By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Angel MedFlight and Aviation West Charters recently returned from the National Business Aviation Association's 2013 convention and exhibition in Las Vegas. Our team and 25,000 other attendees roamed the huge convention halls, networking and checking out the latest in business aircraft and aviation technology.
NBAA13 was a three-day event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was filled with over 1,100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services. If that wasn't enough, attendees could take in the static display of 83 fixed-wing aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport. Another dozen light business airplanes and helicopters were parked inside the convention center.
"Aviation is changing so rapidly, " says Aviation West Charters Director of Flight Operations, Brandon Kearns. "It seems every six months there are new product lines and technologies. NBAA13 was an opportunity for our company to see what is currently being offered to the aviation industry, what's the next big thing, what's the latest and greatest technology."
Kearns says attending a convention like this gives us a good idea of what the level of expectation of the end user really is. "Clients will get on one of those new airplanes and that will set the bar for them. So if you show up with an aircraft that is far below that level, it will be a big difference for them." says Kearns. In the business of aircraft management, Kearns says one must have a handle on what the "first class is now and where it's heading."
"If you stuck around and just had the same old airplanes all the time and said, 'this is first class,' that's great but your first class would never be pushed to the next level. It would never be redefined because you would never see anything else. That's why it's good to expose yourself to external audits or attend events like NBAA13 and find out how aircraft manufacturers are addressing the passengers' needs."
The convention, which is the sixth-largest trade show in the United States, gave Angel MedFlight a unique window on the business aviation world. Director of Business Development, Chandra Stewart says NBAA13 gave the company a chance "to gather market and business intelligence. Fixed base operators, aircraft maintenance and sales, we looked at how these companies are marketing, who they're partnering with and what need they might have that we could fill or how we could get involved with them for building our business base."
The NBAA is a trade association that represents the interests of business aviation. Founded in 1947, the NBAA establishes industry standards aimed at enhancing safety and the efficiency and acceptance of business aviation.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen chalked up this year's show as a big success. "The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as premier national and international business aviation venue."
At Angel MedFlight we make safety the top priority along with the highest level of care and comfort for our patients. The information we brought back from NBAA13 will help keep Angel MedFlight and Aviation West Charters on the leading edge in the medical flight and business aviation industries.