“Interesting” is perhaps an understated word to use in reviewing the tumultuous recent period the business aviation community has gone through, but that is the word outgoing NBAA chairman Jeff Lee chose to describe his two-year tenure, which ends at this year’s annual meeting. Lee, IBM’s director of flight operations, took over the post from Ken Emerick in 2007 and has led the board through several stiff challenges to business aviation.
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As NBAA returns to Orlando for its annual gathering, there seem to be reasons for optimism but not outright giddiness. There is no doubt that the economy is the number-one topic for delegates at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention.
This year’s 62nd National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention (October 20 to 22) probably won’t exceed previous records, but later this month the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will definitely bustle with exhibitors setting up booths, aircraft arriving at nearby airports and thousands of attendees gathering for a week’s worth of learning, sharing and, hopefully, selling.
NBAA will again host the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) next January 18 and 19. The recession prompted the association to cancel the ABACE show that was to have been held earlier this year in February.
Alliance for Aviation Across America, a Washington, D.C.-based general aviation advocacy organization, has released an economic impact study detailing general aviation’s value across the nation.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today welcomed the release of a new study that indicates companies using business aviation outperform those without aircraft.
NBAA announced that newly installed FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will be the featured speaker at the NBAA Convention opening general session on October 20. The event will be held October 20 to 22 in Orlando, Fla. “We’re delighted that Randy will be joining us at this year’s convention,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
While economic considerations forced NBAA to cancel its first annual Light Business Aircraft (LBA) show originally scheduled for March this year, the organization is not ignoring the owners and operators of smaller aircraft and will include many of the educational offerings it had originally planned for LBA at the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention, October 20 to 22, in Orlando.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame honored one of general aviation’s most influential figures when it inducted Russell Meyer Jr., former chairman and CEO of Cessna, as part of this year’s class in recognition of his contribution and dedication to the general aviation industry. He joined fellow inductees Eileen Collins, Edward White and James Stewart. The last two were honored posthumously.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said the association’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention–to be held October 20 to 22 in Orlando, Fla.–will be a strong show, “despite stiff economic headwinds.” According to Bolen, “We are currently tracking at about 80 percent of where we were at this point last year, which is outstanding since last year’s show set all-time records for the number of exhibitors and booth sales.” NBAA is aggressively reaching