2019 NBAA-BACE characterized by new look, new feel and new energy Ed Bolen is President and CEO the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) The global business aviation community is evolving rapidly, with a multitude of innovative technologies on the horizon, sustainable business practices in focus and new approaches to confront industry challenges. The 2019 edition of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will reflect these exciting trends with a new look, a new feel and a new energy. Taking place October 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV, 2019 NBAA-BACE will feature a sprawling exhibit floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) showcasing an extensive variety of products, services and state of the art technologies, with dozens of exhibitors making new product announcements throughout the show. Attendees will also find two aircraft displays - one inside the LVCC, and the second at nearby Henderson Executive Airport (HND) - allowing for side-by-side comparison of dozens of aircraft used to support a broad array of businesses. This event brings together key aviation contacts from around the world, including current and prospective business aircraft owners, manufacturers and customers into one meeting place to get critical work accomplished. In fact, no other event in the world offers the wide array of offerings to meet the needs of business aviation stakeholders today, tomorrow and beyond like NBAA-BACE. Perhaps most importantly, 2019 NBAA-BACE will also serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn the very latest about the exciting evolution of our business aviation community. For example, NBAA’s inaugural Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility Innovation Display, and a first-of-its-kind New Product Showcase, will offer the latest innovative aviation technologies, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, drones and a host of other new products coming to market. This year’s keynote sessions will open the show’s first two days live from the show floor, with a fresh, forward-looking feel, featuring dynamic speakers such as aviation visionary Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy; inspirational and record-setting pilot Barrington Irving; entrepreneurial pioneers and aviation enthusiasts Ross Perot, Jr, Steuart Walton, Sky Dayton and others; and returning speaker Eric Allison, head of aviation programs at Uber Elevate. The Day 1 keynote will be held at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 21, while the Day 2 keynote begins Wednesday at 10 am. NBAA-BACE also provides an important opportunity for those across the diverse spectrum of business aviation to learn more about the most topical matters facing the industry. Attendees will discover a host of forward-looking topics for this year’s events and presentations, with sessions on eVTOL and urban air mobility, supersonic travel, artificial intelligence, autonomous flight, cybersecurity, workforce expansion and other trends throughout a robust variety of educational presentations during the show. Sustainability in focus Environmental sustainability is another crucial topic for our industry, and it’s one the business aviation community has continued to address across multiple paths, including technological innovation and adoption of operating practices to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. One of these efforts is increasing our use of sustainable alternative fuel (SAF), and this year’s edition of NBAA-BACE will not only highlight the many ways that companies and individuals already utilize SAF in their operations, but also encourage even greater use of this safe and renewable fuel. At the center of these efforts is a first-of-its-kind, SAF-focused panel discussion at the NBAA-BACE Innovation Zone on Wednesday, October 23 from 2-3 pm. Participating will be experts from across the industry - including airframe and engine OEMs, regulatory officials, insurance appraisers and brokers and other stakeholders. The event will also include an industrywide call to action for business aviation to adopt SAF as a cleaner, more efficient aviation fuel. This impressive, event-wide showcase of business aviation’s adoption and acceptance of SAF will begin Sunday, October 20 with what organizers expect will be a record number of business aircraft arriving to the 2019 NBAA-BACE Aircraft Display powered by sustainable aviation fuel. The show will conclude Thursday, October 24 with a first of its kind ‘SAF Fly-Out’ in which organizers aim for 100 percent of the aircraft departing from NBAA-BACE to be fueled with SAF. Addressing other important industry topics Safety remains an important theme at NBAA events, and this year’s edition of NBAA-BACE offers several opportunities to learn more about how to enhance the safety of your business aviation flight operation. On Monday, October 21, NBAA’s Small Operator Symposium will specifically address issues facing operators with two airplanes or less, while the NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will focus on operational challenges that arise for pilots balancing the demand of piloting a sophisticated aircraft while running a successful business. On Tuesday, October 22, a dedicated session will take place examining how the industry may take a collective approach in avoiding loss of control inflight (LOC-I) accidents. On Thursday, October 24, the National Safety Forum will examine the pursuit of excellence in airmanship while operating in our increasingly automated world. NBAA-BACE also offers an unparalleled opportunity for thousands of industry professionals to network with their peers. On Tuesday afternoon, NBAA’s Coffee Social provides attendees the chance to meet with the NBAA Board of Directors, Regional Representatives and committee members, and network with others across the industry. Later that evening, the YoPro Networking Reception, hosted by the Young Professionals in Business Aviation, will offer a fun, lively setting for attendees to engage this rising generation of young business aviation professionals. Workforce concerns remain another key issue affecting business aviation, and NBAA recognizes the value in exposing students to the global business aviation industry to inspire them towards successful and rewarding aviation careers. Middle school, high school and college students are invited to a day of student-focused programming and opportunities at the expanded 2019 NBAA-BACE Careers in Business Aviation Day, taking place Thursday, October 24. NBAA-BACE has always served as the largest and most dynamic showcase for our industry, and this year’s edition will reflect our community’s evolution like never before and help drive the business aviation landscape of tomorrow. We hope to see readers of World Commerce Review in Las Vegas, NV for this exciting and forward-looking demonstration of the very latest in business aviation.
NBAA-BACE also offers an unparalleled opportunity for thousands of industry professionals to network with their peers