NBAA, EBAA to Co-Host Pre-EBACE Business Aviation Safety Workshop, May 16

Washington, DC, May 6, 2011 – On Monday, May 16, a day before the opening of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) will jointly host a workshop dedicated to the safety issues facing aircraft operators in Europe.

The European Business Aviation Safety Workshop will be held at the Geneva Palexpo Conference Center, Hall 1, Meeting Room K, beginning at 8:30 am local time.

Topics to be covered include:

• Preventing Runway Incursions and Excursions;

• Human Performance and Managing Risk;

• Advanced Technology Cockpits, and;

• The Role of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and other safety-related tools

Additionally, the annual EBAA Safety of Flight Awards Ceremony will be held during a post-Workshop reception. This award honours operators who have demonstrated exemplary safety records.

"We must carry safety initiatives down through everything we do, which is why we have arranged this workshop, focusing on the main safety challenges faced in Europe," explained NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in EBAA and the UK Civil Aviation Authority to develop this event."

"Our safety record matches or exceeds the safety of the best airlines," says Brian Humphries, EBAA President and CEO. "Indeed such excellence is vital if we are to retain our hard-won public and official confidence in the business aviation sector."

The business aviation community has taken the lead in setting standards of best practice through such tools as the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as a cornerstone element in Safety Management Systems for business aviation. Just last year, EBAA developed and published an Emergency Response Planning support tool, which likewise has been popular among operators.

The European Business Aviation Safety Workshop is open to any operator of any business aircraft to attend free of charge. Interested participants must register in advance on the website.