Golf legend and pilot Arnold Palmer (pictured) will be among the participants in the opening general session for the National Business Aviation Association’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention this October (NBAA2009).
“We’re very excited to include Arnold Palmer among the speakers at this year’s convention,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Arnold is recognized around the world not just as a renowned golf professional, but also as a highly successful businessman who has long relied on business aviation as part of building his company. We look forward to hearing his first-hand perspective on how business aviation helps him succeed.”
Palmer’s storied career as a professional golfer includes a host of championships in national and international competitions. The Latrobe, Pa., native continues to travel extensively from his hometown in support of his many business interests, and much of the time, Palmer personally flies a Cessna Citation X to meet his business demands.
The essential role of business aviation in providing a transportation lifeline to towns like Latrobe has been a central theme in the No Plane No Gain campaign, which is jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Palmer and other convention speakers will highlight the messages put forward by No Plane No Gain, to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the many ways business aviation serves citizens, companies and communities across the U.S.
NBAA’s convention will be held in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 20-22 at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport.
Joining Palmer for the Convention’s Opening General Session will be FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard, who owns a Cirrus SR22.
A primary focus for the convention will be a new Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference.
For more information: NBAA.org.