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Five European Companies Recognized With Flying Safety Awards

Safety of Flight Awards Presented for Outstanding Operations, Maintenance Records

Contacts: Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9362, [email protected]
Romain Martin, EBAA, +32 2 766 00 73, [email protected]

Geneva, Switzerland, May 3, 2010 – The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the recipients of the 2010 EBAA Flying Safety Awards, given to five organizations for outstanding safety records. The awards were presented on May 2 at the Bombardier 4th Annual Safety Standdown Europe reception.

Dassault Falcon Service received the 2010 Platinum Safety of Flight Award (50 years or 100,000 hours without an accident) for its ongoing exemplary flight record. Other companies honored were: Tyrolean Jet Services and Abelag Aviation, recipients of the 2010 Gold Safety of Flight Award (40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident); Tyrol Air Ambulance, recipient of the 2010 Silver Safety of Flight Award (30 years or 60,000 hours without an accident); and VistaJet Luftfahrtunternehmen, recipient of the 2010 Bronze Safety of Flight Award (20 years or 40,000 hours without an accident).

The Flying Safety Awards represent the highest standards of aviation maintenance and flight operations in safe hours flown. “Safety is certainly the top concern for the people in our industry, and we’ve got the data to prove that we are seriously committed to achieving the highest safety standards possible,” said Brian Humphries, EBAA president and CEO. “These outstanding companies are examples of how this dedication to safe operations adds up to exemplary records.”

“Our organizations work throughout the year to facilitate development and dissemination of best safety practices for business aviation operations, and part of this effort is to honor and recognize the records of achievement in maintaining safe flying operations that these five organizations exemplify,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO.

Humphries added that “safety requires a year-round focus, and we at EBAA work daily with government and industry officials to enhance our already good safety record. We represent the business aviation community before the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, which will soon be the only authority for safety regulation in the EU.”

In addition, he said EBAA also works with the International Business Aviation Council to develop safety management systems and other industry standards of best practice.

Offered by Bombardier in partnership with NBAA and EBAA, the 4th Annual Safety Standdown Europe is a non-commercial effort to improve business aviation safety by combining skill-based training with knowledge-based training. It is held annually in conjunction with the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), to be held this week from May 4 to 6 in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about these events at www.ebace.aero.

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About EBAA
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) was founded in 1977 to defend the interests of business aviation. Today, more than 500 business aviation companies (direct members or members of associate organizations) rely on the EBAA to protect their business interests. It is the only voice to represent business aviation among the European institutions. For more information, visit www.ebaa.org.

About NBAA
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and 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.

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