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LBA Conference Starts Wednesday, Peer-to-Peer Education Is Foundation

October 20, 2009, Orlando, FL – NBAA's inaugural Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference starts tomorrow, offering a number of education sessions, a Concept Buyers Program and a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown – all specifically designed for owners and operators of light business airplanes.

"NBAA has made a commitment to increasing its support for this segment of the business aviation industry," said Chris Strong, NBAA vice president, membership marketing. "That's why this conference is such a high priority. It serves a very important community of small businesses and owner/operators that represents a large percentage of the industry."

NBAA designed the LBA Conference with input from an Operator Advisory Council, drawn from owner/operators who are leaders in aircraft type clubs, as well as training center and aircraft service provider executives who work closely with owners and operators of light business airplanes. "That input was crucial," says Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, operations, education & economics. "We've heard from many small flight departments and owner/operators who are very impressed with the breadth and depth of the conference's educational offerings and are very excited to attend."

The Concept Buyers Program will serve businesses that do not yet own an airplane, and the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown will address the safety issues that operators of light business airplanes face every day. "Many of the education sessions are taught by owner/operators, for owner/operators," says Nichols. "These will not be presentations by salespeople; this conference is built on highly interactive, peer-to-peer education."

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