With the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) on the horizon this month, show organizers are anticipating approximately 7,000 attendees, nearly double last year’s mark, based on the success of 2012’s re-launch. According to an NBAA spokesman, 84 percent of last year’s exhibitors will be returning for a second stint at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, and the number of exhibitors overall has increased from 156 last year to more than 175 this year.
Consumer Electronics Show
Flight Display Systems introduced a new bulkhead-mountable 17.1-inch display mounting system this week at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas. The mount installs on the back side of a bulkhead or on a wall and allows the 17.1-inch display to swing out or be stowed inside the mount. The 17.1-inch display and mount are undergoing the STC process, although some have been installed under field approvals.
Having just returned from covering my second Schedulers & Dispatchers I’ve learned that I really like the show. While much smaller than NBAA’s annual meeting, it’s still large enough that you can’t talk to everybody you might want to during the course of the conference and, covering the FBO beat for AIN as I do, of course it’s right up my alley as the service providers use it to showcase their facilities.
As NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference gets rolling in San Antonio, Texas, this week, organizers announced that this year’s edition of the annual show had set a record for exhibitors with 425 airports, FBOs, fuel suppliers and others scheduled to display their services at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
From the gauntlet of stands that greeted visitors, to displays tucked into corners of the almost finished economy airline terminal that served as MEBA 2012’s exhibition hall, on the event’s last day exhibitors expressed a range of opinions about the show as varied as their display locations.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been busier, said Dave Edwards, managing director, Middle East and Asia, Gama Aviation, at the Dubai-based aviation services provider’s stand just inside the entrance, a spot impossible for attendees to miss.
About 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are expected at the 65th annual NBAA Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday next week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. As one of the largest trade shows in the U.S., the business aviation convention is projected to have an economic impact of more than $51 million to the Orlando area, according to the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Business Airport and Business Jet Interiors World Expos were held concurrently (February 22 and 23) in Cannes, in the south of France, to somewhat mixed reviews, although attendance numbers were healthy and a substantial number of exhibitors signed up for next year’s event, even before the show closed.
Graham Johnson, managing director for organizer UKIP Media Events, expressed satisfaction with drawing 2,236 attendees from 50 countries, noting that the entrance fee gave visitors access to both the interiors and airport shows, as well as the conference presentations.
Flight Display Systems president David Gray and director of international sales Nick Gray were at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas scouting new technologies that could be brought into the aircraft cabin, including 3-D flat-screen TVs, organic LED displays and holographic displays. The pair produced a video highlighting the new products they found interesting on the show floor at CES 2012.
NBAA more than doubled the number of exhibitors at the Maintenance Management Conference from last year, increasing the number from 27 to 63. Kevin Smith, chair of the exhibitor working group, attributed that success to hard work.
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