My Visit to 2022 NBAA-BACE: What’s New in Business Aviation?

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) concluded an inspiring and forward-looking week at its 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), making the show among the best to date.

NBAA also marked the 75th anniversary of its founding at the show, held October 18-20 at Florida’s Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport, which hosted a sold-out aircraft display.

I flew a Cirrus Vision Jet G2+ from Atlanta Hartsfield International; the world’s busiest airport to the 2022 NBAA-BACE in Orlando.

Video Highlight of 2022 NBAA-BACE

Watch my video of the 2022 NBAA-BACE highlight including piloting a Cirrus Vision Jet into the show!

Latest Business Aviation Aircraft

New Gulfstream G700 and G800

The new ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 made its debut at 2022 NBAA-BACE. It has the longest range of 8,000 nautical miles. The test pilot explained the flight test program and the experimental airplane in my video.

Gulfstream brought the full range of aircraft from G280, G500, G600, G650ER, G700 and G800 to the NBAA-BACE display. I toured the luxury fit-out of the longest and largest Gulfstream to date; the Gulfstream G700.

Dassault Falcon

Dassault debut its latest Falcon 6X at NBAA-BACE this year. In addition, they displayed the largest falcon 10X in a 1:1 scale mock-up.

Advanced Air Mobility on display

The bustling exhibit floor showcased new products and services, including the largest-ever footprint for advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles, many of which are already in flight testing. I interviewed Wisk, on their operation plan in my video.

Keynote Speakers at 2022 NBAA-BACE

The event hosted dozens of visionary industry leaders and top regulatory officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen and EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky spoke to the industry’s commitment to safety and shared their plans for new airspace entrants and goals for the future.

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson awed the crowd with dramatic images from space, underscoring the importance of scientific exploration.

The show explored exciting trends and fired imaginations, highlighted by a behind-the-scenes look into the breathtaking flight sequences in “Top Gun: Maverick” with Blue Angels Pilot Frank Weisser, aerial coordinator Kevin LaRosa II and actress Monica Barbaro.

Top Gun Maverick trio - Blue Angels Pilot Frank Weisser, aerial coordinator Kevin LaRosa II and actress Monica Barbaro

Top Gun Maverick trio – Blue Angels Pilot Frank Weisser, aerial coordinator Kevin LaRosa II and actress Monica Barbaro

Pilot and author Tammie Jo Shults recounted her harrowing but safe landing of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 in 2018 following an uncontained engine failure.

Southwest Pilot Tammie Jo Shults
Southwest Pilot Tammie Jo Shults

Amazing Network and Fun

Met my hero John and Martha King during a book signing session at the 2022 NBAA-BACE

Always fun with aviators and influencers @CaptainChris, @Torpilot, @Schmiindy

Opportunities from NBAA-BACE

A year ago, I toured the Cirrus Vision Jet at NBAA. This year I flew in one to the show! The opportunities created from networking and face-to-face meet at the NBAA-BACE are like no other.

“NBAA-BACE was a stirring celebration of business aviation’s proud history, but even more thrilling, it was a look into our promising future,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

The convention honored the aviation legends who brought the industry to this milestone, while spotlighting the pioneers, new technologies and dynamic companies that will power business aviation over the next 75 years.

NBAA will carry the momentum forward next year, when NBAA-BACE returns to Las Vegas Oct. 17-19, 2023. See you there!

SOURCE: Sam Chui