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NBAA Honors Business Aviation Leaders, Industry Philanthropy

George Saling, Jeff Lee and Ed BolenORLANDO, FL, October 6, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today recognized the efforts of several leaders in business aviation for their efforts to further the industry in a variety of ways.

NBAA’s Ed Bolen, President and CEO, and Jeff Lee, NBAA Chairman of the Board, presented the Association’s annual Meritorious Service to Aviation, John P. "Jack" Doswell Award, Flying Safety Awards and Al Uetschi Humanitarian Awards to their recipients. "One area where our industry shines is in the philanthropic arena," said Bolen. "Often overlooked in the story of business aviation are the unsung heroes whose humanitarian works make a real difference in people's lives."

The NBAA Albert Ueltschi Humanitarian Award was presented to Corporate Angel Network, a charitable organization that provides free flights aboard business aircraft for cancer patients to receive treatments. Peter Fleiss, the group's executive director, accepted the award from Bolen and Al Ueltschi, founder of FlightSafety International.

George Saling, former vice president of Aviation & Travel Services for Altria Corporate Services, Inc., received the 2008 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. The Doswell Award is granted for lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation.

Saling, a dedicated former member of NBAA’s Board of Directors, was also instrumental in establishing the NBAA Maintenance Committee and the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a web-based tool that provides real-time information about business aircraft performance and maintenance. Saling established the committee and the FERMS resource in large part to help aid in the dissemination of safety information for business aircraft.

As director of aviation services for Altria, Saling implemented corporate flight operational quality assurance (C-FOQA) programs and developed safety management systems that have become a best-practice standard for NBAA.

Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), received the 2008 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The award, NBAA’s most distinguished honor, recognizes individuals who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, have materially advanced aviation interests.

Boyer was recognized for his long-standing, effective advocacy and promotion of general aviation. In his 17 years at the helm of AOPA, Boyer has effectively championed some of the industry’s highest priorities. For example, under Boyer’s leadership, AOPA persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration that the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) should be endorsed, developed and certified for general aviation (GA) flight operations, significantly advancing GA safety.

Boyer also played a pivotal role in restoring balance and reason to a broken tort law process, in which aircraft manufacturers became a target for liability suits, driving a number out of business. In 1994, Boyer and AOPA helped ensure congressional passage of a legislative fix – the General Aviation Revitalization Act – that revived general aviation.

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