Today’s AeroBio is from Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA

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Ed came to aviation from the Hill where he was Senator Kassebaum’s manager of the General Aviation Revitalization Act. He then joined GAMA as its President and CEO and from there he moved to NBAA. His biography adds to the depth of Ed’s experience.

081913aQ: Are you a pilot?
A: I am a recreational pilot.

Q: What is the coolest airplane you have ever flown in?
A: Learned to fly in a Piper Warrior so that has a special place in my heart.

Q: Over the course of your career you have participated in a number of aviation safety projects. What do you consider to be the one project with the greatest safety impact?
A: Al Ueltschi used to say the greatest safety device in any airplane is a well-trained pilot. I think the ongoing safety programs that fight complacency in the cockpit and contribute to our overall safety culture are terrific. There are several great annual safety events in the U.S. The Bombardier Safety Standdown, the Cessna Single Pilot Safety Standdown, and the Business Aviation Safety Seminar are all tremendous. There are also a lot of local and regional safety days that are very well done.

Q: What aviation websites (other than JDA Journal) do you most frequently visit?
A: Various association websites and the trade publications.

Q: What phrase or words of wisdom and the author do you cite most frequently in your aviation work?
A: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano

Q: Who is your favorite person (or plane) in aviation history?
A: Neil Armstrong. I think the Mount Rushmore of aviation has the two Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong. I was lucky enough to get to know Armstrong a little bit. Love that he took fabric from the Wright Flyer with him to the moon.

Q: Which do you prefer the Paris Air Show or Oshkosh?
A: Oshkosh. I’m a GA guy.

Q: What are you reading these days for fun?
A: American Icon. It is the story of how the former head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Alan Mulally, turned around Ford.

Q: What tunes are on your iPod playlist?
A: Springsteen, U2, Van Morrison. It seems my musical tastes stop developing around the time I was graduating from college.

Q: How do you spend your leisure moments?
A: Golf poorly, play tennis (Editor’s note “competitive”), follow Kansas University basketball.

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