NBAA, NATA Build on Past Success With Coordinated February Events

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,
Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9263,

Atlanta, GA, October 20, 2010 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announce plans to coordinate, in Savannah, GA, NATA’s 2011 FBO Leadership Conference, taking place February 7 to 8, 2011, with NBAA’s 22nd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, being held February 9 to 11, 2011.

The synchronization of these two events provides the associations’ members unparalleled networking, marketing and educational opportunities, in one place, at one time. Under the plan, attendees will still be required to register for each event separately, through the traditional NBAA and NATA avenues.

NATA’s FBO Leadership Conference was developed for leading executives and managers of fixed base operations, and features nationally recognized experts who provide the latest intelligence, tactics and strategies to maximize NATA member FBOs’ business success. This year’s event includes sessions on the industry economic outlook, airport minimum standards, future of aviation gasoline, shared aircraft ownership, general aviation security and Safety 1st initiatives. The conference’s opening leadership session features NATA President and CEO James K. Coyne and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The concluding NATA session on maximizing your time at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference provides a smooth transition into one of NBAA’s premier events.

NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference is the industry’s leading annual event for providing timely and valuable information on the topics, trends and challenges facing the professionals responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. The conference includes hundreds of exhibits from aviation products and services providers. Attendee and Exhibitor information, including an online Exhibitor application, are now online. Review the 2011 S&D Conference web site at

“NATA and NBAA realized enormous success with this coordinated approach in 2010,” said Coyne. “NATA experienced a 50-percent increase in FBO Leadership Conference participation, while NBAA recorded the third highest attendance in the history of the S&D Conference.”

“Our industry works best when it works together,” said Bolen. “NBAA is pleased to be working with NATA to ensure that, this February, Savannah will be the place to be for aviation professionals.”

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