With chocolate box mountains as a backdrop, not to mention fine restaurants and Lake Geneva itself, there can be few better cities to come to for a trade show in May than Geneva. And EBACE is one of the best trade shows to attend - the convention centre is 10 minutes from the city centre and next to the airport, with excellent public transport and road links...it's almost as if it was designed by the Swiss! Paris-style traffic jams or Farnborough-style queues unheard of.
EBACE has grown tremendously since its birth here in 2001. This year it is occupying halls five, six and seven, with the static display, as always, over a walkway from hall seven, on the airport apron.
Today is press day, when Bombardier, Grob, Hawker Beechcraft and Privatair are among those making announcements. I'll be blogging opn some of those later. The show proper starts tomorrow, with the exhibition and any excellent series of seminars covering operational, safety and regulatory matters, which my colleague David Learmount will be covering.
Meanwhile, for the third year, Flight Evening News will be bringing show attendees, and the wider world via the web, all that day's breaking stories. The industry's only same-day show daily newspaper, my colleagues on FDN are currently busily putting the first issue - distributed to convention hotels as delegates arrive in Geneva this afternoon and evening. The paper comes out Monday through Wednesday and is an invaluable way to stay abreast of the big announcements and pictures from the show.