More than 20,000 aviation managers, airline executives, aeronautics educators and other industry experts are set to descend on Orlando, Florida, for the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention and exhibition.
The event, described as the biggest business aviation gathering in the world, will be held from Oct. 21 to 23 at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport. NBAA2014 will include aircraft displays, networking sessions, and dozens of workshops and presentations on topics including: Aviation Human Factors; Emergency Response Planning; Management Fundamentals; Technology in the Cabin; and Communication Boot Camp for Aviation Professionals.
The event will also feature more than 1,000 exhibitors, including Florida Institute of Technology, which recently launched the first-ever Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management offered 100% online.
“The aviation management major that Florida Tech will offer is the first step into the business aviation world,” said Assistant Professor Ismael Cremer, who is Program Chair for undergraduate online degree programs in the university’s renowned College of Aeronautics. “We look forward to building our connections at NBAA, as well as promoting a program that will open the door to a career in business aviation for many new students.”
Registration for the convention is complimentary for students at universities and colleges that are members of the University Aviation Association, including Florida Tech.
The Washington, D.C.-based NBAA was founded nearly 70 years ago as a voice for companies that depend on general aviation aircraft. Its roster of guest speakers for NBAA2014 includes Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and dueling political consultants and TV pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville.
The association also will present its Meritorious Service Aviation Award to National Aviation Hall of Famer Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot and former test pilot.
Cremer, a licensed pilot who is pursuing his PhD in Aviation Science at Florida Tech, will be among the repeat attendees at this year’s convention.
“I remember the first time I went to NBAA as a sophomore in college,” he said. “It was inspiring to be able to see the HondaJet, the Ferrari Jet and a few conceptual supersonic aircraft designs for business executives.
“I always look forward to seeing what business aviation is currently doing in the aviation industry,” Cremer said. “NBAA is a great conference for all aviation enthusiasts to see a side of the industry that is not commonly experienced.”