The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has adopted a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The NBAA said the move was made in line with its core value of safety, designed to ensure a safe, interactive and successful event for all attendees and exhibitors.
“For decades, the aviation industry has brought people together and transported them forward safely and responsibly,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. “We are leveraging that approach to aviation safety to guide us with regard to NBAA-BACE. We are taking guidance from health and safety experts and adopting tradeshow best practices. Including a vaccine requirement in the comprehensive safety protocols for the show will create the most interactive environment possible for buying, selling, networking and learning.”
By adopting a vaccine requirement, the association anticipates mask wearing will be a personal choice for attendees and exhibitors.
NBAA said that vaccine requirements had become a best safety practice for tradeshows and other live events, noting similar announcements made for upcoming Las Vegas Raiders games, CES 2022 and the 2021 National Association of Broadcasters annual show.
“This is an exciting time for business aviation,” said Bolen. “Flight activity is high, transactions are strong, and innovations are coming to the market at an accelerated pace. NBAA-BACE is going to be a great show that will move the business aviation industry to new heights.”
NBAA-BACE 2021 is to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 12-14 October 2021. New features this year include a Maintenance Pavilion and an Owner/Single-Pilot Pavilion. The exhibit floor is sold out. A full preview will be included in the upcoming September 2021 issue of Business Jet Interiors International.
The event will take place in the new West Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The LVCC has been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star facility accreditation by ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The GBAC programme was designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19. Applicants must demonstrate compliance with 20 programmatic requirements addressing all points in strategic planning for safety and sanitisation.