NBAA has rounded out its announced list of keynote speakers for the opening day of BACE next month in Orlando, Florida, with both acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky joining the lineup. Also speaking during the opening session are acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and science commentator Neil deGrasse Tyson and famed Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen will accompany Nolen and Ky in a discussion on key business aviation issues including safety, security, sustainability, innovation, and workforce development.

“We are pleased to welcome Billy and Patrick to our convention this year and to have them as part of our keynote for what will be a compelling discussion about some of the most pressing issues facing business aviation, as well as the many exciting trends that are reshaping our industry,” Bolen said.

Nolen, a former commercial airline pilot who has held a number of industry safety roles, became acting FAA administrator after Steve Dickson left the agency at the end of March. He originally joined the agency in January as an associate administrator for safety. Ky has led EASA since 2013 and has some 30 years of civil aviation experience.


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