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NBAA Exhibitor Update #09-02
February 2009

NBAA Exhibitor Update is the National Business Aviation Association's e-mail newsletter for NBAA Associate Members, covering the latest news, announcements and deadlines for Exhibitors and Sponsors at NBAA events. Click on the links below to find additional details on NBAA's web site at or to get in touch with an NBAA Staff member. Send your comments about NBAA Exhibitor Update to

News & Announcements
Bolen Defends Business Aviation at Congressional Hearing
While testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee this month, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged recent critics who have questioned the value of business aviation and called for companies to divest of business aircraft. During the hearing, Bolen was asked about recent negative media coverage of the industry. "It's a fact: business aviation is essential to America," Bolen told the subcommittee. "Unfortunately, an understanding of that reality is not reflected in calls for companies to divest of their business airplanes," Bolen continued. "It's dangerous because it's costing jobs. It's dangerous because it is threatening an entire manufacturing base. It's dangerous because it is taking away a tool many companies absolutely rely on to remain competitive and survive, especially in this unforgiving marketplace." Bolen further argued that business aviation is the most prudent and cost effective means of transportation for many businesses and should be promoted, not disparaged. Read more at:

NBAA Stands Up for Business Aviation in a Turbulent Climate
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen's testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee this month (as referenced in the previous item) was just the latest in a series of ongoing efforts by the Association to underscore the value of business aviation with news media organizations, policymakers and others. "NBAA has aggressively stated our message about the importance of business aviation," said Bolen. "While we can't guarantee that our comments will always be accurately portrayed or even included in every story, we will nevertheless continue to press our case." He recently told the Wall Street Journal: "We're all trying to battle misperception. The vast majority of the time, these jets are flying offices, where people can conduct business and have confidential discussions that could never occur on a commercial jetliner." Learn more about NBAA's efforts at:

No Plane No Gain: GAMA and NBAA Launch Multimedia Advocacy Campaign Under Trusted Industry Banner
Looking to reinforce the value of business aviation to American workers, policymakers, companies and communities across the U.S., NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) this month unveiled a comprehensive new joint advocacy campaign with a familiar name: No Plane No Gain. The program gets its name from a campaign launched in 1993 by the same two associations. The new initiative will take full advantage of the changing ways people receive and process information today while building on proven advocacy techniques. "No Plane No Gain will underscore why business aviation is critical to tens of thousands of cost-conscious companies fighting to succeed in a difficult market," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "It will also remind people of the relief efforts and humanitarian assistance that is only possible through this mode of transportation." Visit the new No Plane No Gain web site at:

NBAA2009 Exhibitor Information Entirely Online9
NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL. As the nation's eighth largest trade show, NBAA2009 will feature more than one million square feet of indoor exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center, 150 static aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport, 100 Education Sessions and 30,000 Attendees from every sector of the business aviation industry. The lottery deadline for Priority Two and Priority Three Exhibitors is today, February 20. This year for the first time, in an effort to be more conscious of the environment, NBAA is offering the Annual Meeting & Convention Exhibitor Prospectus entirely online without a printed counterpart. Also, in recognition of the economic challenges facing its Members and Exhibitors, NBAA is holding prices for NBAA2009 to 2008 levels. All forms and Exhibitor Rules & Regulations, including booth configurations, pricing, advertising and sponsorships, are available on the NBAA2009 web site at:

NBAA2009 Sessions to Address Needs of Light Business Airplane Operators
As first reported by NBAA in January, programming and other elements from the 2009 Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009), originally slated for March, will now be incorporated into the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention this October. The LBA event was previously scheduled to take place in San Diego, CA, on March 13 and 14. However, the state of the economy caused NBAA to make adjustments to ensure maximum value for Attendees and Exhibitors. "By incorporating the Conference into the Convention, the entrepreneurs and pilots for whom LBA was designed will now be able to participate in the full two days of Education Sessions, including the Cessna Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, while attending NBAA2009," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. NBAA welcomes and encourages light business airplane operators to attend and exhibit at NBAA2009. For more information about the programming changes, visit:

Opportunities Still Available for EBACE2009, Only Three Months Away
Exhibit, advertising and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009), to be held May 12 to 14 in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE is the flagship forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. Potential advertisers can contact either NBAA's Kirby Konz at or Melissa Murphy at Companies interested in sponsorships should contact NBAA's Cheryl Padilla at The advertising insertion order deadline is February 27, and artwork is due by March 6. The full Exhibitor Prospectus is available online; for more information and to download forms, visit:

Next Regional Forum Is Fast Approaching: April 9 in Dallas
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. The Dallas Regional Forum, to be held at the Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Texas, will feature hundreds of Attendees, 60 indoor exhibits, approximately 30 static aircraft and a number of presentations with valuable information for those operating in the Dallas region. Additional Regional Forums will be held this year on June 24 at the Signature Flight Support facility on St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP) in St. Paul, MN, and on September 17 at the Ribeiro Corporate Hangar on Henderson Executive Airport (HND) in Las Vegas, NV. Exhibitor information and forms for these events are online at:

Exhibit Space Still Available for Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in April
The 54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), co-presented by NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation, will be held April 21 to 23 at the Hilton Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. This event provides a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. More than 300 representatives of business operators attend the CASS, including leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. The agenda, Exhibitor floorplan and Exhibitor application form for this event are online at:

NBAA2009 Charity Gala to Benefit Corporate Angel Network
This year's NBAA Charity Gala will be more of a philanthropic event than ever before. Proceeds from the 2009 event, which will again feature Silent and Live Auctions, will benefit Corporate Angel Network, a charitable organization whose mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers using the empty seats on business aircraft. To ensure that Corporate Angel Network continues to help cancer patients in the current economic climate, NBAA is now soliciting donations for this year's Silent and Live Auctions, such as aviation-themed items of interest. For more information or to obtain a donation form, contact NBAA's Dina Green at

Nominations for 2009 European Business Aviation Award Due Apr. 12
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), co-producers of EBACE, are calling for nominations for the 2009 European Business Aviation Award. The award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, and is presented each year to one or more individuals during EBACE, the only European exhibition focusing solely on business aviation. Nominations for the 2009 award are due to EBACE's European Office by April 12. For more information, visit:

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Events for NBAA Exhibitors & Sponsors
36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30 – April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 9, 2009, Dallas, TX

24th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 21–23, 2009, Orlando, FL

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 12–14, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 25, 2009, St. Paul, MN

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 2527, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 17, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009)
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando, FL

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Contacts for NBAA Exhibitors & Sponsors
General Information

Donna Raphael
Administrative Assistant
Tel: +1 (202) 478-7760


Linda A. Peters
Vice President, Exhibits
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9368

Margie Morgan
Manager, Exhibits
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9369

Static Displays

Marti Smith
Director, Regional Forums & Static Displays
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9365

Joe Hart
Sr. Manager, Regional Forums & Static Displays
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9456

Mark Libby, Jr.
Coordinator, Static Displays & Exhibits
Tel: +1 (202) 280-6343


Maureen C. Cameron
Director of Marketing, Conventions, Seminars & Forums
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9453


Kirby Konz
Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator
Tel: +1 (202) 478-7772

Steve Champness
Advertising Sales Representative (East of the Mississippi)
Tel: +1 (800) 878-7555

Melissa Murphy
Advertising Sales Representative (West of the Mississippi)
Tel: +1 (785) 856-5111

Meeting Rooms & Information Sessions

Sandy Wirtz
Director, Seminars
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9366

Dina E. Green
Director, Registration, Meetings & Seminar Exhibits
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9357


Jan Simmons-Kelliebrew
Manager, Conventions, Seminars & Forums Registration
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9283

Stacey Dunn Turner
Assistant Manager, Conventions, Seminars & Forums Registration
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9351


Cheryl Padilla
Director, Conventions
Tel: +1 (202) 737-4484

Overall Coordination

Kathleen M. Blouin
Senior Vice President, Conventions, Seminars & Forums
Tel: +1 (202) 783-9364

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