Uncertainty over the future of Fairchild Dornier, the pace of the rebound in regional airline fortunes and the ever-present nemesis of scope clauses were evident for the 1,300 delegates attending this year's low-key US Regional Airline Association convention, which took place in Nashville, Tennessee, 12-15 May. The meeting attracted 173 exhibitors compared with 188 last year, following a drop in associate membership to 289 (from 345). Against this, however, airline membership has climbed to 57 (from 49 in 2001), a number of which were keen to view the Embraer 170 on its first US visit.

Source: Flight International