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GAMA Finds GA Sales
May 10, 2010

Mary Grady
Business aviation, which traditionally supports more than one million jobs, continues to face challenges as other industries witness an economic recovery. In releasing first-quarter 2010 business aircraft sales data, Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association recently said: "These...figures reveal that our industry is far from a recovery."

New York Times/International Herald Tribune
U.S. Business Jet Plane Makers Not Exactly Soaring
May 03, 2010

by Jack Duffy
After one of the toughest years that business jet makers have ever experienced, U.S. executives who have had to halt production lines and cut thousands of jobs are leery about predicting better days any time soon," this story reports. 

Highlands Ranch Herald
Crowds attend Centennial Airport open house
Apr 30, 2010

by Tom Munds
An open house at Colorado's Centennial Airport inspires children, and educates adults about the business value of business aviation.  CBAA's David Purvis comments:  “There are scores of privately owned small aircraft flying in and out of the airport all the time as well as business-related flights for corporations and medical transport services. The activities mean jobs and related economic impact on the surrounding areas.”

(VIDEO) Building a Better Airplane: Cessna Combats the Recession
Apr 23, 2010
A recent CNN story looks at how the recession and misperceptions about business aviation have devastated business airplane manufacturer Cessna, and also highlights how the resilient company has responded to the crisis and taken steps to emerge as the economy recovers.

The New York Times
That Corporate Jet Sometimes Makes Sense
Apr 12, 2010

By Joe Sharkey
"...It's easy to overlook the genuinely sensible argument for business aviation," this story explains. "As commercial air service shrinks, with even some midsize markets losing much of their air service, the business use of a company airplane can make bottom-line sense."

The Wichita Eagle
Airports See Rise in General Aviation Activity
Apr 09, 2010
General aviation activity appears to be rebounding from the same time a year ago, and one analyst notes that "Companies are becoming better at articulating why a private aircraft is a useful and productive business tool."

Flight International
Business jet market: outlook positive but recovery stalled, says UBS
Apr 04, 2010

By Dan Thisdell
UBS global equity research reports that market conditions for business jets "remain depressed and have dipped slightly since January, indicating a stalled recovery, with high inventory levels remaining a drag on business." The manufacture of business jets is a major source of jobs in the U.S.

KAIT (Jonesboro, AR)
(Video) Batesville Regional Airport Highlighted in Local News
Mar 22, 2010
In this video, see how one airport benefits a whole community.  Batesville Regional Airport (BVX), in particular, contributes more than $2 million to the local economy with up to 25,000 operations in a year. Airport officials say that business aviation is the bulk of those operations, with companies flying into Batesville to meet colleagues, customers and more.  

The Boston Globe
Hanscom use hits new low; Massport sees hopeful signs
Mar 18, 2010
Hanscom use hits new low; Massport sees hopeful signs March 18, 2010 As business aviation remains challenged by a sluggish economy, some airports like Hanscom, in Massachusetts, are seeing sharp decreases in traffic. The trend impacts revenues for the airport, and the investment that comes with the revenue.

WTTG-TV (Fox 5 DC)
Honor Flight Network Brings Veterans to see World War II Memorial
Mar 12, 2010
Washington's Fox 5 interviews Earl Morse and Jeff Miller, co-founders of Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is simple: Transporting America's veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Congressional Leaders Highlight Business Aviation Value
Mar 12, 2010
Congressional Leaders Highlight Business Aviation Value The topic for a March 12, 2010 discussion on the floor of the United States Senate was a "reauthorization" proposal for funding the Federal Aviation Administration, but lawmakers looked to the discussion as an opportunity to point out the importance of business aviation. "The small businessman or woman that has a Cessna 210, a Cirrus or a Piper...use those planes every day in every way for very important purposes," Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said. "To travel around the state and the country, to do commerce, to haul parts, to haul people - it is a very significant contribution to our economy." 

El Dorado Times
Brownback calls for support of general aviation
Feb 26, 2010
Brownback calls for support of general aviation February 26, 2010 A Kansas Senator cautions against unnecessary security restrictions in the wake of a February 18 suicidal crash in Texas. "General aviation is a vital component of our way of life," the Senator says. "It facilitates commerce, transportation, safety and rescue operations, and creates jobs for millions of Americans."

Aero News
Vermont Governor Recognizes Importance Of General Aviation
Feb 19, 2010
 Signing a proclamation declaring February "Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month", Vermont Governor Jim Douglas sent "... a clear signal that we support this industry that is central to our state's economic success."

Vermont Business Magazine
Leaders Gather in Burlington in Effort to Enhance Economy Through Aviation
Feb 18, 2010
On Thursday, Vermont's Governor declared February "General Aviation Appreciation Month" and presented South Burlington with a $30k grant to fund Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.  Lt. Governor and VAAA Chair Brian Dubie commented: "Vermont’s aviation sector plays a vital role in our state’s economic well-being and public safety.”

General Aviation News
Vermont declares ‘GA Appreciation Month’
Feb 17, 2010

Posted by Janice Wood
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas proclaims February to be "General Aviation Appreciation Month", and highlights the aviation industry's positive impact on Vermont's economy.

GAMA's Pete Bunce On Business Aviation Value
Feb 16, 2010
GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce discusses how business aviation helps companies compete in a global marketplace. "If...a company that is doing a lot of global business and a lot of travel, whether it's flying over to Asia, South America or over to Europe, they're finding the utility of business aviation is something they just have to have," Bunce tells reporter Phil Lebeau. 

Ridgefield [CT] Press
Ridgefield pilot flies relief missions to Haiti
Feb 15, 2010

Written by Kate Czaplinski
A Beechcraft Baron traveled 6,000 miles to transport medical supplies and a surgeon to Haiti for earthquake relief. The plane used small airports in the area surrounding Haiti's capital, Port Au Prince. "Small planes can make a difference in getting those supplies to surrounding areas beyond the capital," the story reports.

New York Times
Volunteers Fly Supplies Into Hard-to-Reach Areas
Feb 05, 2010

By Shaila Dewan
Business aviation flights have steadily transported medical teams and supplies into Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake there. Many flights were coordinated through the volunteer group Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE), which formed with NBAA’s support.

WCAX-TV (Vermont)
Report on Burlington International Airport in Vermont
Feb 03, 2010
Burlington International Airport has spent millions over the last several years developing not only better facilities for air passengers, but general aviation, laying the groundwork for a strong economy that could help Vermont out of the recession and set the stage for long-term growth. Over the last 15 years, the airport has expanded the south end, where facilities for private aircraft has seen strong growth.

The Roanoke [VA] Times
Plane with supplies from Roanoke lands in Haiti
Feb 02, 2010
Plane with supplies from Roanoke lands in Haiti February 2, 2010 Food and medical supplies bought by Roanoke-based company The Vitality Depot were delivered on a nine-seat plane to Pignon, Haiti as part of the larger earthquake-relief effort.

Inside Private Air Travel (Blog)
Making the Case: Corporate Use of Private Jets
Jan 28, 2010

Posted by James Butler, CEO of Shaircraft Solutions
This blog post details the many reasons companies rely on business aviation to me more efficient, productive and competitive. "Many business travelers will tell you that they're more productive on the aircraft than they are in the office," the blogger, a business travel consultant, notes.
Business Aviation Assists In Haitian Crisis
Jan 27, 2010
Business Aviation Assists In Haitian Crisis Jan 27, 2010 "In response to the crisis in Haiti, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reported that it has received hundreds of offers of flight support and other assistance from individuals and companies in business aviation," this story reports. 

The [Nashville] Tennessean
Nashville's General Aviation Firms See End to Downturn
Jan 26, 2010

By G. Chambers Williams III
Nashville's general aviation firms see end to downturn "During 2009, prices of used business aircraft dropped by as much as 50 percent; many general-aviation manufacturers and flight providers went out of business; and tens of thousands of employees lost their jobs," an NBAA spokesman reports.

Aviation Week Magazine
BizAv Relief Flights To Flow Into Haiti
Jan 25, 2010

By Kerry Lynch
Business aviation supports people and communities in crisis, as has been the case with efforts to provide relief to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, this story reports. 

E-Flying Magazine
GA Leaps in to Aid Haitian Relief Effort
Jan 21, 2010
Flying Magazine recently recognized the efforts of aviation groups like NBAA, AOPA and CARE as well as those in the industry like Showalter Aviation, an Orlando FBO.

NECN (Lexington, MA)
Mass. Doctors Ship Out to Help in Haiti (VIDEO)
Jan 21, 2010

By Latoyia Edwards
Business aviation helps people and communities in times of crisis, as was the case when Suffolk Construction donated the use of its jet to fly medical staff and $1 million worth of equipment and supplies to transport doctors and nurses with Caritas Christi Health Care into an airport north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city.

Aviation Week
More Than 100 Biz Aircraft Support Haiti
Jan 21, 2010

By William Garvey
"The support from the business aviation community has been amazing," said Maryanne Stevenson, president of CARE, who said her organization "is on a pace to launch one flight to Haiti every 30 minutes."

Local Car Dealer Donates Resources To Help Haiti
Jan 21, 2010

By Samantha Anderson
A local businessman who is also a pilot is using his company's Beechcraft King Air 350 "to fly doctors and medical supplies into Haiti," this story reports. 'It's great to make a donation and be able to hand goods or services to somebody instead of just cutting out a check,'" he says. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Area pilot flies surgeons, supplies to Haiti
Jan 21, 2010
A local insurance company owner is providing his airplane to deliver medical supplies and surgeons to Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, this story reports. "I'm glad we went (to the hospital), because it gave us a sense of why we did this," the businessman says.

The Joplin Globe
Pittsburg company, other groups organize Haiti relief efforts
Jan 21, 2010

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Pittsburg company, other groups organize Haiti relief efforts January 21, 2010 Names and Numbers donated the use of its business jet to transport 600 pounds of supplies to Haiti as part of the overall relief effort, this story reports. 

Mankato [MN] Free-Press
Downs Foods pilot flying workers to Haiti
Jan 21, 2010

By Amanda Dyslin
Downs Foods pilot flying workers to Haiti January 21, 2010 Downs Foods, a poultry processing plant with offices in Mankato, MN, has donated the company's airplane to transport medical specialists into Haiti in the aftermath of a Jan. 12 earthquake. "I'm just glad to help out any way I could," the company's chief pilot says. 

The Wellington News
Doctors land in Wellington: Corporate plane carries medical team to Haiti
Jan 21, 2010

By Nate Jones
A medical team flying to Haiti stops to refuel their donated business aircraft at Kansas' Wellington Municipal Airport.

The Huntsville [AL] Times
Local businessman donates use of plane to take medical supplies, water systems to Haiti
Jan 20, 2010

By Patricia C. McCarter
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A plane that flew out of the Madison County Executive Airport Tuesday morning and headed toward Haiti will deliver equipment to provide 100,000 gallons of clean water a day and a satellite imaging system that will allow local doctors to treat earthquake victims from afar.

The Oregonian
Portland Truck Dealer Donates Corporate Jet to Fly Oregon Doctors to Haiti
Jan 20, 2010

By Stuart Tomlinson
TEC Equipment, Inc., based in Portland, OR, flew doctors into Haiti on their aircraft. The doctors from Medical Teams International were flown in with TEC’s President and CEO Dave Thompson in the left seat. 

Wichita Business Journal
Newton Doctor Joins Haiti Relief Effort
Jan 20, 2010

By Josh Heck
Wichita Business Journal recognizes the efforts of companies and NBAA in organizing Haiti relief efforts

Crain's New York Business
PA Company Uses Jet to Bring Doctors into Haiti
Jan 19, 2010
Synthes is a global medical device manufacturer that has its U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pa. The company operates a jet aircraft. Synthes has used the aircraft to fly doctors and medical volunteers to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Haiti, all while most other medical volunteers struggle to reach Haiti on commercial flights. 

CNN (video)
Hands and Feet Project Uses Business Aviation to Help Orphanages in Haiti
Jan 18, 2010
The Hands and Feet Project cares for orphans in Haiti and relies on general aviation aircraft to receive their supplies, necessary equipment and medicine. “These pilots are bringing in their own twin engine airplanes and they’re just taking off and coming to Jacmel [in Haiti] and they’re bringing us supplies and we want to just say thanks to all those guys, it means to much to us,” said Mark Stuart, founder of the Hands and Feet Project.

MSNBC (video)
Hands and Feet Project Helps Orphans in Haiti
Jan 18, 2010
The Hands and Feet Project cares for orphans in Haiti and relies on general aviation aircraft to receive their supplies, necessary equipment and medicine. “These pilots are bringing in their own twin engine airplanes and they’re just taking off and coming to Jacmel [in Haiti] and they’re bringing us supplies and we want to just say thanks to all those guys, it means to much to us,” said Mark Stuart, founder of the Hands and Feet Project. 

General Aviation News
Beechcraft Baron Used for Airlift Operations
Jan 18, 2010

by Janice Wood
Bahama Habitat, a nonprofit that uses general aviation aircraft to support housing and disaster relief work and based in the U.S. Volunteer pilots have delivered medical supplies and evacuated dozens from Haiti since the earthquake happened. 

WZZM-13 (West Michigan)
Amway Jet Brings Missionaries from the Dakotas Back from Haiti
Jan 18, 2010

By Amy Fox
The Amway corporate jet carried a medical team and supplies to Haiti Monday on a flight of mercy. It returned with 10 Americans who were on a medical mission trip when the earthquake struck.

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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