Fri, Oct 22, 2010
Attendee, Vendor Registration Topped 2009 By Five
As the NBAA concluded its 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention,
Association President and CEO Ed Bolen said the highly successful
show reflects its continuing value, even as the industry continues
to confront a turbulent marketplace.
"It has been a pretty challenging couple of years for business
aviation," Bolen said. "By almost any measure, our industry fell 25
to 40 percent over the past year. But even in this climate, the
people and companies in business aviation continue to seek out
effective venues for conducting business, sharing information and
networking, which is why NBAA's Convention remains a must-attend on
the industry's calendar."
As examples of the strength of NBAA2010, Bolen cited:
- Participation by 1,083 Exhibitors, a number that tops the
Exhibitor count for the 2009 show.
- A sold-out Static Display of Aircraft, with 93 aircraft at
DeKalb Peachtree Airport and a waiting list for participation.
- Attendee registration at 24,206, up more than 5 percent for
attendance at the close of the 2009 Convention.
Other Convention successes Bolen pointed to included:
- Standing-room-only attendance at the show's Opening General
Session, which featured addresses from leaders in government and
- An inspirational first-ever second-day General Session at the
show. The event was held to recognize the industry's work to
provide relief to victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti,
recognize five industry legends as FAA Wright Brothers Master
Pilots, and honor American icon Arnold Palmer's long-standing
industry advocacy with NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation
- A Charity Benefit that raised, through live and silent
auctions, more than $220,000 to support the life-saving work of the
Corporate Angel Network.
- Strong industry support for plans announced this week by NBAA
and the Asian Business Aviation Association for the re-introduction
of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)
in Shanghai, China in 2012.
"This year's Convention clearly underscored two facts," Bolen
continued. "First, in spite of the challenges confronting business
aviation in the past two years, people and companies are optimistic
and forward-looking. Second, the Convention continues to be a key
part of that forward-looking vision, serving as the premier venue
for bringing the industry together and advancing its interests. Our
thanks to everyone who helped make this year's event a
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