CFS Jets recently returned from one of the most anticipated aviation shows, the 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The 70th annual show brought in 1,100 exhibitors and over 27,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center, October 10-12. With new aircraft being showcased and new relationships formed, CFS Jets, had a successful trip and we are excited for what next year will bring.
Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 12, 2017 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today brought to a close its 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), and event organizers reported the show was an all-around success, highlighting the strength of the industry, the host community of Las Vegas, NV, and the association, on its 70th anniversary.
NBAA-BACE was held Oct. 10–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND).
“This year’s show was special in many ways,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We celebrated NBAA’s 70th anniversary, and how our industry is stronger when we work together. We gathered in the company of aviation leaders and legends, like Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and Capt. Jim Lovell. We saw the launch of exciting new products, and we brought a citywide convention to Las Vegas, which the city welcomed with open arms.”
Bolen said that with this year’s convention, NBAA hoped to “make Las Vegas proud, just as Las Vegas has made America proud.” Before the launch of the show, NBAA Charities made a $10,000 contribution to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, and throughout the event, the association encouraged show participants to contribute to the fund as well. During the show’s opening session, local leaders welcomed attendees, saying “with all of you, our city will continue to be Las Vegas strong.”
As NBAA-BACE 2017 wrapped, organizers pointed to several indicators of the show’s strength and enduring value:
- The event featured about 1,100 exhibitors, including more than 100 new exhibitors. Attendees represented all 50 U.S. states, and dozens of countries.
- With about 100 aircraft on static display, both at HND and inside the convention center, NBAA-BACE remains the preeminent venue for manufacturers to unveil new models. For example, this year, the Bombardier Global 7000, Gulfstream G600 and Pilatus PC-24 made their debut at the show.
- All three days of the show were packed with well-attended education sessions, including half-day programs at the NBAA National Safety Forum and Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. Discussions featured top safety experts and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
- On the final day of the show, more than 1,000 students came to NBAA-BACE, many to participate in Careers in Business Aviation Day, hearing from Dreams Soar Founder and around-the-world pilot Shaesta Waiz – plus a chance to interact with industry leaders and potential employers at the College/University Roundtable event.
- A charity auction event, held by NBAA and the Corporate Angel Network, raised $435,000 for CAN’s mission to transport cancer patients to treatment centers.