Arnold Palmer was the quintessential golfer, bringing the game to the masses. And he did the same for business aviation – championing the industry since he began flying in the 1950s. Palmer took his first lesson in 1956 in Latrobe, PA, and a short time later flew to an exhibition in Akron, OH. “When I went to the exhibition, I was thinking golf and flying, and when I came back home, I was thinking flying,” Palmer told NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen shortly before his passing on Sept. 25 at age 87. NBAA is dedicating its 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) to Palmer, and paying tribute to his lasting legacy to the industry.