The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) held its annual General Meeting at Global Aviation on June 20, 2012, marking the first time that a PNBAA event has been held in Oregon. The 85+ attendees, mostly from Oregon and Washington, included a group of about 40 who travelled on a chartered bus from Seattle’s Boeing Field for the event.  An Asian themed luncheon, which drew rave reviews, was provided by Global Aviation’s on-site catering kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef, Elaine Francis.

The PNBAA is dedicated to promoting the interests of the regional business aviation community and strives to provide its members with timely, informative, and constructive communications.  This event’s speakers included:

Long-time business aviation advocate, Harry Merlo, the founder and retired CEO of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, discussed his many years of experience with business aviation and how it was a benefit in the development and rapid growth of his business;

A representative from the Portland Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) who discussed airspace concerns for the Portland area as well as how the Tracon works with the aviation community on projects such as establishing new approaches and departures, and;

Steve Nagy, Operations & Facilities Manager for the Port of Portland, discussed how the various Port of Portland airports are positioned, the challenges each face, with a particular emphasis on noise and GA operations, and how GA fits into their master plan.

Following the presentations, members were invited by PNBAA Board member and Nike Director of Flight Operations, Don Bonta, to take a tour of the Nike corporate hangar.

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