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NBAA to Honor Phil Boyer With Meritorious Service Award and George Saling With Doswell Award

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

WASHINGTON, DC, September 8, 2008 – The Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced the recipients of the Association's annual Meritorious Service to Aviation and John P. "Jack" Doswell Awards.

Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), will receive the 2008 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation, and George Saling, former vice president of Aviation & Travel Services for Altria Corporate Services, Inc., will receive the 2008 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award.

The Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation is NBAA's most distinguished honor, and is presented annually to an individual who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, has made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests. The Doswell Award is granted for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation.

"NBAA is proud to recognize these two outstanding members of the aviation community for their tireless leadership efforts and dedication to enhancing the industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

Meritorious Award Recipient Phil Boyer

Phil Boyer will be recognized for his tremendously effective advocacy and promotion of general aviation. In his 17 years at the helm of AOPA, Boyer has effectively championed some of the industry's highest priorities. For example, under Boyer's leadership, AOPA persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration that the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) should be endorsed, developed and certified for general aviation (GA) flight operations, significantly advancing GA safety.

Boyer also played a pivotal role in restoring balance and reason to a broken tort law process, in which aircraft manufacturers became a target for liability suits, driving a number out of business. In 1994, Boyer and AOPA helped ensure Congressional passage of a legislative fix – the General Aviation Revitalization Act – that revived general aviation.

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Boyer helped reassure and educate federal policymakers about general aviation. He also led AOPA's creation of the Airport Watch program, which today operates on a 24/7 basis and provides direct, toll-free access for reporting security concerns to federal officials, greatly strengthening vigilance and security at the nation's 19,000 landing facilities.

"Phil Boyer is among the most respected, knowledgeable and effective figures in the history of general aviation, and it is an honor for NBAA to pay tribute to him with our Association's highest honor," said Bolen. "Phil's contributions have greatly benefitted us all, and we thank him for his many years of leadership and service."

John P. "Jack" Doswell Award Recipient George Saling

George A. Saling will receive the 2008 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell award in honor of his commitment to excellence and safety in business aviation, both in his professional career and in several volunteer roles for NBAA.

For instance, as Vice President of Aviation and Travel Services for Altria, he implemented corporate flight operational quality assurance (C-FOQA) programs and developed safety management systems that have become a best practice standard for NBAA. In addition Altria was one of the first corporate flight departments to achieve ISO 9002 certification then IS-BAO level III certification.

Saling was also instrumental in establishing the NBAA Maintenance Committee and the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a Web-based tool that provides real-time information about business aircraft performance and maintenance. Saling established the committee and the FERMS resource in large part to help aid in the dissemination of safety information for business aircraft.

Saling was nominated to NBAA's Board of Directors in 1994 after serving on the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2004.

He is rated on the Gulfstream IV, Canadair Challenger 600/601, Lockheed Jetstar II, Dassault Falcon 20, DO-328 and DC-3. He has served with distinction in flight departments for Tenneco, Inc., GTE Service Corporation and Altria.

"The commitment George has demonstrated to excellence in safety and other aspects of business aviation sets an example for everyone in the industry," Bolen said. "In the workplace, and in a host of voluntary capacities, George has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of business aviation, and NBAA is pleased to give special acknowledgment for his contributions with this award."

Boyer and Saling will receive their awards during NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held from October 6 to 8 in Orlando, FL.

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