As we launder our last show shirt, re-acquaint ourselves with our neglected yards, and spend the last dollars we earned at the Poker tables during NBAA Las Vegas; we trade the fun, but grinding travel of the air show season for the rush of year-end in the aviation world! Sorry for the delay in our updates, it has been a busy (yes, we said it!) September and October around the office – woohoo!
As we finish our busiest travel season, we want to take a quick look back at the two main events this fall – first stop, AOPA Summit. Typically one of our busiest shows, the weather took a toll on this year’s attendees. Low-clouds and rain throughout the entire event really hindered pilots’ ability to fly into Brainard Airport. An aircraft financing reception held at the show, however, was filled with upbeat lenders, hungry for business… our necessary shot of enthusiasm and great news for buyers and sellers alike! Last stop: NBAA. We were all pleasantly surprised at the amount of traffic at NBAA this year. After a few years of uncertainty at this show, it was great to hear reports of record attendance and rumors of quite a few sales during the event. Just walking in on the first morning, we could tell it would be a good year – the lobby was packed with lots of eager attendees that quickly funneled into the Halls and Static Displays.
We are happy to report that many people we met at Airshows throughout the year have moved forward to finance their purchase recently. We are looking forward to keeping that momentum for a big year-end finish!