NBAA: What's It All About?

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The annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention is many things to many people. Depending on your interests and industry involvement, it can be the best venue at which to renew old acquaintances and start fresh ones. It can be a place for writing large checks or engaging in "one of these days" tire kicking. It can also be the place to learn more about what makes business aviation tick, for peering over the next product-development horizon or learning from the experts on how to get into and thrive (or at least not drown) in this industry. Regardless of your reason for being at NBAA -- or your excuse for missing it -- year after year, the show delivers and demonstrates why it has no substitute.

What's it all about, you may ask? Why did Honeywell announce there is a potential market of up to 12,000 new jets worth $195 billion over the next 10 years? Why have some 1,150 exhibitors packed Orlando's Orange County Convention Center and more than 115 aircraft been parked for display at the Orlando Executive Airport? Why, before it even starts, have more than 26,000 attendees from all over the world registered to attend the three-day show? The answers vary from person to person and company to company, but that's the challenge and attraction of the NBAA show. And where better to find the answers? That's why AVweb has a team in Orlando this week covering the show. Read on for the details.