Daily Archives: Feb. 4, 2013

NBAA renames its annual U.S. show

The National Business Aviation Association has changed the name of its largest U.S. annual event to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or BACE.

It had formerly been called its “Annual Meeting and Convention.”

“In recent decades, (the event) has grown in size and importance to be much more than just a meeting, and this change reflects that reality,” ED Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, said in a statement. “The change also strengthens the overall brand for NBAA’s shows, underscoring their status as world-class events.”

The first convention was held in 1947 and is now the fifth largest U.S. trade show, according to NBAA.

It draws approximately 25,000 attendees from dozens of countries, more than 1,000 exhibitors and covers more than 1 million square feet of exhibit floor space.

It also features a static display of almost every aircraft type currently in production.


Boeing delivers sixth production P-8A Poseidon; final delivery of first production lot

Boeing delivered its sixth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy, completing the first group of low-rate initial production aircraft used for maritime patrol, Boeing announced Monday.

Boeing is on schedule to build 24 P-8A aircraft as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012.

The Navy plans to buy 117 P-8As as it replaces its fleet of P-3 aircraft.

The planes use the Boeing 737-800 commercial aircraft platform.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the entire fuselage, pylons and thrust reverser in Wichita and wing components in Tulsa.

The P-8A provides long-range patrol capabilities, such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Boeing will deliver its seventh production P-8A to the Navy later in the first quarter.