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Now More Than Ever, NBAA's Convention Is a Must-Attend Event
Each year, NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention is the highlight of the business aviation calendar. However, this year's event, which will be held October 20 through 22 in Orlando, FL, is shaping up to be an especially important event, given the challenges that business aviation is facing.
The 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) is expected to draw representatives from 82 countries and every segment of the business aviation industry to Florida's Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), where more than 100 state-of-the art business aircraft will be displayed.
"The NBAA Convention agenda this year is being specifically tailored to help Members survive and thrive in a tough economic climate," says Kathleen Blouin, the Association's senior vice president, conventions, seminars & forums. "It's never been more important for the people in our industry to attend the Convention to learn, network, brainstorm and see the new products and services that will enable them to be more efficient, productive and able to do more with less. When it comes to professional development, visiting with peers and seeing the latest technologies, business aviation people can get all this in only one place – the NBAA Convention."
For Exhibitors, the NBAA Convention always has been the best venue to see as many customers as possible – all in one place and at one time. It is the industry's most efficient way to spend limited marketing dollars. In an era of reduced travel budgets, it is critical for product and service providers to show support for their customers by maintaining a presence at the Convention.
At NBAA2009, Exhibitors will be able to meet face-to-face with colleagues and customers, where they will cultivate existing relationships and build new ones. Even in a down economy, the NBAA Annual Meeting &: Convention remains the preeminent place to do business.
Timely Topics and Sessions
NBAA2009 will feature an array of Education Sessions, Maintenance & Operations meetings and special events. The Opening General Session on Tuesday, October 20 will feature Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine and a business aviation pilot. In addition, proceeds from the Silent and Live Auctions at the NBAA/CAN Gala to be held on Wednesday, October 21 will help support the Corporate Angel Network (CAN).
While many of NBAA2009's sessions will focus on how operators can do more with less, one topic that will not receive short shrift is safety – business aviation's highest priority. NBAA's annual Safety Town Hall meeting will examine accident trends, address the latest safety issues and include analysis and discussion of these topics with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) safety team.
An important new feature of the NBAA Annual Meeting &: Convention will be content dedicated to the light business airplane operator. Education Sessions dealing with the unique needs of these entrepreneurs and business people are being featured at NBAA2009 so owner-pilots can maximize their efficiency and productivity. As many people within the business aviation community already know – but some in government and media tend to forget – most of the companies that operate general aviation aircraft in support of their enterprises are small and medium-size businesses.
NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president, operations, education & economics, says, "If you've ever thought about using an airplane to help your business succeed, you should attend NBAA2009. In these competitive and difficult times, companies must seek every advantage to help maximize the use of their most important assets: people and time."
Some of the subjects to be covered include:
- What are the top five things that business people using or wanting to use an airplane should know?
- What are the most important considerations for entrepreneurs wishing to move up to more capable airplanes?
- What technologies are available to help owners make the least expensive, most effective use of light business airplanes?
Attendees also will get practical advice specific to their business. For example, they'll learn the steps to take to make sure their flying is tax deductible, hear about contract fuel programs that can save them up to 50 cents per gallon on nearly every purchase, and learn how to get the best possible price on insurance for their light business airplanes.
Besides the Education Sessions held during the Convention, NBAA is offering a number of Professional Development Program courses in the two days before the show begins.
On Sunday, October 18, two one-day courses will be offered: "Creating and Maintaining a Vibrant Company Mindset" and "Technical Operations, Policy & Procedures Manual Development." Another one-day session, "When Teams Work Well," will be offered on Monday, October 19.
Three two-day sessions will be held on Sunday and Monday prior to NBAA2009: "Human Factors," "Emergency Response Planning" and "Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments."
A Time to Show Business Aviation's Strength
This year it is more important than ever for the business aviation community to demonstrate its strength. NBAA2009 will provide the ideal forum to demonstrate that business aviation continues to contribute to the economic successes of citizens, companies and communities in the U.S. and around the world.
At NBAA2009, the Association and the business aviation industry as a whole will continue to spread the message that:
- Business aviation means millions of jobs around the world, including 1.2 million in the U.S., along with $150 billion in domestic economic activity.
- Business aviation creates transportation lifelines to communities that are not served by the commercial airlines.
- Business aviation helps companies grow and be more productive and efficient, particularly in a marketplace that's more challenging and competitive than ever.
- Business aviation provides humanitarian support for people in need, through groups including the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which will be the recipient of all proceeds received from the NBAA2009 Silent and Live Auctions at the NBAA/CAN Gala. CAN matches aircraft operators with cancer patients who require transportation to treatment centers around the country, enabling ambulatory individuals to sit in unused seats on business aircraft flights, free of charge.
Get the full NBAA2009 schedule of events and more at www.nbaa.org/2009.