NBAA Prepares For Its Main Event

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Big Numbers And Big Names Expected ...

The business aviation event of the year is quickly approaching and its organizers are putting the final touches on this year's show. The NBAA 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9, 2003, at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will feature close to 30,000 attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors (up by 11 percent from 2002), 75 informational sessions and 135 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The convention's Opening General Session will feature new NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir, FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey and U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, as keynote speakers.

... Centennial of Flight Is Celebrated ...

Aside from the latest and greatest of business aviation, this year's show will celebrate 100 years of powered flight. As at other major events, EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk exhibit will be on display inside Exhibit Hall C. Also on display will be vintage aircraft simulators and authentic Wright Flyer artifacts from the Franklin Institute and Wright Again program. In addition, the chief historian and interpreter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Darrell M. Collins, will give a special presentation on October 7 during the Opening General Session. Collins is widely acknowledged as one of the top five authorities on the Wright brothers and early aviation history.

... As New Exhibitor E-mail Newsletter Is Launched

On August 13, the NBAA launched a new e-mail newsletter called NBAA Exhibitor Update. Designed for NBAA's Associate Members, this publication covers the latest news, announcements and deadlines for exhibitors and sponsors at NBAA events. The launch circulation for NBAA Exhibitor Update was approximately 5,800 recipients. It is distributed on a monthly basis, except during the period leading up to the convention, when it is distributed every two weeks. Subscriptions are free.