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NBAA2012 Will Feature Opportunity to Meet Asian Aviation Policymakers

August 21, 2012

If you could meet with aviation regulators and policymakers from Asia, what would you want to know, and what would you want them to know about your business and operations?

To be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012, in Orlando, FL, NBAA's 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) will offer an unprecedented chance for Members to have face-to-face discussions with the people most influential in aviation policies throughout Asia.

For several years, NBAA has been at the forefront of efforts to help Asian nations develop policies and procedures that facilitate business aviation. Now, as part of NBAA2012, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and U.S. Department of Transportation will sponsor a reverse trade mission, bringing regulators and policymakers from several Asian countries to Orlando, FL and Washington, DC.

The Asian governments participating in this mission are members of APEC, which is a group of 21 Pacific Rim nations (including the Unites States) dedicated to economic development throughout the region.

“This reverse trade mission is open to all members of APEC, which include Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, China, Vietnam and other countries in the region,” said NBAA Vice President of Safety, Security, Operations & Regulation Doug Carr. It will be an opportunity for two-way communication, he said.

On Monday, Oct. 29 at the Orange County Convention Center, NBAA Members are invited to attend a business briefing where they will be able to discuss procurement and project opportunities. U.S. firms will have a chance to meet with delegates from APEC countries, one-on-one, to present their products and services. USTDA officials will explain their efforts to promote U.S. products in the region.

On Nov. 5, the Monday after NBAA2012, NBAA will participate in the Asia Pacific Business Aviation Access Workshop at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Topics will include open access for business aviation in the region, as well as an overview of the regulatory frameworks and agreements with Pacific Rim nations.

“It’s a chance for companies wanting to do business in Asia to get in front of regulators and policy makers from each of these countries, an opportunity to get up close and personal with these officials and spend some quality time on issues of importance to U.S. and international businesses,” explained Carr.

The opportunities for communication both in Orlando and Washington are extremely valuable, he noted.

“We are encouraged by APEC’s focus on business aviation and hope that this work will result in positive regulatory and policy changes affecting business aviation. With aircraft at the top of our list of exports, encouraging the adoption of policies that make the use of business aircraft easier will have a direct, positive benefit for the business based in Asia and for local, regional and national economies as well.” Carr added. “We can perhaps look for opportunities to harmonize some aspects of business aviation aviation policy across Asia. Hopefully, this will ease the patchwork of regulations and enable smoother operations for all operators.”