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NBAA Update, Special Convention Edition
Wednesday, October 21, 2010

This special issue of NBAA Update contains news related to the NBAA 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2010), the world's largest civil aviation trade show being held this week in Atlanta, GA. For the latest news, photos, videos, podcasts and more, visit the official NBAA2010 web site at

NBAA's Successful 2010 Convention Demonstrates Show's Continued Value
As NBAA concluded its 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention today, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen said the highly successful show reflects its continuing value, even as the industry continues to confront a turbulent marketplace. "It has been a pretty challenging couple of years for business aviation," Bolen said. "But even in this climate, the people and companies in business aviation continue to seek out effective venues for conducting business, sharing information and networking, which is why NBAA's Convention remains a must-attend on the industry's calendar." Read more at:

Aviation Legends Honored as 'Master Pilots' During NBAA Show
Five industry legends – Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Clay Lacy, Russ Meyer and Arnold Palmer – were recognized as FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilots during NBAA2010 for having demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise while flying safely for 50 or more years. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who personally presented each award winner with a special lapel pin during the ceremony, called the five men "exceptional people who have each left an indelible mark on aviation and the world." Read more at:

Students Explore Career Possibilities at NBAA's Convention
Approximately 225 students attended NBAA's Careers in Business Aviation Day, where they heard keynote speakers like Gene Cernan and had an opportunity to speak with industry mentors. Additionally, a traditional seminar co-hosted by NBAA and the University Aviation Association featured two roundtable sessions and an open forum for college students' questions. Learn more about Careers in Business Aviation Day at:

Podcast: Interview With Barrington Irving on Connecting With Kids
Barrington Irving, the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo, was available at NBAA2010 by way of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to talk with young people about exploring careers in all areas of aviation. Listen to the special Convention edition NBAA Flight Plan at:

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FAA Pressed for Guidance on ICAO SMS Deadline at NBAA2010 Session
At the NBAA2010 "Meet the Regulators" session, industry representatives pressed senior FAA officials to provide guidance on how operators should deal with a fast-approaching November deadline from ICAO regarding safety management systems. Several industry participants suggested that the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) be endorsed by the FAA as meeting the ICAO requirement. Learn more at:

NextGen Continues Rolling Out
During a NBAA2010 session, five FAA officials detailed the agency's ongoing introduction of various components of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). One presenter explained that NextGen is important because it is starting to yield efficiencies that will not only streamline and expedite air travel, but also will save fuel and reduce environmental impacts. In fiscal year 2010, the FAA budgeted $868 million for NextGen projects, and the agency has requested another $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2011 to continue the roll out of more advanced capabilities. Read more at:

Podcast: Facing Business Aviation's Challenges in Europe
European rulemakers are proposing or implementing changes across a wide spectrum of issues: emissions trading, flightcrew licensing, aviation security and more. In this special Convention edition of NBAA Flight Plan, European Business Aviation Association President Brian Humphries explains how the changes in Europe could mean big changes for North American operators who fly there. Listen to the podcast at:

New No Plane No Gain Advocacy Tools Available for Industry
NBAA today announced new print and video advocacy tools to help those in the business aviation community explain the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country. The resources have been produced in conjunction with the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which is focused on educating policymakers and opinion leaders about the industry's many benefits. Read the press release at:

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Attendees Connected at Convention Coffee Socials
To reach out to new and potential Members and welcome them at the Convention, NBAA hosted two coffee socials during NBAA2010 this week at the Association's Headquarters Booth. At past shows, NBAA has hosted a general Member Discussion, but these first-ever coffee socials were designed to reach out to as many non-Members and new Members at NBAA2010 as possible. Read more at:

Podcast: Details of NBAA's New HERO Database
The remarkable business aviation relief effort in Haiti caused NBAA to rethink the way it connects volunteers with those in need. In this special Convention edition of NBAA Flight Plan, President and CEO Ed Bolen talks about the new Humanitarian Emergency Relief Operator (HERO) database, where business aircraft operators can register to be contacted for future relief efforts. Listen to the podcast at:

View Photos of Static Display and Many Other NBAA2010 Highlights
Images of the NBAA2010 Static Display of Aircraft at Dekalb Peachtree Airport are now available for viewing at the Online News Bureau. Business aircraft buyers from around the globe are able to evaluate a wide spectrum of aircraft options in person at the display, where the world's most cutting edge business aircraft come together in one venue. View the Static Display photo galleries and many other scenes from NBAA2010 this week at:

NBAA's Convention Returning to Las Vegas in 2011
At the close of this week's Convention, Exhibitors, Attendees and staff are already looking forward to next year's show in Las Vegas. Since it was last held in Las Vegas in 2004, NBAA's Convention has grown – it is now the fourth-largest trade show in the United States – and Las Vegas has been expanding its infrastructure to welcome NBAA back. For the last several years, a broad group of local partners has worked with NBAA to make Henderson Executive Airport (HND) outside Las Vegas ideal for hosting the NBAA2011 Static Display of Aircraft. Read more at:

Find More NBAA2010 Highlights at the Online News Bureau
As NBAA2010 comes to a close in Atlanta, you can continue to view highlights from this week's show via the NBAA Online News Bureau. The site provides articles, news releases, podcasts, presentations, photo galleries and videos from the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Explore the site at:

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