According to NBAA, the four-day show, which ran from February 13 to 16, drew 1,525 attendees, 75 more than last year’s show, and 275 exhibitors, 37 more than in 2004. The one-day Schedulers Professional Development Program continues to grow, with more than 100 attending this year, including “numerous pilots and at least one flight department manager,” said Jay Evans, former NBAA liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee. An SRO crowd at a special reception for first-time attendees was equally encouraging, said Evans.
Joanne Damato, a former director of training for Executive Jet Management and most recently head of the general aviation desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center, replaces Evans. Damato can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This conference was also the last for Susan Ramsey in her role as committee chairwoman. She has been replaced by Kellie Rittenhouse of Pentastar Aviation, who can be reached at email@example.com.
Next year’s convention is scheduled for January 25 to 27 in San Antonio.
An attendee at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference attempts to solve the puzzle and win a bottle of wine at the McClellan Jet Services booth.