NBAA President Testifies Before House Aviation Subcommittee Regarding Operational Restrictions

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, October 17, 2001 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President Jack Olcott today testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee regarding remaining aircraft operating restrictions within Class B airspace.

It is clear that challenges remain that are deserving of our collective attention as we continue to focus on the security and the future of aviation, which is an enabling technology for meeting our nation’s economic and social objectives,” said Olcott.

Over the past three days, new operational procedures developed by the FAA and our industry have restored VFR flight operations in 15 of the 30 ‘enhanced’ Class B airspace locations,” he continued. “However, within the remaining enhanced Class B airspace areas, VFR flights remain grounded. These restrictions continue to affect helicopter operations, flight schools, fixed base operators (FBOs), aircraft maintenance facilities and many other businesses and individuals who rely on airports for their livelihood.

Olcott also testified on other operational restrictions, including Part 91 access to Newark International Airport in New Jersey, international general aviation arrivals and departures, and unique aviation activities, such as electronic news gathering, traffic reporting, aerial advertising and banner towing.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of nearly 7,000 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.