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NBAA Applauds Huerta Confirmation

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

Washington, DC, January 2, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today enthusiastically congratulated Michael Huerta on being confirmed as the next Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Huerta, who has been serving as FAA's Acting Administrator, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday, is expected to serve a full five-year term in his new position.

"Throughout his tenure at the FAA, Michael Huerta has demonstrated strong leadership skills, and an in-depth understanding of issues, including the need for continued transformation to a Next Generation Air Traffic Control System [NextGen], which will produce safety and efficiency gains in America's aviation system," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

In a recent letter to Bolen, Huerta made clear his appreciation for the size and diversity of the business aviation community, and its importance to the country. "Business aviation helps companies serve their customers and maintain their products more quickly in order to stay ahead of the competition," Huerta said, adding that the industry "contributes positively to our nation's balance of trade."

At a recent industry forum, Huerta confirmed the FAA's commitment to addressing issues important to the entire general aviation community, including the need to press forward with implementation of NextGen.

Before serving as the FAA's Acting Administrator, Huerta served as Chief of Staff in the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. He has also held several leadership positions in the private sector.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (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 9,000 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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