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Cincinnati Enquirer
Leaders Speak Up for General Aviation
Jul 08, 2010

By Mike Boyer
General aviation contributes $5.5 billion to Ohio communities and employs 142,000 people in the state. GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Reps. Steve Driehaus (D- West Price Hill) and Jean Schmidt, (R-Miami Township) outlined the benefits GA brings to Ohio towns at a recent forum at Cincinatti's Lunken Airport.

In Ohio, General Aviation Equals Jobs
Jul 08, 2010
At an advocacy event in Cincinnati hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association highlights the role of general aviation, including business, in creating jobs. GAMA's Pete Bunce, cites major Ohio employers involved in business aviation, including Air 10 Jet Center, Executive Jet, General Electric's Aviation Unit, and Hartsell Propeller. Simply put, Bunce tells viewers: "General aviation equals jobs." 

In Ohio, Planes Mean Gains
Jul 07, 2010
At an advocacy event hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, business aviation leaders and state policymakers highlight the value of all general aviation, including business aviation, in the Buckeye State. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-2-OH) reminds viewers: "General aviation creates jobs - jobs throughout our district, our state and our country. That station also reported that general aviation is Ohio's biggest employer, supporting 8,000 jobs, and $5.5 billion for the state's economy each year, and that every two seconds, an Ohio-made engine lifts a plane in the air." 

In Ohio, No Plane, No Gain
Jul 07, 2010
At an advocacy event in Cincinnati hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the importance of all general aviation, including business aviation, is underscored. Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-1-OH) highlights the role of general aviation manufacturing in Ohio's economy, telling viewers: "Putting together those aircraft and those aircraft engines are important, but all the component parts that allow that to happen are what make Ohio's economy tick."

GA Manufacturers in Ohio: No Plane, No Gain
Jul 07, 2010
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association hosts an advocacy event at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, showing how general aviation, including business aviation, supports jobs and the economy in Ohio. The television news story notes that on a national level, the industry contributes more than $150 billion to the economy each year, and supports more than one million jobs. View the news segment in its entirety 

Ft. Myers News-Press
Lee County Airports Benefit Region's Economy
Jun 16, 2010

Florida Department of Transportation recently completed a study of economic benefits from airports to local communities. 

Forbes Magazine (Wheels Up Blog)
What Business Leaders Should Know About Business Aviation (Part One)
Jun 11, 2010

By Jeffrey Reich
What Business Leaders Should Know About Business Aviation (Part One) June 11, 2010 This blog posting, by a business aviation consultant, points out the by using business airplanes, companie " move people rapidly, when they need to and more directly to where they need to be. The process provides strategic advantages that have proven to be successful."

Forbes Special Report
Making The Case For Business Aviation
Jun 01, 2010

By Carl Lavin
In a special report Forbes cites a No Plane No Gain survey pointing out that most business aviation passengers are mid-level staff of small businesses, not company CEOs.

Boston Globe
Massport sees Worcester facility rebounding as skies get crowded
Jun 01, 2010

By Katie Johnston Chase
The Massachusetts Port Authority understands the economic value of activity from all general aviation, including business aviation, at community airports.

ANALYSIS-Business jets take flight, but rebound to be slow
May 28, 2010

By Karen Jacobs
Business aircraft manufacture supports many high-skill jobs, but the prolonged U.S. recession has led to thousands of layoffs in the industry.The market for the airplanes may be stabilizing, "but a return to annual growth in deliveries is at least a year away," this story reports.
Westchester County Airport's Contributions Celebrated
May 24, 2010
At a luncheon celebrating Westchester County Airport, County Executive Robert P. Astorino was presented with the association's Environmental Leadership Award.   Lauding the airport's economic impact, Astorino explained "It is home to over 80 businesses.  There are approximately 1,300 jobs on site. The airport does not cost our taxpayers anything. Its revenues pay for its expenses. But the economic engine goes far beyond that. The airport generates money for our economy."

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.

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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