NBAA to honor Tuskegee Airmen


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.

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General aviation goes to the political conventions

Just a portion of the crowd at the AOPA/NBAA convention-watch party in Tampa. At left, NBAA President Ed Bolen.

For the first time, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Business Aviation Association teamed to hold events at the two national party conventions. The goal: Schmoozing politicos to hold high the flag of general aviation.

I attended the first, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to see if AOPA held to its long-time non-partisanship — and to see if anyone would show up!

Boy did they. By 6 p.m., the place was packed. [Read more…]

Registration now open for NBAA2012

Registration for the National Business Aviation Associations’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention is now available.

The convention is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, with a Light Business Airplane Static Display at the Orange County Convention Center and a Static Display of Aircraft on Orlando Executive Airport. NBAA2012 is the eighth largest tradeshow in the U.S. and the largest business aviation event in the world.

Attendees may now register online for NBAA2012, and for pre- and post-convention events, including the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference and Professional Development Program (PDP) courses, as well as for the NBAA/CAN Soiree, an Evening with Angels featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.



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Video on value of general aviation in Massachusetts premieres

Facts, figures and earnest testimonials in a new video leave no doubt about the value of general aviation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The nearly nine-minute presentation, titled “Massachusetts Aviation: Our Link to Economic Prosperity,” was produced earlier this year by the MassDOT Aeronautics Division with help from both the National Business Aviation Association and the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association. You can find out more here, as well as view the video.

FAA on schedule to process December BARR requests

After the FAA restored full access to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, many general aviation pilots contacted the agency to enroll in the program, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association, who report the FAA is on track to transmit an updated list of aircraft blocked at the “ASDI vendor level” to flight tracking vendors by today, Jan. 10. The list of aircraft blocked at the “FAA level” will also be updated. Blocking requests received by Dec. 15 should be included in the revised lists. Want to know how to enroll in the BARR program? Click here.

NBAA gets Aviation Hall of Fame award

National Business Aircraft Association received the Aviation Hall of Fame Milton Caniff ‘Spirit of Flight’ award in recognition of the group’s “significant contribution to America’s aviation heritage.” The award was presented at the annual induction ceremonies held at Dayton, Ohio. The award has been given annually since 1981. Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, received the award for the association and said “NBAA is humbled by the honor because it pays tribute to the tens of thousands of individuals whose passion and professionalism have made the business aviation community one of America’s great success stories.” The presentation was part of the Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement weekend at Dayton, Ohio. The award was named for famed artist/cartoonist Milton Caniff, creator of the long-running comic strip Steve Canyon. A native of Dayton, Caniff over the years drew many portraits of leading aviation persons honored by the Hall of Fame.