I am so relieved that the U.S. presidential election is finally over. The past year—and especially recent months—have been marked by an undercurrent of anxiety, with otherwise-loving families having cocktail-soaked dinner wars and old friends severing Facebook ties over national policy issues. Perhaps now we can all stop bickering and get down to business.
NBAA Convention attendees interested in next Tuesday’s Presidential election in the U.S. received insightful thoughts on the outcome during this morning’s second-day general session from James Carville and his wife (and political polar opposite) Mary Matalin.
During my journalism career, I’ve interviewed everyone from Bruce Springsteen (back when he could walk down the street unrecognized) to a Ku Klux Klan leader (who was arrested on kidnapping and weapons charges soon after we met). But none of my interviews have been more fascinating than the ones I’ve conducted with prominent bizav users at Business Jet Traveler, AIN’s sister publication.
At the NBAA media breakfast, held last month at the NBAA Convention, Alan Klapmeier, GAMA chairman (and president and CEO of Cirrus), noted that the credit crunch is a problem for the general economy and for some aircraft sales, but said that productivity is the key to turning the economy around. Adding productivity is what business aviation does best, he said.
Veteran political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville appeared at this year’s event to share their thoughts on the upcoming election. As expected, their disparate political views made for some lively debate. The two agreed on one thing, however: the next month will be turbulent.
Ten days after the Dow dropped 787 points in a week, one month from the presidential election, five months before extension of the FAA’s funding expires again and 14 months until a scheduled game-changing UN meeting on the environment, the 61st NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention opened yesterday with the business aviation industry booming, but with attendees looking over their shoulders as they wait apprehensively for the boom to fall.
As the stock market plunged in the backdrop, the 61st NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention opened today in Orlando, Fla., with the business aviation industry booming, but with attendees looking over their shoulders as they wait apprehensively for the boom to fall. The news is not all bad; industry forecasts predict a record number of deliveries this year and maybe even next year, with a slight trough expected in 2010.
Just a month before the presidential election, political odd couple James Carville, a Democrat, and Mary Matalin, a Republican, are offering their perspectives on the battle between Sens. John McCain and Barak Obama at today’s 8:30 a.m. opening general session of NBAA’s 61st Annual Meeting and Convention.