NBAA Dedicated to Preserving Business Aviation as a Vital Productivity Tool

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In 2017, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) marks its 70th year of advocacy for the diverse community of businesspeople and organisations throughout the United States that rely on business aircraft to be more efficient, productive, competitive and successful.

In addition to our association’s outreach efforts on Capitol Hill regarding legislative policies affecting our industry, and our work in confronting similar challenges at the local level, NBAA has also developed a vast array of resources to serve our more than 11,000 members in all aspects of their day-to-day operations.

Register for the 2017 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)

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Join NBAA and the global business aviation community for NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas from Oct. 10 to 12. You won’t want to miss out on the world’s largest and most important business aviation event of the year. As an attendee you will have access to:

✓ Over 1,100 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services
✓ 2 static displays of aircraft – one inside the exhibit hall and the other outside at Henderson Executive Airport
✓ Networking with 27,000 attendees
✓ A full line-up of education sessions – with a new interactive format to get your questions answered by industry experts
✓ More than 1 million square feet of exhibit space

High Flying

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CEO Insight catches up with Silvio Pippobello, President of Eccelsa Aviation, to discuss customer experience excellence at Sardinia's leading fixed-base operator.

CEO Insight: Tell us about the history of Eccelsa Aviation, your place in the market and the services you offer?

Silvio Pippobello: Eccelsa Aviation was formally established in 2003, but the company has existed since 1989 as a unit of Geasar SPA, which is Olbia Airport’s management company. Its aim is to deliver excellence in the private aviation service industry. To begin with, we visited the best companies in Europe and the US, deeply analysed all their practices and studied how we could implement a winning format in Italy, keeping in mind the (vast) complications generated by the bureaucracy here. Over the years and mainly after opening the new terminal in summer 2009, we have managed to become a fixed-base operator (FBO) that is recognised as having among the best practices at the European level. The work we have done over the years has been enormous and full of challenges of all sorts, but today we can say that all our determined efforts were certainly worthwhile.

Reach For The Stars

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We speak with Ettore Poggi, Group FBO Director, ExecuJet & Charlotte Pedersen - Chief Operating Officer Interview by Henry Martin

CEO Insight: You have recently been promoted to Group FBO Director - please tell us about the FBO services today and important endeavours for your new role?

Ettore Poggi: ExecuJet has 24 FBOs located across sis regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In the last 12 months alone, we have opened three new FBOs in Monterey (Mexico), Munich (Germany) and St Maarten (the Caribbean). As part of the Luxaviation Group, all of our FBOs offer luxurious facilities and first-class customer service, but notably most of our FBOs are located alongside, or are in close proximity to, our network of MROs. This provides a full complement of services often required by our base clients as well as our visiting customers. These services, together with our committed team who deliver those services, are what differentiates ExecuJet. We offer our collective passion for outstanding customer service, ensuring that every customer interaction is personal and memorable, and that we create a lasting relationship.

Don’t Stop Me Now

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Richard Branson and Boom Technology want to make a supersonic man out of you Aviation start-up Boom Technology has recently unveiled a prototype of a supersonic passenger jet that aims to be the next-generation Concorde. Backed by Virgin founder Richard Branson, the Baby Boom jet could be at the vanguard of a new era of affordable supersonic travel. Claimed to be the fastest civil aircraft ever made, the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator is set to make its first test flight in late 2017 and could take passengers from London to New York in 3.5 hours.

We’ve been here before. Concorde launched commercially in January 1976, but Air France and British Airways announced its demise in 2003, citing low passenger numbers following the July 2000 crash in which 100 passengers died, the slump in air travel following the September 11 attacks and rising maintenance costs. The project cost British and French taxpayers over £1bn prior to operation by the airlines, and Concorde’s first years ran at a loss, which led to an initiative to rebrand and a new fare structure.

Join the Jet Set

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Private jets are the closest thing to teleportation in 2017, flying wherever and whenever you want. This form of transport is no longer seen as a pointless luxury, but as a great business tool to save time, reducing tension and making travelling easy.   The depiction of ‘making it’ can be portrayed as someone sitting in their private jet preparing for an important meeting or moseying down the aircraft steps to holiday at some exquisite location. However, the world of luxury travel seems to have other ideas and while more people are choosing to travel on private jets, the appeal of actually owning one appears to be waning.

The New Face of African Aviation

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With a reputation for ‘going the extra mile’, African Open Sky has set itself apart as the leading Trip Support Company in Africa. With an expansion plan for Africa and the Middle East, they are poised for even greater success in the years to come. When the lid was blown open on the potential of the African Aviation Industry and the rise of indigenous companies, it was only a matter of time before the cracks began to show. Bad strategy and mismanagement led to the liquidation of many state-owned airline operators. Spiralling operating costs, a series of deadly yet avoidable accidents and a drop in foreign investments threatened to kill the market before it even began. It was time for drastic measures and visionary leaders to step in, and African Open Sky (AOS) did just that. As true as the name is, they have set out to ensure that the African skies stay open for business, by providing customer satisfaction, ease of operations, reduced costs and accountability.

Orlando hosts the world of business aviation

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The 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is the premier business aviation event of the year, and the sixth largest tradeshow in the United States. Business aircraft owners, operators and industry leaders will meet in Orlando to conduct business, make buying decisions and set the stage for business aviation activity in the year ahead. NBAA-BACE exhibits will showcase the world’s finest business aircraft, services and products, with highlights including:

Special events and education sessions covering topics of interest to all attendees. Schedule information is subject to change, but the most recent updates along with full session descriptions will be reflected in the mobile app and online at

There are several programs held in conjunction with NBAA-BACE, before, during and after the convention, including the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, Single Pilot Safety Standdown, National Safety Day and PDP courses. Some require separate payments, most of which include registration for NBAA-BACE and are noted in the program descriptions. For a full listing of these programs, descriptions, pricing and to register, please visit the online agenda.

Join NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen as he welcomes keynote speakers David McCullough, New York Times best-selling author, R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other notable speakers at the NBAA-BACE Opening General Session, held Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., and the Second Day General Session featuring political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin, held Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Additional details will be posted to the online agenda as new speakers are announced. Students should plan to attend NBAA’s Careers in Business Aviation Day General Session held on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The event will feature presentations from keynote speakers about exciting opportunities, the growing talent demand and career resources available.

Tuesday, November 1 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. NBAA Headquarters Booth enjoy a cup of coffee while you learn more about NBAA, network with your peers, share ideas for new benefits and learn how membership can help make your business even more successful.

As the specific M&O’s are scheduled, they will be posted on the NBAA-BACE website:

The education sessions are one of the most important components of the convention. Whether you are considering the use of an airplane to support your business needs, or have long used an airplane to help your business succeed, NBAA-BACE will offer an impressive agenda, with over 50 education sessions to meet your needs.

The sessions will primarily focus on:

•Safety and Security
•Leadership and Professional Development
•Small Flight Department Operations & Management
•International Operations •Regulatory Compliance
•Recruiting Talent and Future Workforce Considerations
•Unmanned Aircraft Systems For a complete list of all education sessions, including session descriptions and times, visit

As the sixth largest tradeshow in the U.S., NBAA-BACE will be the single most efficient way to: Showcase your aviation products and services Meet qualified buyers Reinforce existing customer relationships Promote your brand to the industry’s most influential buyers Display your aircraft across two static displays – one inside the exhibit hall and the other outside at Orlando Executive Airport


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