NBAA's annual convention and exibition is the largest business aviation gathering in the world. I am writing this blog on the evening of the second day of the show. One more day to go!
It has been a productive show for the D.O.M. team. We have had the opportunity to meet with many of our readers and customers while we were at the show. There was a lot of news at the show, and we will be sharing that news in the November/December issue of D.O.M. magazine. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few highlights from the show that were particularly interesting.
On Tuesday, October 22, Jet Aviation had an unveiling of its "Operation Deere" project. A team of volunteers at Jet Aviation St. Louis created a one-of-a-kind custom John Deere vehicle for Nathan Shumaker, a wounded warrior. Last year, I was amazed at the custom Harley Davidson motorcycle the team created. They raised the bar even higher with this year's customization. We will provide details of this project in our our November/December issue, but you can learn about some of the customization in our news article by clicking here.
Another interesting thing that happened at the show was that Dallas Airmotive had a team of mechanics rebuilding a PT6A engine on the show floor. Dallas Airmotive replicated one of its work cells from its PT6A facility that just opened in Dallas. It was fun to see the mechanics performing the rebuild while interacting with the crowd.
I also had the opportunity to sit down and talk to John Goglia, former NTSB board member and the only A&P mechanic who has served on the Board. Mr. Goglia talked about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition that he and Ken MacTiernan are coordinating to take place in conjunction with the MRO Americas show in Miami next year. Look for more information in the next issue of D.O.M. magazine. In the meantime, you can get more information about the competition, visit www.aerospacemaintenancecompetition.com.