The 2013 NBAA Convention, which closed on Thursday in Las Vegas, was a “resounding success,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as a premier national and international business aviation venue.”
About 25,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors are expected at the 66th annual NBAA Convention, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There also will be about 100 business aircraft on static display at the show. These include a dozen airplanes and helicopters, as well as five cabin mockups, that will be available for viewing at a new indoor display area at the convention center. Meanwhile, the sold-out static display at nearby Henderson Executive Airport will feature 85 business aircraft, ranging from piston singles to bizliners.
A rescue officer fell from a Bell HH-1H on July 22 during a search-and-rescue operation at 9.50 p.m. near Mount Charleston, Nev. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was operating the helicopter under Part 91 and was in the process of hoisting a stranded hiker off the side of a mountain at the time of the accident. Night VFR conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The rescue officer died in the accident; the hiker was rescued safely.
The newly renamed NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (October 22 to 24 in Las Vegas) will again feature a second smaller static display, but this time inside the convention hall instead of outside. The traditional outdoor airport static display will again be held at Henderson Executive Airport. For the past two NBAA shows, a smaller static display was held outside the convention hall. At Las Vegas, the indoor static display will include 10 to 15 light business airplanes and helicopters on the main exhibit floor.
Heli-Expo closed this afternoon with record numbers of attendees, exhibit space and exhibitors, according to show organizer Helicopter Association International. There were 736 exhibitors, occupying nearly one million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center, for the three-day helicopter show. Heli-Expo 2013 also saw 20,105 attendees walk through the doors, marking the sixth consecutive year of growth in attendance.
Eighteen of 21 people aboard a tourist balloon ride died in Luxor, Egypt, on February 26 when the aircraft’s gas chamber exploded, sending the balloon falling nearly 1,000 feet to the ground. The crash is believed to have been the deadliest balloon accident in the world over the past 20 years. The local governor of Luxor province banned any further balloon flights until further notice.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force has selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security for its light air support program (LAS).
“The Block Aircraft Registration Request [Barr] program doesn’t really provide privacy; it’s just a barrier,” Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.
Western Jet Aviation, a heavy maintenance facility based at Van Nuys Airport, has opened a satellite maintenance base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. Located in the former Jet West FBO facility, the Western Jet satellite is equipped for light through heavy maintenance and staffed by two mechanics.
Western Jet founder and general manager Jim Hansen said he plans to employ five to 10 mechanics at the Reno facility. “The airport is committed to grow,” he said.
The fatal crash of a Neptune Aviation Services Lockheed P2V (callsign “Tanker 11”), while doing fire suppression work on the White Rock Fire near the Nevada-Utah state line on June 3, has caused the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to reexamine its firefighting capabilities in the region. The NTSB is investigating the accident.
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