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NBAA Welcomes Industry Veteran Jason Liao as the Association's Chief Representative in Asia

Contacts: Dan Hubbard (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org
Patrick Dunne (202) 783-9362, pdunne@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, December 1, 2010 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that longtime Asian business aviation leader Jason Liao has been named the Association's Chief Representative in the region.

Liao has held top positions with several major business aviation manufacturers, and also helped launch the region's preeminent industry organization. He will provide ongoing representation, consulting and other services in support of NBAA and its Members in the Asian region.

"We are thrilled to have Jason's expertise to help represent NBAA in Asia, and inform the Association's work on behalf of business aviation in the region," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "As the business aviation community increasingly looks to this large and diverse part of the world for growth opportunities, Jason's unmatched experience in Asia will be a real asset to the Association and its Members."

Bolen noted Liao's distinguished career in business aviation, as well as his solid grasp of the regulations affecting the industry in the Asian region.

Liao has held senior positions with Bombardier, Inc., Hawker Beechcraft Company and Raytheon Aircraft Company in China. He was a founding member of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), and currently serves as the association's Vice Chairman. He is also Chairman and CEO of the China Business Aviation Group, based in Beijing.

"I am delighted to be a part of NBAA's work to help advance the agenda of the business aviation community in Asia," Liao said. "NBAA is the world's premiere business aviation association, and its leadership has shown a demonstrated commitment to helping create an environment that fosters the industry in countries across the region. I am confident that this partnership will be a win-win for NBAA and its Members."

Liao's portfolio with NBAA includes consultation on the forthcoming Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China in 2012. The event, which will be held annually beginning at the Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China, marks the much-anticipated return of the first and most successful trade show in Asia dedicated solely to business aviation.

ABACE2012 will be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from February 28 to March 1, 2012. The event will include exhibits in the facility's 4,000 square-meter hangar, a Static Display of Aircraft outside on its expansive ramp, and on-site education sessions led by industry veterans with knowledge of the region's business and regulatory environment.

Liao recently served as a keynote speaker at the first-ever Business Aviation Safety Seminar - Asia, held in Singapore, where he encouraged government officials to develop aviation-friendly regulations, pursue reasonable access rules, and work to harmonize industry regulations across Asian countries. To read a web article about Liao's presentation, visit www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/20101110-asia-safety-seminar.php.

Liao also participated in a press conference held during NBAA's 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention, to announce the reintroduction of ABACE in 2012. To hear a podcast of the press conference, visit www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2010/news/20101020-china-growing.php.

To download a photograph of Liao, visit www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/_images/Jason-Liao.jpg.

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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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