“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Going Places: Europe's biggest bizav bash
Geneva, Switzerland, will once again host the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), held May 20 through 22. Organized jointly by the European Business Aviation Association and the U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the convention has become the premier event for business aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2001.
Staged at Geneva's PalExpo center, as it has been since its beginning, the event attracts exhibitors and attendees from around the globe, giving it a more cosmopolitan ambiance than the annual NBAA Meeting and Convention, its counterpart in the U.S. This year's EBACE is expected to be on par with last year's, which had a record-setting 11,000 visitors and 354 exhibitors. By comparison, last year's 60th NBAA Convention had more than 32,000 visitors and 1,152 exhibitors.
Some 300 exhibitors have already signed up for EBACE 2008. In addition, more than 60 aircraft from all the major manufacturers will be on static display at Geneva International Airport.
Getting to EBACE will be relatively easy, as PalExpo borders the airport's terminal, is adjacent to a railway station and is only about two miles from downtown Geneva.
For more information, visit www.ebace.aero.