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NBAA Static Display of Aircraft Continues to Evolve

October 12, 2011

For many NBAA Attendees, especially those in the market for a new airplane, the Static Display of Aircraft is always a mandatory stop during the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011).

Katrina Bradshaw, NBAA's vice president of sales, regional forums & static displays, along with Joe Hart the Association's senior manager of regional forums & static displays, strive to make the Static Display of Aircraft experience as easy and convenient as possible for Attendees and Exhibitors alike.

This year's display featured 85 aircraft, 37 Exhibitors, 50 tents and numerous chalets spread over 630,000 square feet at Henderson Executive Airport (HND). In addition, 11 more aircraft were on exhibit at the first-ever Outdoor Static Display adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To ensure that the NBAA2011 Static Display of Aircraft would be a success, NBAA officials met face-to-face each month during the past year with HND airport officials and contractors to ensure that everything would go as planned. Bradshaw said that Clark County – in particular Henderson Executive's Airport Manager Dennis Anderson – "bent over backward to help us."

Bradshaw says that when planning each event's static display, NBAA officials ask themselves "how can we improve the experience?" This year, NBAA sought to ensure that there was ample ground transportation to the site, including extension of shuttle bus hours of operation.

Also, a perimeter path for motorized vehicles was created to help clear the walkways for foot traffic. A café and large patio were set up next to the registration tent to enable people to meet and do business easier.

As the show wound down late Wednesday afternoon, disassembly of the Static Display of Aircraft began. The perimeter fence was removed, ground power units and air conditioners were unplugged, and the aircraft along the edge of the display began to be towed out. Bradshaw held debriefings with all the manufacturers to get feedback on their static display experiences.

NBAA staffers are already working on the next several aircraft static displays, including the layouts for the next Business Aviation Regional Forum (which will be held in February at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport) and the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (which will be held in Shanghai, China in March).

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