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Security Sessions Focal Point of Successful Convention

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, January 8, 2002 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 54th Annual Meeting & Convention closed on Friday, December 14 with a total of 11,738 Attendees viewing the products and services of more than 670 Exhibiting Companies occupying nearly 350,000 square feet at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. NBAA also hosted about 40 aircraft at the Static Display of Aircraft on Lakefront Airport.

"We’re very excited about the excellent attendance at this year’s Annual Meeting & Convention," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "We feel this is one of the most significant Conventions in NBAA history. This meeting has given the business aviation community an important opportunity to interact and exchange information on safety and security issues. This is a fabulous community."

The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the business aviation industry’s largest and most efficient annual gathering of buyers and sellers. It often is the only opportunity during the year to do direct, side-by-side comparisons of nearly every product and service available to company flight departments. It also is the industry’s leading venue for new product announcements and introductions, as well as a forum for numerous informational seminars.

On September 12, the NBAA Board of Directors voted to postpone the 54th Annual Meeting & Convention in order to redirect the Association's resources toward national recovery and aid to the victims and their families following the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the rescheduled December dates were announced on September 21.

The rescheduling prompted the Association to add Informational Sessions that addressed Member concerns in the wake of the September 11 events. As a result, three Special Security Sessions focused on domestic and international business aviation security were added. Other Informational Sessions addressed the condition and future of the nation’s air traffic control system, new Federal security actions, revisions to the internal security practices of NBAA Member Companies, the economy and the role of business aviation in it, and the benefits of business aircraft use available to non-operators.

Next year, NBAA will travel to Orlando for the 55th Annual Meeting & Convention from September 10 to 12, 2002. For Attendee or Exhibitor information, contact the Association at (202) 783-9283 or [email protected].

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,000 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world's largest display of civil aviation products and services.