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NBAA Convention to Feature Flight Representing Past, Present and Future of Aviation

Flight Will Commemorate 60th Anniversary for NBAA

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

WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2007 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention activities will include a commemorative flight on Saturday, September 22, from New York, the site of NBAA's first meeting in 1947, to Atlanta, the site of this year's Convention.

The flight, piloted by aviators representing business aviation's storied past, its modern-day present and its visionary future, will mark both NBAA's 60th anniversary and Georgia's 100th anniversary of powered flight. "We are proud to recognize these two important milestones in the history of business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

Bolen will be joined for the flight by two widely recognized figures in the general aviation community: Pat Epps of Atlanta-based Epps Aviation, whose father, Ben Epps, built and piloted the first powered aircraft in Georgia 100 years ago, and Jamail Larkins, a Georgia resident made famous for obtaining his pilot's license at 14 and then becoming the first ambassador for aviation and space education for the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Pat and Jamail represent the best of aviation," Bolen said. "We're looking forward to the flight as a showcase for our industry's proud history, its diverse make-up today and its bright future."

Cessna Aircraft Company, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, will provide a new Citation Mustang aircraft for the trip.

Additionally, a replica of the monoplane built and flown by Ben Epps in 1907 – an aircraft often recognized as a launching point for Georgia's diverse and economically significant aerospace industry – will be on display from September 25 to 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center, the location of the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention's indoor exhibits.

For more information about this year's Convention, visit www.nbaa.org/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 8,000 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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