Held in Orlando, Florida from October 31- November 1, 2012, the NBAA2012 Annual Meeting and Convention reflected growth from last year. The show closed with 25,150 people in attendance, a number comparable to the 26,077 turnout for the 2011 Convention. The show drew traffic from all 50 U.S.states and 87 countries. The number of booth spaces totaled 4,361– nearly a 4X increase over last year’s event. Two separate static displays showcased 105 aircraft.

“Attendance definitely seemed to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. It was a little slower than normal the first day, but by the second day it had picked up,” observed Ken Joyce, of Global Aviation.   “We had some good traffic by our booth and were able to have quality conversations with attendees concerning our FBO Services and charter capabilities. In addition, we were able to strengthen our current relationships with the FBO’s and the vendors we work with by being there and speaking with them face-to-face. Plus, by having a presence at NBAA, we were able to give the Global Aviation additional name recognition on the east coast.”

Highlights of the convention included:

  •  A Career Day featuring keynote speaker Barrington Irving – the youngest person and first African American pilot to fly solo around the world – who inspired young people to identify and pursue their dreams through aviation.
  • A benefit event that raised $371,000 to support the Corporate Angel Network’s mission to provide transport for cancer patients to treatment centers aboard business aircraft.
  • The launch of six new advertisements which feature real-world accounts of people in the business aviation community.  The purpose of these ads is to demonstrate the size, diversity and importance of the industry. They were developed as part of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
  • A new study, commissioned by NBAA, was presented which concludes that more companies began using business aviation during the “Great Recession” than did so before the recession. It states that companies using a business airplane were better inoculated from the recession’s impact than similar companies that did not use business aviation.

“The business aviation community’s confidence and focus on the future was much in evidence at this year’s Convention,” stated Association President and CEO, Ed Bolen. “We are pleased that our show continues to be central to the industry’s forward-looking perspective, and we thank everyone who made the show a success.”

 

 

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