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NTSB's Ellen Engleman Conners Will Address Attendees at NBAA Convention's Opening General Session

NTSB Chairman Designate's Participation in Event Underscores Business Aviation Community's Focus on Flight Safety

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

WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2005 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Designate Ellen Engleman Conners will serve as keynote speaker at the Opening General Session for NBAA's 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held Wednesday, November 9, through Friday, November 11, 2005, in Orlando, FL.

"Throughout her tenure at the NTSB, Chairman Designate Engleman Conners has remained sharply focused on promoting safety for the entire aviation industry, including for business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The business aviation community shares her commitment to flight safety, and we are most pleased that she has agreed to share her perspective with those in attendance at this year's Annual Meeting & Convention."

More than 30,000 Attendees and 1,000 Exhibitors are expected to participate in this year's Convention, which will cover approximately 5,000 booth spaces, or nearly one million square feet of exhibit space. The Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport will display up to 150 business aircraft. The Opening General Session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, in the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Room S230A-E. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to register for the NBAA 58th Annual Meeting & Convention, visit www.nbaa.org/2005.

About NTSB Chairman Designate Ellen Engleman Conners

The Honorable Ellen Engleman Conners has been nominated by the President to serve a second two-year term as NTSB chairman and chief executive officer, and is one of five Presidential appointments to the Board. An independent federal agency, the NTSB is charged by Congress with investigating over 2,000 accidents every year involving every U.S. civil aviation accident and issuing safety recommendations.

As NTSB chairman and CEO, Engleman Conners has focused on reducing the agency's costs and improving its financial planning, resulting in a clean audit for the NTSB's first and second financial reviews. Engleman Conners has worked to improve investment in human capital with the development of a long-term strategic plan of critical skills and positions needed, and she instituted "e-gov" measures, including full webcast availability of all Board sunshine meetings. In addition, the Board's "Safety With A Team" (SWAT) effort has increased implementation of safety recommendations and produced the lowest number of open safety recommendations since 1975.

Previously, Engleman Conners served as administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Research and Special Programs Administration, responsible for the Office of Pipeline Safety, the Office of Hazardous Material Safety, the Office of Emergency Transportation, the Department's Crisis Management Center, the Volpe Transportation Center and the Transportation Safety Institute.

Engleman Conners also served as the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) representative to the initial Transition Planning Team for the proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to her government service, Engleman Conners was the president and CEO of Electricore, Inc., a research and development consortium for advanced transportation and energy technologies.

Engleman Conners has been recognized for her dedication and service with several awards including: the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Distinguished Public Service Award (the highest non-life-saving medal), for her work in leading the transition of the USCG from the DOT to the DHS; the Secretary of Transportation 9/11 medal for her leadership of the Crisis Management Center; and Aviation Week Magazine's 2003 Laurel for her SWAT program to resolve open safety recommendations issued by the NTSB.

Engleman Conners also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is currently assigned to Chief of Information (CHINFO) at the Pentagon. She received a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. In addition, she received a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves more than 7,000 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.