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Media Advisory: Geneva Officials and FlightSafety International to Be Honored With EBACE European Business Aviation Award

Award Recipients Will Be Recognized at European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006) Taking Place May 3–5

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

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2006 – The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Geneva officials and FlightSafety International will be recognized with the EBACE2006 European Business Aviation Award for their work on behalf of business aviation.

Managing Director for Geneva Palexpo Claude Membrez will accept an award on behalf of Geneva State Councillor for the Département de la solidarité et de l'emploi (DSE) Francois Longchamp, and other local leaders. Geneva will be recognized for the tremendous support that local officials have shown for EBACE, which has been located in Geneva throughout the six-year history of the event.

"Officials from Geneva Palexpo and Geneva International Airport have done a terrific job of welcoming EBACE to Geneva each year," said EBAA CEO Brian Humphries. "The business aviation community deeply appreciates the many efforts made to accommodate EBACE, and it gives me great pleasure to recognize the exceptional support for our industry that has been demonstrated by the people of Geneva."

FlightSafety International President & CEO Bruce Whitman will receive an award on behalf of his organization. FlightSafety International will be recognized for establishing training facilities to support the safety of flight at Farnborough Airport in London, England, and Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France (the two airports are dedicated for use by general aviation aircraft, including those used for business purposes). FlightSafety International is the world's largest provider of aviation services, training over 65,000 pilots annually at 42 training centers located around the world. The organization is dedicated to the principle that aviation safety is best achieved through training.

"FlightSafety International's facilities at LeBourget and Farnborough are outstanding," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The organization's commitment to supporting operational safety for business aviation in Europe is underscored by the presence of these training centers. I commend FlightSafety International for its continuing dedication to the safety of our industry."

The award recipients will be honored for their achievements at this year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), the only major European event focused solely on business aviation.

Past recipients of the European Business Aviation Award include:
  • TAG Aviation and Cannes/Mandelieu Airport (2005)
  • Jean-Francois Georges, former president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and senior vice president of civil aircraft for Dassault Aviation (2004)
  • Fernand Francois, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (2004)
  • Ahid Quntar, managing director, Royal Wings/Arab Wings and Andrew Walters, chairman, Regional Airports Ltd. (2003)
  • Richard Gooding, managing director, London City Airport and Jean-Pierre Jobin, director general, Geneva International Airport (2002)
  • Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, president and CEO, LEGO and Frederik Sørensen, head of unit, European Commission (2001)

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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.