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Cayman Delegation Attends US Business Aviation Trade Show

by Leroy Baker,, New York

17 October 2007

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) recently led the largest delegation of Cayman Islands' aviation related entities to date attending the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) tradeshow, in Atlanta, United States.

CAACI's objective in attending the NBAA was to promote the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry and associated business services. This, the 60th Anniversary of NBAA, was well attended, with an estimated 32,000 attendees and 1152 exhibitors over the three-day period, September 25-27, 2007.

The CAACI traditionally attends this annual tradeshow, which features all facets of the aviation industry, with exhibitors such as manufacturers, leasing companies, aircraft brokers, management companies, airlines, charter operators, airports, auxiliary service firms including legal, financing, insurance firms, and FBO. Each year the CAACI's booth draws interest from existing and potential clients of the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry.

Attending with the CAACI in 2007 were representatives of local private firms Appleby, Goldfield, Island Air, Maples & Calder, and European legal firm Schaefer & Associates; as well as officials from the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry and representative materials from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.

"We had a significant presence this year at NBAA," remarked Director-General of CAA, Richard Smith. "The synergy between all parties present was beneficial to the visitors to our booth. There was information available on the aircraft and shipping registries, company registration, as well as legal and financial services offered in the jurisdiction. Cayman was well represented to this audience."

Industry partner Joannah Small, attorney with Maples and Calder commented: "I have had the pleasure of working with the CAACI since 1998 when I started my career at Maples and Calder. It has been wonderful to see the progress and changes over the course of the last nine years and, in particular, the benefits of the very successful public relations campaign which the CAACI launched relatively recently. The popularity of the Aircraft Registry and the general benefits to Cayman's economy as a result of these initiatives are readily apparent. NBAA 2007 was, to me, a great example of the culmination of the CAACI's hard work and dedication and I was extremely honoured to be attend as a private sector representative. I look forward to continued partnership with the CAACI in the years to come as we grow in this exciting area of the aviation industry."

Also partnering with the CAACI on this initiative were local companies Cayman Airways, Tortuga Rum Company and the Grand Caymanian Resort who donated giveaways and prize offerings.

Director of Commercial Affairs Regulation for the CAACI, Nicoela McCoy commented: "We are delighted with the partnerships forged with the private sector as well as the other CI Government departments and statutory bodies. This tradeshow served to solidify our working relationships with those firms attending with us and serves to open the doors for the development of mutually beneficial partnerships, associations and sharing of information."

The CAACI undertakes a range of tradeshows and targeted promotional initiatives on an annual basis, to increase the aviation industry's awareness of the Cayman Islands' offerings and regulatory capabilities in various markets around the world. NBAA is the largest tradeshow of its kind in the North American marketplace, and attracts exhibitors and visitors from countries around the world.

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