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Media Advisory: NBAA 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, January 29–February 1

Conference Sessions, Speakers Available to Media

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

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today invited members of the media to attend the Association's 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference. The four-day event will be held January 29 through February 1, at the International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, GA.

The NBAA S&D Conference provides the most up-to-date information on issues directly related to the profession. Topics for the Conference are relevant to all schedulers and dispatchers, from beginner to advanced level, and also have value for anyone involved with flight department operations, including pilots. Attendance at last year's event was the highest to date, with more than 2,400 Attendees and 351 Exhibiting Companies, but this year's event already has broken Exhibitor records, with over 387 Exhibiting Companies.

The Conference will offer several media opportunities, including the availability of keynote speakers and NBAA officials for interview, and sessions open for media attendance. Some opportunities available to Savannah media include:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The exhibit hall will open following a reception on the lower level of Savannah's International Trade & Convention Center.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
Opening General Session, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote speaker Tom Whittaker, author of Higher Purpose , will open the Conference by sharing how "Attitude Determines Your Altitude." In 1998 Tom became the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest. After a foot amputation in 1979, Whittaker created the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group. This groundbreaking work, now in its 27th year, led  Newsweek magazine to name him as one of "America's Unsung Heroes."

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Scholarship Presentation, 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

NBAA's 2008 S&D scholarship recipients will be announced, followed by a presentation by keynote speaker Bill Garvey of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Grand Prize Luncheon, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will present, and Attendees can enter to win a series of prizes awarded by event sponsors.

To learn more about the 2008 Conference, visit www.nbaa.org/sdc/2008. For reporters interested in attending, please e-mail Dan Hubbard, NBAA vice president, communications, at dhubbard@nbaa.org.

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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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