Nearly 5,000 Attend Latin American Business Aviation Event

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Ṣo Paulo, Brazil, April 4, 2005 РThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Associa̤̣o Brasileira de Avia̤̣o Geral (ABAG) jointly hosted the 3rd Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2005) in Ṣo Paulo, Brazil from March 31 to April 2. This event, the only Latin American exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation, had a record-breaking total of 4,971 Attendees, a 33 percent increase in attendance over LABACE2004.

The exhibition featured 181 3-meter by 3-meter booth spaces displaying the products and services of 87 Exhibiting Companies at Transamérica Expo Center, and 21 static aircraft on Congonhas Airport. It also included special appearances by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and ABAG Chairman Anderson Markiewicz; a keynote speech by FAA Deputy Administrator Robert A. Sturgell, who also opened the event at a ribbon-cutting ceremony; and a variety of in-depth informational sessions on operational issues of interest to the Latin American business aviation community.

LABACE2005 provided an ideal opportunity for industry representatives, government leaders and consumers to gather and view the latest business aviation products and services from more than 80 Exhibitors. It was a key venue for business leaders to make major announcements, as demonstrated in the resulting news coverage, online at

Photo galleries depicting scenes from the opening events, exhibit floor and static display are located at

Opening General Session PowerPoint presentations also are available for download:

Visit the official LABACE site at

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