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NBAA and ABAG Reschedule LABACE2006

Combination of Factors Force Deferment of this Year's Event

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

WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) today announced that a combination of factors, including significant issues related to an accelerated construction project at Congonhas Airport, have forced the associations to reschedule this year's Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2006). The event, which is organized jointly by NBAA and ABAG, was scheduled to take place August 10–12, 2006, at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.

"NBAA and ABAG are committed to hosting a world-class event that meets the high standards the business aviation community has come to expect from us," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Unfortunately, several factors beyond our control make it impossible for us to host such a show this August. As a result, we see no alternative other than to defer this year's event."

Bolen noted that a key factor in the decision was the loss of the VARIG Engenharia e Manutenção ramp for the event. In early May, Brazilian aviation authorities informed NBAA and ABAG that the facility would be unavailable because of its proximity to an accelerated construction project that is necessary because of unforeseen maintenance needs for the airport's main runway. Although authorities have explored other airport locations for the event, no new facility has been found that is adequate for the show, and insufficient time remains for any consideration of a change in the facility to be used.

"It is our objective to offer a facility where the main Exhibitor's pavilion is located side by side with the Static Display of aircraft," added ABAG Chairman Rui Thomaz de Aquino, "and none of the areas explored at Congonhas could fulfill that requirement."

Congonhas is Brazil's main airport, both for the airlines and business aviation. With more than 228,000 aircraft movements and over 17 million passengers per year, it has been LABACE's headquarters since its first event, due to its very convenient downtown location.

"We regret having to make this move, but NBAA and ABAG are convinced that the decision to reschedule this year's event is in the best interest of our Members, Exhibitors, Attendees and future LABACE events. We hope to be able to announce new dates for the show in the near future," said Bolen.

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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.