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Who's Exhibiting at NBAA2010? Companies Just Like Yours
September 1, 2010
Hundreds of companies have already signed up to exhibit at NBAA’s 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010), including not only original equipment manufacturers, but also avionics providers, repair stations, charter operations, FBOs, technology development firms and many other small and mid-size businesses and large companies.
Many of these companies provide highly specialized products or services to the business aviation industry, and with approximately 25,000 Attendees, NBAA’s Convention is the best – and for some the only – forum for meeting new customers.
“We come to the NBAA Convention every year because our company is heavily involved in business aviation,” Todd West, senior sales representative for Aerospace Optics, told NBAA after last year’s Convention. “This is the biggest and best show to introduce our new products.”
Aerospace Optics is a family-owned business that manufactures the VIVISUN brand of LED-based lighted pushbutton switches. VIVISUN switches replace the old filament displays that often burn out and cause safety issues. Like many Exhibitors, Aerospace Optics has returned to NBAA2010 because of the success they’ve had at previous Conventions.
West said last year that Aerospace Optics’ booth at the Convention “had more traffic than ever before. [I] counted over 100 contacts in the first two days alone, which is absolutely huge for us.”
Another Exhibitor that is returning this year is AircraftLogs.com, a company with a staff of seven that in 2005 developed the first online recordkeeping service to cut through the backlog of paper-based maintenance records and pilot logbooks.
AirccraftLogs.com president G. Douglas Stewart said that NBAA's Convention “is the single-biggest marketing event of the year” for his company.
Stewart explained that NBAA’s Convention has also been an ideal forum for forming new business partnerships. At a Convention several years ago, AircraftLogs.com staff teamed up with aviation tax lawyer Glenn Hediger and his firm Aviation Financial Consulting, LLC. “Now anyone using our software has access to Glenn and his firm to monitor complex compliance issues,” says Stewart.
Rocky Mountain Propellers, a repair station based at Erie Municipal Airport (EIK) in Colorado, returns to NBAA’s Convention year after year because new customers who need their propeller and piston/PT6 governor maintenance services always find them.
“The show is so big every year, that while our existing customers always know to come look for us, there are a lot of people who come by the booth and it’s almost like a revelation that we’re here,” said Rocky Mountain’s Nancy Todoverto.
With only nine employees at their Erie, CO base, NBAA’s Convention is Rocky Mountain’s best opportunity to reach the national market.
“Between the customers we pick up here, and the word-of-mouth that sends new customers to us while we’re here,” said Todoverto, “Our business has continued to pick-up and a lot of that has to do with this show.”
Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are still available for companies of all sizes. For more information contact Linda Peters for exhibits at firstname.lastname@example.org and Katrina Bradshaw for sponsorships at email@example.com.