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NBAA's Convention: Business Aviation's Most Active Marketplace

The business aviation community will converge on Orlando, FL, October 20 through 22 at the industry's preeminent event, the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009). Inside the onemillion- square foot Orange County Convention Center, Attendees will be able to view the largest display of business aviation products and services under one roof, have the opportunity to network with colleagues and customers, as well as take advantage of the various Education Sessions and Professional Development Program courses being offered during the event.

Especially in light of the current economic environment, this year's Convention offers the most productive and efficient means for business aviation buyers and sellers to connect and learn about the latest product developments and technologies available. Perhaps more importantly, the Convention will serve as a forum for sharing tactics on how to survive and thrive in the current recession.

NBAA is acutely aware of how economic conditions have affected Members. As a result, the Association plans to make this year's show affordable to participants.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen states, "We fully realize the state of the economy and its effect on our industry, so we are taking a number of steps to make this year's Convention as costeffective for Exhibitors and Attendees as possible." One initiative is freezing rates for exhibiting and attending this year's Convention at the same level as last year's event. In recent weeks, NBAA has also offered a free webinar to help Exhibitors minimize costs while maximizing exposure for their companies and products.

Kathleen Blouin, NBAA senior vice president, conventions, seminars & forums, adds, "Especially in these difficult economic times, companies need the Annual Meeting & Convention to help maximize the use of their most important assets: people and time. Our Members and Exhibitors should take advantage of the Convention to maintain relationships with their existing customers and to discover new opportunities in the marketplace."

More Diverse Sessions to Attract New Attendees

NBAA has been aggressively reaching out in a variety of ways to attract existing operators and first-time customers to the event, offering innovative programs to attract potential Attendees, both domestically and globally.

This year's proceedings will kick off with the Opening General Session on October 20, featuring keynote speaker and Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard. A respected authority on business trends, entrepreneurship and technology, Karlgaard is also an avid pilot and owner of a Cirrus SR22.

"I look forward to being there on opening day and discussing the trends I'm seeing in business aviation and in the broader financial marketplace," Karlgaard says. "I'm also eager to hear from those in attendance about the measures they're taking to help their flight operations meet the challenges present in this very turbulent economic environment."

Joining Karlgaard for the Convention's Opening General Session will be golf legend and esteemed businessman Arnold Palmer, who has long relied on business aviation as part of building his company, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator J. Randolph "Randy" Babbitt, a veteran pilot and internationally recognized authority on aviation policy.

NBAA2009 also will feature a broad slate of Education Sessions covering topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, aircraft and flight operations, career and leadership development, airspace and airport access, and aircraft management and ownership.

In addition, Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference programming will debut at NBAA2009. Designed to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with practical information to help them make the most effective decisions when utilizing light business airplanes, LBA Conference sessions will cover everything from the tax benefits of using an airplane for business, to the various types of business uses for general aviation aircraft. From single-engine piston models, to turboprops and light jets, current operators of light business airplanes will provide information on a variety of topics, from how to save on fuel to how to obtain the best possible insurance coverage at the lowest rate.

A highlight of the LBA Conference sessions will be a presentation by John and Martha King, notable aviation instructors and founders of the King Schools. They will share their experiences with business aircraft and relay what they wish they knew when they acquired their first jet. They also will discuss proven ways to avoid surprises and prepare for the expense of operating a small business airplane.

Safety Remains Paramount

Fostering safety always has been NBAA's principal focus, and at this year's LBA event, Cessna Aircraft Company will sponsor a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown on Thursday, October 22. Drawing upon actual piloting experiences and providing peer-to-peer information sharing, this safety-oriented session will delve into existing and emerging technologies to enhance operational safety, both in the air and on the ground.

This year's Convention also will feature the annual Safety Town Hall Meeting, with keynote speaker Robert Sumwalt, National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman, who, along with the Federal Aviation Administration's Safety Team, will examine accident trends and offer analysis of the latest issues affecting aviation safety.

Always a highlight of the Annual Meeting & Convention, this year's static display will be held at nearby Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), where Attendees will have an opportunity to view the cockpits and cabins of more than 100 business aircraft.

As Bolen affirms, "Even in tough times – maybe especially in tough times – NBAA's Convention will remain a critical event for promoting a positive image of business aviation, conveying valuable operational information and providing an outstanding forum for the hundreds of companies that depend on the show to market their products and communicate with their customers. It is clear that for everyone who cares about business aviation, Orlando will be the place to be from October 20 to 22."

LIGHT BUSINESS AIRPLANE CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Below is the list of Light Business Airplane Conference sessions designed specifically for owners and operators flying GA airplanes for business. These sessions can help you maximize your tax benefits, enhance the safety of your operations, get tips on upgrading to a new airplane, protect your medical certificate and reduce your cost of flying.

Wednesday, October 21

NBAA Putting Business Aviation to Work for Your Travel Needs – NBAA Program for Those Considering Business Aviation as an Option
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310E

Making the Big Step Up to Owning and Flying a Jet
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310F

Answers You Need: Legal Risk Management and Asset Protection for Aviators
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310G

Getting, Keeping and Recovering Your FAA Medical Certificate
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310E

Flying GPS & WAAS Approaches, Understanding Charts and Databases
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310F

Citation Jet Pilots Meeting: The Citation Jet Pilots Owner-Pilot Association and Web Site
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310G

What Really Happens in IMC? Survival Tactics for Single-Pilot IFR
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310E

Successfully Navigating the FARs for Business Aviation
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310F

Tax Benefits of Using an Aircraft for Business
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310G

NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption Explained: What Is It? How Can It Help You? Do You Need It?
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room S310E

The Miracle of Airborne NEXRAD Radar
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room S310F

Single-Pilot In-Flight Medicine: Things That Can't Wait Until You Land
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room S310G

Thursday, October 22

Recordkeeping Primer for Light Aircraft Operators
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310E

Free Online Flight and Fuel Planning Resources
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310F

Safety Management Resources for the Owner and Small Flight Operation
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room S310G

Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Room S310AB

Hiring Light Jet Pilots vs. Owner-Flown Operations
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310E

Flying Green
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310F

Making an Informed Decision: Choosing the Best Airplane for Your Needs and Closing the Deal
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room S310G

Sharing an Airplane
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310E

Gizmos and Gadgets
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310F

Aircraft Maintenance: Obtaining the Best Price and Highest Quality
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room S310G