Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), is the 2010 recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, granted each year for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation. Spruston has been director general of the IBAC since 1999.
National Business Aviation Association
For many years, but especially since leaders of the big three U.S. automakers failed to defend their use of business jets while testifying before Congress, business aviation has been under attack by ill-informed politicians and the public.
The flow of aircraft, people and exhibit booth material is accelerating toward Las Vegas in preparation for the NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, which starts on Monday.
NBAA is holding its 64th Annual Meeting & Convention October 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s gathering also marks the 40th anniversary of AIN’s creation, starting as a convention daily publication launched at NBAA’s 1972 meeting in Cincinnati.
Twenty-six aviation and labor associations representing virtually the entire U.S.
NBAA appointed former Cessna executive Roger Whyte to serve as special counsel to association president and CEO Ed Bolen in preparation for the 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace). Whyte had responsibility for Cessna’s business in the Asia-Pacific region, and his “depth of knowledge informs our work,” Bolen said.
The Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) Legal Defense Fund set up last month by NBAA and AOPA is getting strong financial support from a host of regional business aviation associations. “The business aviation community is once again demonstrating its readiness to mobilize behind the industry’s priorities,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
As part of an industry still struggling to recover from a recession and continuing attacks by the media and politicians alike, I was appalled by President Obama’s press conference Wednesday in which he used his bully pulpit to vilify corporate-jet owners. Not surprised. But appalled.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter to The Wall Street Journal:
“Your front-page story detailing the movements of ‘general aviation’ airplanes by businesses (‘Corporate Jet Set: Leisure vs. Business,’ June 16) unfortunately neglected to mention that the personal use of a company’s airplane typically accounts for only a tiny fraction of the aircraft’s flights.
In a resumption of his campaign against business aviation, President Obama yesterday called for an end to “tax breaks” for corporate jet owners.