NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention Kicks Off With Media Breakfast

NBAA Media BreakfastORLANDO, FL, October 6, 2008 – The most exciting three days of the year for the business aviation industry began today in Orlando at the National Business Aviation Association’s 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) Media Kickoff Breakfast.

NBAA Chairman Jeffrey Lee opened the annual breakfast by discussing how the aviation community had come together before the start of the show to build a playground for area children at the Hollowbrook apartment complex, located near the Convention’s Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). In addition, 220 golfers participated in the NBAA Annual Chairman’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament, raising over $30,000 for NBAA Charities. “When we come together for a common cause, we can do great things,” Lee said.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce said they would continue their coordinated efforts to promote ongoing transformation of the nation’s aviation system to one based on satellite, or "NextGen"” technologies that promise to bring with them efficiency and safety enhancements.

Bolen and Bunce said the two organizations would continue their combined effort to ensure that the industry’s position on the need for aviation system modernization was well understood in Washington policymaking circles.

NBAA Media Breakfast"We know that our community can come together, organize and mobilize," Bolen said. "We know we have allies in small towns and communities. We know that our positive message on NextGen resonates on Capitol Hill. And we are excited to work with all of you as we keep trying to make NextGen a reality based on fuel taxes and not user fees."

Bolen also recognized two outstanding journalists in the business aviation community.

The NBAA Gold Wing Award is presented for insightful reporting on the most important issues and trends impacting business aviation. Business & Commercial Aviation magazine contributing editor. Patrick Veillette received the award for his story "Mid-Air Over Reno," a riveting article that highlighted a crisis situation in which aviation professionals relied on every ounce of acquired training, knowledge and ability to survive.

The NBAA David Ewald Platinum Wing Award recognizes a lifetime achievement of excellence in journalism. J. Mac McClellan received the award for his decades of clear, insightful reporting on general aviation as editor-in-chief of Flying magazine.

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