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We caught our breath from the 2010 NBAA Convention, and we have continued at full speed, providing the best aircraft listings and airport information for aviators anywhere online. Still, we will take a minute here to reflect and share some tidbits from the event.
This year’s convention saw a rise in the number of exhibitors from the previous year, with 1,083 turning out.
The sold-out static display featured 93 aircraft, as well as a waiting list for spots, and attendance increased more than 5 percent, totaling 24,206.
"It has been a pretty challenging couple of years for business aviation," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. "But even in this climate, the people and companies in business aviation continue to seek out effective venues for conducting business, sharing information and networking, which is why NBAA's convention remains a must-attend on the industry's calendar."
Events during the convention included recognition for those who helped bring relief to Haiti following the January earthquake, honoring five legends of flight as FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilots, and golfer-pilot Arnold Palmer received the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award.
Live and silent auctions during the convention raised more than $220,000 to support the Corporate Angel Network.
Industry news also flowed from the convention floor.
Cessna rolled out its Citation Ten (featuring the new Garmin G5000), while Piper showed off the PiperJet Altaire, Embraer highlighted its Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, and Bombardier debuted the Global 7000 and Global 8000.
Whew, what a run! Who is already geared up for next year?