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NBAA Announces 2006 Journalism Award Recipients

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

ORLANDO, FL, October 17, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) presented its journalism awards this morning during its Media Kickoff Breakfast on the opening day of the NBAA 59th Annual Meeting & Convention.

Aviation International News contributing editor and writer Mary F. Silitch received the 2006 NBAA Platinum Wing Award, which recognizes excellence and lifetime achievement in journalism. Silitch's career includes positions as editor in chief at Professional Pilot, editor in chief at Private Pilot and director of public relations/editor at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She holds a private pilot license with multi-engine, instrument and sea ratings. She has flown more than 250 types of aircraft and has logged more than 4,700 flight hours, mostly under IFR conditions.

For his story titled "The Battle Over User Fees," David Esler received the 2006 NBAA Gold Wing Award, which is presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting of issues related to the business aviation industry. Esler has combined his passions in writing, photography and flying into a 40-year career in aviation journalism. In addition to pursuits in freelance writing and commercial photography, he has been a contributing editor for Business & Commercial Aviation since 1993. A former officer in the U.S. Army, he holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Applications for the 2007 NBAA Gold Wing Awards, which will be presented for articles or stories that appear in print, online or on the air from June 2006 to June 2007, are available on the NBAA web site at www.nbaa.org/awards. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2007.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 7,000 companies and 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.

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