|Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine|
Business Aviation Taps Twitter
Apr 14, 2009
No Plane No Gain is making use of a variety of online initiatives to highlight the essential role business aviation plays in America.
National Business Aviation Association spokesman Dan Hubbard reports: "We wanted to make sure we were utilizing new media opportunities to help inform people about what No Plane, No Gain is doing to advocate for business aviation."
By Benet Wilson
Business Aviation-Myths and Realities
Apr 14, 2009This business aviation blogger's post observes that a weakened economy and negative perceptions about business aviation have adversely impacted the industry. "Business aviation is much more commonplace than most people imagine," the blogger notes.
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Business Aviation - Myth and Realities
Apr 14, 2009This aviation blog points out that business aircraft are commonly used, "...To transport maintenance technicians, sales teams, and others whose domains are their companies' nuts and bolts, not executive suites." The post also observes that associations representing business aviation "...Have been doing what they can to counter the bad publicity" about the industry.
Bolen Provides No Plane No Gain Update for Dallas Forum Attendees
Apr 13, 2009
At NBAA's Dallas Regional Forum last week, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen provided an update on No Plane No Gain, the industry's advocacy campaign. "We want to make sure policymakers and opinion leaders are well aware of the essential role business aviation plays for citizens, companies and communities across the country," Bolen told Forum attendees. As part of his presentation, Bolen showed the audience the campaign's television and newspaper advertisements.
|MSNBC.com/Pittsburgh Business Times|
Money, image move companies away from corporate jet use
Apr 12, 2009Negative perceptions about business aviation and a challenging economic climate have led to decreased use of business airplanes and layoffs among the companies that manufacture them. Cessna Aircraft Company expects to lay off around 4,600 employees this year.
|The Miami Herald|
My View: Corporate planes are assets, not excess
Apr 06, 2009In this unforgiving economic climate, businesses need every tool available to help them succeed, and job creation is as important as ever. Unfortunately, the manufacture and use of business airplanes - which supports both business competitiveness and job creation - is being hampered by negative stereotypes.
By Stewart Lapayowker
|The [UK] Guardian|
Corporate jet taboo forces Bombardier to shed 3,000 jobs
Apr 02, 2009More layoffs announced in business aviation manufacturing, which has been beset by the economic downturn and mischaracterizations about the industry. Layoffs total in the many thousands, including those for this manufacturer, which announced that nearly 500 U.S. employees will lose their jobs.
By Julia Kollewe
Why CEOs Shouldn't Ditch Their Private Jets
Apr 01, 2009Often overlooked in the recent negative publicity about business aviation is the fact that it is an efficiency and productivity tool for companies of all size, and is often the most prudent, cost-effective means for conducting a business mission. "A private jet can be a way to tighten the belt, if it is done properly," says Jetpool's Ryan Stone."You have to do the analysis. In many cases, the results would surprise people."
|Aviation International News|
'No Plane, No Gain' Defense of Bizav Begins
Apr 01, 2009Aviation International News provides a summary of some of the recent activities undertaken as part of the No Plane No Gain initiative. For instance, the advertising effort, "...Began March 1 with a 30-second television spot broadcast during a series of network public- affairs shows, including nationwide placement on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, as well as placement on NBC's Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday in select markets." To view the 30-second No Plane No Gain tv ad, visit http://tr.im/i5xe
By Paul Lowe
|National Public Radio|
Morning Edition: Bend's High-Flying Economy Takes A Nose Dive
Mar 30, 2009General aviation manufacturing has slowed in places like Bend, Ore., leading to worker layoffs. As this NPR story reports, the economic environment has made it difficult for some aircraft buyers to get financing, and some businesses are re-considering aircraft purchases in light of misperceptions about business aviation.
By Howard Berkes
Mar 25, 2009NBAA is among the voices calling for JetBlue airlines to discontinue an online ad campaign, which AvWeb reports: "...Appears to be a satirical attempt to cash in on the ongoing public relations problems suffered by business aviation."
|New York Times|
Business Jet Industry Tries to Salvage Its Image
Mar 24, 2009The people involved in the manufacture and use of business aircraft are weathering one of the worst economic storms the industry has seen. Advocacy groups are calling upon JetBlue airlines to discontinue an ad campaign that maligns business aviation, which spends $11 billion each year on airline tickets, while also creating jobs and serving towns across the U.S.
By Joe Sharkey
|The Bergen Record|
Double Trouble for Private Jets
Mar 24, 2009Negative and often misinformed publicity about business aviation is having an impact on manufacturers, airports and businesses across the U.S. Business aircraft manufacturers have laid off thousands of workers.Airports like Teterboro are reporting a 30 percent decrease in traffic, depressing revenue for the airport.
|ABC CH7 KMGH-TV CH7|
Business Aviation Industry Hits Turbulence
Mar 20, 2009Business aviation in Denver has been hit hard by the economic downturn and perceptions about the industry. Mountain Aviation president Rich Bjelkevig reports that "...Part of the problem is a misconception about the industry, which is estimated to be responsible for a million jobs nationwide in manufacturing and services."
|Wichita Aero Club|
Podcast Interview: GAMA's Pete Bunce
Mar 18, 2009GAMA President
and CEO Pete Bunce talks about the work being done to remind
policymakers and opinion leaders of the many ways business aviation
works for America. "We want to have national leaders ... talk about an
industry that is a very positive contributor to the balance of trade
and is one of the only bright spots in manufacturing in the whole US
economy," Bunce said in a keynote speech before the Wichita Aero Club.
|Savannah Morning News (GA)|
Economy, bad press put corporate jet use into a tailspin
Mar 11, 2009GAMA President Pete Bunce says ads from the industry's No Plane No Gain initiative put forward "the real face of business aviation: the factory workers, community leaders, businesspeople and others who make up thebusiness aviation community in America today."
By Mary Carr Mayle
Not Every Corporate Trip is a Boondoggle
Mar 11, 2009Veteran business journalist Allan Sloan points out that "not every trip is a boondoggle, and not all private-plane flights are wasteful self-indulgence."
By Allan Sloan
|Kansas City Star|
Corporate jet timeshares is a growing business across the Midwest
Mar 10, 2009The National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association "recently launched an ad campaign, 'No Plane No Gain,' to highlight the industry's contribution to the overall economy as well as point out the productivity and cost-efficiencies created by using business aircraft."
By Randolph Heaster
Mayor wants Obama to see importance of biz jets
Mar 10, 2009"It is important to remember that business jets are an essential part of a successful national business plan," Wichita, KS Mayor Carl Brewer said in a letter inviting President Barack Obama to Wichita. Brewer wants the President to see first-hand how business aviation helps companies of all sizes be more efficient, productive and successful.
|The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)|
Owner of DavisAir looking to expand
Mar 10, 2009Despite the challenging economy, Gary Davis, president of Charleston-based DavisAir Inc., a charter company, is investing in additional airplanes, because "Business aviation, if used responsibly, is as essential as a Blackberry or a laptop computer...It's a tool."
By Allyson Bird
|Delaware News Journal|
Image puts drag on corporate aviation
Mar 08, 2009Although business aviation has been painted with a negative brush in recent news and commentary, the industry is responsible for more than a million manufacturing and service jobs, including those in Delaware. "As of 2006, there were 1,817 people employed at New Castle Airport, including the businesses that operate there and the military," the newspaper reports.
By Aaron Nathans
|Business Courier of Cincinnati|
GE Aviation sets sights on new segment
Mar 06, 2009As GE expands its investment in the development of engines for business aircraft, NBAA President and CEO notes that business airplanes are productivity enhancers, turning travel time into work time for company employees.
by Jon Newberry
|Flying E-Newsletter (flyingmag.com)|
GA Claws Back at Image of 'Flying Fat Cats'
Mar 05, 2009Veteran industry reporter and columnist J. "Mac" McClellan reports that the effort by the business aviation community to push back against a tidal wave of public opinion may be paying off. As an example, McClellan points to a recent USA Today story with NBAA data detailing how business aviation benefits companies of all sizes, all across the U.S.
J. "Mac" McClellan
Economy, 'fat cat' label hit corporate jet makers hard
Mar 03, 2009[...]Eighty-five percent of
companies that use business aircraft aren't corporate giants. They're
small and midsize companies, according to the National Business
Aviation Association, a trade group that represents business aircraft
users and makers. And 86% of those on board those planes are
non-executive employees. They're salespeople, technical experts or
repair people traveling to remote business locations not easily reached
via commercial airlines.
By Dan Reed
'Air Capital' Wichita Bruised by Aviation Industry Woes
Mar 03, 2009Nowhere is the pain of a slowdown in the general aviation industry felt
more deeply than in Wichita, which bills itself the "Air Capital of the
About 70% of the word's general aviation aircraft are built there by
such manufacturers as Cessna, Lear and Hawker Beechcraft. Major
components of big military and commercial jets also are built or
supported by Boeing or Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing spinoff. Thirteen
percent of the region's 320,000 workers are employed by one of the
manufacturers or suppliers in Wichita's cluster of aviation
By Dan Reed
Cut in business jet use pinches airport
Mar 02, 2009Amid a recession and increased scrutiny of corporate expenses,
Charlotte's once soaring private aviation scene is losing some altitude.
As some companies sell jets and fly less, they're laying off pilots,
guzzling less jet fuel and looking to shed hangar space at
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
By Rick Rothacker
Economy Brings Plane Manufacturing Down To Earth
Mar 02, 2009Nothing says money and power like a business jet. But the industry that makes them is in a tailspin. Small airplane manufacturing is dominated by American firms, many located in Wichita, Kan., proudly known as the "air capital." "There is not an airport in the world that doesn't
have an aircraft that the city of Wichita and its workers have not
touched," Mayor Carl Brewer says.
In fact, the Wichita area builds more aircraft than
any other place on Earth. Companies here specialize in propeller-driven
craft, and smaller corporate jets like the ones on display in Cessna Aircraft Co.'s showroom.
By Frank Morris
Corporate Jets Not Bad Business
Feb 26, 2009Mike Vargo says business aviation is being demonized, and he's sick of it.Ever
since the CEOs of the "Big Three" automakers traveled by private jet in
November to ask Congress for $25 billion in federal assistance, other
business travelers who use corporate jets have been keeping their heads
down, says Vargo, the sales and marketing director at Corporate Air in
By Bonnie Pfister
Business travel industry touts its economic value
Feb 23, 2009In reaction to sharp criticism from lawmakers and the media, the
business travel industry has launched several advocacy campaigns to
validate its role in the US' economic recovery.[...] For the business aviation community, the challenge is changing public
perception of a seemingly luxury perk, said industry professionals. The
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) partnered for the first time in more
than a decade to launch the 'No Plane No Gain' campaign on February 17.
By Jaimy Lee
|Orlando Business Journal |
Aviation firms fighting mad over corporate aircraft criticism
Feb 23, 2009"Bolen pushed the same theme [business aviation means jobs] recently in
testimony before Congress. The campaign has had some positive effect,
he added, as Congress has decided against a provision that would have
required firms receiving bailout money to divest themselves of
by Chris Kauffmann
|KLAS-TV (CBS Las Vegas)|
Corporate Jet Companies Fighting Bad Perception
Feb 20, 2009It all started when the CEO's of the big three automakers flew private jets to Washington to plead for public funds. Now, corporate jet companies are suffering across the country.
'No Plane No Gain' Campaign Re-Emerges as an Industry Advocate
Feb 19, 2009The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have joined forces again to promote the message that business aviation is a productive business tool rather than just another lavish parcel of an overpaid executive's compensation package.
By Mark Phelps
GAMA, NBAA Launch 'No Plane No Gain!' Advocacy Campaign
Feb 17, 2009Looking to reinforce the value of business aviation to American workers, policymakers, companies and communities across the US, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) unveiled a comprehensive new joint advocacy campaign Tuesday with a familiar name: "No Plane No Gain."
NBAA, GAMA Resurrect ‘No Plane, No Gain’ Campaign
Feb 17, 2009NBAA
and GAMA today swept the dust off the slogan “No Plane, No Gain”, which was
launched by the two associations in 1993 to highlight the benefits of business
aircraft but was later left to quietly fade away as the industry prospered. But
in light of the current recession and recent attacks on business aviation by the
general media and politicians, the aviation groups have resurrected the
By Chad Trautvetter
The Travails of the Business Jet Industry
Feb 17, 2009These are very tough times for the business jet industry. The now infamous trip by the heads of the Detroit big three to Washington on board corporate jets to plead for cash from the US government has caused a backlash against private travel.
Here comes a fightback: two groups involved in US business aviation have now launched a campaign to improve the industry’s image. The campaign is called “No plane. No gain” and even has its own web site.
by John Gapper (FT.com Business Blog)
Turbulent Ride for Private Jets
Feb 11, 2009As a pattern of disparaging business airplanes and discouraging their use emerges in Washington, the National Business Aviation Association is working hard to represent the true image of the people and companies that rely on an airplane to survive and keep people employed, especially in the current, challenging economy.
By Anna Palmer
|The Wall Street Journal|
Cessna Fights Back On Private-Jet Trend
Feb 11, 2009As one of the nation's general aviation aircraft manufacturers launches an advertising campaign in support of business aviation, NBAA's President and CEO reminds the Wall Street Journal: "The vast majority of the time, these jets are flying offices, where people can conduct business and have confidential discussions that could never occur on a commercial jetliner."
By J. Lynn Lunsford
Lincoln, NE Benefits From Mile High Offices
Feb 08, 2009Like a desk and a car, a small aircraft is a vital tool for businesses across the country. In this article, Todd Duncan of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE which employs 1,200 people in their area, sets the record straight on the true benefits of airplanes for businesses.
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."