Over the course of three busy days last October, more than 26,000 aircraft industry professionals from 95 different countries perused 1,100 exhibits at the world’s largest business aviation trade show.
The 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition took place on October 21-23 in Orlando, Florida. Organized by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the annual trade show featured over 40 static aircraft displays, as well as several talks by industry leaders on a wide variety of topics. Other well-attended events included a session on international travel and Ebola, seminars on unmanned aircraft systems, and a networking event for young industry professionals.
One of the convention’s highlights this year was an initiative called Business Leaders on Business Aviation. The program emphasizes the importance of aviation to business and serves as a voice of advocacy for companies and businesspersons who rely on air travel for commerce.
In addition to the business thrust of the trade show, the NBAA co-hosted a charity event at the convention. It raised nearly $400,000 to fund a Corporate Angel Network program that solicits business aircraft to fly patients with cancer to treatment centers.
The next NBAA Business Aviation Convention will take place in Las Vegas in mid-November 2015.