Business Aviation Leaders From TAG Aviation And Cannes/Mandelieu Airport To Receive EBACE European Business Aviation Award


Award Recipients Will Be Honored At European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE2005)

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that business aviation industry leaders from TAG Aviation and Cannes/Mandelieu Airport will be recognized with the EBACE European Business Aviation Award for their work on behalf of business aviation.

TAG Aviation CEO Roger McMullin will receive one of the awards. Mr. McMullin will be recognized for spearheading the company's work to modernize Farnborough Airport, the UK's only airport dedicated for use by business aircraft. As part of a multi-year effort, TAG played a key role in obtaining stringent planning and environmental approvals from local government authorities, and coordinating major renovations to runways and operational infrastructure. The airport now handles more than 20,000 aircraft operations each year, is home to more than 40 aircraft based at the facility, and is capable of accepting all types of business aircraft.

"TAG's facility at Farnborough is superb," said EBAA CEO Brian Humphries. "They've taken a huge step on behalf of business aviation in the U.K. by providing access to London through the only airport devoted solely to our segment of the industry. We are delighted to recognize them with the EBACE European Business Aviation Award."

The entire staff at Cannes/Mandelieu Airport will be recognized with an award for their ground-breaking work to develop effective partnerships between airport officials, the business aviation community and the residents living in the area surrounding the airport. Their efforts have produced common ground on issues including noise reduction, environmental protection and transparency in airport operations. In 2003, the stakeholder group signed a charter that today serves as a model for airport-community relationship building.

"The officials from Cannes/Mandelieu Airport have effectively advocated for business aviation before government representatives, community leaders and others," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The business aviation community is indebted to them for their dedication to serving and strengthening our industry, and we are pleased to present them with the award."

The award recipients will be honored for their achievements at this year's European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE2005), the only major European event focused solely on business aviation.

Past recipients of the European Business Aviation Award include:

-- Jean-Francois Georges, former president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and senior vice president of civil aircraft for Dassault Aviation (2004)

-- Fernand Francois, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (2004)

-- Ahid Quntar, managing director, Royal Wings/Arab Wings (2003)

-- Andrew Walters, chairman, Regional Airports Ltd. (2003)

-- Richard Gooding, managing director, London City Airport (2002)

-- Jean-Pierre Jobin, director general, Geneva International Airport (2002)

-- Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, president and CEO, LEGO (2001)

-- Frederik Sorensen, head of unit, European Commission (2001)

The 5th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2005) will be held May 18 through 20, 2005, at Geneva Palexpo Conference Center, located immediately adjacent to Geneva International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. The only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation, EBACE is organized jointly by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

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Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360