NBAA Will Merge LBA Conference Into Annual Meeting

Citing the state of the economy, the National Business Aviation Association has chosen to cancel plans to hold an independent Light Business Airplane Conference. The meeting had been scheduled for March 13-14 in San Diego. Instead, the association will incorporate elements of the conference into its regular annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, later this year, October 20-22. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "NBAA is totally committed to serving those who rely on light business airplanes, as well as those who are considering how to fit these aircraft into their business models. But in this economic climate, it is difficult to launch an event that our members and exhibitors expect from NBAA." He added, "Any change in plans has consequences and we regret the inconvenience to all who finalized their itinerary for San Diego. Still, we believe the step we have taken is the right one for both attendees and exhibitors in this very challenging economy."