NBAA Convention 2006
The 59th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention starts tomorrow, some version of the PiperJet is there (under wraps), a SATSair (Cirrus' recently acquired air taxi company) SR20 is on static display, HondaJet is on site, and AVweb will be there with daily coverage delivered to your inbox on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Exhibit floor and static display space at the convention is sold out in advance for the first time ever, with some 1,150 exhibitors and more than 115 aircraft on the grounds at the Orlando Executive Airport. On tap are new bizjets from Cessna, Raytheon, Gulfstream and Spectrum Aeronautical, as well as details on the personal jets from Cirrus Designs and Piper. News is already flowing from the soon-to-start show: Bombardier today announced Canadian certification for its Challenger 605, Pilatus said it chose the Honeywell Apex avionics for the next-gen PC-12 and Honeywell released its bizjet forecast calling for delivery of 12,000 new jets worth $195 billion over the next 10 years. Additionally, the alphabet groups will gather at the show to rally efforts to beat back the airlines' calls for new user fees to be placed on general and business aviation. If you canít make it to Orlando for NBAA, then AVwebís coverage is the next best thing.