NBAA Releases Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

Washington, DC, Oct. 7, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) released a letter the Association has sent to congressional leaders and President Obama outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA) industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.

As just one example of the shutdown’s impact on the industry, Bolen’s letter specifically outlines how it has resulted in a halt in the purchase, sale and production of all new general aviation airplane parts or aircraft, given that none of those things can occur without the written approval of the federal government, which operates out of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City, OK.

The shutdown has led to the closure of the registry, even though, according to FAA data, more than 10,000 aircraft registrations expire each month, and these registrations cannot be renewed while the registry is closed. As a result, the government shutdown is effectively grounding the general aviation industry, severely jeopardizing countless jobs, and America’s economy and infrastructure. In addition, many entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes rely on the airplanes for business flights, as do communities, for critical services including medical transport, mail delivery and fire fighting.

View the version of the letter that was sent to President Obama.

View the version of the letter that was sent to Senate Majority Leader Reid.

View the version of the letter that was sent to Senate Minority Leader McConnell.

View the version of the letter that was sent to House Speaker Boehner.

View the version of the letter that was sent to House Minority Leader Pelosi.

For more information on the shutdown’s impact on the industry, please visit:

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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 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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