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See you in Florida, says NBAA, as convention ends for another year
The NBAA Convention in Las Vegas featured a wide range of firsts and Blade provided a glimpse into the future as it ferried guests between the convention centre and Henderson Executive airport.
An Owner/Single-Pilot Operator Pavilion at Henderson Executive airport offered a venue for the owner-pilot community to meet face to face and share best practices.

The 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition has concluded for another year. Companies showcased new and upgraded aircraft over three days at the display at Henderson Executive airport, and in the Las Vegas Convention Center's new West Hall. New flight planning software, winglets and concepts for hydrogen and electric aircraft were also unveiled.

Blade Urban Air Mobility made history by providing by-the-seat helicopter flights between the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive airport, offering a firsthand glimpse at the future of on-demand advanced air mobility (AAM).

The convention hosted conversations about the future of AAM, along with a display of eVTOL vehicles in the show's AAM and Emerging Technologies Zone. Former FAA administrator Michael Huerta moderated a discussion with federal officials on the government's role in facilitating AAM operations.

An Owner/Single-Pilot Operator Pavilion at Henderson Executive airport offered a venue for the owner-pilot community to meet face to face and share best practices. A new Maintenance Pavilion featured some of the biggest names in the sector.

Sustainability was a central theme at 2021 NBAA-BACE. The convention's carbon-offset programme made the show one of the world's largest carbon-neutral aviation events. Nearly 100 exhibitors signed a Green Pledge to reduce their carbon footprint at the show.

Fuellers and operators spoke about business aviation's leadership in maturing the global market for SAF. Every outbound aircraft from Henderson Executive flew with SAF in the tank, and the renewable fuel was made available at McCarran International airport for the first time.

On the eve of the convention, executives with several business aviation organisations united in renewing the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, with the aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

NBAA also recognised rising leaders driving innovation in the industry by honouring the 2021 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40. The show's final day featured a Collegiate Connect programme, with career guidance from U.S. Representatives. Sam Graves and Dina Titus.

“Innovation and inspiration were everywhere at NBAA-BACE, reflecting just how exciting business aviation is right now,” Bolen adds. “Spirits were high throughout the week, with so many people reconnecting to learn together, get business done and chart a course for the industry's promising future.” NBAA-BACE returns to Orlando, Florida, over October 18-20, 2022.

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