Sept. 24, 2021
NBAA’s five regional representatives have good news for the business aviation community and NBAA members: they are back on the road and busier than ever.
“Our regional representatives have been out to in-person events and meetings, while using COVID-19 best practices to stay safe,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA senior director regional programs and Southwest Central regional representative. “They know there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions.”
For example, the reps recently attended the National Association of State Aviation Officials
(NASAO) annual convention in Colorado Springs. The NBAA reps work closely with the nation’s state aviation directors to ensure that business aviation maintains unfettered access to the more than 5,000 airports across the country, and state officials know well the nature of business aviation, and the industry’s benefits to communities everywhere.
At the NASAO convention, Hadley participated in a panel intended to help states better understand how they can best equip their system of airports to support economic initiatives and diversification.
Phil Derner, NBAA Western regional representative, is excited to be back in front of NBAA members.
“I’m reminding everyone that for all the hard work and the support we provided during the pandemic, we are now adding travel back to our tool belt,” he said. “Autumn is a busy season, and we are pleased to be attending in-person member meetings, appearing on panels and conferences, and preparing to get back into classrooms.”
NBAA Southeastern Regional Representative Greg Voos is looking forward to attending in-person events in his region.
“Outdoor events such as golf and aircraft displays have been a safe path forward,” said Voos, noting that both the Alabama Business Aviation Association and the South Florida Business Aviation Association are planning golf events, and that the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association will be hosting an aircraft display and open house at the end of the month, featuring NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen as a speaker.