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President’s Perspective

Embracing Innovation and New Technology

Right before our eyes, the pace of innovation in business aviation is transforming our industry. Established companies and startups alike are moving forward aggressively on new fuels, propulsion systems, on-demand transport vehicles and other technologies that point to a future of flight that is more safe, secure and sustainable than ever.

As an association dedicated to fostering business aviation in the U.S. and around the world, the promotion of new technologies is among NBAA’s top priorities.

Take, for example, our work to promote a new generation of electrically powered advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles, which have the potential to dramatically increase the efficiency of on-demand aviation for companies and entrepreneurs. NBAA’s AAM Roundtable and the association’s Emerging Technologies Committee continually work with legislators and regulators to create a policy framework for the safe integration of AAM into the nation’s aviation system.

NBAA’s work to advance game-changing innovations also takes shape through collaboration with other industry organizations. We’re part of the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Fuel, a collection of associations focused on increasing the production and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). These safe, ready-to-use fuels can reduce aircraft carbon emissions by as much as 80% compared to traditional fuel, making them a cornerstone technology in the industry’s aim of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Our work in these and other areas is producing demonstrable results, including the introduction of federal policies to encourage adoption of these new technologies.

“As an association dedicated to fostering business aviation in the U.S. and around the world, the promotion of new technologies is among NBAA’s top priorities. ”

Ed Bolen President and CEO, NBAA

For example, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to authorize funding to build AAM infrastructure and foster community engagement programs to introduce these next-generation vehicles to a diverse set of communities. Similarly, the House and Senate have introduced bills containing a blender’s tax credit to help accelerate the production of SAF to our stated goal of 35 billion gallons by 2050.

This edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA’s flagship magazine, provides details about the latest major aviation technologies, including not just AAM and SAF, but innovations in electric and hybrid propulsion, unmanned aircraft systems and more.

Innovation has always been a hallmark of business aviation. As a variety of exciting technologies are coming online faster than ever, NBAA will continue leading the way in helping to make them a reality, which portends a bright future for business aviation.

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