FlightSafety International’s Bruce Whitman to Receive NBAA’s American Spirit Award

Washington, DC — The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is pleased to announce that FlightSafety International Chairman, President, and CEO Bruce Whitman, who has been with FlightSafety International for 55 years, has been selected to receive the prestigious NBAA American Spirit Award in recognition of his commitment to helping others throughout the global aviation community.

Whitman will receive the honor during the 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), taking place Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, FL.

Whitman has served in a variety of capacities with FlightSafety, since joining the organization in 1961. During his time with the organization, he has helped grow it into a preeminent global training provider and manufacturer of flight simulators. Today, the company provides more than 1.4 million hours of training annually to pilots, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals from over 167 countries around the world.

“Everyone in aviation knows how rare it is to find someone who’s succeeded for more than five decades with the same company, especially amidst so many industry changes,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Throughout his tenure, Bruce’s commitment to fostering aviation safety worldwide has been equaled by his tireless devotion to numerous aviation organizations and philanthropic endeavors.”

NBAA’s 2016 convention will be the 56th for Whitman. Prior to joining FlightSafety, he worked at NBAA for two years in a senior executive capacity. Since his departure from the association, he has been active in a host of industry initiatives, including service on NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council.

Whitman’s contributions to the community also include his role as chairman emeritus of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and he currently serves on the foundation’s executive committee. He is also a member of the executive committees for Orbis International, dedicated to the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries. He serves as director emeritus of the Civil Air Patrol, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and is vice-chair of the development committee of the National World War II Museum and on the board of directors for the Corporate Angel Network.

“Whether it’s through his support for our nation’s armed forces and military servicemembers, or his efforts in utilizing business aviation to help people around the globe, Bruce truly believes that our industry is like a family, and that we are responsible for helping each other in any way we’re able,” Bolen continued. “We are pleased to honor Bruce with the American Spirit Award, which recognizes the kind of service to others exemplified through Bruce’s contributions to so many people and causes.”

The NBAA American Spirit Award is presented in recognition of an individual within business aviation who exemplifies the courage, pursuit of excellence and service to others that characterize men and women who created and nurtured the American aviation community.

NBAA-BACE will feature more than 1,100 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the industry, as well as 100 side-by-side business aircraft on static display, opportunities to network with 27,000 business aviation professionals, and dozens of education sessions to ensure that companies utilizing business aviation are operating as safely and efficiently as possible.

Learn more about NBAA-BACE.

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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 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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