How to get the most out of your limited time at the NBAA static display.
The NBAA convention has so many things to see, break out sessions and people to see it can be hard to stay on track. The static can even be more hectic with the many product offerings and often wait times to see aircraft.
If you are planning to go out to the static display and seriously thinking about upgrade options within the next couple of years, the static display can be one of the more helpful tools in winnowing the list of possible candidates. After working the show for 30+ years, it can also be very confusing.
Going from one plane to the next within a tight window of time sometimes leads to confusion and overlooking certain features. I know as an industry professional, we used to purvey the competition and it was amazing what we would miss unless we all had a similar agenda, say check out window placement, or baggage door height etc.
I developed a very short checklist to help focus on key cabin areas to help compare the products and also a place to write key comments. It isn’t magic, but it is a useful tool to help you get the most out of the static display and remember more two days later than the seats looked nice!