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The National Business Aviation Association's big annual show, the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, drew celebrities, airframers, regulators, and customers eyeing their next luxury ride to Las Vegas.

From forthcoming arrivals still over the horizon to current contenders seeking to capitalize on surging demand for private air travel, the jet set was fully represented at the show, which took place October 12 through 14. Here are some of the highlights captured by AOPA Live® producer Paul Harrop and the NBAA photo staff.

Business jets on the ramp at the NBAA-BACE aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of NBAA. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson delivers a keynote address October 12. Photo courtesy of NBAA. The HondaJet 2600 will seat up to 11 passengers and cruise at 450 knots with transcontinental range of 2,625 nautical miles. Photo by Paul Harrop. Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino unveils the company's next big thing, the HondaJet 2600. Photo by Paul Harrop. Textron Aviation expects to have the Beechcraft Denali powered by the GE Catalyst turbine engine certified in 2023. It is projected to cruise at 285 knots with a 1,600-nautical-mile range with four passengers. Photo by Paul Harrop. Business jets from Textron Aviation, Bombardier, and Dassault crowd the ramp, vying for attention from attendees at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. Photo by Paul Harrop. The Dassault Falcon 8X was introduced in 2014. Photo by Paul Harrop. Andrew Ponzoni, media relations director for Dassault Falcon Jet, left, chats with AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne aboard the mockup of the forthcoming Falcon 10X. Photo by Paul Harrop. Tecnam's P2012 Traveller entered service with Cape Air in 2019. Photo by Paul Harrop. Among the smallest aircraft on display, the Piper Pilot 100i is training pilots who will one day step up to the turbines. Photo by Paul Harrop. Daher's Kodiak 100 was painted in a livery fit for the fictional Bruce Wayne. Photo by Paul Harrop. The four-blade Hartzell propeller attached to a 750-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 turbine engine gives the Kodiak 100 an aggressive presence on the ramp. Photo by Paul Harrop. Dr. Sian Proctor—astronaut, geoscientist, space artist and SpaceX Inspiration4 mission pilot—speaks at the NBAA-BACE 2021 Day 2 Keynote. Photo courtesy of NBAA. Honda Aircraft equipped the HondaJet Elite with a Bongiovi Digital Power Station sound system that AOPA found truly immersive. Photo by Paul Harrop. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen talks with Olympic Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn. Photo courtesy of NBAA. The Aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas was crowded. Photo courtesy of NBAA.

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AOPA ePublishing Staff editors are experienced pilots, flight instructors, and aircraft owners who have a passion for bringing you the latest news and AOPA announcements.
Topics: National Business Aviation Association, Turbine Aircraft

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