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NBAA to Honor Safety Award Recipients at 55th Annual Meeting & Convention

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, August 12, 2002 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will recognize the recipients of its Flying Safety Awards Program during its Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 12, 2002, at the close of the NBAA 55th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The NBAA Flying Safety Awards Program was established in 1953 by the NBAA Board of Directors. The Flying Safety Awards are more than a Member service; they provide Member Companies with well-earned recognition for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. They also are testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations and pay tribute to the skill, ability and dedication of management, maintenance, support service and pilot teams. In addition, the NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide recognition to the excellent safety record of business aviation.

This year, four companies will receive the 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement Award, which gives special recognition to NBAA Member Companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident. The 2002 recipients of this award are 3M, American International Group, Inc., Ball Corporation and Duke Energy Corp. Including this year’s recipients, 35 NBAA Members have received this award since its inception in 1998.

Other 2002 Flying Safety Awards honor the categories of Corporate Business, Commercial Business, Pilot, Aviation Maintenance Department, Maintenance/Avionics Technician and Aviation Support Services. The cumulative records for the year ending December 31, 2001, are:

  • Corporate Business Flying Safety Award – Member Companies whose aircraft have flown in excess of three or more consecutive accident-free years. This year 283 corporations are cited for 8,996,245 cumulative hours.
  • Commercial Business Flying Safety Award – Member Companies whose aircraft have flown in excess of three or more consecutive accident-free years in a nonscheduled, revenue-producing capacity. Receiving this award are 9 companies that have compiled 249,929 hours.
  • Pilot Safety Award – Member Company pilots who have flown corporate aircraft in excess of 1,500 accident-free hours. There are 692 recipients this year, whose totals add up to 5,404,741 hours.
  • Aviation Maintenance Department Safety Award – Member Companies that qualify for a Corporate or Commercial Safety Award and perform their own maintenance. Receiving this award are 60 companies.
  • Maintenance/Avionics Technician Safety Award – Member Company technicians who have been employed three or more accident-free years in support of corporate/business flight operations. There are 450 recipients this year.
  • Aviation Support Services Safety Award – Member Company support services personnel who have been employed three or more accident-free years in support of corporate/business flight operations. There are 371 recipients this year.

For more information about NBAA Awards, visit http://www.nbaa.org/awards

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,100 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world's largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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