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White Plains REACHBAC to Feature New NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell

Will Highlight Benefits of Business Aviation and Westchester County Airport

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, August 16, 2004 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in conjunction with the Westchester Aviation Association and the Westchester County Association, will host an Operation REACHBAC luncheon on Friday, September 17 at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY to introduce Ed Bolen, NBAA's new president and CEO. The luncheon also will feature astronaut Jim Lovell as a special guest speaker.

During the September 17 event, Bolen will outline his vision for NBAA as well as discuss the importance of Westchester County Airport to business aviation and its positive impact on the local and regional economies. Former astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission and president of Lovell Communications, will relate various aspects of his illustrious career and also talk about the benefits and advantages of business aviation.

Operation REACHBAC (Regional Effort to Advise, Communicate with and Help the Business Aviation Community) is an NBAA program created to heighten two-way communications between NBAA and its Members in various parts of the country. Part of that effort involves face-to-face meetings at which NBAA Member Company personnel, Board members and Staff can interact, discuss issues and socialize with business aviation professionals as well as with business and civic leaders from the local community. The REACHBAC luncheon is complimentary for all members of the business aviation community.

The REACHBAC function will be held at General Electric's hangar (Hangar E), which is located at 85 Tower Road on Westchester County Airport. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sponsors of this event include Gulfstream Aerospace, Dassault Falcon and Avitat Westchester.

Individuals are required to RSVP no later than September 14 by contacting NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at (202) 783-9266 or bschwalen@nbaa.org. Directions to the luncheon can be obtained by calling (914) 421-9100.

For more information, visit the NBAA web site at www.nbaa.org/reachbac.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,600 companies that 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.

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