NBAA Withdraws Naples Appeal

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, October 22, 2001 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced on October 18 that it will not pursue its appeal of the Naples Airport decision. That decision, by a U.S. District Court in Ft. Myers, FL, held that a proposed ban on the operation of Stage 2 business jets at the Naples Municipal Airport was not in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The ban, which is to go into effect in March 2002, remains the subject of administrative review by the FAA under separate statutory standards and the conditions of the Federal grant agreements.

We remain opposed to the ban,” said NBAA President Jack Olcott, “and believe that it is not only unlawful but unwise. However, the events of September 11 have required NBAA to direct all of its energy and resources to the immediate challenges at hand. We will continue to make our views known in the administrative process.”

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.