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NBAA Maintenance Management Conference to Celebrate 100 Years of Aviation Maintenance This May

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, April 2, 2003 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) invites members of the business aviation community to celebrate the achievements of past and present aircraft maintenance technicians at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, May 17 through 21 in Charlotte, NC. This World Flight 2003 Centennial of Aviation Maintenance event also will honor Charles E. Taylor, mechanic and engine builder for the Wright Flyer and the "Father of Aviation Maintenance."

The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference is the only event that provides current and developing maintenance managers the opportunity to learn information and solutions about the latest issues affecting the business aviation maintenance community today. This event will take place in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation's World Flight 2003, which will host a variety of Centennial of Aviation Maintenance events in Charlotte, NC, from May 11 to 21, 2003. The goals of World Flight 2003 are to recognize the role played by aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) in providing general aviation, commercial aviation and the military with the safest aircraft in the world and to introduce the public to the many career opportunities available in the aviation maintenance industry.

The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference will commence at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 with the thrill and excitement of The Winston NASCAR All-Star Race, where AMTs will receive special recognition. Sunday, May 18, will provide more networking opportunities as Attendees gather for a daytime social event and an evening Welcome Reception.

Highly informative Conference sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20. Session topics will include:

  • Human factors in aircraft maintenance
  • FAA Part 145 repair station regulatory update
  • Environmental health and safety
  • High-performance team building
  • Fatigue management
  • Financial advantages
  • Emerging technologies
  • Industry updates
On Monday, May 19, the keynote speaker will be Alfred C. Haynes, who will share the story of how 184 people survived the crash landing of United flight 232 on July 19, 1989, due to successful crew resource management, teamwork and safety procedures. Now a professional speaker, Haynes served in the military as a marine aviator early in his career and was employed by United Airlines from 1956 to 1991, when he retired as captain with more than 27,000 hours of flight time.

Maintenance Management Conference exhibits showcasing products and services of interest to the aviation maintenance community will be open during the Sunday Welcome Reception and during the lunch break on both Monday and Tuesday. NBAA Associate Members are invited to exhibit at this special anniversary event, and several sponsorship opportunities also will be available.

For an additional fee, Conference Attendees are invited to participate in either a Professional Development Program Course or a Maintenance Manual Workshop on Wednesday, May 21.

The 2003 Maintenance Management Conference meets FAA requirements to qualify as 10 hours of Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Training. The FAA has assigned it the following IA Renewal Course number: #AGL/0303/0034/11.

For more information about the 2003 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference and associated events, visit www.nbaa.org/seminars/mmc.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,300 companies that own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world's largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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