NBAA-BACE 2017 set for October

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Matters of interest and concern throughout the global business aviation community will be at the forefront of discussions during NBAA’s annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) coming to Las Vegas, NV from October 10-12.

More than 27,000 industry leaders from across the globe will come to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to examine the latest products and services, and discuss the latest issues affecting our industry. Over 1,100 exhibitors will be on hand, showcasing their products and services to this diverse international audience.

Indeed, while NBAA-BACE may be held in the US, the event has increasingly served as a focal point for the international business aviation community, and several scheduled events will address the wide scope of issues affecting operations around the world.

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The NBAA International Operations Committee will host two sessions at NBAA-BACE, including an interactive panel addressing the committee’s Top 10 hot topics for 2018 and strategies for operators to minimize their exposure to threats and challenges across the globe. A new session will address a thorny issue when operating in some countries where local customs directly contradict established anti-corruption laws and policies.

NBAA-BACE will also host sessions on topics of interest to business aviation operations across the globe, including discussions about the emerging market for supersonic business aircraft; the expansion of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations; preserving access to local airports; and methods for the industry to meet ongoing personnel challenges.

As with all NBAA events, safety will also be a top focus area during the event. Returning to NBAA-BACE this year will be the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, showcasing the most effective safety strategies for single-pilot operators, and the National Safety Forum, addressing a variety of perspectives on today’s most pressing safety issues.

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NBAA-BACE will also feature a comprehensive lineup of fixed-wing business aircraft, of all types and for all missions, on display at nearby Henderson Executive (HND) from storied manufacturers including Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Textron Aviation, and Gulfstream.

Additionally, more than a dozen light business aircraft and rotorcraft will be displayed at the indoor static display on the LVCC exhibit floor, including an expanded selection of rotorcraft highlighting the many diverse applications for helicopters within business aviation.

Of course, NBAA-BACE will also feature an impressive roster of featured speakers. Several distinguished leaders will be welcomed during the event’s Opening General Session on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to discuss the current state of the industry, while astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly will be among the featured presenters during the Second Day General Session on Oct. 11 that will also include presentation of the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s annual Combs-Gates Award recognizing efforts to preserve aviation history.

The exhibit floor will again host the Innovation Zone, which will feature a number of education sessions on the latest hot topics of interest to those in the business aviation industry. College and university students are invited to sit down with business aviation professionals to learn about career paths at Careers in Business Aviation Day on Oct. 12. NBAA’s redesigned booth, which debuted last year in Orlando, will also make its first appearance at the LVCC.

Business aviation is a global industry, and issues affecting one country or region often reverberate far beyond international borders. On behalf of the more than 11,000 members of NBAA, I invite readers of FlyCorporate to join us in Las Vegas this October, where the size and scope of our vital international industry will be on proud display.

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