NBAA’09 Looking Stronger Than Expected
The NBAA Convention exhibitor count has grown to more than 1,000 companies showing their products and services at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 100 aircraft are expected to be on static display at Orlando Executive Airport during the show next Tuesday through Thursday. Blockbuster news isn’t expected this year at NBAA, but at least one OEM will announce a new aircraft program and there’s a strong likelihood of a major avionics announcement. A variety of events are offered at this year’s show, starting with Tuesday’s opening general session featuring NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen; FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt; Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine; golf legend Arnold Palmer; and Tom Buffenbarger, international president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Attendees are also invited to the 2009 NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit on Wednesday evening, featuring live and silent auctions to raise funds for Corporate Angel Network. New this year is content targeting owners and operators of light business aircraft, including a single-pilot safety standdown. Although two OEMs–Cessna Aircraft and Hawker Beechcraft–are not exhibiting at the convention center, they will be in full force at the static display. The NBAA’09 Web site has a schedule of events and educational sessions.