5 Things We Learned at NBAA This Year

This past week, the aviation industry converged on Orlando for the annual National Business Aviation Association convention. With over 25,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts in attendance, it is easily one of the biggest aviation events of the year.

Phil, our US Sales Manager, Nicole, our US Marketing Executive, and Adam Twidell, our CEO, took a trip to Orlando to witness the latest in aviation; here are their main takeaways:

1) Unveiling of the Embraer Praetor 500 & Praetor 600

The excitement swirling around Embraer’s latest aircraft models certainly showed at NBAA. The Embraer exhibit was alight with models of the newest members of the family, and crowds flocked the Embraer display at Orlando Executive Airport.

Sales Manager, Phil, with the Praetor 500

Sales Manager, Phil, with the Praetor 500

Based on the popular Legacy models, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 will be the newest midsize and super-midsize jets in the Embraer lineup. Read more about the Embraer Praetor 500 & Praetor 600 here.

The Embraer Praetor 600 & Praetor 500 on display.

The Embraer Praetor 600 & Praetor 500 on display.

2) VTOL & Electric Aircraft on the Rise, On the Mind

It seems lately that Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft have been all the rage – and that held true for NBAA as well.

Panel on: "Imaging the Future of Pilotless VTOL Aircraft"

Panel on: “Imaging the Future of Pilotless VTOL Aircraft”

From panel discussions debating the policy changes required to accommodate VTOL aircraft to large exhibit booths showcasing the latest innovations, certainly many industry professionals expressed an interest in the pioneering technology.

The Terrafugia design

Terrafugia design

3) Part 295 Updates

The FAA released news that it would enforce a new set of regulations to the charter market, all encompassed in Part 295.

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A panel discussion laid out the changes that would take effect in early 2019, including:

  • Strict rules on ensuring clients are not mislead about the operator flying the aircraft and the broker arranging the flight.
  • Harsh fines for violating the Part 295 rules
  • Regulations ensuring clients are fully refunded for services not provided

However, PrivateFly has long adhered to a strict set of best practices, so the Part 295 updates will not affect the normal flow of operations.

4) Emergence of Long Range Excellence – ACJ319, Global 7500, G600

Many manufacturers have seen an increase in demand for long-range aircraft, and have responded by releasing upgraded models that truly represent luxury.

Airbus displayed the ACJ319, a business jet with one of the largest cabin sizes on the market. The aircraft features customizable configurations that could include boardrooms, full bedrooms, fully equipped restrooms with showers, and separate dining and living spaces.

Of course, Bombardier also displayed its recently certified Global 7500 as well; the aircraft features four separate spaces to ensure connectivity and privacy at all times.

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The Bombardier Global 7500 at Orlando Executive Airport

And finally, Gulfstream’s latest G500 and G600 models were also on the tarmac; these new models feature extended range to offer clients a luxury option when considering far-flung destinations.

The Gulfstream compound

The Gulfstream compound

5) Optimistic Forecast

Generally, Phil, Nicole, and Adam found exhibitors and enthusiasts to reflect a positive forecast for business aviation.

From left to right: Nicole, Phil, & Adam

From left to right: Nicole, Phil, & Adam

While the recession negatively impacted the industry overall, the past few quarters have seen healthy growth that has everyone from manufacturers to suppliers, FBOs to brokers, looking forward to the future.


A great year ahead until we meet at NBAA again!

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