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NBAA2015 Will Feature an Exciting Array of Speakers, Awards, Seminars and Networking Opportunities

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

Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 13, 2015 ­– All eyes are on Las Vegas, NV, and the Las Vegas Convention Center as the business aviation industry counts down the days to Nov. 17 to 19 and the 68th edition of the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015). About 26,000 business aviation professionals are expected to attend what is indisputably the most important industry event of the year.

“NBAA2015 will offer the best place to see the latest business aviation products, technologies and services displayed by roughly 1,000 exhibitors,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The event  also offers a wide selection of education sessions and discussion forums, while enabling attendees to make side-by-side comparisons of the more than 100 business aircraft on static display.”

In addition, a number of special events and presentations will be held during the show. Here is just a sampling of what attendees can expect to see:

  • FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as a featured speaker for the Tuesday, Nov. 17 Opening General Session. Huerta was confirmed as FAA administrator in January 2013 and is responsible for the largest aviation system in the world.
  • Also speaking during the Opening General Session will be:
    • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who has served as also served as chair of the Aerospace States Association, dedicated to promoting the industry’s ongoing innovation and development at the statewide level.
    • R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will outline CBP’s efforts affecting business aviation. As the leader of CBP, he recently formed a government-industry working group focused on the needs of general aviation. The working group includes NBAA representation. 
    • Dierks Bentley, an acclaimed singer/songwriter, licensed pilot and business aircraft owner, who will explain how his Cirrus SR22T Xi aircraft has helped him in his career. The country music star has said that flying his own plane optimizes his travel efficiency.
  • NBAA will present its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award to Joseph “Joe” Clark and Robert “Bob” Showalter, respectively. 
    • Clark, an aerospace innovator, is chairman and CEO of Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and chairman of the Aviation Partners Boeing joint venture. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the technology behind blended winglets, which have substantially reduced aircraft emissions, while enhancing aircraft performance.
    • Showalter is the retired chairman of Showalter Flying Service, a fixed-base operator started by his family in 1945, which he ran at Orlando Executive Airport until 2014. During his 43-year career, he sold more than 600 aircraft and served in key roles with several aviation organizations. Under his leadership, Showalter Flying Service has hosted the aircraft static display for NBAA’s convention in Orlando nine times.
  • Retired US Airways Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III-- who was hailed as a hero following his successful Jan. 15, 2009 landing of a debilitated Airbus in New York's Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers on board -- will be a featured speaker during the Nov. 18 Second-Day Opening General Session. The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators awarded the Master's Medal to Sullenberger and the Flight 1549 crew for their efforts.
  • Jeff Lee – longtime flight department leader, airman and former chair of NBAA’s board of directors – will receive the John H. Winant Award, which recognizes former NBAA directors whose service to business aviation continues well beyond their tenure on the board. Lee is vice president of flight operations at American Express, where he has led the department since 2011. He served on NBAA’s board of directors from 2001 to 2013, including one term as chairman, beginning in 2008.
  • There will be several events aimed specifically at those new to the industry, including the YoPro Networking Reception on Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Innovation Zone. The reception, hosted by the NBAA Young Professionals (YoPro), provides an opportunity for attendees to meet and greet with rising business aviation professionals and current industry experts.
  • The inaugural National Safety Forum will be conducted on Nov. 19, the third and final day of NBAA2015. This daylong forum will bring together top government and industry leaders to discuss the principal safety issues confronting business aircraft operators. This session is tailored to the interests of aviation department managers, chief pilots, directors of maintenance, safety managers, pilots, schedulers/dispatchers, cabin crew and anyone else who is interested in improving business aviation safety.
  • NBAA will once again opens its doors to future leaders of the industry by welcoming middle school, high school and college students interested in exploring careers in business aviation on Careers in Business Aviation Day, which takes place Nov. 19. The day includes presentations from keynote speakers about exciting opportunities, the growing talent demand and resources available for developing careers in business aviation.

As the most important business aviation event of the year, NBAA2015 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. And as the largest gathering of the industry in the world, NBAA2015 is the best place to review the latest business aviation products, technology and services, while participating in dozens of education sessions and making side-by-side comparisons of the most innovative aircraft on static display.

NBAA2015 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with two aircraft displays – an indoor one, on the exhibit floor of the convention center, and an outdoor display at Henderson Executive Airport (HND).

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (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 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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