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Media Advisory: Legendary NASA Director of Mission Operations Gene Kranz to Address NBAA Event, Take Questions From Reporters

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, Conference Committee Chairs Also Available

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

WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that Gene Kranz, the legendary NASA director of mission operations featured in the movie Apollo 13, will conduct a book-signing and take questions from reporters following an address he will give at an annual gathering of business aviation flight department schedulers and dispatchers.

The three-day event, known as the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, will be held January 25 to 27, 2006, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Kranz will speak at the Opening General Session for the Conference, scheduled for 8:00–10:00 a.m. CT in Ballroom A of the Convention Center.

Members of the media are invited to attend this event and other portions of the Conference. For reporters interested in attending, please e-mail Dan Hubbard, NBAA vice president, communications, at dhubbard@nbaa.org.

Kranz served as NASA flight director for numerous Gemini and Apollo missions, including the harrowing Apollo 13 flight, and went on to become director of mission operations for the agency. At NBAA's event, he will discuss how business aviation schedulers and dispatchers serve as the "mission control" of their flight departments.

Also addressing the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference are NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, Conference Committee Chairwoman Kristi Ivey (with NBAA Member Company Home Depot) and Committee Vice Chairwoman Amy Roy (with NBAA Member Company IMS Health). All three will be available to media representatives.

The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference provides the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to the profession. Topics for the Conference are relevant to all schedulers and dispatchers – from beginner to advanced level, and also have value for anyone involved with flight department operations, including pilots. Attendance for the 2005 event was the highest ever with more than 1,500 registered attendees and 275 Exhibiting Companies. To learn more about the Conference, visit http://web.nbaa.org/public/cs/sdc/2006.

  • Legendary NASA mission director Gene Kranz
  • NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen
  • Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Committee Chairwoman Kristi Ivey
  • Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Committee Vice Chairwoman Amy Roy
NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, an annual gathering of business aviation flight department schedulers and dispatchers

January 25 to 27, 2006

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX

Dan Hubbard, NBAA Vice President, Communications
Office: (202) 783-9360
Mobile: (202) 431-5970
E-mail: dhubbard@nbaa.org

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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.