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The Wichita Eagle
Aircraft CEOs Expect Stalled Growth, Stable Employment in 2010
Dec 16, 2009
"Nearly all of...Wichita's aircraft manufacturers said they think employment at their companies will stabilize in 2010, but they don't foresee any growth in their business next year," this story reports.

Honeywell Forecasts 2010 Profit That Trails Estimates
Dec 16, 2009

By Gopal Ratnam and Will Daley
Business aviation, which helps support 1.2 million jobs, has seen employment numbers plummet in the recession. Honeywell estimates that business aircraft manufacture will continue to be impacted in 2010.
Business aviation group pulls ads from USA Toda
Dec 16, 2009

Posted by Dennis Schaal
NBAA announced its decision to discontinue advertising in USA Today because of the newspaper's recent coverage of general aviation, which has been widely perceived as negative. "We simply decided it's time to stop spending advertising dollars with a newspaper that has demonstrated such an anti-general aviation bias in recent months," a spokesman said.

General Aviation News
NBAA pulls ads from USA Today
Dec 15, 2009

Posted by Janice Wood
The National Business Aviation Association has announced that no further advertising dollars from the No Plane No Gain program will be used for ads in USA Today, in light of the newspaper's anti-GA bias, this story reports.  

Columbus [GA] Ledger Enquirer
Cessna closing three Columbus plants
Dec 09, 2009

A steep economic recession and misperceptions about business aviation have caused severe job losses in an industry that employs 1.2 million people. The Chair of the Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce says business aviation "has just been hammered by this economy."

Grand Forks Herald
Cirrus Design behind on rent
Dec 09, 2009

By Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald
As the recession continues, many business aircraft manufacturers are struggling from the economic environment and mischaracterizations of business aviation. One manufacturer is working to "create a formula for repaying....debt in a manner that makes financial sense," this story reports. 

Arkansas Gazette
Dassault cuts more than 200 LR jobs
Dec 04, 2009
Business aviation employs 1.2 million people, but workers with the business airplane manufacturers have been hard hit by the economic recession. This story reports that one Arkansas manufacturer has announced its third round of layoffs.  

OPINION: The corporate jet is not evil. It's practical.
Nov 30, 2009

By Karen Workman
A local Minneapolis resident challenges negative coverage of business aviation by Minneapolis-area news outlets. "It's all about efficiency," the author of this opinion piece says. "There is no wasted time when a company uses its own airplane."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Letter of the day: Xcel's Private Jet Made Perfect Business Sense
Nov 29, 2009
A recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article paints business airplanes "With a negative brush, when in fact, the use of an airplane is a sign of a well-managed company," NBAA's Ed Bolen tells the paper in this letter to the editor. 

Forbes Magazine / Forbes Video Network
Commentary: The Case For Private Jets
Nov 25, 2009

By Evelyn Rusli
This article focuses on advocacy for business aviation. NBAA's Ed Bolen says: "...The National Business Aviation Association has really put forward a campaign to try to educate people about just how essential business aviation is to our nation's economy and to our transportation system."

TIME Magazine
A Turboprop Built for Trouble
Nov 23, 2009

By Lori Ioannou
This story reports on the role of business airplanes in supporting humanitarian relief efforts. The article also highlights industry challenges, stating: "...The $150 billion business-aviation market is in free fall...The demonization of corporate jets by Congress, prompted initially by the CEOs of the Detroit automakers, has helped kill thousands of jobs. The corporate-aviation market provided 1.2 million high-wage jobs in the U.S. before the financial crisis."

The Wichita Eagle (Kansas)
Editorial: Focus on getting Americans working
Nov 22, 2009
This editorial notes that, at a time when the business aviation community has been beset by job losses, a Presidential visit to Wichita, KS, "...would let the president see for himself how the loss of more than 13,000 aircraft-manufacturing jobs in a year affects a community of 350,000."

The Wichita Eagle (Kansas)
Study: Business jet sales to dip before rebounding
Nov 19, 2009
 Business aviation manufacture, which contributes to the 1.2 million jobs generated by the overall industry, has dramatically declined in the wake of a recession and misperceptions about business aviation. This article reports that "some difficulties must be overcome." 

Duluth News-Tribune
Cirrus lays off 32 in Grand Forks
Nov 12, 2009

By: Andy Greder
Business aviation supports over a million jobs, but business airplane manufacture has been hard-hit by a recession and misperceptions about the industry, prompting employee layoffs.

Montreal Gazette
Business jet market hit hard by recession
Nov 05, 2009
A quarterly summary from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association "dramatically showed how the recession has hit the global business jet market," this story reports. GAMA jointly sponsors the No Plane No Gain with the National Business Aviation Association. The campaign highlights the role of business aviation manufacture in helping support more than one million jobs in the U.S.

The Tampa Tribune
Little airports big help to all who take to sky
Nov 05, 2009
"Many...pilots use an airplane as a work tool...And the nation's network of small airports gives access to areas the airlines don't serve," this newspaper editorial notes. 

New Haven Register
Use of Private Aircraft Stunted by Economic Downturn
Oct 27, 2009

By Angela Carter Register Staff
A university professor notes that "productivity can be significantly improved" with business aviation. But its use "has been stunted by an economic downturn that forced companies to lay off workers, cancel orders for new planes or close down flight units to strengthen cash flow," this story reports.
Aviation: Business vs. Luxury (Video Interview)
Oct 27, 2009
NBAA's Ed Bolen speaks with Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Magazine about the many benefits of business aviation, and addresses popular mischaracterizations about the industry.
Business Jet Demand Slowdown Continues
Oct 26, 2009

By Tom Stundza
Business aircraft manufacturing, which helps generate over a million jobs in the United States, continues to be hard hit by "the downturn in the global economy and limitations on credit availability," this story reports. Declines in business jet deliveries are expected to continue through 2010.
Corporate Jets Aren't Just for Fat Cats
Oct 21, 2009

By Jason Paur
A new survey shows that, contrary to recent mischaracterizations, business airplanes are mostly used by small and mid-sized companies "trying to gain efficiency and improve the bottom line." NBAA and GAMA commissioned the survey because "The industry wants to dispel many misconceptions about how and why companies use general aviation."

Press Release
NBAA, GAMA Unveil No Plane No Gain ‘E-Valuation’ Toolkit
Oct 20, 2009
ORLANDO, FL, October 20, 2009 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today unveiled a new online resource to help businesses of all types and sizes calculate and explain the value a business aircraft brings to a company’s overall business objectives.  

Press Release
American Legend Arnold Palmer Lends His Voice to No Plane No Gain Campaign
Oct 20, 2009
ORLANDO, FL, October 20, 2009 – Golf legend and accomplished businessman Arnold Palmer is lending his voice to support the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities in a new video and print advertising campaign for No Plane No Gain, the advocacy program jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Business & Commercial Aviation Magazine
Report Focuses On Biz Av For Small Companies
Oct 19, 2009

By Kerry Lynch
Report Focuses On Biz Av For Small Companies October 19, 2009 In a report focused on fighting "the negative public image of business aviation that has perpetuated over the past year," NBAA and GAMA have published a survey showing that most companies using business aviation are small and mid-sized businesses.

The Wichita Eagle
Business Perspective: Airplanes crucial in helping businesses grow
Oct 15, 2009

By Deanna Harms
This Wichita Businessperson says: "Just as the bulk of business in America is small business, the vast majority of passengers on business aircraft are nonexecutive types. The people flying are the ones doing the work...Here's a site you'll want to check out:"

The Wichita Eagle
The state of Kansas' business aviation industry
Oct 15, 2009

The state of Kansas' business aviation industry This article makes clear how the deep recession and misperceptions about business aviation have hit the industry, which employs over a million people. "Thousands of jobs lost. Production cuts. Furloughs. The cancellation of a major new aircraft program," the article points out.

NPNG Press Release
NBAA, GAMA: New Survey Provides Accurate, Clear Picture Of Business Aviation
Oct 15, 2009
Washington, DC, October 15, 2009 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today published a new survey showing conclusively that some of the recent portrayals of business aviation are inconsistent with the true nature of the industry.

The Wall Street Journal
As Aviation Jobs Take Off, Wichita Frets Its Future
Oct 12, 2009

As the No Plane No Gain program has often pointed out, business aviation - a major U.S. employer - has weathered a tough year "...The recession, tight credit markets and popular outrage" about business aviation have brought the industry "to a near-standstill," this article notes. 

FLYING Magazine E-Newsletter
Left Seat - No Surprise: Bizav Pays
Oct 01, 2009

By J. Mac McClellan
Veteran aviation columnist Mac McClellan reports: "Another detailed study, the NEXA Business Aviation Report, is out and it shows, yet again, that companies that use business aviation outperform non-airplane users by wide margins in every measure of financial success. I was pleased to see that a new study returned the same old results - business aviation makes your business better."

The Wichita Eagle
Has the Wichita economy hit bottom yet?
Oct 01, 2009

The nation's economy appears to have hit bottom and started to recover, "but Wichita economy is still slowing as the aircraft industry deals with a worldwide evaporation in demand," this story reports. The situation has taken a toll on the business aviation industry, which has traditionally accounted for 1.2 million jobs.  

The Wall Street Journal
Some Frequent Travelers Prefer to Be in Cockpit
Sep 29, 2009

NBAA's Ed Bolen tells the Journal: "About 85% of companies that use personal aircraft are small or midsize companies. "The lobbying group was active last fall when chief executives of the Big Three auto companies were criticized for flying company jets, advocating that such flights are time efficient," the paper reports.

Aviation Week Web Site
BizAv Groups Link Performance, Aircraft Use
Sep 28, 2009

By Kerry Lynch
This article details how a study, titled "'Business Aviation - An Enterprise Value Proposition,' finds that business aircraft users outperform nonusers in several financial measures..."  

The Wichita Eagle
Speaker: Image Is Biz Jets' Challenge
Sep 24, 2009

Molly McMillin
As this story reports, "Business aviation faces a host of challenges, but the one that worries Ed Bolen the most is its negative image, the CEO of the National Business Aviation Association said Wednesday. 'We've got to make sure our lawmakers and policymakers think business aviation is essential,' he said."

NBAA, GAMA Welcome New Study Showing Business Aviation Helps Companies Be More Efficient
Sep 23, 2009
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today welcomed a new study showing that, by a host of measurements, companies using business aviation outperform those without aircraft.

USA Today
Two new companies let you hop a private jet for less
Sep 22, 2009

By Charisse Jones, USA TODAY
Most companies using business airplanes "are small and midsize firms that are flying midlevel managers because it's the most efficient way to conduct business," NBAA's Ed Bolen says. 

[Lafayette, IN] Journal and Courier
Smaller airports defend fed funding
Sep 21, 2009

"Supporters of...smaller airports [say] they offer many benefits to their communities - from making travel easier for business leaders to crop-dusting, air ambulance flights, law enforcement activities and pilot training," this story reports.

The Wichita Eagle
General aviation counters media
Sep 19, 2009

"The airlines took a gratuitous swipe at general aviation," NBAA's Ed Bolen tells the Wichita Eagle about recent news coverage that negatively portrayed small airports and business aviation. 

The Kansas City Star
Wheeler Downtown Airport hopes to take off again
Sep 19, 2009

BYLINE: ERIC ADLER, The Kansas City Star
Business aviation is essential in a number of ways, but "Until very recently the turbulent economy had all but grounded the business jet and general aviation industry - use, sales, flights, everything," this article notes. "It walloped the industry," says NBAA's Ed Bolen.

The Las Vegas Sun
County hopes business travel will soar at Henderson airport
Sep 18, 2009

By Richard N. Velotta, In Business reporter
County hopes business travel will soar at Henderson airport September 18, 2009 As this story reports: "No plane, no gain. That is the message on how important general aviation is to the local economy delivered last week at the Henderson Executive Airport."

NPNG Press Release
No Plane No Gain Responds to Negative Small-Airport News Coverage
Sep 18, 2009
No Plane No Gain Responds to Negative Small-Airport News Coverage In light of news coverage maligning small airports and general aviation, NBAA and GAMA issued a statement noting that "because the coverage said nothing about the many ways business aviation provides value, readers and viewers were unfortunately left with a distorted view of the industry."

The Wichita Eagle
IAMAW President Buffenbarger to Invite President Obama to visit Wichita
Sep 15, 2009

By Molly McMillin
The No Plane No Gain campaign's message about the value of the 1.2 million jobs generated by business aviation was echoed by machinists union president Tom Buffenbarger, who this week invited President Obama to visit Wichita "to see to see the importance of the business jet industry."

No Plane No Gain: Sampling of 2010 Coverage

Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, a concerted effort has been made to deliver the message about the importance of business aviation through national and local news outlets. This sampling of national and local television coverage in 2010, highlights the campaign's effectiveness in communicating the industry's importance.

NBAA's Bolen on Fox Business Network

Click here to see Ed Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, in an interview on Fox Business Network

NBAA's Bolen on DC's Newschannel 8

In an interview with Newschannel 8, Bolen explains that "... business aviation is prudent, cost-effective, and oftentimes, the only way to get where you're going."

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