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FAA Administrator Blakey Featured Speaker at EBACE2003 Next Week

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Geneva, Switzerland, April 29, 2003 - Due to her interest in international aviation issues, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion C. Blakey will be the keynote speaker at the EBACE2003 Opening General Session on Wednesday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Geneva Palexpo Conference Center Meeting Rooms in Ballroom B of Hall 1. EBACE2003, a key venue for the European business aviation community, is the only European exhibition of its size to focus totally on business aviation in Europe.

Marion Clifton Blakey was sworn in September 13, 2002, as the 15th Administrator of the FAA. In this position, Blakey is responsible for regulating and advancing the safety of the U.S. airways system as well as operating the world's largest air traffic control system. Prior to being named FAA Administrator, Blakey served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Born in Gadsden, AL, Blakey received her bachelor's degree with honors in international studies from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She also attended Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies for graduate work in Middle East affairs.

The EBACE2003 Opening General Session also will include:

  • An update on business aviation, the operating environment and security issues
  • European Commission Air Transport update
  • European Aviation Safety Authority update
  • Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) update
  • European Union capacity and access briefing by Eurocontrol
  • Question and answer session
The Opening General Session will be hosted by EBAA Chairman Brian M. Humphries and NBAA President John W. Olcott. It also will include presentations by:
  • Michel Ayral, European Commission air transport director
  • George Paulson, Eurocontrol director, ATM programmes
  • Georges Rebender, JAA director of operations
Complimentary café and croissants will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the Opening General Session.

To learn more about the complete EBACE2003 program schedule or to register, visit www.ebace.com.

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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