It was a risk from the start. No, I’m not talking about President Bush’s decision to wage war on Iraq. I’m referring to LABACE, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, a much smaller and less significant risk, but a risk nonetheless. LABACE took place for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil, last month.
National Business Aviation Association
NBAA president Jack Olcott will step down at the end of this year when his employment contract expires, prompting the board of directors to begin searching for a successor who would take off-ice on Jan. 1, 2004. After leading NBAA for more than 11 years, 66-year-old Olcott will join former NBAA president John Winant as a president emeritus.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said that he fully supports NBAA’s Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) initiative, but the business aviation association remains frustrated by the TSA’s lack of progress in expanding the effort to increase the benefits of the TSAAC initiative.
The number of local business aviation advocacy groups has continued to swell to 48 associations as part of an attempt by business aviation users to promote this industry segment. Last year there were 43 such groups, a 40-percent increase from 2000.
The 2003 NBAA Convention celebrated the centennial of manned powered flight with some powerful and exotic hardware, including three new derivative airplanes that would have astonished Orville and Wilbur.
If the annual NBAA Convention serves as a barometer of the general health of the business aviation industry, recovery can’t be very far off. The association’s 56th annual meeting and convention last month in Orlando, Fla., closed with some 28,574 attendees viewing the products and services of a record 1,068 exhibiting companies. See page 20 for a full report on the show.
NBAA has narrowed its list of potential successors to president Jack Olcott to three candidates, and the announcement of who will take the organization to “another level” is expected sometime this month.
When terrorists plunged their hijacked airliners into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon last month, it had an immediate effect on business aircraft owners and operators, and will likely have a profound influence for years to come.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, the NBAA canceled its 54th annual convention in New Orleans last month “to redirect the association’s resources toward national recovery and aid to the victims and their families,” president Jack Olcott said in a statement issued on September 12. This is the first time in its history that NBAA has had to cancel an annual convention.
Former Air Transport Association (ATA) senior vice president Robert Warren has been named to NBAA’s newly created position of executive vice president, reporting directly to NBAA president Shelley Longmuir.