National Business Aviation Association Convention 2016
By Willie Bodenstein
Founded in 1947 the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful.
NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is the year's most significant media event for the business aviation industry and the largest in the world focused on business aviation. This event brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate aviation department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly all aspects of business aviation. NBAA-BACE 2016 is dedicated to the memory of two industry giants - Arnold Palmer and Bob Hoover.
Inside the exhibition halls. Photos NBAA
The 2016 NBAA-BACE kicked off with an Opening General Session featuring keynote speakers NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen; Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO); R. Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and "Wright Brothers" author David McCullough.
Bell 429……………………Sikorsky 76-D
The week long show featured more than 1,100 exhibitors, world-class aircraft and top aviation experts at the Orange County Convention Centre and Orlando Executive Airport showcasing technology, aircraft and services and meeting with potential clients and discovering new business opportunities. Attendees from more than 90 countries attended NBAA-BACE to build connections that keep the business aviation industry going strong.
Pilatus PC-24. Photo Pilatus
Pilatus brought its "super versatile" PC-24; the first public display of the twinjet in the U.S. Pilatus has taken more than 80 deposits for the PC-24, which makes the order book full through 2019. Both PC-24 prototypes are currently completing a rigorous program of test flights. Various key performance tests have already been concluded with success. The second prototype has been based in the USA and in recent months it has undergone hot and cold weather trials plus tests on the avionics and autopilot. Meanwhile, the first prototype, P01, has been undergoing further aerodynamic testing in Europe.
Bombardier Challenger 604. Photo NBAA
Bombardier 7000. Photo Bombardier
Honda Jet. Photo Honda Jet
Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet, the fastest jet in its class, has officially secured its first speed records over two recognized courses from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. The United States National Aeronautic Association presented the records to Honda Aircraft Company during the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
Embraer Legacy 650. Photos Embraer.
Embraer Phenom. Photo NBAA
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its Legacy 650 large business jet, the Legacy 650E. Featuring automation and technology updates, the aircraft, which already has exceptional operational costs and the largest cabin in its class, now carries an unprecedented 10-year or 10,000-flight hour warranty, which is the longest in the business jet industry. The entry into service is scheduled for 2017 at the list price of US$ 25.9 million.
Viking Twin Otter. Photo NBAA
Viking announced that it sold two 2nd Series 400 Twin Otter to Caverton Helicopters of Nigeria to add to Caverton's existing fleet currently operating in western Africa. Caverton provide essential services in support of the company's contract with the Cameroon Oil Transportation. The Twin Otter Series 400 is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2017.
Cessna Citation XPlus. Photo Cessna
Gulfstream G-450. Photo NBAA
Gulfstream G-500. Photo Gulfstream
Gulfstream G-500 New Interior. Photo Gulfstream
"At the convention centre and the airport alike, exhibitors and attendees have told us that this year's NBAA-BACE was a resounding success," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The activity level was high, and the enthusiasm was strong. Equally important, the show provided a reminder of the industry's size and significance in the U.S., and around the world."
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