The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is reporting strong turnout on the opening day of its annual convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. About 1,500 people have registered for the show, which features 135 exhibitors and dozens of new product introductions.
A federal judge for the District of Columbia has ruled that aircraft tail numbers submitted for blockage under NBAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program must be made available in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But the ruling does not permit the disclosure of real-time flight data, historical data or operator names.
A dramatic drop in attendance at last year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference–2,027 compared with 2,612 in 2008–led to concerns for the 2010 conference, coming as it was amid an industry looking for some sign of revival. But according to Jo Damato, NBAA staff liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, this year’s event was “terrific.”
NBAA has added six courses to its professional development program (PDP). The new offerings in the program’s educational lineup satisfy specific module requirements in the association’s certified aircraft manager program and can be completed in three different ways, according to Jay Evans, NBAA’s director of operations.
John Winant, NBAA’s first president, died on January 13 at the age of 85. Elected to the association’s board of directors in 1957, he became its first full-time head in 1971. During his 15-year leadership, NBAA’s membership tripled to almost 3,000 companies, and its annual meeting and convention became one of the world’s largest aviation events.
NBAA is taking a proactive approach to the “possibility of legislation that would restrict laptops, electronic flight bags (EFBs), cellphones and other electronic devices in aircraft cockpits,” association vice president of safety, security and regulation Doug Carr said yesterday.
ASI Group told AIN at the NBAA Convention last month that recently it has seen a 25-percent increase in customers’ international business jet operations. “The past 90 days have been the most active in terms of international flights that we’ve seen this year,” ASI Group president Charlie LeBlanc said.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association last month at the NBAA Convention launched the Business Aviation E-Valuation Toolkit, an online resource to help calculate and explain the value of business aircraft in relation to a company’s business objectives.
Flight Display Systems, launched in 1999 from the basement of now-president David Gray, began simply with its first product–a moving-map display.
NBAA will again host the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), on January 18 and 19, 2011. The recession prompted the association to cancel the ABACE show that was to have been held earlier this year in February.