NBAA’s Sold-Out White Plains Forum Highlights Industry’s Passion, Promise

White Plains, NY, June 13, 2024 – A sold-out and bustling exhibit floor, a robust lineup of the latest aircraft, a compelling series of expert-led panel sessions and beautiful day combined for a highly successful 2024 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) White Plains Regional Forum on June 12 at Westchester County Airport (HPN).

Recognition From Regional Leaders

The forum offered an opportunity for local officials to get an up-close look at business aviation’s essential role in the White Plains community and beyond. Throughout the day, leaders with the airport, Westchester County and the state assembly were joined by the Mount Vernon mayor and other civic leaders.

Several representatives from the delegation joined NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen for a lively keynote to start the day. The community leaders noted that the forum highlighted the job creation, connectivity for communities, productivity for companies and humanitarian lift supported by business aviation.

Bolen echoed their remarks, adding that those societal benefits – as well as the industry’s sustainability-driven mission to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 – are underscored by the industry’s new CLIMBING. FAST. advocacy initiative. 

CLIMBING. FAST. is the program that allows business aviation to communicate about the industry’s importance with policymakers and opinion leaders,” said Bolen. “Aviation connects people all across the country, and all across the world. It is an industry that creates opportunity and brings hope. It is also innovating toward a net-zero carbon future, on the ground and in the air.”

The Future In Focus

As part of the forum, record-setting aviator Capt. Barrington Irving celebrated the first set of graduates from the Barrington Irving Technical Training School’s (BITTS’s) local program in Mount Vernon, NY. All the graduates are ready to take positions at area facilities for two leading fixed-base operators. NBAA is a founding partner of the BITTS program.

“With our partners and our team, we have created something that is helping more people achieve their professional dreams through business aviation,” Irving said. “I couldn’t be more proud to see our goal come to life through these students.” Read more about Capt. Irving and the BITTS organization.

The forum schedule also featured sessions covering front-and-center concerns for the industry, including what pilots should know about recent FAA revisions to mental-health guidelines, and the onerous impact that new tax proposals from Washington could have on the industry. 

“The White Plains forum showcased the products, people and passion that characterize our dynamic industry,” said Bolen. “We clearly can see the same excitement and momentum as we prepare for what promises to be an outstanding NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas.”

The association’s largest event of the year, NBAA-BACE, will take place Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV.

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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 10,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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