, which is farther from the Las Vegas Convention Center than NBAA would like. So NBAA is adding a display area adjacent to the convention exhibit hall that is convenient enough “to walk directly from the indoor exhibits to view the actual airplanes,” Peters said. Between 15 and 20 aircraft will be able to fit into the new space, which will be set up in the convention center’s Silver parking lot. “These will be real airplanes–no mockups, no tented displays, no chalets,” she noted. “Most will have wingspans of under 50 feet, which is the size that can be towed from McCarran International Airport, about four miles away.” Peters told AIN that three manufacturers and one modification company have already signed up for the new display area, with seven of the aircraft display slots now taken. She added that several manufacturers will still display aircraft inside the convention hall, meaning the new display area so far isn’t diverting planned indoor aircraft exhibits outside.