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Seattle Regional Forum Caps a Week of Promoting Aviation

September 28, 2012

The Pacific Northwest’s strong aviation heritage and a commitment to educating the next generation of aviation professionals were recently demonstrated through a week of events in Seattle, WA, concluding with NBAA’s final Business Aviation Regional Forum of 2012.

Hosted by Clay Lacy Aviation at Boeing Field/King Co. International Airport (BFI), the Sept. 20 forum was held in conjunction with other regional events sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA).

“It was basically a three-day event. A Maintainers Luncheon, featuring Brad Townsend of the NBAA Maintenance Committee as speaker, started things off Tuesday. The next day, PNBAA held its fourth annual charity golf event, benefitting Seattle's Aviation High School and the Civil Air Patrol in Washington State,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA Northwest regional representative. “That event flowed right into the student mentoring session, before the actual Regional Forum on Thursday."

Ivey noted several dozen high school students from throughout the Puget Sound region attended the Sept. 19 evening event, which started off with presentations by speakers representing different segments of the industry, including NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security, Operations & Regulation Doug Carr. The speakers explained to students the variety of career options within multiple aspects of the industry, including maintainers, pilots, aviation law, and Certified Aviation Managers.

"I think we piqued a lot of interest that day, by giving the students the opportunity to see what business aviation is all about," said Ivey.

Also on that day, Jim Cannon, director of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program for the International Business Aviation Council, conducted an informational session on IS-BAO procedures.

On Sept. 20, the Business Aviation Regional Forum included a keynote address by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, followed by speeches from other notable figures in Northwestern aviation, including Washington State Aviation Director Tristan Atkins. Attendees were then invited to participate in a number of education sessions, speak with Exhibitors about new products and services, and network with their peers.

"Seattle was a wonderful venue to showcase the pride in aviation throughout the Pacific Northwest region," Ivey said. "Of course we have Boeing here, but business aviation is thriving as well. These operators and service providers are eager to come together and focus on the advocacy and networking aspects of regional business aviation operations."

A total of 953 participants attended the event, capping what Ivey termed “a very positive week.”

NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry.

In 2013, NBAA will host forums beginning Feb. 28 at AirFlite Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA; June 6 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY; July 11 at Centennial Airport in Denver, CO; and Sept. 12 at Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN) near Chicago, IL.