Why are all NBAA Conventions now on the East Coast? Why doesn’t NBAA use Las Vegas anymore? How about Chicago and Dallas?
NBAA has selected Orlando, Fla., as the new venue for its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention in November. The convention will take place from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11, a week earlier than originally planned. The announcement comes after NBAA was forced to move the event from New Orleans because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, which bills itself as the most reasonably priced and accessible Orlando, Fla.-area airport, has experienced strong growth in business aircraft traffic and fuel sales during the past year. Fuel sales (separate jet-fuel numbers are not available) grew 9 percent to 2.3 million gallons last year, and turboprop and jet traffic climbed 21 percent, according to an official.
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.
If the convention floor, static display, press conferences and seminars seemed more crowded than ever, that is because by noon today, the show's eight-year-old attendance record fell, as organizers counted 32,883 registered visitors to the Orlando Convention Center. The association set the previous record of 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998.
Everybody suspected it would happen, and yesterday NBAA made it official: the show’s eight-year-old attendance record fell, as organizers counted 31,919 registered visitors to the Orlando Convention Center by midday. The association set the previous record of 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998.
If not for an uninvited party crasher, NBAA would be holding its 58th annual meeting and convention in the Big Easy in the middle of next month. Instead, Hurricane Katrina muscled her way into New Orleans in late August, forcing a quick relocation to Orlando for a November 9 to 11 gathering, a week earlier than previously planned.
As Hurricane Katrina blew into world headlines for the human misery it caused on the U.S. Gulf Coast, NBAA faced a monumental decision all its own: where to hold its annual convention, which was scheduled to take place in the ravaged city a little over two months after the storm rolled through.
When Hurricane Charley slammed into the heavily populated west coast of Florida last month, it came with unpredicted fury. Forecasters had issued warnings for a Category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph), but the system strengthened rapidly as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico. When it reached landfall at about 3:45 p.m.
Heli-Expo 2006 set a record with 14,051 first-day registered attendees. In all, 521 exibiting companies sprawled across more than 221,000 sq ft of floor space here at the Dallas Convention Center, with 48 helicopters under roof. Next year’s show will be held in Orlando, Fla., from March 1 to 3.