Business Aviation Essential to Local Economies and National Interest

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Business aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth, jobs and investment across the U.S.

  • Business aviation means more than 1.2 million manufacturing and service jobs in the United States. It is part of a general aviation industry that contribuites more than $150 billion to our economy each year and contributes positively to our nation's balance of trade. Read more.

  • Business aviation is an economic lifeline for thousands of communities. There are more than 5,000 public use airports in the United States, and fewer than 500 have commercial airline server, making business aviation vital. Business avaition serves communities with declining airline service. In 2008, over 100 communites in in the United States lost some or all scheduled airline service.

  • Business aviation helps businesses of all sizes be efficient and productive. Read more.

  • Business aviation helps respond to emergencies and provide humanitarian relief.

 

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Report: Maryland’s Community Airports Generate Millions in Income, Support Jobs

A just-released study of the economic impact of Maryland’s 35 community airports shows $550.7 million in income for businesses dependent on those airports, up almost 15 percent compared with a similar 2006 study. In addition, the report, titled “Maryland: Economic Impact of Airports,” found the airports supported 6,274 jobs. Read more about GA in Maryland.

Business Aviation: A Vital Part of America’s Economy and Transportation System

Contributing significantly to the national economy, state and local economies, business aviation is often an economic lifeline for areas with limited options for business transportation. Business aviation also provides vital air transportation in times of public need, including fire and rescue and medical evacuation services, and represents an essential transportation link for communities without scheduled airline service. Read more.

The Real World of Business Aviation

Business aviation is a diverse composite of entrepreneurs and organizations – nonprofits and companies of all sizes – located in all parts of the United States, often in small towns and rural areas.

Business Aviation Airports: A Contrast to the Commercial Airline Hubs

Most operators of business aircraft do not use the busiest commercial airports, preferring instead to fly in and out of “reliever“ airports, which often are not served by commercial airlines. The ability to use these smaller, less-congested facilities is key to the value and flexibility of business aviation aircraft.

Alliance for Aviation Across America

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.

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NBAA Praises Rep. Rokita for His Support of General Aviation
Aug. 7, 2014
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4-IN) has always been a strong advocate for general aviation (GA), including business aviation, and as Congress begins its summer recess, Rokita continues his public support of the industry. Last week Rokita, a member of the House GA Caucus, posted a blog on his website titled, "Helping General Aviation Take Off," in which he wrote about the importance of general aviation to his state's economy, and the U.S. economy as a whole. Earlier this summer, he held a meeting in his district on the importance of supporting general aviation and the need to simplify regulations in order to bring more pilots into the industry. Learn more about Rokita's support of GA.
Grassroots Advocacy Saves MA Aviation Education Program
Aug. 4, 2014
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Massachusetts to Invest Millions in General Aviation Airports
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Business Aviation Continues Relief Missions to Haiti
August 1, 2013
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Dassault Falcon Jet Invests $60 Million in Little Rock Expansion
June 26, 2013
To accommodate future demand for its aircraft, Dassault Falcon Jet recently announced a $60 million expansion of its worldwide completion center at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR. With work beginning in 2014, the three-year project will add 250,000 square feet to the existing facility, expanding its footprint to 1.25 million square feet. "With this investment, Dassault Falcon Jet contributes significantly" to local, national and global economies, said NBAA Director, Regional Programs Steve Hadley. Accomplished in phases, the project includes a 14-bay hangar that will house production and completion work on a new airplane the company will announce in October. Read more about Dassault Falcon Jet's expansion.
MD Conference Highlights Positive Contributions of GA
June 19, 2013
A recent one-day conference, hosted by the Maryland Economic Development Association and the Maryland Aviation Administration, underscored the importance of aviation, including general aviation (GA), in helping grow the state's economy. "Maryland's airports are tremendous economic engines for their communities, and they are poised for explosive growth in the future," said Lawrence Twele, president/CEO of Howard County Economic Development Authority and MEDA's president. "We will be examining the economic impact of the state's airports, their workforce needs, and how to capitalize on their potential." Learn more.
Rep. Pompeo Champions Bill to Support Business Aviation on House Floor
June 17, 2013
Kansas congressman and long-time general aviation champion Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 to emphasize the vital economic contributions that aircraft manufacturing makes, not only in his district, but also across the country. Citing what he termed as the "unsatisfactory" pace of the country's ongoing economic recovery, Pompeo added that bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate would help support GA aircraft manufacturers – and the jobs produced by those companies – by simplifying the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for FAR Part 23 light aircraft. Read more about Pompeo's bill.
Mayors Echo Congressional Call For Keeping Towers Open
May 6, 2013
Community leaders from around the country have written FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to ask that he reconsider closing air traffic control towers at airports in their communities. The letter, released last week by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, was supported by 70 officials who wanted "to express our deep concerns about the FAA's current plans to close air traffic control towers at our community airports in order to comply with sequestration, or mandatory budget cuts to agencies. The closing of these towers will have a significant impact on our economy and local communities." The mayors and community leaders said the closure of control towers would not only impact the economies of their cities, but also would set back critical services. Read more or listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Avionics Sales Report Further Demonstrates Industry’s Job-Supporting Value
April 1, 2013
A new report on the total market value of the avionics industry includes data that demonstrates the economic benefits of general aviation, including business aviation, in supporting jobs and economic activity. According to the 2012 Avionics Market Report, released on March 26 by the Aircraft Electronics Association, combined sales of original equipment manufacturer and retrofit avionics and related equipment totaled $6.279 billion last year. Read more about AEA’s report.
Sen. Roberts Again Takes White House to Task for Business Aviation Rhetoric
March 21, 2013
As he has done a number of times in recent weeks, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) on March 20 publicly questioned an Obama administration official about recent White House mischaracterizations of business aviation. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Obama's 2013 trade agenda, Roberts asked if acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis would agree that “the export of business aviation aircraft is a significant contributor to our balance of trade.“ Marantis responded in the affirmative, and the senator continued his questioning: “Why, then,“ Roberts asked, “does the administration on one hand acknowledge and promote this uniquely American product... and then on the other hand vilifies and demonizes this great American industry?“ Read more about Roberts’ remarks.

Senator: White House 'Political Gimmicks' Put Thousands of Jobs at Risk

March 4, 2013
As rhetoric from Washington, DC mischaracterizing business aviation continues to heat up, a Kansas lawmaker has lent his voice to the growing chorus of support for the industry. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) responded last week from the Senate floor to what he termed "a relentless focus on political gimmicks" from the White House when it comes to the administration's rhetoric about business aircraft taxes when discussing deficit reduction. See Moran's remarks in their entirety.

New Community Airport Opens in Tennessee

February 13, 2013
A new community airport opened Jan. 25 in Cleveland, TN, about 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga. The Cleveland Regional Jetport (RZR) replaces nearby Hardwick Field, where the runway couldn't be extended to accommodate the larger general aviation aircraft the community aims to attract with the development. Noting that several companies – including some that are household names – have office facilities in the surrounding area, Airport Director Mark Fidler explained that Cleveland Regional Jetport was conceptualized from the start as a center for business activity. "The airport was purpose-built for use by business aviation," Fidler said. Read more about Cleveland Regional jetport.

NBAA's Piccione to Speak at Events in Chicago, Nebraska

January 10, 2013
The importance of business aviation to the national economy, and the challenges facing the industry on Capitol Hill in 2013, will be among the topics that NBAA's Lisa Piccione will speak on at two upcoming regional events this month, one in the Chicago area and one in Nebraska. Piccione, NBAA's senior vice president, government affairs, will share with Attendees her "inside the Beltway" knowledge regarding potential legislation and regulation that could affect business aviation. Read more about the upcoming events.

Economic Value of Columbus, Ohio Airports Up 69 Percent

December 27, 2012
An economic impact study for Ohio's Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) indicates that the local economy gets a $6.6 billion boost annually from three airports managed by the authority, and utilized by general aviation: Port Columbus (CMH), Rickenbacker (LCK) and Bolton Field (LZR). That figure is 69 percent higher than reported in the last such study, which was published in 2004. The six-month study, released last month, also showed that the three CRAA airports support more than 38,000 jobs with an annual payroll of $1.3 billion. Those figures are increases of 28 percent and 68 percent, respectively, over the 2004 study. Read more about Columbus-area airports.

Scottsdale, AZ Touts Value of Airpark in New Video

December 26, 2012
A new video produced by the city of Scottsdale, AZ touts the $3 billion economic impact of its airpark in an effort to convince more businesses to join the 2,200 companies already in the flourishing 8.5-square miles Scottsdale Airpark. The video, which features business owners talking about why they located to the airpark, is already running on both Scottsdale Airport's (SDL) website and on the city's YouTube channel, and can be on Channel 11 in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Airpark is the second-largest employment area in Arizona, with almost 48,000 employees working at businesses, like Discount Tire, GoDaddy, Taser International, Global Dental and WestRoc Hotels and Resorts. Read more about the Scottsdale Airpark.

GA Has Substantial Economic Impact at Illinois' Top Downstate Airport

December 20, 2012
General aviation (GA) drives business activity at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, IL, and airport officials say they will continue to invest in infrastructure to ensure the facility remains an important economic driver in the city. General aviation currently accounts for 87 percent of overall traffic at SPI, said Mark Hanna, executive director of the Springfield Airport Authority, adding that 169 aircraft are based there. SPI recently put $2 million into new T-hangars and plans to make another significant investment in its GA aircraft storage capacity in the upcoming year. Read more about SPI.

Addison Airport Unveils Ad Campaign Touting Airport's Key Role in the Texas Economy

December 19, 2012
Town officials in Addison, TX have launched an advertising campaign, part of which shows the region that their general aviation (GA) airport is a critical business asset. "This ad tells the story of how the town supports the airport and why the airport is such an important part of Addison’s growth and vitality," said Darci Neuzil, deputy director of Addison Airport (ADS). "We also invite surrounding communities, businessmen, city and county officials to visit, and it's been a real eye-opener for them. They'd always viewed Addison Airport as just Addison’s facility, but we look at them as neighbors who could benefit from our proximity." The first print advertisement will appear in the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Guide, while other ads will appear in newspapers, on the web and in other venues. Read more about ADS's ad campaign.

Economic Value of Aviation More Than Doubles in NC

December 14, 2012
A new report shows that the economic benefit of aviation in North Carolina has more than doubled since the last such study was conducted in 2006, and is a $26 billion contributor to the economy. Among other findings, the study reports that local governments collect an estimated $8 million in property taxes from owners of aircraft based in North Carolina, and that the state has 63 community airports available for businesses needing to reach customers in the state. "As our state continues its investment in aviation and aerospace, there will be more and more companies wanting to locate in North Carolina with new manufacturing plants and technologies," said Richard Walls, director of the state's Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation. Read more about aviation's benefit to North Carolina.

Sioux Falls Column Says GA Critical For Business, Emergencies

October 15, 2012
A former president of the Rapid City, SD airport board vigorously defended general aviation (GA), including business aviation, in a column in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper. "The truth is that every day, aircraft and airports across our state are used to carry out emergency medical, firefighting and disaster relief operations," Bert Corwin wrote in his column, which appeared in the newspaper Sept. 30. "Throughout our state and the nation as a whole, the adaptability of GA makes it an excellent resource to organizations that perform critical public-safety functions." Read more of Corwin's column.

OK Newspaper Column Says GA is 'Crucial Connector' For Business

October 5, 2012
A recent column in The Oklahoman newspaper declared that general aviation (GA) aircraft and airports are "crucial connectors for business and industries" and decried the proposed $100-per-flight "user fee" tax on GA aircraft used by small businesses, farms, nonprofits and communities that rely on these aircraft. "Airplanes aren't the first thing we generally think about when we consider a local economy," wrote Enid (Oklahoma) Regional Development Alliance Executive Director Brent Kisling. "Think again: The network of airplanes and airports in Oklahoma are crucial connectors for businesses and industries, helping support area jobs and aiding industries as they expand." Read more of the editorial.

Ketchikan Daily News Salutes Business Aviation, Airports in Alaska

September 21, 2012
In a Sept. 18 editorial, the Ketchikan Daily News applauded business aviation in Alaska and noted the importance of the state's 255 public-use airports. "We wouldn't get anywhere (fast) without it – the aviation industry," declared the newspaper editorial. "Eleven aviation companies service Ketchikan... they're all providing a service we often take for granted and couldn't appreciate more, particularly when we want to get somewhere quickly. The aviation industry is dependent on Alaska's 255 airports, most of which are in small rural communities. Without working airports, 82 percent of Alaska's communities would be without a year-round means of travel from their rural homes." Read more of the Daily News' editorial.

Study: DuPage Airport Provides Economic Boost to Community

June 20, 2012
Chicago area residents will enjoy an estimated $117 million benefit this year from the presence of business-oriented DuPage Airport (DPA) in West Chicago, according to a new independent study. The research also finds nearly 1,000 jobs dependent on the airport. The estimated 2012 economic impact for DPA was calculated based on $69 million for direct airport expenditures and $48 million in indirect impact. Read more about DuPage's economic impact.

Gulfstream Expansion Expected to Spur Economic Growth in Massachusetts

June 14, 2012
A $23 million expansion of a Gulfstream Aerospace maintenance facility at Westfield-Barnes Airport (BAF) in Westfield, MA promises to enhance economic activity in the southwestern portion of the state. The 100,000- square-foot addition will double the size of the facility, as well as add more than 100 permanent jobs "This project is an excellent example of a private/public partnership which sustains and creates economic development for a region," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. Read more about the Gulfstream expansion.

Study: Business Aviation Good For Private-Sector, Government Alike

June 11, 2012
A new study shows the positive impact business aviation has for taxpayers when employed by local, state and federal government. NEXA Advisors, LLC, in conjunction with the National Association of State Aviation Operators, found significant rewards derived by governments using aviation, including expediting the efficient movement of officials and cargo in times of disaster, firefighting and the support aviation can lend to law enforcement and security services nationwide. "Business aircraft are productivity tools. They allow the operator to do more in less time with fewer people and do it more efficiently," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "I think that's the message we've seen in all of the NEXA studies." Read more about the study

New Study Highlights Business Aviation Value to Local, State, Federal Governments

June 7, 2012
The National Business Aviation Association welcomed a new study showing that local, state and federal government use of business aircraft increases agency or departmental efficiency and provides significant taxpayer value. The study, entitled, Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Value Perspective, is the third in the Business Aviation Users study series completed by NEXA Advisors, LLC. The latest study finds that "government use of aircraft provides taxpayer value by providing public safety and security, supporting more efficient, effective government, protecting public health and welfare, facilitating economic growth, improving tax dollar efficiency, promoting good government relations, and improving compliance." Read more about the study

New Video on Value of General Aviation in Massachusetts

May 31, 2012
Facts, figures and earnest testimonials in a new video leave no doubt about the value of general aviation (GA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The nearly nine-minute presentation, titled Massachusetts Aviation: Our Link to Economic Prosperity, was produced earlier this year by the MassDOT Aeronautics Division with help from both NBAA and the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association. Watch the video.

House GA Caucus Grows to 184 Members

May 25, 2012
Leaders of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus noted that caucus membership has grown to 184, making it one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. That figure also marks the highest level of participation in the House GA caucus in its three-year history. "The ongoing growth in the GA Caucus demonstrates the importance of general aviation to congressional districts across the country," said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs. Read more about the caucus.

FAA: GA Airports Play ‘Pivotal Role’ in Our Society

May 21, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week released the results of an 18-month study on general aviation (GA) airports that “highlights the pivotal role GA airports play in our society, economy and the entire aviation system,” according to the agency. “We applaud the FAA for its efforts to quantify and promote the many and diverse functions that occur at our nation’s general aviation airports,” said Jeff Gilley, NBAA’s director of airports & ground infrastructure, who advised the FAA during the study period. “This report is a useful tool that can assist all of us in general aviation to better articulate and communicate the essential role that general aviation airports play in our nation’s transportation system.” Read more about the study.

Aviation Growth Increases Economic Benefits to Washington State

May 7, 2012
Over the past two years, some legislators in Washington state tried unsuccessfully to shore up the state budget by adding a 0.5 percent annual tax on aircraft based there. Now, a new study shows aviation already generates approximately $548 million a year for the state’s general fund. The industry also generated $243 million a year for local governments. Learn more.

MA Airport Study Underscores GA's Tremendous Economic Benefit

March 8, 2012
Massachusetts' 30 general aviation (GA) airports accounted for 4,307 jobs, nearly $138 million in salaries and had a total economic impact on the state of more than $443 million in 2010, according to the Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study published recently by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) Aeronautics Division. "We all realize that our airports are economic engines, but we really wanted to quantify what that value is by looking at direct and indirect economic impacts," said Christopher J. Willenborg, administrator for the MADOT Aeronautics Division. Learn more.

Oklahoma Governor is 'OK' With Business Aviation

March 2, 2012
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gave a rousing endorsement of business aviation on February 28 to assembled local, state and federal officials in Tulsa, and backed up her endorsement with multiple practical examples in the state. One of the state's goals is to make all 49 of Oklahoma's regional airports more business-friendly with runways of at least 5,000 feet for safer business jet operations. In addition, the Aeronautics Commission has committed up to a half million dollars each for communities that want to expand or build a business-friendly terminal building. Learn more.

Maine City Appreciates Business Aviation Impact, Plans Airport Improvements

Feburary 24, 2012
On the west bank of the Kennebec River in Maine, the Waterville Municipal Airport is slated for improvements city officials hope will attract more business aircraft. "The planned improvements open up vast opportunities for mid-Maine businesses," said Darryl Sterling of the Central Maine Growth Council. The airport's 5,500 foot runway is the longest in central Maine. Improvements scheduled for the airport include trimming trees obstructing a clear approach to runways and repaving of the shorter runway this summer. Learn more.

Idaho City Fights for New Airport to Avoid Losing Business

Feburary 21, 2012
The city of Burley, ID has been trying for decades to replace its airport, which is unable to accommodate operations from some types of business airplanes. Those aircraft fly past the rapidly growing town to airports with runways longer than Burley's two 4,000 foot strips. "Many of those business airplanes would rather land here, close to their destination, but they have to fly on by," said Kevin Gebhart, manager of the city's Burley J.R. Jack Simplot Airport. "We're losing out." Learn more.

Gulfstream, Savannah Technical College Focus on Job Creation

Feburary 10, 2012
The new aviation training facility at the Crossroad Campus of the Savannah Technical College (STC) is the result of a partnership between Gulfstream in Savannah and the college that started in 2006. When finished next year, the new facility will add between 50 and 75 new A&Ps and avionics technicians yearly to the skilled labor pool. Learn more.

New Utah Airport a Magnet for Businesses

Feburary 2, 2012
The opening of new St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) in St. George, UT is being met with great enthusiasm by business leaders, who are attracted to the possibility of getting employees in and out of the area without car travel to and from a distant major city. Economic development planners are also welcoming the airport's potential for generating jobs and investment in the local area. "I can tell you that our new airport is really well-situated to help us with economic development," said Mayor Dan McArthur. Learn more.

Two Governors Call on President to Support Business Aviation

January 27, 2012
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) have written to President Obama asking for his support for all of general aviation, including business aviation. The governors' letters remind the president of the industry's essential role in supporting job creation, helping companies of all sizes compete and succeed, and connecting communities to global markets. The two governors' letters come in the wake of a message from the White House reiterating the administration's support for per-flight user fees for GA. They were sent at the request of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, which counts more than 5,500 individuals and organizations in its membership, including NBAA. Learn more and read the governors' letters to President Obama.

EagleMed King Air Saves Lives of Critically Injured in Upstate South Carolina

January 20, 2012
Medical professionals say that getting a critically injured person proper care within an hour – called “the golden hour” – is often the difference between life and death for accident victims with severe injuries. Unfortunately, until last month, the golden hour was not a realistic timeframe for injured people in upstate South Carolina to access specialized critical medical care; instead, getting access to treatment required either a drive of several hours to a larger city or a long wait for an ambulance aircraft dispatched from neighboring states. Now, the notion of quickly getting to a treatment facility is a reality, thanks to a Beech King Air C90 turboprop airplane added to Greenville's Downtown Airport (GMU) by EagleMed, LLC on December 16. Read more.

Study: Massachusetts Airport Contributes $51.4 Million Annually

January 6, 2012
In a recent study, Massachusetts state officials revealed that Worcester Regional Airport – which handles predominantly general aviation traffic, including business aircraft – contributes $51.4 million a year to the economy of central Massachusetts. "Business aviation is a significant contributor to the economic impact of Worcester Regional Airport," said Massachusetts Director of Aviation Chris Willenborg. Learn More.

Barnstable Municipal Airport 'Worth Millions' to Community

December 14, 2011
A recent report by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) shows the total annual economic impact of Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod, Massachusetts as more than $227 million, including 2,246 jobs supported by the airport with a total payroll just shy of $75 million. "Some businesses likely wouldn't have located here if it wasn't for the airport," said Jessica Sylver, CEO of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's worth millions to our communities." Learn More.

Wasilla Mayor Defends Business Aviation in Alaska

December 8, 2011
After reading about his U.S. senator's recent plea to President Obama to set aside a punitive user-fee proposal for business aviation, Wasilla, AK Mayor Verne Rupright felt compelled to echo the sentiment in a letter to one of the state's newspapers. Rupright's letter, published in the December 7 edition of the Juneau Empire, seconded Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski's Nov. 28 call for Obama to reconsider a per-flight user fee he introduced earlier this year. In his letter, Rupright points out "the huge potential harm of a new user fee tax on businesses and groups that rely on GA, particularly for communities throughout Alaska. General aviation, including business aviation, supports about 10,000 jobs and generates about $400 million for the state's economy. Learn More.

Study: Massachusetts Airports Drive $11.9B, 124,000 Jobs

November 22, 2011
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled earlier this month a major economic impact study that shows public use airports in the Bay State generate nearly $12 billion in economic activity and support about 124,000 jobs. "Infrastructure investments just like these create jobs and improve public safety," said Governor Patrick. "New Bedford Airport is one of many great examples of the importance of aviation facilities to our economic strength." Learn More.

New Study In Houston Finds: No Plane, No Gain

October 24, 2011
A new study by GRA, Inc. and the University of Houston shows just how vital airports are in a city’s overall financial picture. GRA, Inc. Vice President Richard Golaszewski said his study establishes a strong link between the aviation infrastructure in Houston and its ability to attract both international visitors and international trade. With three strong airports – two of them having major general aviation components – Craig said Houston is well established as an aviation enterprise city. The city’s airports contributed more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy last year and provided jobs for more than 47,000 people. Learn More.

FAA Examines Ways to Better Communicate Importance of Small Airports

July 20, 2011
The term "general aviation airport" can include so many varying activities that even the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to better describe the function of the nation's nearly 3,000 "non-primary" airports. "The aviation community will benefit if the industry and FAA can better communicate to the public and elected officials the value and role of the myriad essential functions that take place every day at these airports," said Jeff Gilley, NBAA director of airports & ground infrastructure. NBAA has participated workshops on the topic hosted by FAA officials. Learn More.

Industry Professional Honored As Outstanding Texas Business Leader

November 25, 2011
The founder and president of an NBAA-Member Texas aircraft brokerage has been selected as one of the Great Women of Texas “Women of Influence“ for 2011. Janine Iannarelli, founder and president of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd was one of 18 women chosen for the award by the Fort Worth Business Press. “The extensive professional network I have built through membership in NBAA and other industry organizations,“ Iannarelli said, “enables me to be an important source for business aviation transportation solutions.“ Learn more.

Business Aviation Mobilizes Hurricane Irene Relief

September 2, 2011
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, volunteers from the business aviation community – often in single- or twin-engine piston airplanes – have been flying relief missions to communities in the Bahamas. Many have also registered with NBAA's Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database to help out in the American Northeast. "I'm very proud that there are so many people in business aviation involved," said Bob Showalter, head of an Orlando FBO, who's flown several missions in his 1974 Aztec. Read more about Hurricane Irene relief efforts.

Mayors, Small Business Leaders Tell Obama: 'Business Aviation Crucial to Communities'

July 14, 2011
Individuals and organizations outside the business aviation community continue to weigh in with concerns about President Obama's recent negative public comments about the use of business aircraft. Ten mayors in six states and the leader of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council this week added their voices to the chorus of opposition to the president's mischaracterization of the industry. Learn more.

Bolen Discusses President's Attempt to Vilify Business Aviation

June 30, 2011
In an interview immediately following President Obama's June 29 press conference, in which the president repeatedly vilified business aviation, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discussed the response he's been sharing with news outlets across the country. "[The president] just simply perpetuated a caricature of business aviation that is at odds with the reality of how this industry operates in the United States." In the wake of the president's remarks, NBAA has conveyed the same message to news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg News, CNBC, CBS Marketwatch and a host of others. Read the article or listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast interview.

Business Aviation Continues Relief Flights to Tornado-Ravaged Joplin, MO

June 1, 2011
For victims of tornado-ravaged Joplin, MO, the steady stream of business airplanes with life-saving supplies has been like an airlift from heaven. Attorney Robert McKenzie with the Chicago law firm of Arnstein and Lehr, LLP, said the air lift provided by his company and several other Chicago-area businesses was assembled in less than 24 hours. “Business airplanes are meant to get company personnel from point to point quickly – when used for disaster relief, that advantage is magnified.“ McKenszie shares his first-hand account in a special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Learn more.

Grassroots Alliance Advocates for Aviation at Local Events

April 4, 2011
What would bring organizations as disparate as the National Farmers Union, Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors and the West Virginia Coal Association together in common cause? Promoting the value of general aviation, of course. That's the goal of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, which has recently been represented at a host of local events across the country to promote awareness of the industry's value. NBAA is a member of the Alliance, as are a number of other general aviation groups. Learn more.

CNN Highlights Business Aviation Flights to Support Veterans

March 30, 2011
A video spotlighting the generosity of businesses in flying wounded U.S. veterans to medical appointments or other events was posted on March 28 to the popular cable channel CNNMoney.com, in its “Conscious Capitalism“ series. Walter Fricke, executive director of the all-volunteer Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), explains that VAC coordinates some 1,800 pilots and aircraft owners nationwide who provide the no-cost transportation for wounded and disabled veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn more.

Life-Saving Missions: Business Aviation Transports Organs

January 25, 2011
It’s usually in the dark of night, on just a few minute’s notice and sometimes in the worst flying weather that business aircraft take off to collect transplantable human organs. NBAA Member company Venture Aviation in Greenville, SC is one of the leaders among organ transportation companies. “Since operators like Venture Aviation have organized donation flights, literally thousands of lives in the U.S. have been saved,” said Mark Johnson of Life Point South Carolina, which helps coordinate organ transplants. Learn more .

Video Promotes Business Aviation's Lift For Veterans

January 21, 2011
American businesses donate thousands of mercy flights every year to people in need and many companies are looking to do even more. A heart-warming video released this month shows how companies with business airplanes can support disabled veterans' participation in an annual event honoring their bravery and sacrifice, called "Impact a Hero." Equally important, the video, produced by NBAA Member Universal Weather & Aviation, educates viewers about the broader benefits of business aircraft to citizens, companies and communities nationwide. Learn more and view the video.

In Westchester County, Planes = Gains

May 24, 2010
Governors in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington state have all issued decrees echoing the No Plane No Gain campaign themes in underscoring the importance to transportation and economic development. Last week, New York's Westchester County offered a local proclamation during a meeting of the Westchester Airport Association, at which NBAA staff were in attendance. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said at the meeting that local companies use business aircraft "to shrink the distance between them and their customers - whether the customers are located out of the state, or out of the country." Read an article about the Westchester County proclamation.

Congress Salutes Business Aviation's Haiti Relief Work

May 17, 2010
The U.S. House and Senate recently passed resolutions recognizing the business aviation community for coordinating relief missions to help victims of the earthquake that ravaged the island nation of Haiti. The measures specifically mention how business aircraft were vital to the response effort, transporting cargo, supplies and medical specialists to affected areas, and delivering victims to hospitals for treatment. The value of business aviation in providing relief to people and communities in crisis is a central theme of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign.

Review the Congressional resolutions (154 KB, PDF)

NBAA Applauds Inclusion of Business Aviation in DOT Planning Group

May 17, 2010
NBAA commended U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's recent announcement that a committee formed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to chart the future of the U.S. aviation industry includes representation from the business aviation community. The DOT committee has selected Cessna Aircraft Company President and CEO Jack Pelton to represent general aviation, including business aviation. The committee was established to provide recommendations to LaHood on the needs, challenges and opportunities present as the U.S. continues modernization planning. To learn more, visit www.dot.gov/faac.

No Plane No Gain: WA Recognizes General Aviation Value

May 10, 2010
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently announced a statewide proclamation declaring May "General Aviation Appreciation Month" in the state. The proclamation outlines the critical role general aviation (GA) plays in business, agriculture, emergency medical air- service and the overall economy – all benefits highlighted through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. General aviation contributes over 178,000 jobs and approximately $3.18 billion in total economic impact to Washington alone. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the proclamation: "It is great to see Washington join other states in recognizing the value of general aviation to their communities and economies." Read the full story about the Washignton proclamation.

Congress Recognizes Business Aviation Relief Efforts in Haiti

May 10, 2010
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, S.Con.Res. 61, that recognized the general aviation industry for its work to coordinate relief missions to help victims of the January 12 earthquake that ravaged the island nation of Haiti. The measure passed the Senate unanimously. It specifically mentions how business aircraft were vital to the response effort, bringing in cargo and supplies, and transporting passengers. The House is expected to pass the resolution this week. The value of business aviation in providing relief to people and communities in crisis has been a central theme of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, and NBAA continually works to highlight the industry's work in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Read the Senate resolution and more.

NBAA Highlights Value of Business Aviation at U.S. Chamber and GA Caucus Events

May 3, 2010
At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 9th Annual Aviation Summit, an annual industry policy event held on April 28 in Washington, DC, NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione spoke before top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation about the essential role business aviation plays in creating jobs, providing a lifeline to small communities, helping companies of all sizes be more productive and efficient, and delivering emergency relief to people in need - all core themes of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. In talking with U.S. congressional representatives and staff at a separate General Aviation Caucus event at the U.S. Capitol the same day, Piccione also stressed the importance of business aviation to the nation's economy and provided an update on the No Plane No Gain campaign's progress. Learn more about No Plane No Gain efforts at www.noplanenogain.org.

Tennessee Proclaims General Aviation ‘Active and Vital’

April 21, 2010
Tennessee is the latest state to issue a proclamation highlighting the value of all GA, including business aviation. Other states to do so have included West Virginia, Kansas, Vermont and Georgia. The proclamation issued today noted that "...The use of general aviation by businesses and Tennesseans are directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the state." Learn more.

GAMA, NBAA Tell Washington Aviation Forum Attendees: ‘No Plane No Gain’

April 1, 2010
Dozens of state aviation officials were the latest to hear from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. Learn more.

Insider Tells the Story of Business Aviation's Mission to Haiti

March 29, 2010
Following the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti, it became clear that business aviation could help solve the transportation challenges confronting federal government agencies and nongovernmental relief organizations. The latest edition of Business Aviation Insider tells the inspiring story of how NBAA Members, recognizing the severity of the Haiti crisis, responded generously with an outpouring of offers for support. Review the article "Mission to Haiti: Business Aviation Lends a Helping Hand."

CARE Promotes Industry's Haiti Missions in DC

March 25, 2010
Representatives from NBAA and the all-volunteer crisis-response group, Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE), were in Washington, DC last week to meet with policymakers and opinion leaders on and off Capitol Hill to detail the business aviation community's outpouring of support for efforts to help those impacted by the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti. CARE volunteers attended a Capitol Hill luncheon featuring humanitarian GA organizations, and met with several members of Congress, as well as Administration officials and others. Learn more about CARE.
 

News Archives

 

Rep. Graves, GA Caucus Respond to Negative Small-Airport Coverage

September 28, 2009

Review Rep. Graves' letter (394KB, PDF)

Review the general aviation groups' letter (91KB, PDF)

NBAA Applauds House Resolution Saluting General Aviation

July 28, 2009

Review H.Res. 508 (153KB, PDF)

Review the NBAA press release.

Business Aviation Makes Sense

January 28, 2009

NBAA Resource Helps Members Advocate for Business Aviation

January 26, 2009
Download the resource (220KB, PDF)

NBAA Responding to Recent News Coverage of Business Aviation

In light of recent publicity surrounding Congressional hearings about certain companies’ use of business aviation, NBAA has fielded inquiries from news organizations about what business aviation is and how it is used in the U.S. To clear up any misperceptions, NBAA has provided the questions most often asked of the Association, with responses that lay out the facts to explain how business aviation helps companies of all sizes remain nimble, competitive and successful, especially in a difficult economic climate.