Our Wichita-based marketing communications agency considers NBAA’s annual convention a must-attend event. Surprisingly, though, we’ve never made it to a regional forum. That changed when we attended last week’s NBAA Regional Forum at Teterboro Airport. It won’t be our last.

The things we most look forward to at the national convention – staying abreast of industry trends and news, connecting with longstanding friends in the industry, forging new alliances – were all present. There was no shortage of networking opportunities with the record-breaking, 2,500-strong crowd. First Aviation FBO offered a bounty of 35 aircraft and 130 indoor exhibitors. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was on hand to speak, as well, presenting findings of a new report on government’s use of aircraft – highlighting the very real and positive role aircraft play in driving economic development, enhancing public safety/security, improving facility management and more. Good data for all of us who champion the use of private aviation.

Seeing Eye to Eye

In today’s global business environment, we increasingly conduct business via email, phone or online meeting tools. NBAA’s forums provide a much-appreciated chance to make the all-too-rare face-to-face connections – developing, solidifying or even reviving relationships.

Thanks to NBAA for its ongoing support of business aviation and for continuing to provide these value-added opportunities even when times are tough. Its forums, podcasts, email discussions, user groups, social media outreach and more all add up. The sum? An industry that’s overcoming challenges. Together.