Oct. 13, 2018

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will highlight the industry’s accelerated investment in innovative technologies at this year’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, Oct. 16-18.


The Day 1 and Day 2 Keynotes will highlight groundbreaking technology, including vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles, and solar-powered aircraft.

Day 1 Keynote: “Pilotless Aircraft for Urban Mobility”

Who: Eric Allison, Head of Aviation Programs, Uber

What: Allison is spearheading Uber’s vision to reimagine urban airborne transportation using VTOL aircraft.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8:30 a.m., Exhibit Floor, Hall B

Day 2 Keynote: “Solar Power, Electric Aircraft and Aviation’s Sustainable Future”

Who: Bertrand Piccard, Project Chair, Solar Impulse

What: Best-known for circumnavigating the globe without a drop of fuel, Dr. Piccard continues to advocate for solar power, seeking advances in efficient airframes and propulsion systems.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m., Exhibit Floor, Hall B

Innovation Zone & Educational Sessions

The convention will feature several topics focused on innovation, including blockchain, unmanned aircraft systems, data link technologies and electric aircraft.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.       “Blockchain for Business Aviation” – Innovation Zone, Booth 694

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Utilizing Data Link in Your Operations” – Room S330 B

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.       “General Aviation 2025” – Innovation Zone

Wednesday, Oct. 17

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.       “The Electric Aircraft Revolution”

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. “UAS Networking Session” – Connection Zone, Booth 281

Media interested in interviewing related speakers should inquire at the Press Headquarters, N220 E-G.

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