Orlando Exec Was One Of The Busiest Airports In The World During The 2012 NBAA Convention
Last week was intense... hundreds of BizJets, thousands of NBAA attendees and so MUCH to cover.... and while ANN's workload was intense, it paled in comparison to that undertaken by the very busy folks of Showalter Flying Service, Host FBO for this year's convention.
Worst of all, though, was the uncertainty. A hurricane off the coast and a massive Presidential TFR combined to make the week of NBAA an uncertain and chaotic one, indeed. But, they persevered... as they always have, and NBAA 2012's "ground game" turned out to be one of the event's smoothest running features... and one of the most interesting, to boot. But it all worked... thanks to a great line crew, a great company and great leadership... especially from a rather unique guy by the name of Bob Showalter.
A veteran of decades of service to the GA and BizAv communities, Bob and Showalter Aviation have been working the leading edge of the airport services industry by running Orlando Exec's premier FBO. He's pretty much seen and done it all and served the industry not only at the helm of one of the best FBOs we know, but also through his volunteer efforts on behalf of the industry via a number of positions and with several of the aviation industry's associations. The Showalter family has been serving GA for most of the past century.
According to their bio, "When the new terminal was built on Orlando Municipal Airport in 1951, the Showalter Corporation was the successful bidder to initiate the first Fixed Base Operation on the Municipal Airport. With only three aircraft permanently based at the airport and transients avoiding Orlando because of the poor service provided by a city operated facility, the first job of Showalter Flying Service was to change the image. Using the premise that good service was the principal commodity the pilot wanted, Showalter Flying Service built a nationwide reputation striving to provide the service and accommodations the flying public desired."
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