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Media Alert: NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, October 6–8

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

WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will hold its 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) and related activities in Orlando, FL, October 6 through 8, 2008.

NBAA2008 will bring close to 30,000 Attendees and more than 140 business aircraft to Orlando from leading aviation manufacturers. The Orange County Convention Center will host the exhibition hall and seminars, and NBAA’s Static Display of Aircraft will be located on the Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). The newest look-alike Wright “B” Flyer will be on display as part of the NBAA exhibits.

Some events of interest include:


KaBOOM! Playground Build
NBAA, KaBOOM!, BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support and local volunteers will build an aviation-themed playground.

  • Hollowbrook Apartments, 5466 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32812-8533
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Learn more at www.nbaa.org/2008/build


Media Day / Convention Exhibitor Press Conferences
Media are invited to visit exhibits and attend a host of press conferences.

  • A preliminary schedule of press conferences is posted on the NBAA2008 web site at www.nbaa.org/2008
  • A final press conference schedule will be posted in the Press Rooms, which open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and are located in rooms N220E, N220F and N220G in the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center


Media Kick-off Breakfast

  • Room S320F
  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • By invitation only

Opening General Session and Ribbon Cutting

  • Room S230A
  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Speakers include:
    • Roberto Kobeh González, president, International Civil Aviation Organization  
    • James Carville and Mary Matalin, veteran political commentators
    • Ed Bolen, president and CEO, NBAA
  • National Aviation Hall of Fame Award recipient named

Static Display of Aircraft
More than 140 business aircraft on display.

  • Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
  • Open from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., closing on Wednesday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Open to the public, shuttle service from Orange County Convention Center available

NBAA Exhibits
More than 1,000 Exhibiting Companies representing business aviation.

  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday

Wright “B” Flyer Replica Débuts
The newest addition to Wright “B” Flyer Inc.’s fleet of historic look-alike aircraft will make its public début on display at NBAA2008. The “Silver Bird” is the product of a year’s worth of design and construction from the Dayton-based company.

  • Booth 3104
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers, will discuss the newest flyer and how it relates to her family’s legacy of aviation

Continuing Convention Exhibitor Press Conferences


NBAA Exhibits and Static Display Open

  • Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

NBAA Scholarship Announcements
Press conference to announce the recipients of NBAA Scholarship Awards for 2008 including: the Alan Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, David Ewald Journalism Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Scholarship, Noram Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship and William Fanning Maintenance Scholarship.

  • Room N220A
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Orange County Convention Center


NBAA Exhibits Open

  • Orange County Convention Center
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NBAA Static Display Open

  • Orlando Executive Airport
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

NBAA Florida Aviation Day
Students from all over Florida attend a session to highlight benefits and careers of business aviation at no charge. Students of all ages can receive free admission to the exhibits and Static Display of Aircraft following guided tours.

  • Room S320G
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Media may register for events on-site at the Orange County Convention Center. Learn more about the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention at www.nbaa.org/2008.

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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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