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Good shoe leather and high energy are 'must haves' at NBAA-BACE

P&WC’s Scott McElvaine, Vice President, Marketing, responsible for the PurePower® PW800 engine program has some words of wisdom for anyone planning to attend NBAA-BACE 2017 : “bring a pair of good shoes because you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet.”

Scott will be part of a small team of P&WC employees attending this year’s event, being held October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas. He said the team will be attending a flurry of meetings over the three-day show as part of the effort to meet with as many customers and OEMs as possible. 

“It’s the ideal venue from which to get a sense of where the business aviation industry is going, what business leaders are thinking, what customers are looking for, and some of the micro and macro trends that will drive business aviation in the years to come,” says Scott.

He says as busy as the team gets with formal meetings, employees still book time in their agendas to walk the exhibit hall and take in the static display of aircraft.

“The static display is the highlight of the event,” says Scott, “and it’s fascinating to see the latest in new business aircraft. It’s also interesting to see how businesses are dealing with legacy products using innovative solutions. Business Aviation is very much an inventive field and with players from around the world in attendance there is no shortage of market insights to be obtained.”

Chances are no one will be able to take in all of the exhibitors’ displays given there are some 1,100 separate exhibitors, one of which will be P&WC with its show booth (N2133). The PW800 engine will be on display at the booth and Gulfstream’s G500 business jet, powered by the PW800 engine, will be at the static display. 

NBAA-BACE (National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention and Exhibit) is bracing for the arrival and registration of some 27,000 participants at the show.  Many of these participants will take in one or more of the 50 educational sessions being held.

“It’s a bit of an understatement to say the show unfolds at a hectic pace,” says Scott. “I often think of it as the business aviation version of speed dating. There are so many things to see and people to meet – it’s both exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.”