National Business Aviation Association

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National Business Aviation Association
Type Not for profit
Founded 1947
Headquarters Washington, DC, United States
Membership Individuals and companies
Field Aviation advocacy
Number of members 11,000 companies
Key Personnel CEO: Ed Bolen since 2004
Chairman of the Board: Ron Duncan, GCI

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is a trade association that lobbies on behalf of the interests of private and corporate jet owners.[1] It is a non-profit and nonpartisan 501(c)6 corporation and advocacy group based in Washington, DC, United States. The association represents more than 11,000 companies.[2]


CEO Ed Bolen at EBACE 2018

Founded in 1947, the NBAA is an industry organization representing companies that rely on general aviation aircraft. The Association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community. NBAA aims to create an environment that fosters business aviation in the United States and around the world.

NBAA is headed by Ed Bolen, who became President and CEO in 2004.[3] NBAA’s membership is a roster of many companies including well-known brands such as Bank of America, The Dow Chemical Company, Rolls-Royce, McDonald's Corporation, and Walmart.[4] In 2013, the NBAA was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.[5]

Opposition to H.R. 2997 air traffic control reform bill[edit]

The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2997) would create a non-profit organization separate from the Federal Aviation Administration that would oversee America’s air traffic control system. Congress is likely to vote on the bill after the August 2017 recess and may include it as part of the FAA reauthorization act, which is due September 30.[1]

NBAA opposes H.R. 2997 and is lobbying against it.[6] On May 17, 2017, during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on air traffic control reform, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen testified, "Companies and communities across the U.S., which rely on general aviation for business, civil services and a host of other needs, simply cannot risk turning over the system to a private board beyond the reach of Congress."[1]

Charles Leocha, chairman and co-founder of Travelers United, "a D.C.-based nonprofit membership organization representing all travelers", told Transportation Today that modernizing the air traffic control system outside would save millions of dollars by removing the process from the federal budget process. When Leocha was asked what he thought about NBAA’s opposition to the bill, he said, "I find it distasteful. These fat cat corporations like Exxon and GE and private individuals like Rush Limbaugh and Bill Gates are the ones who should be paying their fair share. This is a system that is rigged in favor of big corporate interests. NBAA wants to keep it that way and keep the public from gaining the benefits."[1]

The oversight organization created by H.R. 2997 would be run by a board of directors consisting of 11 people. Various aviation sub-industries would have input in the nomination of members of the board. Per Section "§ 90306. Board of Directors" of H.R. 2997, the business aviation industry (NBAA members) would get to nominate 2 people to the board of directors. All the commercial airlines would to nominate 2 people, as well. Here is a more specific breakdown, per the text of H.R. 2997:[7]

  • "A Passenger Air Carrier Nomination Panel composed of (large national commercial airlines) passenger air carrier representatives" would nominate 1 member.
  • "A Regional Air Carrier Nomination Panel composed of regional air carrier representatives" would nominate 1 member.
  • Business aviation (such as the members of NBAA) would nominate 2 members.
  • The remainder of the members would be nominated from the cargo industry, commercial pilots, and the Secretary of Transportation.


The NBAA organizes the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world's largest civil aviation trade show.

On Oct. 16-18, 2018, 1,100 exhibitors and 25,000 professionals are expected at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, while nearly 100 business aircraft will be featured at Orlando Executive Airport. Bombardier Aerospace will display its Global 7500, Global 6000, Challenger 350, Challenger 650 and Learjet 75. Gulfstream Aerospace will bring its G280, G550, G650ER, G500 and G600. Textron Aviation will highlight its new Cessna Denali and SkyCourier mockups, and exhibit its Citation M2, Grand Caravan EX, King Air 350i, Citation Latitude, Citation XLS+, Citation CJ3+ and Citation CJ4. Airbus Corporate Jets will feature an ACJ319 on static display, and the ACJ320neo, ACJ319neo, ACJ330 and ACJ350 in the exhibit hall.[8]

The 2019 Convention & Exhibition will be held in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-24.[8]

NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award[edit]

The NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is an American award in aviation given annually since 1950 by the NBAA.

The Association states that the award is business aviation's most distinguished honor, recognizing extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation.

Past winners include:


  1. ^ a b c d Riley, Kim (2017-08-18). "Taxpayer, traveler groups rank ATC high transportation legislative priority on Capitol Hill - Transportation Today". Transportation Today.
  2. ^ "About NBAA". National Business Aviation Association. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. ^ "SENIOR EXECUTIVES - Edward M. Bolen". National Business Aviation Association. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Leadership Council | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  5. ^ Sprekelmeyer, Linda, editor. These We Honor: The International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Donning Co. Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57864-397-4.
  6. ^ "FAA Reauthorization and Modernization | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  7. ^ "Text: H.R.2997 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  8. ^ a b Kirby Harrison (Oct 2, 2018). "NBAA 'Big Show' Readies For Takeoff". Aviation Week Network.

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