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NBAA Stands Up for Business Aviation in a Turbulent Climate
"It's a fact: business aviation is essential to America. Unfortunately, an understanding of that reality is not reflected in calls for companies to divest of their business airplanes."
That reminder was recently delivered by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to members of a House subcommittee at a hearing just a few weeks ago. At the hearing, Bolen was asked about the recent drumbeat of negative media coverage of the industry and an emerging pattern of disparaging the use of general aviation for business purposes with calls for companies to divest of the asset.
"If you are trying to reach one of the approximately 100 cities that has lost airline service in the past year, business aviation is prudent and cost effective," Bolen told the subcommittee.
"If you are trying to reach several sites in a single day, business aviation is prudent and cost effective. If you need to move a team quickly, and have them work on proprietary information en route, business aviation is prudent and cost effective. And, if you're trying to move equipment that you can't ship or carry on an airline, business aviation is prudent and cost effective.
"Make no mistake about it: Business aviation is a key ingredient in the nation's economic activity and well being. In a challenging climate like this, it should be promoted, not disparaged."
Bolen's comments before Congress were just one initiative in a series of ongoing efforts by NBAA to combat mischaracterizations of business aviation and underscore its value to the national interest with policymakers, news media organizations and others.
As one example, in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Bolen said,"We're all trying to battle misperception. The vast majority of the time, these jets are flying offices, where people can conduct business and have confidential discussions that could never occur on a commercial jetliner."
Reflecting on NBAA's work to put forward the real face of business aviation, Roll Call – a newspaper widely read in Washington policy circles – declared,"...NBAA has gone on the offensive. Bolen and NBAA have been meeting with members of the House Financial Services Committee and other lawmakers to press the point that business aviation is an important source of jobs."
The interviews with Roll Call and The Wall Street Journal are part of a concerted NBAA effort to canvass the nation's major media outlets including CBS News, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Business Week magazine and others.
"The people and businesses in general aviation are weathering one of the worst economic storms anyone has ever seen," Bolen said. "NBAA will continue tirelessly advocating on their behalf. We will continue to press our case."
NBAA in the News on Behalf of Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen continues to respond vigorously to negative media coverage of business aviation and underscore its value to the national interest. These are among the latest news organizations that aired or published his comments:
"These jets are flying offices, where people can conduct business and have confidential discussions that could never occur on a commercial jetliner."
"Our efforts have been to make sure that everyone on Capitol Hill understands the realities of business aviation in the U.S."
"The point we’ve tried to make is that business aviation is certainly an important asset, and it’s something that helps companies be competitive."
"Eighty-five percent of companies that use business aircraft aren’t corporate giants. They’re small and midsize companies, according to the National Business Aviation Association..."