The second outdoor static display that was “just a few steps away from the convention center” at last year’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas was so widely praised by both exhibitors and attendees that the association is doing it again this year. NBAA 2012 will be held from October 30 to November 1 in Orlando, Fla.
According to NBAA static display director Joe Hart, the additional static area at this year’s show will encompass up to 50,000 sq ft in a parking lot adjacent to the North Hall at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Like last year, it will augment the main static display, which will be hosted by Showalter Aviation at Orlando Executive Airport.
Aircraft being displayed at the second static area will instead fly into Orlando International Airport and then be towed at night some 8.5 miles down the Beachline Expressway to the convention center. While the route is wider than last year’s, it will still limit aircraft at the second display to light jets, turboprops and pistons.
As of yesterday, there are eight confirmed aircraft for the second static area, though discussions with several aircraft manufacturers, including Cirrus Aircraft, are only just starting, Hart said. There were 11 aircraft at the extra display last year, and NBAA believes it will exceed that number this year.