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Fox Business Network
NBAA's Ed Bolen Explains Importance of Business Aviation
Apr 29, 2009
In his latest cable TV interview, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen explains the importance of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country, and the work of the No Plane No Gain initiative to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the essential role of business aviation in America today.

Bloomberg News
Gulfstream, Cessna in 2-Year Slide as CEOs Shun Jets
Apr 28, 2009

By Andrea Rothman and Susanna Ray
Bloomberg News Gulfstream, Cessna in 2-Year Slide as CEOs Shun Jets April 28, 2009 The economic slump and a negative view of business aviation resulted in steep job losses among business airplane manufacturers, which have shed 15,000 jobs in recent months.

Investor's Business Daily
Does Business-Jet Concept Fly In Stormy Economy?
Apr 24, 2009

By Doug Tsuruoka
In a tough economy, business aviation can help companies of all sizes remain nimble and stay ahead of their competitors. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen states: "If you have to be in Tulsa and Shreveport and Buffalo in the same day, you can't do that with a car or a commercial can do three meetings in one day rather than three meetings in three days."
Private Aviation Battles Image Woes
Apr 21, 2009

By Ted Reed
Responding to the impact of an economic downturn and a negative perception of business aviation, the No Plane No Gain campaign "points out that business aviation creates more than 1.2 million jobs and has a positive balance-of-trade impact, with most major manufacturers based in the U.S. Among business jet operators, 85% are small and midsized companies, while just 4% are among the Fortune 500."

The Hackensack [NJ] Record
Corporate Jet Maker Cuts 25 Teterboro Jobs
Apr 19, 2009

By James M. O'Neill
Business airplane maker Dassault Falcon announced job cuts at its facility at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport. The business aviation industry "has been reeling" from the bad economy and misperceptions about business aviation. Company spokesman Andrew Ponzoni says business airplanes "...Are a significant productivity and time-management tool that helps companies get their sales people in front of customers."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Drop in business travel hits hospitality industry, creates PR problems
Apr 19, 2009

By Ann Belser
Negative perceptions about business aviation and an economic slump have caused a sharp drop in use of business airplane flights. "A drop in flights has cost some of the people who schedule, clean, maintain and refuel the planes their jobs," this story reports.  

Boston Herald
Marathon's Big Wheels: Wounded Vets Heroes On, Off Race Course
Apr 19, 2009

By Peter Gelzinis
This article tells the story of two disabled military veterans' participation in the Boston Marathon. The vets were transported from the Walter Reed Medical Center to Boston by donated business jets.

National Public Radio
Corporate Jet Business Struggles With Bad Image
Apr 16, 2009

By Peter Overby
NPR's "Morning Edition" focuses on how the economic downturn and negative perceptions about business aviation have hurt jobs and businesses in the industry. "We've already lost about 12,000 jobs over the past six months," says Paul Feldman with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. 

Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine
Business Aviation Taps Twitter
Apr 14, 2009

By Benet Wilson
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."
Business Aviation-Myths and Realities
Apr 14, 2009

Aircrew Buzz delivered by Newstex
This 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.

Aircrew Buzz Blog
Business Aviation - Myth and Realities
Apr 14, 2009
This 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.

NBAA Update
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. Business Times
Money, image move companies away from corporate jet use
Apr 12, 2009
Negative 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, 2009

By Stewart Lapayowker
In 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.

The [UK] Guardian
Corporate jet taboo forces Bombardier to shed 3,000 jobs
Apr 02, 2009

By Julia Kollewe
More 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.
Why CEOs Shouldn't Ditch Their Private Jets
Apr 01, 2009
Often 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, 2009

By Paul Lowe
Aviation 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

National Public Radio
Morning Edition: Bend's High-Flying Economy Takes A Nose Dive
Mar 30, 2009

By Howard Berkes
General 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. 

The Columbus Dispatch
Area's private-jet industry buffeted by recession, public backlash
Mar 29, 2009

By Marla Matzer Rose
Thousands of rank-and-file workers in Ohio would like to remind you: Private jets generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in the state.

JetBlue Ad
Mar 25, 2009
NBAA 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, 2009

By Joe Sharkey
The 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.

The Bergen Record
Double Trouble for Private Jets
Mar 24, 2009
Negative 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.

Business Aviation Industry Hits Turbulence
Mar 20, 2009
Business 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, 2009
GAMA 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, 2009

By Mary Carr Mayle
GAMA 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."

Not Every Corporate Trip is a Boondoggle
Mar 11, 2009

By Allan Sloan
Veteran business journalist Allan Sloan points out that "not every trip is a boondoggle, and not all private-plane flights are wasteful self-indulgence."

Kansas City Star
Corporate jet timeshares is a growing business across the Midwest
Mar 10, 2009

By Randolph Heaster
The 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."
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, 2009

By Allyson Bird
Despite 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."

Delaware News Journal
Image puts drag on corporate aviation
Mar 08, 2009

By Aaron Nathans
Although 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.

Business Courier of Cincinnati
GE Aviation sets sights on new segment
Mar 06, 2009

by Jon Newberry
As 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. 

Flying E-Newsletter (
GA Claws Back at Image of 'Flying Fat Cats'
Mar 05, 2009

J. "Mac" McClellan
Veteran 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.

USA Today
Economy, 'fat cat' label hit corporate jet makers hard
Mar 03, 2009

By Dan Reed
[...]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.

USA Today
'Air Capital' Wichita Bruised by Aviation Industry Woes
Mar 03, 2009

By Dan Reed
Nowhere 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 World." 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 manufacturing companies.

Charlotte Observer
Cut in business jet use pinches airport
Mar 02, 2009

By Rick Rothacker
Amid 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.

Economy Brings Plane Manufacturing Down To Earth
Mar 02, 2009

By Frank Morris
Nothing 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.
Kid on a Shuttle
Mar 01, 2009

By Paul Brou

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Corporate Jets Not Bad Business
Feb 26, 2009

By Bonnie Pfister
Mike 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 West Mifflin.

PR Week
Business travel industry touts its economic value
Feb 23, 2009

By Jaimy Lee
In 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.

Orlando Business Journal
Aviation firms fighting mad over corporate aircraft criticism
Feb 23, 2009

by Chris Kauffmann
"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 corporate 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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