NBAA Folds LBA Show into Its Annual Convention

 - January 30, 2009, 2:17 AM

Citing the state of the economy, NBAA yesterday announced the cancellation of the inaugural Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) scheduled to be held in San Diego in March. The move comes just one month after NBAA “recalibrated” the show from a three-day schedule to two–March 13 and 14. However, the LBA event will live on in some form, as programming and other elements from the anticipated event will be incorporated into the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., from October 20 to 22. “In this economic climate, it is difficult to launch an event that our members and exhibitors expect from NBAA. We all know that our industry is finding it necessary to limit travel and marketing expenses, so we are going to combine all of the elements we’d planned for LBA into the convention,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “By incorporating the conference into the convention, the entrepreneurs and pilots for whom LBA was specifically designed will now be able to participate in the full two days of education sessions–including the Cessna Single-pilot Safety Standdown–and still have an additional day to see all of the general aviation products and services” at the NBAA Convention.