The opening day for NBAA´s 61st Annual Meeting & Convention concluded with 29,350 Attendees on-site in Orlando for the show. At the Media Kickoff Breakfast that began the day, NBAA Chairman Jeff Lee noted that the turnout underscored the opportunities the show provides to companies of all sizes whose products and services span the general aviation industry. "This year´s show comes amidst spikes in the cost of fuel, tightening credit markets a challenging economy and even the devastating impact of Hurricane Ike on Houston, a city with an economy that is heavily dependent on aviation," said Lee. The day was filled with news-making events by a number of Exhibitors, and a host of valuable Information Sessions on aviation safety, security, taxation and other issues. Noteworthy speakers were also on hand, including International Civil Aviation Organization President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, famed political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin and Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell.