Media Alert: NBAA 60th Annual [Meeting and Convention, September 22–29

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or

WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2007 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will hold its 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) and related activities in Atlanta, GA, from September 22 through 29. The event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of NBAA as well as Georgia’s centennial of flight, which commemorates the state’s first flight by Ben T. Epps in Athens.

The NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention will bring to Atlanta more than 30,000 Attendees and approximately 115 business aircraft by some of the leading aviation manufacturers. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) will host the exhibition hall and seminars, and Fulton County Airport will host the NBAA Static Display of Aircraft. A replica of Georgia’s first aircraft, a monoplane built by Epps in 1907, will be suspended over a Georgia Centennial of Flight Welcome Center display in the GWCC Hall C Atrium to welcome visitors.

Some of the events of interest to the Atlanta media include:


Commemorative Flight “Celebrating the Past, Present & Future of Aviation”
To mark the 60th anniversary of its founding, NBAA has arranged a flight of a Cessna Mustang very light jet from New York, the site of the first meeting of NBAA in 1947, to Atlanta, the site of the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention.

  • Epps Aviation facility at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Passengers include:
    • Pat Epps, president of Georgia-based Epps Aviation and son of Ben Epps
    • Ed Bolen, president and CEO, NBAA
    • Jamail Larkins, a Georgia native and the first FAA youth ambassador for aviation and space education
    • Learn more at


KaBOOM! Playground Build
NBAA, The Home Depot, KaBOOM! and industry sponsors will build an aviation-themed playground.

  • Fain Elementary School, 101 Hemphill School Road, Atlanta
  • 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. Board Cutting Ceremony
  • Learn more on the NBAA Build a Park web page and view the related press release


Media Kickoff Breakfast

  • Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom, Hall C, Level 3
  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • RSVP to

Opening General Session and Ribbon Cutting

  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Speakers include:
    • Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue
    • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
    • Jimmy Hayes, president and COO, Cox Enterprises
    • Ed Bolen, president and CEO, NBAA

Static Display of Aircraft

  • Approximately 115 business aircraft displayed across more than 15 acres.
  • Fulton County Airport, Fulton Industrial Blvd.
  • Open from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., runs through Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Open to the public

Exhibition Hall  

  • 1,000 Exhibiting Companies representing business aviation
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • Open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and runs through Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

Fulton County Airport Ribbon Cutting

  • Fulton County Airport
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Airport viewing area sponsored by Bombardier and presented to the people of Fulton County

NBAA Awards Luncheon

  • Awards presented to Bryan Moss, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Pat Epps, Epps Aviation, among other recipients
  • Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom, Hall C
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Review related press release

Press Conferences



  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Static Display

  • Fulton County Airport
  • 9:00am-5:00pm


Georgia Aviation Day

  • Georgia World Congress Center and Fulton County Airport
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • In celebration of Georgia Aviation Day, the exhibition hall and Static Display are open to college students and local business aviation community free of charge.

Media may register for events on site at the Georgia World Congress Center Press Room located on Hall B, Room 206, and at Fulton County Airport. Learn more about the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention at

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (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 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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