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EBACE2007 Opening General Session Features Dr. Bertrand Piccard

World-Renowned Aeronaut, Explorer and Balloon Aviator to Provide Keynote Address

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

WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2007 – The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), co-producers of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), today announced that famed aviator Dr. Bertrand Piccard will deliver the keynote address at the EBACE2007 Opening General Session to be held at the Geneva PALEXPO, in Ballroom B on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Moderated by EBAA CEO Brian Humphries and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and themed "How Business Aviation Helps Fuel the European Entrepreneurial Spirit," the Opening General Session is the first of many valuable, informative sessions that will be held at EBACE2007, the only European exhibition focusing exclusively on business aviation.

Piccard has held a lifelong love of all things related to aviation, and his successes in this arena have been marked by many noteworthy accomplishments. He has been named the European champion in hang-glider aerobatics. In 1992, he won the first transatlantic balloon race, the Chrysler Challenge, but is most famous as captain of the Breitling Orbiter 3, the first non-stop, around-the-world balloon flight.

Piccard's accomplishments are not limited to the skies, however. He is a medical doctor and president of the Winds of Hope Foundation, which was designed to leverage the visibility of the around-the-world balloon flight to highlight forgotten sufferings – especially among children – to the media and financial worlds. He is also the initiator of the "Solar Impulse" project to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane designed to promote sustainable development. Furthermore, he is the recipient of numerous international recognitions and awards that have been bestowed upon him, including an appointment as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador (UNFPA).

EBACE2007 will be held May 22 through 24 in Geneva, Switzerland at Geneva PALEXPO and Geneva International Airport. The Convention will feature Information Sessions and equipment-specific Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Sessions on the issues facing business aviation in Europe today, as well as those on the horizon. More than 250 Exhibitors, featuring the latest products and services available in business aviation today, will be present. An incredible collection of more than 50 state-of-the-art business aircraft will be on the Static Display at Geneva International Airport. Nearly 10,000 Attendees will be present from Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

For more information about EBACE, visit www.ebace.aero.

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