2022 NBAA-BACE Media Bulletin: Top FAA, NASA, Military Officials, Industry Pioneers and Others  Will Lead Landmark Innovation Zone Sessions

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, Oct. 13, 2022 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will host discussions on some of the most pressing and compelling trends shaping the aviation and aerospace industry in a special set of Innovation Zone sessions taking place throughout the 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), being held Oct. 18-20 in Orlando, FL.

The sessions include the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) deputy administrator, its current and former chief operating officer, and the agency’s leads for airports and aviation safety; the companies leading the way on advanced air mobility (AAM) and new propulsion systems that will help the industry reach its net-zero emissions commitment; two record-setting aviators and much more. 

The Innovation Zone sessions include:

Pathway to Liftoff: Certification and Infrastructure for New Entrants

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m.

Moderator: Teri Bristol, Former FAA Chief Operating Officer

  • Shannetta Griffin, FAA Associate Administrator for Airports
  • David Boulter, FAA’s Acting Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety
  • Tom Muniz , COO, Archer Aviation
  • Gregory Davis, President and CEO, Eviation
  • Rob Scholl, President, Textron eAviation
  • Ben Tigner, CEO, Overair

Airspace for Everyone: How Emerging Technologies Will Transform Air Traffic

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m.

Moderator: Lisa Stark, Emmy Award-winning aviation journalist

  • Tim Arel, FAA Chief Operating Officer
  • Nathan P. Diller, Col. USAF, Director, AFWERX
  • John S. Langford III, CEO, Electra.aero
  • Martin Peryea, CEO, Jaunt
  • Parimal “P.K.” Kopardekar, Ph.D., Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
  • Stéphane Fymat, Vice President and General Manager, Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems, Honeywell 
  • James Peck, Vice President, Business Development, ZeroAvia

Tough Topics Honest Conversations: Discussion on Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.

Moderator: Jennifer Pickerel, Vice President, Aviation Personnel International

  • Brad Mims, FAA Deputy Administrator
  • Kenneth Morris, Executive Director, Aviation Community Foundation
  • Anne Palmer, CEO, Palmer Group, LLC

Secrets of Record Setters

Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.


Brad Mims, FAA Deputy Administrator


Moderator: Ian Lumpp, Director of Business Development, Flying Magazine

  • Brad Mims, FAA Deputy Administrator
  • Barrington Irving, Founder and CEO, The Flying Classroom 
  • Shaesta Waiz, Founder and President, Dreams Soar, Inc.

Learn more about NBAA-BACE.


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 nbaa.org.

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