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New Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference to Be Held Next March in San Diego

The diverse community of business aviation soon will have a three-day event dedicated to operators who use light business airplanes to make their enterprises more successful. Specifically, the Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA), recently announced by NBAA, will focus on business owners and other operators of light jets, turboprops and piston airplanes.

NBAA announced the new event as part of its first-ever participation in the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, FL, on April 9. “We are delighted to introduce this new event specific to our Members operating light business airplanes,” NBAA CEO and President Ed Bolen told Attendees.

“We are confident that the Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference will be well received by our light business aircraft operators, who will now benefit from a show filled with exhibitions and Information Sessions tailored to their needs and interests, as well as a static display that showcases the airplanes they fly,” he said.

The inaugural LBA will take place on Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14 in San Diego, CA. People involved in nearly every aspect of light airplane business aviation will display their wares at the San Diego Convention Center. The exhibit floor is expected to feature approximately 1,000 exhibit booth spaces.

The LBA also will feature a Static Display of Aircraft, which will be located just minutes from the convention center, at Jimsair Aviation Services on San Diego International Airport (SAN). The static display will feature nearly 50 light aircraft, including light jets, turboprops and piston airplanes.

In addition, the LBA will provide information about the latest developments, issues and trends of specific interest to light airplane operators. More than 25 Information Sessions will feature industry experts covering a host of NBAA benefits and topics of interest, from tax planning, accounting and regulatory compliance, to airplane insurance, safety and maintenance best practices, among others.

Bolen explained that the decision to develop a special event for this segment was driven by Members themselves. “When we ask our Member Companies with light business airplanes how NBAA can better serve them, the answer we frequently get is a request for an event specific to their needs and concerns,” he said.

On-hand for NBAA’s announcement was Paul Stafford of NBAA Member Company Pentad Properties, who applauded the new event. “NBAA is always good about notifying me of its events focused on flight attendants, schedulers and dispatchers, and maintenance managers,” Stafford said.

“The thing is, in my business, all those roles are performed by me, and I can’t afford to take the time to attend four or five different training events. I’m excited that NBAA has scheduled a single event that will take into account my unique challenges and needs as a one-man flight department.”

Bolen thanked Stafford, adding, “Perhaps the best part of this show is that light business airplane operators like Paul are going to help guide our event planning.” In the coming months, he said, “NBAA wants to hear from the light business airplane operators in our industry about how to make this event as valuable an experience as possible.”