View highlights from NBAA’s history and major business aviation milestones in the NBAA 75th Anniversary Timeline.

NBAA thanks the members of the NBAA 75th Anniversary Legacy Society for their commitment to NBAA and business aviation.


Representatives from 25 companies meeting at the Statler Hotel during the Cleveland Air Races agree to launch the Corporation Aircraft Owners Association, forerunner of NBAA.


The Corporation Aircraft Owners Association (CAOA), NBAA’s predecessor organization, is incorporated in New York state.

The Technical Committee, CAOA’s first standing committee, starts working with manufacturers to standardize avionics and instrumentation.


CAOA held its first public event, an industry/government forum at the Statler Hilton (now Capital Hilton) in Washington, D.C.


Salem Engineering, an Ohio construction company, makes what is believed to be the first round-the-world flight in a business airplane (a converted Douglas DC-4 airliner).


CAOA moves its headquarters from New York City to Washington, D.C.


CAOA’s annual meeting and forum is held outside of Washington, D.C. for the first time (in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel) and for the first time features an aircraft static display (at Chicago’s Meigs Field).


Corporation Aircraft Owners Association (CAOA) changes its name to the National Business Aircraft Association.

NBAA establishes its Flying Safety Awards program.


The Guide to Management Policies for Business Aircraft, now known as the NBAA Management Guide, was first published.


The business jet era begins as NBAA member Timken Roller Bearing takes delivery of a Morane-Saulnier M.S. 760, a four-seat derivative of a French military aircraft.

NBAA distributes its original operating manual, titled Recommended Standards for the Administration of a Business Aircraft Aviation Department.


The Gulfstream G-159 (GI), the first purpose-built business airplane, is certificated.


The original Learjet, the Model 23, flies for the first time.


The original Beech King Air, the Model 90, flies for the first time.

NBAA’s Technical Committee develops an IFR flight profile for jet aircraft.


The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is held in a convention hall for the first time (Boston’s War Memorial Auditorium).


The first Atlantic nonstop flight by a business jet is conducted by National Distillers’ Gulfstream II from Teterboro, NJ to London Gatwick Airport.


John Winant becomes NBAA’s first full-time staff president.


The NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council is established.


NBAA establishes its International Operators Conference to provide a forum for sharing best practices for business aircraft operators flying outside the U.S.

The number of NBAA members reaches 1,000.


Attendance at NBAA’s annual meeting (at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall) surpasses 10,000 for the first time.


NBAA leads the creation of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), a group that includes national and regional business aviation organizations worldwide.


NBAA sets up a 24-hour hotline for members to deal with traffic constraints imposed because of the air traffic controllers’ strike.


NetJets pioneers the shared aircraft ownership model.


Cessna’s Special Olympics Airlift begins using a fleet of Citation operator volunteers.


The first business aviation satcom system is commissioned (on a Gulfstream IV).


NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association launch No Plane, No Gain, a multimedia industry advocacy campaign.


NBAA’s website,, is launched.


The National Business Aircraft Association changes its name to National Business Aviation Association to reflect the diversity of its members and the industry.

NBAA’s Professional Development Program is launched.


NBAA establishes the GA Desk at the FAA ATC System Command Center to represent the interests of business aviation in ATC planning.

NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager program is launched.

NBAA’s first overseas event, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, is held in Geneva, Switzerland.


The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a collection of industry best practices, is introduced by the International Business Aviation Council.

NBAA launches its one-day Regional Forum meetings with an event at Chicago’s DuPage Airport.


The current NBAA President & CEO, Ed Bolen, is appointed.


NBAA publishes its Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide.


Business Aviation Insider, NBAA’s bimonthly magazine, debuts.


NBAA unveils the Contact Congress online advocacy tool to provide web resources for opposing the airlines’ user fee FAA funding proposal.


NBAA, along with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, relaunches No Plane, No Gain, a multimedia industry advocacy program, featuring golfing legend Arnold Palmer as the lead spokesman.

NBAA is instrumental in the formation of General Aviation Caucuses in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

The NBAA Leadership Council was established to help ensure the ongoing strength of business aviation.


The NBAA Safety Committee releases its first annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas.


NBAA launches Careers in Business Aviation Day at the association’s annual convention.

NBAA is inducted into the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s International Air & Space Hall of Fame in recognition of the association’s 65 years of advocacy for the industry.

The number of NBAA members surpasses 10,000.


NBAA holds the first annual National Safety Forum at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.


NBAA establishes the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award to recognize industry professionals who demonstrate safety leadership.


NBAA unveils the Business Aviation 40 Under 40 awards to recognize the industry’s leading young professionals.


NBAA is one of the founders of the first Business Aviation Sustainability Summit.

NBAA launches Insider Daily, a weekday morning publication featuring major NBAA and industry news.


NBAA forms the Advanced Air Mobility Roundtable to help promote this new mode of transportation.

NBAA establishes accreditation programs in sustainable flight operations and safety management.


NBAA launches the Owner Pilot Association Coalition to tackle concerns of this segment of business aircraft operators.