Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show.
On its 70th anniversary, NBAA-BACE was held Oct. 10–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND). The event featured about 1,100 exhibitors, including more than 100 new exhibitors. Attendees represented all 50 U.S. states, and dozens of countries. With about 100 aircraft on static display, both at HND and inside the convention center, NBAA-BACE remained the preeminent venue for manufacturers to unveil new models. For example, this year, the Bombardier Global 7000 and Pilatus PC-24 made their debut at the show and on the 8th of October Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. debuted its fully outfitted Gulfstream G600.
Furthermore it was announced that Gulfstreams flagship G650ER, N650GD (c.n: 6252), which was part of the Henderson static display, has again proven its performance capabilities with a worldwide record streak heading into the 2017 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The G650ER embarked on its latest world-record run out of New York-area’s Newark Liberty International Airport on Oct. 1, taking off for Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and landing 12 hours and 40 minutes later. The aircraft flew on Gulfstream’s supply of renewable fuels and covered the 5,940-nautical-mile/10,943-kilometer trip at an average speed of Mach 0.89. On Oct. 3, the G650ER returned from Haneda to Newark in 10 hours and 54 minutes at Mach 0.90. Following the Newark-to-Tokyo round trip, the G650ER departed Long Island’s Farmingdale Republic Airport in New York bound for Paris Le Bourget Airport and completed the flight in 5 hours and 59 minutes at Mach 0.90. It then traveled 2 hours and 40 minutes to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport at Mach 0.90. On Oct. 6, the G650ER completed the final leg of this world record tour from Moscow to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, flying 5,247 nm/9,717km at Mach 0.90 in 10 hours and 10 minutes.
Besides the NBAA in Las Vegas some airports around Los Angeles (CA) were visited on-route to and from Las Vegas. Start was at LAX and then on to Long Beach, Ontario, Chino, St. Ana, Van Nuys, Lancaster, Mojave and California City. In between I made a short detour to Thermal for the stored N311BD Gulfstream II. The highlights of this short trip are captured in the pictures below.