NBAA Convention as Good as Always

 - January 17, 2007, 6:09 AM

Despite a last-minute change of venue and dates for this year's NBAA Convention due to the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, it appears that the event–which closes tomorrow–will be as successful as ever. The number of exhibitors and aircraft on display at the Orlando, Fla. Venue exceed last year's show in Las Vegas, and there has been no decrease in expected announcements of new and derivative aircraft. At the end of the first day of the show yesterday, 26,788 attendees had registered (compared with 28,374 for all three days in Orlando in 2003). Orlando is also the site for next year's convention, as previously scheduled, and New Orleans is on the schedule for 2008. Atlanta is also a regular venue. Although it has not ruled it out yet, the NBAA said it is reconsidering Las Vegas because of "some challenges," including aircraft static-display capacity limitations.