NBAA Convention Moved to Orlando

The National Business Aviation Association is moving its upcoming annual convention from hurricane ravaged New Orleans to Orlando, Fla., the trade group said today.

The convention will be held a week earlier than the one planned in New Orleans.

The 58th annual meeting and convention will be held November 9-11 at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport.

Wichita's aircraft manufacturers and other businesses in the industry attend and exhibit at the show.

NBAA was forced to move the event from New Orleans because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, officials said.

"Although we deeply regret having to leave New Orleans, we think that Orlando presents a very good opportunity for our members and exhibitors," said NBAA chief executive and president Ed Bolen.

It plans to donate a portion of the show's proceeds to a New Orleans charity and give exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to donate as well.

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