We attended the National Business Association Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition. Ranked as the sixth largest business aviation tradeshow in the United States, with an average of 27,000 industry professionals attending from all over the world. The 2016 NBAA-BACE was held Nov. 1–3, in Orlando, FL. The show featured more than 1,100 exhibitors, world-class aircraft, and top aviation experts at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport.

Some highlights include the NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen paid tribute to Arnold Palmer at the Opening General Session of the convention. He called for attendees to honor the golf legend by advocating for the business aviation industry he was so passionate about. “He stood up and he spoke out. If we really want to pay tribute to him, we don’t just leave here today thinking ‘That was nice’ – we take up that mantle of advocacy,” said Bolen. Other highlights included speeches by Sam Graves, David McCullough, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.

The second day’ opening ceremonies Bob Hoover was recognized. The FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan, participated in a Meet the Regulators session to discuss policy issues affecting business aviation and discuss safety. The convention held both its Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, with a focus on single-pilot risk management, and its second annual National Safety Forum.

On the third and final day of the convention the president said, “At the convention center and the airport alike, exhibitors and attendees have told us that this year’s NBAA-BACE was a resounding success. 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.”

All in all this event was a great success with new and useful information about the industry.  There was recognition of aviation professionals across the industry that have demonstrated outstanding professionalism and leadership to support safety.

For more highlights you can check out the NBAA official Press Release.


Ana Fontes is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of Blue Sky Innovations Group. Ana is a multilingual native of Brazil and an American citizen. She has been working in cross-cultural markets for 27-years providing marketing and consulting services to many international and US-based companies. Ana can be reached at 972-294-5811.

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