Discussing the recession and predictions of a business aviation industry recovery, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture recently told AIN there have been some positive signals, including an increase in flight hours and revenue from service and parts sales. But he also sounded a note of caution.
NBAA released its 2010 Business Aviation Fact Book, a comprehensive profile of the industry that provides real-world information and data about its value. According to the report, business aviation contributes some $150 billion to U.S. economic output and generates more than a million jobs.
The 63rd edition of the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition exceeded the expectations of attendees and exhibitors alike, registering 24,206 attendees for the three-day event–an increase of more than 5 percent over attendance last year.
StandardAero and Corporate Angel Network (CAN) announced that CAN will receive a donation of more than $1,500 in conjunction with the second annual Business Aviation Motorcycle Charity Ride, which will take place after the closing of the current NBAA Convention.
Directional Aviation principal Kenn Ricci has been quietly amassing an empire of business aviation companies, including Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation, as well as having a minority share in fractional provider Flight Options. AIN talked with him on the show floor of the 2010 NBAA Convention to get his perspective.
Sometimes we like to blow our own horns a bit.
The NBAA National Meeting and Convention will be hosting a Career in Business Aviation Day on Thursday for local youth from 12 years old to college students. The goal of this initiative is to slow the erosion of existing talent in the business aviation industry and attract the next generation of aviation enthusiasts and innovators.
Aircell (Booth 3737) is celebrating rapid adoption of its Gogo Biz high-speed in-flight Internet service capability by business jet OEMs and charter and fractional operators in the wake of its Gogo service's near-saturation of the air transport market.
To enhance safety and protect the aircraft at the static display at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, the NBAA is offering to loan exhibitors Plane Sights static wick covers and aircraft markers. The equipment, which the NBAA is offering at no charge, makes wing tips and static dischargers more obvious to setup personnel and distracted attendees who might otherwise inadvertently cause damage.
Later this month, the 63rd annual NBAA meeting and convention opens at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The NBAA Convention won't reappear in Atlanta for some time, as the next four shows are scheduled for Las Vegas (2011), Orlando (2012), Las Vegas (2013) and then again in Orlando (2014).