By all accounts, this year’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition was an outstanding success, bringing together the usual group of aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, operators, flight crew, mechanics, owners, buyers and anyone with an interest in the world of business aviation.
The Pilatus PC-24 mockup will make its North American debut next week in Las Vegas at the NBAA Convention. Pilatus will exhibit the mockup of its new twinjet next to an actual PC-12NG turboprop single at its NBAA booth (No. C12216). After a private event, the PC-24 mockup will be open to the public beginning at noon next Tuesday. Pilatus will not begin taking PC-24 orders until EBACE next May, however. First flight of the new jet is scheduled for late next year, with EASA certification expected in 2017.
Although the name of the NBAA annual meeting and convention has changed to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the yearly celebration of all things business aviation has been and always will be known as the NBAA show, and those headed to Las Vegas for the October 22 to 24 event universally say they are going to “NBAA.”
This year’s NBAA Maintenance Management Conference is set for April 30 through May 2 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. MMC2013 is the industry’s dedicated venue for people responsible for managing maintenance in the flight department.
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), launched at the EBACE this past May, announced at MEBA 2012 that UAE-based flight planning and support service provider Hadid International Services has been selected as the association’s penultimate founding member.
“We are delighted that Hadid has accepted our invitation to become a founding member,” Tarek Ragheb, chairman of AfBAA, told AIN here at the show yesterday. “It is joining an exceptional line-up of inaugural members and brings valuable experience and breadth of knowledge to the table,” he said.
Phillips 66 Aviation (Booth No. 4560) and NBAA jointly presented a check to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) for $21,000 to support the organization’s efforts providing free flights on business aircraft for cancer patients en route to and from treatment around the U.S. More than 40,000 cancer patients have had transportation arranged by CAN since 1981. The $21,000 donation, awarded on the first day of NBAA’12, is the amount generated by the Corporate Angel Award program, which recognizes flight departments that donate seats on business aircraft for cancer patients traveling for treatment.
NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber today at the NBAA Convention. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The association presented its David Ewald Platinum Wing Award to Flying Magazine editor-in-chief Robert Goyer.
International travel medical services provider MedAire is here at NBAA to demonstrate the new functionality of its recently relaunched website. The direct link provides helpful information and relevant resources such as a health map highlighting medical risks to the traveling public.
NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting and Convention comes a little later than normal this year, October 30 through November 1. The main event takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. And like last year’s event, this year’s will feature two static displays, the regular large gathering at Orlando Executive Airport, hosted by Showalter Flying Service, and a smaller on-site display next to the convention center.