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NBAA Introduces Online Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS)

User-Friendly Resource Will Provide Real-Time Aircraft Maintenance Data, Enhancing Safety, Improving Performance, Reducing Costs

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today unveiled the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a new, web-based tool that provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators with real-time information about business aircraft maintenance and performance.

"Many people in the business aviation community already collect maintenance data for their aircraft," noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "FERMS is a revolutionary resource, because it serves as a central information clearinghouse that can help our entire industry enhance safety, improve operational performance and reduce costs for aircraft operation."

FERMS allows individual operators to benefit not only from the compilation of their own aircraft data, but also from information contributed by other experienced fleet operators. FERMS users can enter relevant maintenance information for their aircraft, including dates for significant maintenance events, flight hours, landings and the actual amount of time aircraft are out of service. Users can mine the collected data, allowing for review and comparison of this valuable maintenance and performance information.

For example, an airplane's performance data can be compared to that for other aircraft of the same type, or to different types of aircraft in the FERMS database.

Prior to its launch, FERMS was pre-populated with operator records for many aircraft models, so that reports could be made immediately available. In many cases, operators participating in the FERMS program can have their own printed and electronic data imported into the database by NBAA.

NBAA Members wishing to participate in the FERMS initiative may do so by visiting the FERMS web site at www.nbaa.org/ferms. For more information, contact NBAA Director, Technical Operations Eli Cotti at (202) 737-4479 or ecotti@nbaa.org.

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves more than 7,000 Member Companies by promoting the aviation interests of organizations utilizing business aircraft in the United States and worldwide. The association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.