Over 300 people, including leaders from local government, business and aviation, turned out for the Westchester Aviation Association's third annual Business & Aviation Community Luncheon, April 26 at the newly upgraded Avitat facility at Westchester County Airport (KHPN).
The luncheon honored organizations involved with the WAA Aviation Career Fair, as well as two charitable organizations: Corporate Angel Network and Angel Flight Northeast. Guest speaker, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, emphasized the need for aviation professionals to become involved in the many issues facing business aviation. The keynote speaker, Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn, outlined his take on the future of general aviation with the impending certification and delivery of many new entry-level jet aircraft into the marketplace. Westchester Aviation Association President Jeff Lee, an NBAA Board Member, emphasized the economic value of the Westchester County Airport to the region and the outstanding citizenship of the local aviation community in the areas of safety, security, the environment and community service. An aircraft display included a Cessna Mustang, the Eclipse 500 and the Embraer Legacy, the TBM 700 and the Gulfstream IV.
Community service awards were presented to two local organizations for their service in providing support to cancer and other medical patients: Angel Flight Northeast, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has flown nearly 30,000 flights to support those in need. Corporate Angel Network, is celebrating its 25th year and 25,000 flights.