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Five Things Not to Miss at NBAA2013
October 21, 2013
Spanning an entire airfield and 1 million square feet of convention floor, with about 25,000 attendees that include some of the biggest names in aviation, NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) is the largest business aviation marketplace in the world. Being held this week from Oct. 22 to 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it promises to be as exciting as ever, according to NBAA’s Kathleen Blouin, senior vice president, conventions & forums.
“It’s absolutely the only time in the year the whole industry gets together in one place,” said Blouin, who is responsible for managing NBAA’s Convention. “This year, you’ll see some things you’ve never seen before.”
1. First-Ever Indoor Static Display of Aircraft
One new aspect is the show’s first-ever indoor static display of aircraft, with more than a dozen light business airplanes and helicopters just steps away from the other indoor exhibits.
“Because of the large backdoors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the ability to move aircraft through the streets of Las Vegas, we were able to bring some unique airplanes right to the exhibit floor, something we’ve never done before,” said Blouin. Among the aircraft on display inside the exhibit hall will be a King Air 200, Piper Meridian and Kestrel turboprop.
2. Aviation Luminaries Honored On-Stage
“We’re presenting our Meritorious Service to Aviation Award to astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon and an incredible advocate for business aviation,” said Blouin. “Some notable figures, including Apollo flight director Gene Krantz, will be there to help honor Gene’s legacy.”
In addition, NBAA will present actor and pilot Harrison Ford with the Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership for his work flying humanitarian and relief missions, including to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and for the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
3. Industry United on Policy Challenges
Also on stage, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will lead a panel with other general aviation leaders on the challenges the industry faces in Washington.
“[This] couldn’t come at a more important time, because right now we face quite a few,” said Blouin. “Attendees will also get to hear from Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole and Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO), co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.”
4. Truly International Gathering
With a highly anticipated education session on operating and doing business in China, as well as Deer Jet, the largest charter company in Asia and first aircraft management company in China, exhibiting two aircraft at the outdoor static display on Henderson Executive Airport (HND), and a number of Convention education sessions focusing on international operations in regions around the world. Blouin said this year’s Convention would offer a truly international business aviation marketplace.
5. More than 1,000 Exhibiting Companies of All Sizes
“The static display is completely sold out with 85 aircraft, occupying more square footage at Henderson than ever before,” said Blouin. “Indoors, we expect more than 1,100 exhibitors whose products and services cover every aspect of the business aviation industry.”