NBAA Update

Special Convention Edition, October 11, 2011

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Famous Pilots Fete Industry Legend Clay Lacy
On the second day of NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), legendary pilot and entrepreneur Clay Lacy received the 2011 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, the Association's most distinguished honor, presented annually to an individual who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, has made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests. Lacy was feted at a special pilots roundtable that included actor Harrison Ford, astronaut Gene Cernan, FAA's Randy Babbitt, famed test pilot Bob Hoover and others. View a video, and learn more about the special recognition of Lacy at today's Convention.

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Association Leaders Address Challenges Facing Industry
"When you're under enormous pressure, you find out pretty quickly what's at your core," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen as he introduced a second-day panel of association leaders discussing the challenges facing general aviation. "We've found that at the core of general aviation, there are a lot of deeply passionate people willing to come together in a unified way." Learn more about the NBAA2011 presidents roundtable.

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Video: Business Aviation Community Unites at NBAA2011
Industry leaders, policymakers and Attendees view NBAA's Convention as a platform to continue advocacy efforts that highlight the value of business aviation to local and national economies and to fight harmful policy proposals emanating from Washington. At the NBAA2011 Opening General Session, speakers such as U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III (D-WV) voiced concerns about government obstacles for business aviation, which were echoed by Convention Attendees. Watch the video.

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Local News Crews Hear No Plane No Gain Message
Most visitors to NBAA2011 appreciate the value of the annual Convention as a great venue for networking with clients and industry peers, and learning about the latest innovations in business aviation. What may be less well known is that the event also affords a unique opportunity to reach out to local television newsrooms and other media outlets. Read more about local newspaper and TV coverage of the show.

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Tweetup Offers Social Networking Tips for Business Aviation
Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to new trends understands that social media – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and more – is transforming the way people interact and conduct business. The social media revolution is having no less of an impact on business aviation. That was apparent when NBAA sponsored its first Tweetup, which was promoted solely via Twitter postings and drew about 50 registered Convention Attendees, representing everyone from social media "newbies" to experts. Learn more about the NBAA2011 Tweetup.

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Despite Limited Resources, FAA Making Progress on Safety Initiatives
A panel of FAA officials briefed a standing-room-only crowd at a "Meet the Regulators" session on the agency's safety initiatives and suggested that some projects that have been stymied might be able to proceed. FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan said the FAA was in "in limbo last year" because of funding uncertainties, but predicted that the agency would fare relatively well in the next fiscal year. Learn more about the FAA panel.

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Analysts: China Poised to Become World's Largest Aircraft Market
"The giant has awakened." That was the opening statement at a press conference held at NBAA2011 by two representatives from the China Business Aviation Group (CBAG), which hopes to speed progress in opening the Chinese skies to new business aircraft in the very near future. Opportunities and challenges facing business aviation in China was a topic covered at NBAA2011 both by the press conference and by an education session. Listen to a special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, or read an article about how China is poised to grow.

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Proactively Manage Your Aircraft as a Strategic Asset
In the old days, some flight department managers simply flew the company aircraft and waited for their boss to tell them when to buy a new one. Two asset management experts and an aircraft operator speaking at a session held during NBAA2011 suggested that today's aviation department manager needs to be proactively managing the company airplane using sound financial principles. Learn more about the asset management session.

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New Reimbursement Resource for LBA Owner-Pilots
Owner-pilots of light business airplanes (LBAs) know better than anyone how much time their aircraft has saved them, how much utility the aircraft has provided them, and how important a role their aircraft is for conducting efficient and profitable business. The ability to visit multiple locations or clients in one day, or fly directly to a customer or plant in a community not served by the air carriers, gives any businessperson an important advantage in today's competitive environment. NBAA recently released a new reimbursement resource for owner-pilots, which is available as a handout at the LBA Conference sessions being held during the Convention. Learn more about the new LBA resource.

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Board Election Results Announced; Shine Is New Chairman
Members today re-elected 11 directors during NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting held today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Additionally, Richard Shine of Manitoba Corp. succeeded Patrick C. Cunningham of PepsiCo, Inc. as Board chairman, and Ron Duncan of General Communications, Inc. will serve as NBAA's new vice chairman/treasurer. Review full details about the NBAA Board.

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NBAA Honors Industry Leaders at Convention
At the start of the Convention, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen presented awards to some of the most distinguished figures in the business aviation community. IBAC Director General Don Spruston received the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award; Jim Cannon received the Winant Award; and NBAA also recognized six Member Companies with Safe Flying Achievement Awards. Learn more about the NBAA2011 awards luncheon.

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Who's Exhibiting at NBAA2011? Companies Just Like Yours
NBAA2011 provides one of the most efficient ways for companies to make the most of their marketing dollars in a challenging economic climate. Exhibitors meet face-to-face with colleagues and customers to cultivate existing relationships and build new ones – all in one place, saving them time and money. In several Exhibitor profiles, representatives of NBAA Member Companies explain in their own words why NBAA2011 remained a must-have on their calendar this year. Review the Exhibitor profiles.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Business Aviation Opportunities and Challenges in China

It's the most enticing aviation market in the world right now, where the economy is strong and customers are beating on the doors of aviation manufacturers worldwide. But the country's aviation infrastructure is nascent and its government leery about privately operated aircraft at flight levels. Learn more in this special Convention edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

October 10–12, 2011
64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011)
Las Vegas, NV

October 13–14, 2011
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

October 13–14, 2011
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Las Vegas, NV

December 8–9, 2011
CBAA/NBAA Cross-Border Issues Conference
Toronto, Canada












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