Wed, Jun 16, 2010
More Than 1900 Attendees Gather For The Event
Special to ANN by Drew Steketee from Teterboro (KTEB)
NBAA hit one out of the park in its
third of four planned regional forums for 2010, this one for the
New York-area bizav community.
Preregistration predicted 1600 attendees for the June 10 event
at Teterboro, the busy GA hub west of New York City, and the early
buzz at KTEB predicted operational issues and parking problems. But
when more than 1900 showed up, they were handled deftly despite
using remote parking and two separate shuttle runs to reach the
A mid-ramp hangar accommodated more than 80 commercial
exhibitors, along with tables for the buffet lunch and a
presentation area which was packed by 0930 to hear NBAA president
Ed Bolen. The crowd was all ears on association strategies to
combat bizav's renewed "Fat Cat" image. Still, despite NBAA's long
list of Congressional and PR efforts and its Arnold Palmer
advertising campaign, some asked that more be done.
Ed Bolen Addresses Attendees
Other speakers discussed communicating the flight department's
strategic value to management. The afternoon covered future
aircraft resale values. Former NTSB board member Bob Francis then
offered a tutorial on the accident investigation process.
Outside, more than 30 aircraft were on display amidst the
courtyard-like Jet Aviation hangars and ramp. As NBAA's Bolen
jumped into a Cirrus for his early afternoon flight back to work in
D.C., he could look back on an impressive static ramp and busy
exhibit hangar suggesting a bizav comeback.
Ramp at Teterboro During NBAA Event
The event eclipsed NBAA's previous record of 1300 attendees at a
New York-area Forum. NBAA's final 2010 Regional Forum is
scheduled for Chicago August 18.
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