NBAA 2003 Takes Flight

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Big Expectations...

The biggest business aviation event of the year kicked off with lots of news and hoopla, as The National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) 56th Annual Meeting & Convention opened its doors on Tuesday. While last year's exhibitors and attendees displayed residual uneasiness a year after 9/11 and amidst a struggling market, the mood at this year's show was much more optimistic. Several major announcements were made at the show, which opened to a record number of exhibitor and static-aircraft displays. The 1,000 exhibitors, 75 informational sessions and 111 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport made for an impressive display of corporate aviation's marketing muscle. This year's opening general session read like a Who's Who of aviation, with Eugene Cernan, Neil Armstrong and U.S. Congressman John L. Mica, chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, on hand to offer their insights on the fastest-growing segment of the aviation industry.