Washington, DC, June 11, 2010 –On the heels of a record-setting turnout for a regional event hosted by the National Business Aviation Association, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today said the popularity of the Regional Forum proves both the essential role of business aviation in the U.S., and the value to industry of networking and education events at the local level.
Approximately 1,900 Attendees attended the forum, held June 10 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). The event featured 90 indoor Exhibitors and more than 30 aircraft on Static Display, making the TEB event the largest and most active NBAA Regional Forum to date.
The event also featured an education session on the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, as well as sessions on the future of business aircraft values and the importance of safety management systems.
“The enthusiasm surrounding this event is a positive sign that even though business aviation has been confronted by one of the most turbulent periods in recent memory, the industry continues to be driven by passion and professionalism,” Bolen said. “The Teterboro Forum also showed that business aviation is as essential as ever to citizens, companies and communities across the country.”
NBAA’s Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry.
The Forums also allow for two-way discussions of issues confronting NBAA Members at the local level such as airport policies, city council ordinances and proposals from state legislatures that impact flight operations. They also play a role in educating local operators and businesses about ways they can make their voices heard on such issues to elected officials.
“These Regional Forums not only allow us at NBAA to reach out and connect with local businesses, entrepreneurs and operators, but we are able to better understand their needs and enhance our programs and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC,” Bolen said.
The Teterboro Forum was the third of the year, following successful events in Houston, Texas and Van Nuys, California. The last NBAA Regional Forum of 2010 is scheduled for August 18 in Chicago IL. Learn more about that forum by visiting NBAA’s event website at www.nbaa.org/events.
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 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 www.nbaa.org.