Companies and attendees are encouraged to make donations to the silent auction, preferably valued at $50 or more. The silent auction will take place inside the exhibit hall and winners will be announced Wednesday at 4 p.m., following the afternoon break. Auction items include:

  • Aircraft-related pictures, drawings or models
  • Catering Baskets
  • Electronics – digital cameras, iPods, iPads, etc.
  • Leather goods – briefcases and leather outwear, etc.
  • NBAA member equipment and professional services
  • Travel packages

Proceeds from the 2020 Silent Auction will go towards the Potsy Scholarship and the Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Committee Scholarship to help offset registration and travel costs for scholarship winners.

Silent Auction Contributors

NBAA will release the Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians exhibitors participating in the Silent Auction in early 2020.

Submit donations by Friday, May 1.

Shipping address for Silent Auction Items

Check the exhibitor dashboard or contact Meagan Keller with Show Management at for shipping information for Silent Auction.

Silent Auction Winners

The Silent Auction will end after the afternoon break on Wednesday afternoon. Winners will be announced at the completion of the auction.

Potsy Scholarship

NBAA Charities, in coordination with the Trust Committee for Dale “Potsy” McBurney and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Flight Attendants Committee, established the Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship to benefit business aviation professionals seeking continued professional development opportunities to advance their existing careers.

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of former business aviation flight attendant Dale “Potsy” McBurney. McBurney was dedicated to promoting the role of the cabin crewmember. He was a highly regarded and requested corporate flight attendant, a recognized and respected trainer and industry specialist, an executive for an FAR 91 flight department and a valued member of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee.

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2020 NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference. Funds up to $2,500 may be awarded to one recipient who embodies a commitment to excellence, as McBurney did. Funds awarded through this program will be paid directly to the recipient for reimbursement of expenses associated with the designated education and training classes.

Silent Auction Donor Rules

Contributions to the silent auction are in the form of the proceeds realized from the sale of the donor’s donation at the auction. All ownership rights and title to equipment shall remain with the donor up to, and until, the donor or its agent transfers title to the successful bidder. Delivery and Spotting: Donor shall be responsible for the costs of delivery of the item to the Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center. Donations should be clearly identified as being for the silent auction. All donated items should be shipped directly to Freeman. Details will be provided in the Exhibitor Service Kit, which can be found in the exhibitor dashboard.

Liability Disclaimer: NBAA does not assume any responsibility whatsoever for the donation within the NBAA conference facility. Donor hereby expressly agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless NBAA, and their officers and directors, from any and all claims including, but not limited to, injury, death and loss of property, including said donation, that may be sustained incident to the delivery to and transporting of the donation at the conference facility, while on display at the conference and during the auction, and during removal of donation for transfer of said donation to the possession of successful bidder.

Product Liability Disclaimer: Donor hereby agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NBAA and each of their respective officers and directors from and against any and all liabilities, damages, fines, cost of defense, settlement, and attorney fees related to any personal injury, death or property damage incident to the use of the donation.

Bidding: The Auction Committee shall be responsible for determining the opening bid for each item based on the estimated value of the item.

Taxes: Contributors are responsible for payment of the federal excise tax (FET). The auction bid will be inclusive of the FET, but exclusive of any state and local taxes, incident to the sale or transfer of the item. The donor’s list price is not necessarily the estimated value of the item.

Tax Treatment of Contribution: The donor shall be responsible for determining the value of the donation for purposes of determining federal tax treatment of its item to the silent auction.

Any person who attends an NBAA convention, conference, seminar or other program grants permission to NBAA, its employees and agents (collectively "NBAA") to record his or her visual/audio images, including, but not limited to, photographs, digital images, voices, sound or video recordings, audio clips, or accompanying written descriptions, and, without notifying such person, to use his or her name and such images for any purpose of NBAA, including advertisements for NBAA and its programs.