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NBAA Update, Special Convention Edition
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This special issue of NBAA Update contains news related to the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show being held this week in Orlando, FL. For the latest news, photos, videos, podcasts and more, visit the official NBAA2009 web site at Send your comments about NBAA Update to

American Legend Arnold Palmer Lends Voice to No Plane No Gain Ads
Golf legend and accomplished businessman Arnold Palmer is lending his voice to support the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities in a new video and print advertising campaign for No Plane No Gain, the advocacy program jointly sponsored by the NBAA and GAMA. The new advertising, rolled out during today's NBAA2009 Opening General Session, includes three print ads and three 30-second video ads. With a simple, yet powerful delivery, Palmer speaks to the benefits of business aviation in the ads and responds to those who would devalue the use of an airplane for business. Review the press release at:

NBAA, GAMA Unveil No Plane No Gain 'E-Valuation' Toolkit
NBAA and GAMA today unveiled a new online resource to help businesses of all types and sizes calculate and explain the value a business aircraft brings to a company's overall business objectives. The idea behind this resource is to give people the tools they need to help them measure and explain the value of the asset to others. Review the press release at:

NBAA Media Breakfast Shows Momentum of No Plane No Gain
Leaders from NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) met this morning with journalists at the Association's traditional Convention Media Kickoff Breakfast to review upcoming industry challenges. At the breakfast, NBAA and GAMA leaders updated those in attendance on the history, progress and future of the No Plane No Gain campaign. "The real measure is not how hard you're working, but the results you're getting," said Bolen. "We've made great strides to date." Read the article at:

Palmer, Buffenbarger Champion Business Aviation's Value to Citizens, Companies, Communities
Arnold Palmer – the iconic golfer, businessman and industry supporter – kicked off the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) Opening General Session this morning in Orlando, FL, with a spirited defense of business aviation. Also speaking at the session was Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – the union employs many thousands or people in business aircraft manufacture, and the organization relies on a Learjet 60 to be more efficient and productive. Read the article at:

FAA Administrator Babbitt Touts SMS, Pilot Professionalism
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt told Attendees at the NBAA2009 Opening General Session this morning that widespread adoption of safety management systems (SMS) and an emphasis on pilot professionalism and mentoring will be the key to taking aviation safety to the next level. Because aviation is "exceedingly safe" already, SMS is "the only option" to take aviation to the next level of safety," asserted Babbitt. "When it comes to safety, status quo is not enough," he said. Read the article at:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

Convention's Economic Impact More Important to Orlando Than Ever
The Orlando business and hospitality community welcomed the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention back this year, as the challenging economy makes the Convention's impact on local businesses and jobs more important than ever. Tourism is Orlando's largest industry, accounting for 31 percent of total private employment, or approximately 413,000 jobs. "NBAA is one of this community's favorite shows," said Tammi Runzler of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. "We have a longstanding business relationship with NBAA, and this community fully understands their needs." Read the article at:

Businesses of All Sizes, From Many Places, Exhibiting at NBAA2009
The diversity of business aviation is on display at NBAA2009. The Orange County Convention Center and Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) include Exhibitors from 44 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition, 23 countries are on-site, including firms from Europe, North America, South America and the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Of the approximately 1,000 Exhibitors at NBAA2009, more than a third (344) are smaller companies occupying 10-by-10-foot booths. Read the article at:

NBAA2009 Static Display of Aircraft Mirrors Diversity of Industry
The business aviation community is made up of a diverse mix of organizations of all types and sizes. Likewise, the aircraft exhibited at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) this week represent the variety of aircraft – including small, non-turbine-powered airplanes – that are used for business purposes. That is one reason why NBAA is hosting a Light Business Airplane Conference during this year's Annual Meeting & Convention. Read the article at:

New Harris Survey Refutes Media Misperceptions of Industry
NBAA and GAMA last week released a new Harris Interactive survey on the business aviation industry that surely surprised some of the industry's harshest critics. The survey, based on interviews with business aircraft pilots and passengers, found that the typical company using business aviation is a small or mid-sized business flying a single aircraft that is used by a broad mix of employees flying to community airports, which usually have little or no scheduled airline service. Read the article at:

Member Companies Honored With 2009 Flying Safety Awards
The Association today recognized eight Member Companies with 2009 NBAA Flying Safety Awards during a luncheon at NBAA2009 today. "Safety is and should be at the forefront of every business aviation operation, and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate these Member Companies on their track record of safe operations," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Established in 1953, the NBAA Flying Safety Awards have brought worldwide recognition to the excellent safety record of business aviation. Read the article at:

No Plane No Gain

At Upcoming Light Business Airplane Conference, Peer-to-Peer Education Is Foundation
NBAA's inaugural Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference starts tomorrow, offering a number of Education Sessions, a concept buyers program and a Single-Pilot Safety Standdown – all specifically designed for owners and operators of light business airplanes. "NBAA has made a commitment to increasing its support for this segment of the business aviation industry," said Chris Strong, NBAA vice president, membership marketing. "That's why this Conference is such a high priority. It serves a very important community of small businesses and owner/operators that represents a large percentage of the industry." Read the article at:

New NBAA Light Business Airplane Buyers Guide On Hand at LBA Conference
In conjunction with the long-anticipated Light Business Airplane Conference, NBAA has released a brand-new publication called the NBAA Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide. Provided as a download from the NBAA web site, the guide aids small businesses in selecting the airplane that's right for their needs by providing an overview of all the light business airplanes currently in production. Read the article at:

Moore Expected to Have NBAA Board Appointment Confirmed at NBAA2009
Scott A. Moore – chief pilot and director of aviation for Luck Stone, a family-owned, Virginia-based supplier of stone construction products – is expected to have his appointment to NBAA's Board of Directors ratified by a vote of Association Members during NBAA2009. Moore, a Certified Aviation Manager and former Air Force pilot, has nearly 7,000 hours in 12 different aircraft, along with a quarter century of flight department management and military leadership experience. Read the article at:

You Can Help Save a Life by Participating in Charity Benefit
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) once again will be the sole beneficiary of the Charity Benefit at NBAA2009, because the industry's support for the organization is more important than ever. CAN provides free flights aboard business aircraft to cancer patients traveling to treatment centers around the country, exemplifying the humanitarian assistance that business aviation offers to people and communities in times of crisis. A central theme of the No Plane No Gain campaign, humanitarian efforts provided by business aviation are often overlooked, which is why NBAA nominated CAN for a National Aeronautics Association award to recognize the charity. Read the article at:

NBAA's Leadership Council Helps Chart Business Aviation's Future
Twelve NBAA Member Companies have opted to join the Association's new Leadership Council in order to help NBAA advocate on behalf of the industry. Chris Strong, NBAA's vice president of membership marketing, said the Leadership Council significantly strengthens the Association, enabling it to better promote business aviation. "The best people to convey the importance of business aviation to local communities and the national economy are in the business aviation community itself," he said. Read the article at:

Daily NBAA Update Editions Published Throughout NBAA2009
In addition to this special edition of the NBAA Update, the e-newsletter also will be published on Wednesday and Thursday during NBAA2009 to provide the latest Convention news, as well as information about the Association and sessions taking place on-site in Orlando. NBAA Update, the Association's free weekly e-mail newsletter, reaches more than 21,000 industry professionals every Monday, providing the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community, as well as information about the Association and upcoming NBAA events. Both Members and non-Members may subscribe to NBAA Update and view past issues by visiting:

Business Aviation Insider

NBAA 13th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic
October 18, 2009, Orlando, FL

NBAA 18th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
October 18–19, 2009, Hilton Orlando

NBAA/GAMA Media Kickoff Breakfast
October 20, 2009, Orange County Convention Center

NBAA2009 Opening General Session and Ribbon Cutting
October 20, 2009, Orange County Convention Center

NBAA Awards Luncheon
October 20, 2009, Orange County Convention Center

NBAA Static Display of Aircraft
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando Executive Airport

NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit
October 21, 2009, The Rosen Centre Hotel

Florida Aviation Day
October 22, 2009, Orlando, FL

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