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NBAA Bolsters Regional Staff

Central Region Created, Business Aviation Veteran Durwood Heinrich to Fill Position

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, March 7, 2005 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the creation of a new Central regional position and the appointment of Durwood Heinrich, a veteran of the business aviation community, to fill the post.

"Across the country, a voice is needed when policies are being developed that impact access to airports and airspace, operational safety, and aviation security for business aircraft operators," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA and its Regional Representatives have long provided that voice for our Members at the Federal, state, local, and municipal levels. I am pleased that we are strengthening our advocacy efforts by expanding the Regional Representative Program, and I'm delighted that Durwood Heinrich has been selected as Representative for the Central Region."

NBAA's Regional Representative Program was established to build working relationships with business aviation organizations at the state and local levels, so as to provide support for operators of business aircraft in the public affairs, legislative and policy arenas. The Regional Representatives work directly with state legislators, staff for various state aeronautics agencies, and other policymaking entities.

With the addition of Heinrich, NBAA brings to six the number of staff representing the Association based outside NBAA's Washington headquarters in various regions across the United States. Heinrich's territory includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Wisconsin.

"Along with a tremendous amount of energy, Durwood brings to his position experience as a corporate flight department director and a flight instructor," Bolen said. "We are excited to have such a highly qualified individual taking on this important new assignment."

Before his appointment as Central Regional Representative, Heinrich was a member of NBAA's Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004. Heinrich previously worked as director of aviation and chief pilot with Texas Instruments from 1973 to 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Sciences degree in management and administrative sciences from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University. A U.S. Air Force T-38 instructor pilot from 1968 to 1973, Heinrich has more than 14,000 hours of flight experience and is a certified flight instructor.

The additional staff for NBAA's Regional Representative Program includes:

Dan Burkhart, Director, Regional Programs and Western Regional Representative. Burkhart's background includes 30 years of experience in commercial, military, and business aviation. He served as general manager of a major fixed base operator (FBO) in Carlsbad, CA, and operated his own consulting firm specializing in FBO performance analysis and sales and acquisition. He has over 6,000 flight hours in transport, tactical Navy and general aviation aircraft.  Based in Escondido, CA, Burkhart has served in his current capacity since January 1998. His territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Burkhart can be reached at (760) 749-6303 or dburkhart@nbaa.org.

Dean Saucier, Northeast Region. Saucier is an experienced aviator with 6,000 hours of flight experience and more than 20 years' experience in business and general aviation. He has served in a number of sales and marketing positions with such firms as Beech, Gulfstream and Commander. Based in Connecticut, Saucier has served in his current capacity since July 2000. His territory includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Saucier can be reached at (860) 292-1994 or dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Harry Houckes, Southeast Region. Houckes has more than 28 years' experience in the business aviation community, having worked flight departments for Mobil and Bank One, and in various capacities with Flight Safety International. An Air Force veteran, Houckes served in Vietnam flying the B-52. Based near Warrenton, VA, Houckes has served in his current position since September 2001. His territory includes the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Houckes can be reached at (540) 937-3766 or hhouckes@nbaa.org.

John Balsiger, Midwest Region. Balsiger has more than 25 years of service to business and general aviation. He has served in several capacities for Midcoast Aviation, Inc. in St. Louis, held positions with Mark Aero, Inc., and served with Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Balsiger has served in his current capacity since May 1999. His territory includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Oklahoma. Balsiger can be reached at (405) 260-0889 or jbalsiger@nbaa.org.

Paul Smith, Southwest Region. Smith joined NBAA in February 1988 to fill the role of manager, air traffic control, and he later was promoted to director, air traffic services & infrastructure. In July 1999, he transferred to his current regional position. Smith came to NBAA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where he was an aviation safety engineer. He also had served as director of the air traffic department at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Smith's military experience includes positions as chief of Fixed Wing Standardization and Training for the U.S. Army in Alaska and a reconnaissance airplane pilot in Vietnam. His territory includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Smith can be reached at (512) 869-4167 or psmith@nbaa.org.

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves its 7,400 Member Companies by promoting the aviation interests of organizations utilizing business aircraft in the United States and worldwide. The association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.