Forty-eight hours before EBACE 2006 officially opened its doors to visitors, we made our final full-stop landing in Embraer's ERJ 190 flight-test aircraft at Geneva-Cointrin International Airport after a two-plus-hour demo flight. We taxied to a nondescript parking spot on the ramp, well away from the static display line adjacent to Palexpo, but well within eyesight of arriving conventioneers. Heads turned and people nattered about the unexpected presence of the big company-owned flight-test ...

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