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Media Alert: Commemorative Flight to Land at Atlanta's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport

Interview and Photo Opportunities With Leaders in General Aviation

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

What: General aviation leaders will fly together from New York, the site of the first meeting of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in 1947, to Atlanta, the site of this year's NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention.

Aviators representing the general aviation community's storied past, its modern-day present and its visionary future will make the flight aboard a very light jet (VLJ). All aboard will be available for photos and interviews – an opportunity to speak with each before the Convention gets underway.

The National Aeronautic Association is expected to record the flight as the first record set in its newly established VLJ class.

When: Saturday, September 22 (flight leaves at 1:20 p.m. from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY, and lands at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport at 4:00 pm).

Where: DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, EPPS Aviation, 1 Aviation Way, Atlanta, GA 30341, (770) 458-9851.

Media registration will take place in the terminal, and credentials will be permitted for access to non-public areas of the airport.

Why: To recognize the past, present and future of general aviation, in celebration of NBAA's 60th anniversary, Georgia's centennial of flight, and Cessna's 80th anniversary.

Who:

Pat Epps, President of Epps Aviation at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport
President of Atlanta-based Epps Aviation, leader and innovator whose father, Ben Epps, built and piloted the first powered aircraft in Georgia 100 years ago.

Ed Bolen, President and CEO, NBAA
NBAA is the leading business aviation association in the U.S., representing 8,000 businesses that rely on general aviation.

Jamail Larkins, Special Assistant to the President, NBAA
A 23-year-old Augusta, GA native, made famous for obtaining his pilot's license at 14. Served as a youth ambassador for the Federal Aviation Administration, educating youth about aviation.

Bob Stangarone, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Cessna Aircraft Company
Co-pilot of Cessna's Mustang, the first fully certified very light jet (VLJ), regarded as the future aircraft type of general aviation, which will set a record for "speed over a recognized course," on its flight into Atlanta. Jim Perry, a Cessna pilot, will serve as pilot-in-command.

The NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention and related activities will be held in Atlanta from September 22 through 29. To learn more, visit www.nbaa.org/2007.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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