NBAA's 2003 Show Is Here

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Big Numbers, History Of Flight Celebrated ...

The business aviation event of the year is nearly upon us and organizers are putting the final touches on this year's show. The NBAA's 2003 and 56th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held October 7 to 9 at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will feature close to 30,000 attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors, 75 informational sessions and 135 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The convention's opening general session will feature new NBAA President Shelley A. Longmuir, FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey and U.S. Representative John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, as keynote speakers.

Aside from the latest and greatest of business aviation, this year's show will celebrate 100 years of powered flight. As with other major events, EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk exhibit will be on display inside Orlando/Orange County Convention Center Exhibit Hall C. Also on display will be vintage aircraft simulators and authentic Wright Flyer artifacts from the Franklin Institute and Wright Again program. In addition, the chief historian and interpreter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Darrell M. Collins, will give a special presentation on October 7 during the opening general session. Collins is widely acknowledged as one of the top five authorities on the Wright Brothers and early aviation history.

... Opening Ceremony to Feature Astronauts Armstrong and Cernan ...

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan will join business aviation legend Harry B. Combs in presenting the first annual Combs Award to photographer Dan Patterson during the opening general session on Tuesday, October 7. This award, sponsored by the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and 1996 NAHF enshrinee Combs, honors Patterson for his photographic preservation of America's air and space heritage.

Award presenters Armstrong and Cernan are, respectively, the first and most recent men to set foot on the surface of the moon. Patterson's submission was selected for the $20,000 research and preservation award by a panel of judges that included not only Combs and Armstrong but also aviation historian and author C.V. Glines; best-selling author and executive director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Howard Benedict; and executive director of the Whirlybirds International, Jean Tinsley.

... and NBAA Taps Bob Warren As New Exec VP

On September 15, aviation veteran Bob Warren commenced his new role as the NBAA's Executive Vice President. In this newly created role, Warren will report directly to Shelley A. Longmuir, president of the NBAA, and oversee the association's departments of finance, human resources, strategic programs, membership, marketing, conventions and seminars, and support services.

Warren comes to the NBAA from the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), where he served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. His 30-year career spans considerable experience in aviation, regulatory and legal work via high-ranking positions at several federal government departments, and association management.