CBAA 2017

This August, Abbotsford in British Columbia plays host to the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition (CBAA 2017). This annual event brings together the industry’s biggest players for Canada’s top business aviation community gathering. Read on to learn more.

CBAA 2017: Bigger and Better

CBAA 2017 promises attendees a bigger and better show than ever before. The event will consist of a full two-day exhibition and static display, together with informative educational sessions designed to support the business and career goals of delegates.

The venue for the convention will be the 120,000 square feet Tradex Center (also known as the Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Center), located adjacent to Abbotsford International Airport. Here, over sixty exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services to an expectant audience. Ten companies will be exhibiting a wide range of business aircraft models, in what will be Canada’s largest static display of corporate and private aircraft.

Operational and regulatory topics relevant to the business aviation sector will be covered in a series of informative workshops and panel discussions. These will look at key issues affecting the industry, both at regional level and on a global scale. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Speakers at CBAA 2017 will include some of the most respected and knowledgeable aviation experts from Canada and around the world. To view a list of participants, please click here.

Three Events, One Location

For the first time, CBAA 2017 will take place concurrently with both the Abbotsford International Airshow and the Aerospace Defense and Security Expo, generating increased attendance and unprecedented networking opportunities.

CBAA 2017

The Abbotsford International Airshow takes place from August 10 to August 12 at Abbotsford International Airport.

Abbotsford International Airshow is considered among the top ten airshows in the world. With a goal of celebrating aviation history and inspiring a passion for flight, the event features diverse aviation-related performances and displays. The show attracts a wide audience, ranging from those looking simply to be entertained by the acrobatic flight displays, to dedicated aviation enthusiasts and industry experts. With an average annual attendance of more than 125,000, it is the largest air show on the west coast of North America.

The Aerospace, Defense and Security Expo is a world-class exposition which is held annually in conjunction with the airshow. Organized by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, 2017 marks the seventh year of the event.

An Unmissable Gathering For Canadian Business Aviation Professionals

The CBAA 2017 Convention and Exhibition takes place from August 9 to August 11 at the Tradex Center in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Please click here to visit the official website, where you can find all the latest news on the build up to the event.

Flying to Abbotsford

The CBAA 2017 venue is conveniently located adjacent to Abbotsford International Airport (IATA: YXX, ICAO: CYXX). Usually, CYXX is a very General Aviation (GA)-friendly location. However, due to overlap with the Abbotsford International Airshow, some restrictions on aircraft movements will be in place around the time of the event.

Abbotsford International Airport functions as an Airport of Entry (AoE). Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) officers operate from 08:00 to 23:59 local time. Note that passengers and crew may require visas for flying to Canada, depending on nationality. For some visa-exempt travelers, Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required. With the exception of US citizens, all visa-exempt foreign nationals must have a valid eTA in order to be processed by CIQ and enter the country. To find out more about applying for eTA, please click here to visit the Canadian government’s official website.

Personnel are on site at the FBO from 05:00 to 21:00, and available 24 hours on a call-out basis. The facility offers lav service, baggage handling and 28.5V DC Ground Power Units (GPU). Airstairs, potable water and AC GPU can also be provided by advance arrangement, subject to availability. Passenger and crew lounges are available, as well as a kitchen area and access to a computer station for flight planning.

Landing permits and Prior Permission Required (PPR) are not necessary at CYXX. Slot booking is not usually needed, however slots will be mandatory during the airshow period. The following arrival / departure times have been posted on the airshow’s official website:

Arrival / Departure Times

Wednesday August 9

Please communicate directly with the CYXX Tower

Thursday August 10
10:00 to 17:00
NOTAM 17:00 to 21:00

Friday August 11
07:30 to 09:30
NOTAM 10:00 to 20:00
Departure times TBC

Saturday August 12
07:30 to 10:00
NOTAM 10:00 to 18:00 – end of show time subject to change
18:00 to 20:00 — Aircraft can be moved from display and staged for later/ultra-early departures

Sunday August 14
07:30 to 10:00
NOTAM 10:00 to 18:00
18:00 to 21:00 following show

Dates for the airshow are August 10, 11 and 12. Pilots are recommended to obtain the ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) early, and to expect an increased radius on the zone. Both outer and inner tower frequencies will likely be in effect.

Be sure to check the latest published NOTAMs for updates on any airspace restrictions during the event period. For further information, please visit the official website of Abbotsford International Airshow.

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