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President’s Perspective

Business Aviation Works for Companies, Governments Alike

By Ed Bolen

NBAA President and CEO Ed BolenNBAA Members know that business aviation works for companies of all sizes, all across the U.S., for a variety of reasons.

Companies use business aviation to reach multiple destinations in a single day, something that is often impossible to do using any other mode of transportation. Employees can work on a business airplane en route to their destination, discussing proprietary information in a secure environment without fear of industrial espionage. Thanks to onboard communication technologies, employees can remain in contact with colleagues on the ground throughout a flight, which is critical for companies managing a rapidly changing situation.

In short, business aviation enables companies to be more productive, flexible, nimble and competitive, which is especially important in the current economic climate, when businesses must take advantage of every opportunity as quickly as possible.

But what many people don’t know is that business aviation works for government entities, too. A new study, titled Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Value Perspective, concludes that local, state and federal government use of business aircraft increases agency or departmental efficiency and provides significant taxpayer value.

Conducted by NEXA Advisors, LLC, this latest analysis is the third in a series of recent studies of business aviation users. Commissioned as part of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, the study concludes that the value of business aircraft in boosting efficiency, productivity and flexibility is realized by businesses and government organizations alike.

The latest NEXA study, and the two that preceded it, are among the many studies, surveys, audio-visual tools and other resources available through the No Plane No Gain web site, noplanenogain.org. I hope you’ll avail yourself of these resources, if you haven’t already, by visiting the site.

This edition of Business Aviation Insider provides a real-world example of how business aviation effectively serves government organizations, with a story highlighting aircraft operation by Utah’s Division of Aeronautics, which utilizes two King Airs to provide essential services throughout the state.

Of course, regardless of the type or size of organization that benefits from business aviation, the people involved are what make the operation work. That’s why, in this edition of the magazine, we also take a look at the human factors issues that affect operations of all sizes.

Whether it’s our story on streamlining safety management systems at flight departments, our article offering tips and tools for safe single-pilot flying, or the other content in this edition of the magazine, we hope the information in these pages, along with the many other resources NBAA provides, helps support the daily operational needs of NBAA’s Member Companies.

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