NBAA Announces the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship

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

ATLANTA, GA, September 25, 2007 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in coordination with Conklin & de Decker, today announced the establishment of the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship.

The scholarship was created in honor of the late Al Conklin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and business aviation leader for more than 60 years. Conklin’s experience as a business aircraft salesman in the early decades of his career informed his later work in proving the economic value of aircraft to business. With Bill de Decker, he first published the Aircraft Cost Evaluator in the 1970s, and later founded Conklin & de Decker, an aviation information company that provides aircraft operating cost and performance data. He was a member of NBAA’s Operations Committee for many years until his retirement in 2003.

“It is very fitting that the scholarship be administered by NBAA as Al was very active in the organization. He was a pioneer in our business and believed strongly that good management is a vital part of the success of business aviation. We are proud to honor him and his family by providing this scholarship to future business aviation professionals,” commented Bill de Decker, president and co-founder of Conklin & de Decker, and long-time friend of Al Conklin.

The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an aviation student attending a University Aviation Association-affiliated college aviation management program, and the first recipient will be announced at next year’s NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL.

The Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship is one of several scholarships offered by NBAA to promote professional development and business aviation careers. Applications are available on the NBAA web site at The deadline for entries will be August 1, 2008.

Questions about this or other scholarships can be directed to NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or

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