Oct. 3, 2018

NBAA Safety Committee Chair David Ryan has been honored as “Business Aviation Volunteer of the Year,” by readers of Business & Commercial Aviation (BCA) magazine in recognition for his years of tireless service in promoting best practices to continually enhance business aviation safety.

The inaugural BCA Readership Awards recognize those in the business aviation community who have demonstrated exceptional performance and advanced the industry. The awards, including Ryan’s honor, were presented to recipients during an Oct. 2 event in Scottsdale, AZ.

“Throughout his career, Dave has been an effective leader in paving the way for the development and promotion of operational and other best practices that have continually raised the bar for business aviation safety,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We thank him for his service to NBAA, and on behalf of all the entrepreneurs and companies relying on business aviation, we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”

“My thanks to NBAA, and to BCA readers, for this recognition, which is shared with all the many behind-the-scenes crusaders working to make business aviation better,” Ryan said. “These volunteer aviation professionals selflessly devote their time and energy, away from their jobs and personal lives, to advance their industry.”

NBAA’s committees work together on behalf of NBAA members to promote business aviation access, operational excellence, professional development, safety and technical standards and security. Ryan joined the NBAA Safety Committee in 2010, and was selected for the committee’s leadership team in 2013. He began his two-year term as committee chairman in 2016.

Approximately 70 people serve on the NBAA Safety Committee across 10 working groups. “A real work ethic is needed to participate on the Safety Committee, and we thank both the NBAA leadership and Board of Directors for being so supportive of our efforts,” Ryan said.

“Perhaps most importantly, volunteering has allowed me to give something back to the industry,” Ryan concluded. “I’ve been blessed throughout my more than 30 years in aviation to have many incredible mentors, and as I enter the later years of my career, I really want to help others, just as others have helped me.”