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NBAA Commends House of Representatives for Passing FAA Reauthorization Package

Contacts: Patrick Dunne, (202) 783-9263, pdunne@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, May 21, 2009 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commended the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the development of the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, also known as "NextGen."

The legislation, entitled the "FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009," was approved by House lawmakers today as part of Congress's multi-year "reauthorization" of the programs and funding for the FAA. It provides additional funding for the FAA through sources including an increase in general aviation fuel taxes.

“We commend the House of Representatives for passing this legislation to fund the FAA and accelerate NextGen using the long-established aviation fuel tax to help pay for system modernization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

"For years, general aviation has been at the forefront of our nation’s modernization effort," Bolen noted. "Aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth and investment across the country. GA is committed to working in partnership with the government to improve our nation’s aviation system, which will also significantly contribute to economic growth and job creation. In these challenging economic times, the importance of a robust transportation system cannot be overemphasized."

"We look forward to working with both the House and the Senate to modernize the nation's aviation system so that it benefits all users, and remains the world's largest, best and safest."

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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