America’s general aviation airports bring jobs to local communities, assist in humanitarian efforts and serve as a vital link in our national air transportation system. However, too often airport neighbors and local officials look for ways to limit access or close airports completely. The NBAA Access Committee works to preserve business aviation access to airports across the country, and the committee needs your help. “We must all do our part to help those airports that are seeing challenges, even if we don’t live in the local area,” said Alex Gertsen, NBAA’s director of airports and ground infrastructure.
In this episode of NBAA Flight Plan, host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Jeff Smith, chair of NBAA’s Access Committee
Gabe Andino, chair of the Access Committee’s Airport Working Group
Alex Gertsen, director of airports and ground infrastructure, NBAA
The Orange County (CA) Board of Supervisors has approved 35-year-leases to ACI Jet and Clay Lacy Aviation to operate FBOs at John Wayne Airport, Orange County, marking a significant milestone for a $162 million General Aviation Improvement Program.
Each year during the West Coast’s fire season, general aviation airports, such as California’s San Bernardino International Airport, provide a life-saving service as bases for firefighting fixed-wing and rotorcraft operations.
NBAA’s Christa Lucas and Alex Gertsen shared with state aviation officials the lessons business aircraft operators and owners learned from COVID-19 during the 2020 National Aviation State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Virtual Conference and Exposition.