October

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The business aviation event of the year kicked into full gear, as the NBAA's 2003 and 56th Annual Meeting & Convention was held Oct. 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The event featured close to 30,000 attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors, 75 informational sessions and 135 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan joined business aviation legend Harry B. Combs in presenting the first annual Combs Award to photographer Dan Patterson during the opening general session on Tuesday, Oct. 7. In other news, Bombardier Aerospace saw its airplane deliveries climb in the second quarter of 2003, according to the Canadian airplane maker's publicly released quarterly financial results. For the period, the company delivered 85 airplanes, including 66 regional jets and 19 business jets. Bombardier Aerospace's revenues for the quarter were $2.8 billion, up slightly from $2.7 billion in the same quarter a year ago. At the time, the manufacturer claimed there was no need to cut additional jobs within its numerous divisions. Since 2001, Bombardier has cut thousands of jobs, including in Wichita, where it manufactures the Learjet 60 and assembles the Challenger 300, Learjet 40 and Learjet 45.