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NBAA 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference Is Most Well Attended Yet

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

WASHINGTON, DC, July 7, 2008 – The NBAA 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference (FAC) held on June 27 and 28 in Tucson, AZ was the most well attended FAC to date, with 276 Attendees on-site. The Conference focused on concerns facing business aviation professionals, such as safety awareness, security and cultural diversity.

The two-day event kicked-off with NBAA Flight Attendants Committee Chair Judy Reif, who welcomed Attendees, followed by an address by NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations, who highlighted the Association's efforts to assist cabin crews in facing the challenges of a changing economy and international travel.

Highlights from the NBAA 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference included:
  • Keynote speaker Terri Morrison, co-author of Kiss, Bow & Shake Hands, who presented an entertaining look at cultural diversity. Morrison signed hundreds of books provided by Tastefully Yours, M Foods and Rudy's Inflight Catering.
  • Flight Attendants Committee Members Amy Nelson, Sentient Flight Group, and Caryl Knapp, Bombardier Flexjet, who gave an overview of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91, 91K and 135, and discussed the recent changes that have occurred.
  • Dr. Mark Rosekind, Alertness Solutions, sponsored by Sentient Flight Group, who offered methods to alleviate and manage crew fatigue while traveling internationally.
  • Paul and Amanda Kraft of Tastefully Yours, MonaLisa Shaheen of Rudy's Inflight Catering and Marsell Amindeddine of M Foods, who gave tips on protocols related to doing business in the U.A.E, India and China.
  • Capt. H.G. "Boomer" Bombardi, whose presentation "Smoke, Fire and Fumes" offered guidance on dealing with potential inflight fire situations. Bombardi highlighted several smoke- and fire-related accidents and how teamwork between the cabin and cockpit crew can save lives.
  • NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president, safety & regulation, who provided information related to the International Civil Aviation Organization, Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security, as well as updated information on entering Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
  • Dr. Petra Illig, quarantine medical officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who informed Attendees about the role of flight attendants in protecting passengers and fellow crewmembers.
  • Ray Rohr, International Business Aviation Council, who gave a presentation on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, which included risk assessment guidelines, safety management systems and audit procedures.
  • Bonnie Pelley, Wyvern, and Dale McKinney, ARG/US, who continued the audit discussion in a breakout session, where Pelley and McKinney explained how auditing flight departments improves safety and service.
  • A panel, including Scott Arnold, AirCare Solutions Group; Caryl Knapp, Flexjet; Trish Hamrick, contract flight attendant; and Vianne Floyd, flight attendant manager, General Motors, each of whom outlined steps for those entering or planning to enter the business aviation field. The presentation included tips on résumé writing, self-marketing and etiquette.
  • As part of the Flight Attendants Committee Catering Working Group, Lenny Eichsteadt, USAF & Phil Guthrie, ConocoPhillips, with Air Culinaire, Gourmet Inflight and Sensations Inflight, featured tips and ideas for ordering and preparing catering for a series of trips.
  • Flight Attendants Committee Members Mary Ann Fash, The Boeing Company, and Jackie Kolesar, Dow Corning Corporation, who coordinated over $6,000 in giveaways for Attendees. Items were donated by 121 Inflight Catering, The Boeing Company, Bombardier Aerospace Corporation, CorporateFAInsider.com, Cutter Aviation, Dassault FalconJet, Jet Professionals LLC, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Macy's, MedAire Inc., Pentastar Aviation LLC, Tucson Airport Authority, World Aircraft Sales and Wyvern Consulting Ltd.
  • A Caterers Appreciation Networking Event, hosted by the Flight Attendants Committee Catering Working Group, and sponsored by 121 Inflight Catering, Air Culinaire, Air Gourmet, AirFare Catering, B. E. Princess/Princess Liquors, Events 20/20 Executive Aircraft Catering, Five Star Gourmet, Gourmet Inflight Catering, Jetfinity, M Foods, Ltd., O'Neill's Catering, Rudy's Inflight Catering, Sensations Inflight Catering, Silver Lining Inflight Catering, Southern Skies Inflight Catering and Tastefully Yours.

Next year's NBAA 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA in June, and more details will be published on the Association's web site as they become available, at www.nbaa.org/events.

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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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