Event Will Celebrate 100 Years Of Powered Flight In
The 48th annual convention of the Canadian Business Aviation
Association (CBAA) will be held in Montreal, the 3rd largest
economic center for aviation in the world, May 27-29. The theme for
Canada's premier business aviation event is the celebration of the
100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.
To commemorate and celebrate this historic occasion a number of
activities are planned, including having a replica Silver Dart
aircraft on display, as well as a number of other historic
aircraft. In the early 1900s the Aerial Experiment Association, led
by Canadian inventor and industrialist, Alexander Graham Bell,
designed and built the aircraft, named the Silver Dart.
On February 23, 1909 on Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia, the first
aircraft to fly under power in Canada flew off the ice-covered bay
for half a mile, reaching an altitude of 60 feet.
At this year's convention the CBAA, which represents over 500
members across Canada, will address crucial issues facing the
global and Canadian business aviation industry. Many changes and
improvements are being made to this year's event to offer more
value and to increase participation. In spite of the challenging
economic times the CBAA expects this to be the strongest event it
has ever hosted.
One of the highlights this year will be Richard Aboulafia of the
Teal Group, a highly regarded industry analyst, who will provide
his perspective on what is in store for business aviation with
emphasis on global as well as Canadian challenges.
The 2009 convention headquarters is Fairmont's The Queen
Elizabeth Hotel, with the trade show and static display hosted by
Skyservice Business Aviation, at Pierre Trudeau International
Airport (CYUL). The 16th annual charity golf tournament will be
held on May 27, benefiting Hope Air, which provides free flights to
major treatment centers for people who cannot afford air
"Our association is clearly focused on the real value that
business aviation brings to the North American economy, coast to
coast," said CBAA president Sam Barone. "For 100 years this country
has been built on the wings of aircraft designed for business. Our
mandate is to continue these contributions for the next