The 13th Annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition is running on par with last year’s event and boasting the largest static display – square footage that is – ever. The actual number of aircraft on static display is down – 52 versus last year’s 60. But the planes are bigger and take up more space, says NBAA SVP-Communications Dan Hubbard. Last year, the space was increased 10% to accommodate the 60 aircraft; this year the static display consumes even more space.
Exhibitors, at 460, are slightly down from last year’s 491, but attendance at the start of Day 2 of the show already passed the 12,000 mark. Last year’s attendance totaled 12,638 from 99 countries.
The European Business Aviation Association and National Business Aviation Association, meanwhile, are hoping EBACE will serve as a platform to expand the business community’s awareness of the industry. The two organizations, which jointly host EBACE, have worked with the French/Swiss Chamber of Commerce to assemble a “CEO delegation” to attend the show. About 30 CEOs from area companies will join EBAA and NBAA for the day and receive briefings about business aviation and tours of the exhibit floor and static display. “We view EBACE as an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how business aviation can help their companies succeed,” Hubbard says.
The show also will be a forum for students. A delegation of 40 university students from Spain, Belgium and Switzerland also will spend the day at the show and receive site tours. This is a component of all the large NBAA sponsored/co-sponsored shows. “Those large events, which showcase the size, diversity and importance of business aviation, are premier opportunities, to highlight for future generations the many career opportunities available in business aviation,” Hubbard says.
“Just like last year, EBACE has proven to be of great value to the business aviation community – it has been a place where the industry has rallied together, made new announcements and set a positive tone, all of which has the business aviation community looking forward to the future,” says NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.