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The Journal of Commerce
Air Serv International Responds to Haiti’s Earthquake Crisis
Jan 17, 2010
WARRENTON, VIRGINIA - This morning Air Serv International launched a light twin aircraft and crew to Haiti to support World Vision International’s relief operations in the quake-stricken country.  

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Business aviation helps the bottom line
Jan 17, 2010

Op/Ed By Tim Ashenfelter
A figure in Minnesota's business aviation community points out that "Dozens of responsible, well-managed Minnesota-based companies consider a business aircraft a valuable workhorse that helps managers, salespeople, and technical experts stay connected to customers and grow their business."  

Daily Finance
Wall Street Has Many Things to Be Sorry About -- Just Not Corporate Jets
Jan 13, 2010

Wall Street Has Many Things to Be Sorry About -- Just Not Corporate Jets January 13, 2010 "Corporate aircraft are a red herring that distracts Congress and the American public from the real issues affecting the country," this newspaper's columnist reports. 

The Bergen [NJ] Record
Job outlook at Teterboro Airport remains bleak
Jan 11, 2010

"Before the recession, more than 1,600 [people] were employed at Teterboro Airport, and airport users supported nearly 2,000 more jobs in the surrounding area, primarily in Bergen County," this story reports. 

The Wichita Eagle
Recession clobbers fractional-jet industry
Jan 10, 2010
The severe economic downturn that has crippled business aviation "also hurt Wichita's biggest customers for aircraft - the fractional-ownership providers," this story reports.  

Aviation Week
NBAA Chief Sees Signs Of Upturn
Jan 03, 2010

By Kerry Lynch (
General aviation is stabilizing from a "very, very brutal period," exacerbated by misperceptions about business aviation, NBAA's Ed Bolen says in this article. To correct the misperceptions, the story notes, NBAA and GAMA "responded with the launch of the No Plane/No Gain educational campaign..."

Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal
Air Service Firm Expands to MSP
Dec 18, 2009

Katharine Grayson
ASI Jet Center opens maintenance facility at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, filling a "big void" left by General Dynamics' departure earlier this year.  Tim Ashenfelter, ASI’s president: “Not having a service facility here has really been a detriment to people coming into the Twin Cities.”

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.

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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