NBAA 53rd Annual Meeting and Convention Press Registration

Washington, DC, August 9, 2000 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) cordially invites the media to attend the world’s largest exhibition and informational forum devoted solely to civil aviation – the NBAA 53rd Annual Meeting & Convention, October 10 to 12, 2000 in New Orleans.

The Association reports a record 4,770 10-feet by 10-feet booth spaces for this year’s Show. In addition, over 60 informational sessions are being planned. Approximately 150 aircraft will be on Static Display at Lakefront Airport. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available between all NBAA hotels and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as well as between the Convention Center and the Static Display.

Press badges, which are required to gain entry into the exhibit hall and all technical meetings, will be issued at no charge to editors, reporters and camera personnel. Press credentials may be obtained in the NBAA Press Room at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center by presenting a business card or suitable identification. The media may register in advance by filling out the form in the attached Advance Program, by visiting the NBAA Web site at, or by request to the NBAA Public Relations Department via fax to (202) 833-9668 or via e-mail to

Press badges will only be available for pickup on site in the press room; they will not be mailed to registrants in advance. Please contact the NBAA Convention & Seminars Department at (202) 783-9282 for registration information if someone other than media from your organization wishes to attend the Convention.

Press badges do not cover admission to the NBAA Awards Banquet. Tickets are required for the Banquet and may be purchased in advance or in the Registration area of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Awards Banquet will honor Rodney K. Kauber of Mutual of Omaha with the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. Entertainment for this year’s Awards Banquet is singer Natalie Cole. The Banquet sells out early, so please order your tickets as soon as possible.

Co-sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft and by Sextant Avionique, Inc., the Press Room will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 9 – one day before the official exhibit floor opening. The Press Room will be equipped with telephones, computers, fax machines and other electronic hookups, as well as a quiet area where members of the media may conduct personal conferences and interviews. Light snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day.

Press conferences will be held in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 9. Due to high demand for press briefings, there will be three Press Conference Rooms in close proximity to the NBAA Press Room. A schedule of press briefings is issued by mail and on the Web at in early October, and a final listing is posted in the Press Room on October 8. Press conferences are scheduled to give maximum coverage by the press without conflicts; only those press conferences scheduled through NBAA will be listed. Exhibitors also may schedule invitation-only press events in hotels, at their booths, or at other locations, although we encourage use of official NBAA press facilities to avoid conflicting events.

The annual Kickoff Media Breakfast, hosted by the Boards of Directors of NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, will be held on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:15 a.m. in Room 293 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend. NBAA will present an overview of the business aviation community as well as current and future challenges and opportunities. In addition, the Association will announce the winners of the 2000 Gold Wing Awards for Reporting Excellence. The Platinum Wing Award for Lifetime Achievement also will be presented.

Convention Attendees should leave telephone and room numbers with family and at the office to receive messages. In addition, there will be Message and Information Centers at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. That phone number is (504) 670-5300.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,100 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.