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Convention Special Edition,  October 31, 2012

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Trio of Tuskegee Airmen Recounts Trials and Triumphs
It's not often that civilians get an opportunity to express, face-to-face, their gratitude to those who defend the country. However, NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) attendees got that opportunity on Oct. 31, as NBAA presented the Tuskegee Airmen, the elite group of World War II African-American fighter pilots, with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. The airmen "played a tremendous role in my life," said NBAA Board Member Lloyd "Fig" Newton, a session participant. "They gave me hope that the impossible was possible. They created an environment where we all can have dreams." Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Carville, Matalin Talk Politics at NBAA2012
With the 2012 Election Day just six days away, attendees at the second-day general session of NBAA2012 had the opportunity on Oct. 31 to hear from two of the country’s most famous political pundits – James Carville and Mary Matalin. The married couple were making their third appearance at an NBAA Convention, following visits in 2006 and 2008. Learn more about the Carville and Matalin session.

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Business Aviation Ready to Assist in Sandy Relief Efforts
As pounding rain and wind speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour heralded the arrival of "Superstorm" Sandy along the Eastern seaboard earlier this week, companies and operators participating in NBAA's Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database were already working with national emergency agencies and personnel to assist with post-storm relief efforts using business aircraft. The NBAA HERO database is a list of people and companies throughout the business aviation community who have volunteered to assist with disaster-response mobilization efforts. Read more about business aviation's humanitarian efforts.

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Experts Offer Guidance for iPad Implementation in Your Flight Operation
The Apple iPad has undoubtedly found a home in many business aviation operations. The popular device makes it simple to make the move to a paperless cockpit, with apps for route planning, checking weather, viewing navigational charts and just about everything else. But using iPads in your flight operation involves more than just downloading some apps. A session on Oct. 30 at NBAA2012 titled "Training Solutions for Flight Deck iPad Implementation" stressed the importance of having a plan for training on the device. Learn more about the iPad session.

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NBAA Announces Re-election of Moore, Newton to Board of Directors
NBAA's Voting Members re-elected Lloyd "Fig" Newton and Scott A. Moore to the Association's Board of Directors during its 65th Annual Meeting held Oct. 31 at the Orange County Convention Center. "Both of these individuals have proved to be outstanding Board members, and we are happy to have them continue in this capacity," said Richard Shine, chairman of the NBAA Board of Directors and CEO and chief pilot of Manitoba Corporation. Read more about Moore and Newton.

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Operating Environment in China Gradually Improving
While flying to and within China still can be challenging, operators, regulators and service providers that met on Oct. 30 at NBAA2012 agreed that improvements in the operating environment are occurring, albeit slowly. Flight department managers whose aircraft frequently fly to China compared notes with service providers and other country experts. From a regulatory perspective, one of biggest issues for business aviation in China continues to be infrastructure, said Robyn Cicero, FAA foreign affairs specialist for Asia. Read more about business aviation in China.

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Reverse Trade Seminar Seeks to Advance Business Aviation in Asia
Asia-Pacific has been one of the fastest-growing economies in of the world, and business aviation is playing a key role in the economic growth of the Pacific Rim. However, challenges to doing business in the region remain. That's why approximately 100 people attended the U.S. Trade and Development Agency Business Aviation Briefing held earlier this week in conjunction with NBAA2012. Learn more about the reverse trade seminar.

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Presents Combs Gates Award
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today presented its annual Combs Gates Award to first-time author Regina Wirtanen Buker during NBAA2012. NAHF President Phil Roberts presented Buker with a $20,000 cash award for her yet-to-be published book, The Skytrain Pilot: Flying a C-47 Into Combat, which recounts the story of her late father, Lt. George Neale Wirtanen. Read more about the Combs Gates Award.

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Averting Shortage of Aviation Talent Requires Industry Support, Creativity
Five years ago, experts called the coming shortage of trained aviation professionals "the greatest threat to aviation safety," but then the recession struck. "So the problem kind of went away for a while," said Sheryl Barden, president of Aviation Personnel International, in an NBAA2012 session on Oct. 31. "Many people still say, 'Will it ever really come to pass?'" "It will" was the consensus of a panel of flight department leaders and aviation educators, but only with support from the industry. Learn more about the aviation talent session.

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NBAA2012 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 NBAA2012 was a must-have on their calendar this year. .

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Throughout all three days of NBAA2012, the Association is posting photo galleries on a wide range of scenes from the Convention, from speakers and education sessions, to the exhibit booths and aircraft displays. Today's featured galleries include shots from the exhibit floor, and photos of every business aircraft appearing on two static displays at Orlando Executive Airport and the Orange County Convention Center. Plus, the gallery makes it easy to share your favorite images on Twitter and Pinterest. .

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NBAA Video Spotlight

Lindbergh Foundation, Aviation Green Alliance Working for Greener Skies

A new campaign from the Aviation Green Alliance created a series of five ads that will run in some of the industry’s most prominent publications over the next several months highlighting aviation’s efforts to improve the environment with winglet technology. Joe Clark of Aviation Partners Boeing, recipient of the Lindbergh Foundation 2012 Corporate Award for Balance, has been at the forefront of the new technology that reduces drag and increases fuel efficiency by as much as 7 percent. By 2014 Aviation Partners estimates its winglets will have saved the aviation industry more than five billion gallons of fuel. Watch the video.

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