Sonia/Ashley NBAA 2010

As we stepped off our jet at DeKalb Peachtree Airport, the smell of business and airplanes filled the air at the 63rd annual NBAA convention. The sold-out static’s 93 aircraft and supporting corporate chalets plus 1,083 exhibitors at the Georgia World Congress Center welcomed close to 25,000 visitors. We’re not saying that the boom days have returned, but we did sense a definite upward shift.

Standing-room-only crowds at Tuesday’s opening session. A packed house for Flexjet President Fred Reid’s talk “Evolution or Obsolescence.”Long lines to check out everything from Bombardier’s new long-range Global Express to Piper’s VLJ single-engine Altaire. Everyone seemed eager and ready to move forward.

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