It was just back in April that the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced it would be organizing a new annual event to focus on light aircraft and small business operators, and scheduled it for next March in San Diego. Now, with all the turmoil in the global economy and the business sector, NBAA announced last week that it will scale back the inaugural show from three days to two. "As the economy has constricted dramatically since LBA [Light Business Airplane conference 2009] was conceived, the challenges confronting the entrepreneurs and pilots who own and operate light business airplanes have increased," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "To address this situation, NBAA is adjusting LBA 2009 to ensure that the conference offers exceptional educational content while also remaining manageable and affordable. This is about tightly focusing an inaugural conference for a very important segment of the business aviation community so that it provides real and tangible value in a very challenging economy." The conference now will take place Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. NBAA will limit sizes for indoor exhibits to a maximum of 20 feet square and will also reduce exhibit fees by 20 percent. Fees for attendees are cut 50 percent.
Bolen said NBAA conferences provide participants with practical information that can be used to minimize costs, enhance safety, promote efficiency and increase operational awareness. For the past several months, NBAA has been working directly with owners and operators of high-performance pistons, turboprops and jets that can be flown single-pilot to develop a highly informative conference that is directly targeted to their specific operations. Attendees will gain valuable information on how they can best use their airplane to them succeed in business, Bolen said.