A recent indicator of the business climate malaise that California’s new governor has vowed to reverse is the move of flight simulator facility operator SimPro USA from Los Angeles to the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.
After gathering two consecutive years in Orlando, generally regarded as the preeminent playground for families with children, NBAA returns this year to the unabashed adult playground that is Las Vegas for what promises to be a larger-than-life meeting and convention.
The classic clash between operators and their neighbors is a relative constant in helicopter circles. As cities such as Las Vegas experience surges in population growth and tourism activity, the comfort zone between people on the ground and aircraft in the sky gets squeezed to uncomfortable margins.
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.
Atlantic Aviation may be outdistancing its name, but don’t expect company president Lou Pepper to consider changing a brand that dates back almost to the dawn of flight.
Macquarie Infrastructure, a New York subsidiary of Australia-based Macquarie Bank, completed its $58.2 million purchase of Las Vegas Executive Terminal. One of two FBOs at McCarran International Airport, the facility has been renamed Atlantic Aviation, joining the Macquarie-owned FBO chain.
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