NBAA Update – Oct. 28, 2019

In This Issue: Highlights from last week’s NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas.

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2019 NBAA-BACE Lives Up to Promise, Driving Change in a Rapidly Evolving Industry

2019 NBAA-BACE Lives Up to Promise, Driving Change in a Rapidly Evolving Industry
NBAA last week wrapped up an exciting 2019 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), reflecting a changing industry. “The future was on proud display in Las Vegas, with a show that fired the imagination, and inspired us to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible – and that’s what defines aviation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Energy was high from the convention’s start – when basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson jumped off the opening keynote stage to tell the crowd he could never accomplish all that he has off the court without a business airplane – to the closing day, when every refueling turbine aircraft departed Henderson Executive Airport powered by sustainable aviation fuel. Read more about NBAA-BACE.

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2020 Summit Aimed at Growing Business Aviation Use of Sustainable Fuels
Aviation leaders last week announced a new Business Aviation Global Sustainability Summit, to be held next March in Washington, DC, aimed at accelerating the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels. “Business aviation has long made sustainability a priority, and we have made tangible progress,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said last week at NBAA-BACE. “This summit marks the next step in focusing on how to accelerate the fuels’ adoption and use.” The coalition involved in the summit includes NBAA, as well as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the European Business Aviation Association, the International Business Aviation Council and the National Air Transportation Association. Read more about the summit.

New Report Explores Benefits of Urban Air Mobility for Business Aviation
At NBAA-BACE, the association unveiled a new report detailing the financial and economic business case for urban air mobility (UAM) and its benefits for business aviation users. The report, titled “Business Aviation Embraces Electric Flight, How Urban Air Mobility Creates Enterprise Value,” was a joint undertaking of NBAA and NEXA Advisors, LLC. It’s a component of a larger study that analyzed 74 cities around the world, forecasting the financial and economic business case for UAM. To determine the ability of metro areas to capitalize on the potential of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, the study examined each city’s needs with regards to UAM, including infrastructure, congestion, current transportation networks and dozens of other factors. Learn more about the UAM report.

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Supersonic Aircraft Challenges Addressed at NBAA-BACE Session
Supersonic transport (SST) aircraft have always held appeal for business aviation; however, decades have passed without certification of a single, viable supersonic business aircraft. With several companies now working to develop next-generation SSTs, a session at NBAA-BACE looked at whether their time has finally come, The Business Aviation Insider-sponsored session made one thing clear: if supersonic aircraft designs fail once again to take off, it won’t be due to a lack of resources.

Limitless Pathways to Success Showcased at NBAA Careers in Business Aviation Day
Hundreds of students from across the country were inspired to learn about the limitless opportunities for success in business aviation during the NBAA Careers in Business Aviation Day. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson drove home a compelling message: a dynamic industry needs you. “This is the most exciting time for aviation since the introduction of the jet engine,” he said.

Business Aviation Leading the Way on Emerging Technologies
The business aviation community’s embrace of emerging technologies was evident throughout NBAA-BACE, which featured the first-ever dedicated display of urban air mobility concepts. “In the last six years we’ve seen the emergence of growth in small UAS [unmanned aircraft systems], [but] the scale that we are looking at with integrating [UAM] into this system is extraordinary,” said Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute.

National Safety Forum Examines Collaborative Approach to Improving Airmanship Skills
Under the theme of taking a “back-to-basics” approach to improving airmanship, the NBAA National Safety Forum focused on the importance of ‘stick-and-rudder’ flying skills, and sharing resources to help prevent accidents. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson emphasized the importance of collaborative solutions, adding,“Safety is not [something] we just talk about, right? It’s got to be your most important core value.”


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Tips for Flying to Canada

Flying into Canada is among the most common international trips for U.S. business aircraft operators, and a relatively brief flight from most spots in the Continental U.S. However, operators should keep in mind the process for flying to their northern neighbor is a bit more complicated than simply taking a short hop. Learn valuable tips for flying to Canada in Business Aviation Insider.

@MagicJohnson - It was a pleasure speaking this morning in Vegas at the National Business Aviation Association 2019 Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. Seeing the unveiling of the new Gulf Stream 700 was incredible! Thank you Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, for having me!