Nov 1, 2018

When business aviation is attacked politically, NBAA’s Leadership Council plays a critical role in getting the facts in front of policymakers.

“Our industry possesses vital perspectives on how to maintain an effective and safe system of airports and airspace – perspectives that must be advocated to ensure policies are fully informed by complete and accurate information,” said Terry Smith, Owens Corning’s director of flight operations. “Quite simply, public policy is formed by those who show up.”

Over 130 NBAA member companies belong to the Leadership Council, which bolsters the association’s efforts to promote business aviation. Additionally, council members receive top-level briefings from NBAA staff that help keep them informed about political activity that may impact their businesses.

“Council membership is instrumental to not only being up-to-date on policy challenges, but also for being part of the advocacy solution,” said Jad Donaldson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s director of aviation.

Noting that the nation’s aerospace policy is ever-changing, Smith says the Leadership Council plays an important role the in giving business aviation a timely, informed and impactful voice in the legislative process.

“The value that can be created or destroyed through rules and regulations is huge,” said Smith. “That’s why it’s so important that companies with a stake in the system be involved at the highest levels.”