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Graves named keynote speaker for NBAA2013

Sept. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that Missouri congressman, outspoken general aviation (GA) advocate and House GA Caucus co-chair Sam Graves will serve as a keynote speaker for the Oct. 22 Opening General Session at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV.


September 18, 2013
By Carey Fredericks

A life-long aviation enthusiast, Graves is a member of the House Transportation Committee and the House Aviation Subcommittee who has represented Missouri's sixth congressional district since 2000.

In recognition of the vital role of all general aviation, including business aviation, in serving citizens, companies and communities across the U.S., Graves has relentlessly promoted legislation that fosters the growth of GA, and combated proposals that would do irreparable harm to the industry.

Graves co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus along with Rep. John Barrow (D-12-GA). The two have made the caucus a leading voice on behalf of general aviation, and one of the largest and most active of the congressional caucuses. Earlier this year, the House GA Caucus achieved a record total of 200 members, demonstrating the wide scope of industry support among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“Sam Graves is a tireless champion for general aviation in the House of Representatives, and we are honored to have him join us at NBAA2013 in Las Vegas,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His passionate and vocal advocacy for our industry has been vital to winning broad recognition in Congress that general aviation creates jobs, helps businesses succeed, provides a transportation lifeline for towns across the country and supports people and communities in times of crisis.”

Graves will be joined at the NBAA2013 Opening General Session by other respected leaders from government and the private sector, including Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and John Snow, former U.S. treasury secretary.

NBAA2013 will take place Oct. 22 to 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with an extensive outdoor static display of aircraft located at nearby Henderson Executive Airport.

About 25,000 business aviation professionals from across the United States and around the world are expected to attend the Convention, which will offer the premier opportunity for aircraft-purchase decision makers, entrepreneurs and other business leaders to meet and conduct business, make buying decisions and discuss current trends involving the use of an aircraft for business purposes.