NBAA Primer

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Next week's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention promises to offer a little something for everyone and a lot for most of us. The event, scheduled for the Orange County Convention Center Oct. 17 through 19, is the 59th edition of NBAA's annual extravaganza and, according to the association, exhibit floor and static display space is sold out in advance for the first time ever. Some 1,150 exhibitors are registered and 5,233 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces have been sold, an almost 9-percent increase in booth spaces compared to the 2005 show, while more than 115 aircraft will be on static display at the Orlando Executive Airport. Yes, AVweb will be there, and will publish two exclusive special editions of AVwebBiz.

While no one knows everything that will happen next week in Orlando, we can promise new bizjets from Cessna, more details on personal jets from both Cirrus Designs and Piper, updates on various VLJs including Adam Aircraft and the Honda/Piper Aircraft project, plus a rallying of efforts to beat back the airlines' calls for new user fees to be placed on general and business aviation. Watch this space.