EBACE attracts thousands of attendees annually. Mark your calendars, because you do not want to miss the 2017 EBACE business aviation expo!
There are lots of reasons why EBACE attracts more than 10,000 attendees each year. All of the key players attend and if you are involved in European business aviation you should not miss it. It is one of the most convenient and fun business aviation expos you can visit.
The show takes place at PALEXPO, a huge exhibition centre (also used for the Geneva Car Show). PALEXPO is at Geneva Airport so flying in for the one day is a popular option for people who live in Europe. A free shuttle bus runs between the airport/airport train station and the show. Delegates who have not attended in a few years may remember walking from the airport, but a new layout means that you should now take the bus.
As you walk out of arrivals walk left, past the station and outside. There are lots of signs for PALEXPO so just keep walking.
Expert tip: If you are heading into town, collect a free train ticket before you leave the airport baggage hall. There is a ticket vending machine on the right by the exit. It gives you a free ticket into the city centre as long as you use it within 80 minutes. You will usually get a free transport pass from the hotel that you are staying in.
If you are not staying overnight and have luggage that you do not want to take into the show, you have a few options. There is a cloakroom at EBACE where you can store your bag or coat, however you need to keep an eye on the time as it closes at about 7pm. If you are flying back later, your best bet is to use the lockers at the station. This is located between the airport and the EBACE site, so you will walk past it.
At the show
Registration is always super efficient (as at all NBAA shows) and you can still buy passes on the day. You do not need to be reminded to bring business cards.
EBACE is big. Not as big as NBAA BACE but still big. You will be walking a lot so comfortable shoes are essential (you have been warned). Most delegates wear business dress (ties not essential) but you will not stand out in a polo shirt. Anyone heading to the static should carry both sunglasses and a coat/umbrella. The weather can be great but it can also be cold and wet.
One huge advantage of EBACE is that the static display is very close to the exhibition. In the past attendees have walked to it but in 2017 because of building work they will need to get a bus. The organizers say that this will take two minutes.
Expert tip: The big change to be aware of is that EBACE 2017 is on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday rather than the normal Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (with press day on the Sunday).
The key times
Sunday May 21 –Exhibitor set up, International Aircraft Transactions Seminar and Press Day
08:00-18:00: Attendee, Exhibitor and Press Registration Open
08:00-18:00 International Aircraft Transactions Seminar
Monday May 22 – Main show
08:00-18:00: Exhibition open
09.30: General opening session
Tuesday May 23 – Main show
o8:00-18:00 Exhibition open
Wednesday May 24 – Main show
08:00-16:00 Exhibition open
Many exhibitors are running cocktail receptions on the Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is quieter but can be a good day for longer meetings as long as people are still around.