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Light Business Airplane Static Display Receives Positive Reviews

November 1, 2012

This year, the NBAA Convention again featured two static displays of aircraft, including one at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) featuring about a dozen aircraft.

Many of the people viewing the exhibits this week were just looking at the planes, but a few were in the market for a new aircraft. In fact, Rosie Ainbinder, senior manager of marketing of Piper Aircraft Inc., said that her company had received three good leads thus far.

“It’s going pretty well, and we’re feeling very positive about it right now,” she said.

Piper is displaying three aircraft and one mock-up. The company also has 22 staff people on site.

James Taylor, owner of McCreery Aviation Co. Inc. in McAllen, Texas, was working the Aviat display. This is his first time attending the NBAA Convention and he said he was impressed, especially with the interest passersby were giving his exhibit.

“We’ve had a slow, steady parade of people come by,” he said. “I’m glad I’m here.”

Meanwhile, many of those touring the exhibit also enjoyed the Tuskegee Airmen display, which included information about the historic group of World War II African American pilots who also were honored on Oct. 31 with NBAA’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. The exhibit also offered a free showing of the documentary Double Victory, which was produced by movie director George Lucas.

“I took the time to show my friend the display and let him learn about the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Gordon Page, president of Total Aviation Solutions. “It’s a very nice exhibit and we enjoyed the movie.”

Page also was at the show to see what’s new on the market. “It’s nice to have a display here at the convention center since a lot of people don’t have time to go to [the larger NBAA static display] at Orlando Executive Airport,” he said.

For Ralph Rosenbrock, of NiSource, Inc., the display proved a welcome diversion for a day of walking the show floor. While he wasn’t shopping for a plane, he is in the market for a new helicopter. “I’m just enjoying the display of planes,” he said. “It’s very nice.”

View photos from this week's static displays in the NBAA2012 Photo Galleries.