Field Notes: Paige Verville Reports on First NBAA Conference

The NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition static display features some of the most cutting edge aircraft in the industry.

The NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition static display features some of the most cutting edge aircraft in the industry.

The annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition is the sixth largest tradeshow in the U.S. More than 25,000 people attend the annual event to network, make purchasing decisions and discuss industry best practices.

This year marked Elite Air sales representative Paige Verville’s first trip to the conference after nearly a decade in the industry. Following is her report from the event, held this year in Las Vegas from Oct. 22-24.

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Oct. 21—We arrived late that night. Las Vegas may be the city that never sleeps, but we made an exception.

Oct. 22—We had lunch with our AIG insurance representative Larry Kovacs before heading over to the conference. I was delighted to run into so many people I know in the aviation industry, including brokers with DNA Jets, Onyx Jet Group and Chelsea Aviation. We also had a chance to meet with a representative of Signature to negotiate fuel rates. That night, we attended the Universal Aviation appreciation party at Hard Rock Cafe.

Oct. 23—We received our platinum award from the president of ARG/US International and met with representatives of BART, our quoting and scheduling software. According to BART representatives, big things are coming, including a mobile application and an additional program that will assist both pilots and dispatch. After the meeting, we boarded a bus that took us from the convention center to the offsite static display, where we toured some amazing aircraft.

Oct. 24—We had the opportunity to fly home aboard one of the newest aircraft in Elite Air’s fleet, the Challenger 300 based in Orlando. The flight, during which I was introduced to Elite Air clients Chuck Whittall (owner of the Challenger) and Les Goldberg (owner of the Orlando-based Lear 60), was a great chance to learn more about the service our clients demand.