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NBAA excited about 2011 convention lineup

Sept. 27, 2011, Washington, D.C. - With only two weeks remaining until the ribbon is cut to formally kickoff NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas NV, Convention planners report that this year's event, taking place Monday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 12, is anticipated to meet or exceed expectations from previous years, in large part because of the excitement surrounding the many offerings planned for NBAA2011.

September 27, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

"We are very excited to be returning to Las Vegas, and we are delighted
that our Monday-through-Wednesday show lineup is being enthusiastically
received by Exhibitors and Attendees alike," said NBAA President and CEO
Ed Bolen.

For example, Bolen noted that the Opening General Session at the start
of the first day will feature an outstanding lineup of leaders from
industry and government, including U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III
(D-WV), Federal Aviation Administration Administrator J. Randolph
"Randy" Babbitt, National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah
A. P. Hersman, John Deere & Company Agricultural and Turf Division
President Dave Everitt and doctor, pilot and former U.S. Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

The second-day Opening Session will include aviation legends and
luminaries such as actor Harrison Ford, famed air show performers Sean
D. Tucker and R.A. "Bob" Hoover, FAA Administrator Babbitt, astronaut
Gene Cernan, and former Thunderbirds lead pilot and retired U.S. Air
Force general Lloyd "Fig" Newton. All will gather to honor industry
legend Clay Lacy, who will receive NBAA's highest award, the Meritorious
Service to Aviation Award. The session will also include a panel of
general aviation organization presidents moderated by NBAA President and
CEO Ed Bolen, as well as a presentation of the Combs Gates Award by
representatives with the National Aviation Hall of Fame. 

For all three days, the event will include hundreds of exciting indoor
exhibits featuring all that's new in the world of business aviation, as
well as a first-of-its-kind Static Display of Aircraft located right
next to the Las Vegas Convention Center, which will complement the
larger Static Display at Henderson Airport.


More than 100 education sessions will also be offered for business
aviation professionals who are interested in seeing and learning the
industry's latest trends, including a host of sessions covering all
aspects of maintenance and operations (M&O).

Last, but certainly not least, the Convention will help raise money for a
worthwhile cause. Funds raised from the 15th Annual Chairman's Charity
Classic Golf Tournament on Sunday, October 9, will support NBAA
Charities; money an NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit on Tuesday, October 11,
will support the mission of the Corporate Angel Network, an organization
that utilizes empty seats on business aircraft to transport cancer
patients to clinics for treatment.

"Once again, NBAA's Convention will be the must-attend event for anyone
whose passion or profession involves business aviation," said NBAA
President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We look forward to seeing everyone in Las
Vegas in two weeks." 


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