NBAA Response to Clinton Announcement Regarding Proposed Air Traffic Services Organization

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, December 7, 2000 – While National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) representatives are pleased that President Clinton today emphasized the important role that air transportation plays in our nation’s economy and quality of life, they also are concerned by the implication that there should be an active attempt by government to use economic tools such as user fees and peak-hour pricing to influence the congestion now being experienced at certain U.S. airports.

NBAA President Jack Olcott asserted that the emphasis instead should be on technological improvements to the U.S. Air Traffic Control system, the world’s safest and most efficient. He added, “Let us not overlook the excellent job done by the FAA and its controllers. We are optimistic that the five-member oversight board of the Air Traffic Services Organization will explore all options within government to improve an already outstanding system.”

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,300 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.