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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.

USA Today
Two new companies let you hop a private jet for less
Sep 22, 2009

By Charisse Jones, USA TODAY
Most companies using business airplanes "are small and midsize firms that are flying midlevel managers because it's the most efficient way to conduct business," NBAA's Ed Bolen says. 

[Lafayette, IN] Journal and Courier
Smaller airports defend fed funding
Sep 21, 2009

"Supporters of...smaller airports [say] they offer many benefits to their communities - from making travel easier for business leaders to crop-dusting, air ambulance flights, law enforcement activities and pilot training," this story reports.

The Wichita Eagle
General aviation counters media
Sep 19, 2009

"The airlines took a gratuitous swipe at general aviation," NBAA's Ed Bolen tells the Wichita Eagle about recent news coverage that negatively portrayed small airports and business aviation. 

The Kansas City Star
Wheeler Downtown Airport hopes to take off again
Sep 19, 2009

BYLINE: ERIC ADLER, The Kansas City Star
Business aviation is essential in a number of ways, but "Until very recently the turbulent economy had all but grounded the business jet and general aviation industry - use, sales, flights, everything," this article notes. "It walloped the industry," says NBAA's Ed Bolen.

The Las Vegas Sun
County hopes business travel will soar at Henderson airport
Sep 18, 2009

By Richard N. Velotta, In Business reporter
County hopes business travel will soar at Henderson airport September 18, 2009 As this story reports: "No plane, no gain. That is the message on how important general aviation is to the local economy delivered last week at the Henderson Executive Airport."

NPNG Press Release
No Plane No Gain Responds to Negative Small-Airport News Coverage
Sep 18, 2009
No Plane No Gain Responds to Negative Small-Airport News Coverage In light of news coverage maligning small airports and general aviation, NBAA and GAMA issued a statement noting that "because the coverage said nothing about the many ways business aviation provides value, readers and viewers were unfortunately left with a distorted view of the industry."

The Wichita Eagle
IAMAW President Buffenbarger to Invite President Obama to visit Wichita
Sep 15, 2009

By Molly McMillin
The No Plane No Gain campaign's message about the value of the 1.2 million jobs generated by business aviation was echoed by machinists union president Tom Buffenbarger, who this week invited President Obama to visit Wichita "to see to see the importance of the business jet industry."

Aero News Network
Citation Jet Owner Pilots Association Holds First Annual Meeting In Aspen
Sep 09, 2009
NBAA's Ed Bolen recently detailed the importance of business aviation to the economy and prosperity of the country a the inaugural meeting of the Citation Jet Pilots association. 

The Halogen Report
Corporate Jets: The Good And Bad By The Numbers
Sep 09, 2009

By Christopher Roy Correa
As this story reports "The 'No Plane No Gain' campaign, in association with the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association...addresses the benefits of private planes."

Chicago Daily Herald
Do corporate jets actually put money into the local economy?
Sep 08, 2009
This story outlines how the No Plane No Gain campaign is working to combat misperceptions of business aviation by highlighting the industry's economic impact on places like the Chicago region.

Associated Press/Kansas City Star
Aviation Industry Suppliers Struggle along with Makers of Planes
Sep 07, 2009
Business aviation supports 1.2 million jobs, but a turbulent economy and misperceptions about the industry have taken a toll, as this story points out. In Wichita "Companies that supply aviation manufacturers have cut at least 1,000 jobs in the area since October as companies cancel or defer orders for planes."

Dayton Daily News
Aviation Maintenance Companies Feel a Pinch
Sep 05, 2009

By John Nolan, Staff Writer
Business aviation provides more than a million jobs, but the tough economy is adversely impacting those jobs. In Dayton, aviation maintenance companies have seen work slip by as much as 35 percent. 

The [Colorado Springs, CO] Gazette
Private Firms Balk at Paying Takeoff Fee
Sep 04, 2009

By Wayne Heilman;
As this article reports, NBAA's Ed Bolen tells a Colorado forum: "The business aviation industry provides more than 1.2 million jobs and provides business travelers access to more than 100 small towns that have lost most or all of their airline service."

Aero News Network
Fractional Jet Ownership Evolves
Sep 01, 2009
The challenging economy and misperceptions about business aviation are impacting trends in "fractional" use of business jets. 

FLYING Magazine E-Newsletter
Hawker Beechcraft Reveals More Cost-Cutting Measures
Aug 27, 2009
Hawker Beechcraft, another business airplane manufacturer that generates thousands of jobs, is making adjustments to the down market, which has been very challenging to the industry. 

Aviation Week
Cessna Readies For Piston-Production Cuts
Aug 24, 2009

By Benet Wilson
Business aviation manufacture - which contributes to a positive trade balance for the U.S. - continues to be challenged by the tough economy. One manufacturer has announced plans for another round of production cuts at plants focused on single-engine piston airplane production in Kansas and Georgia.

Aviation Week
Pilatus Cuts Hours, PC-12 Production Rate
Aug 21, 2009

By Robert Wall/Paris
Business aviation has been hit hard by the sluggish economy, which generates 1.2 million U.S. jobs. To avoid layoffs, one manufacturer has decided to cut work hours.

The Watsonville [CA] Register-Pajaronian
Watsonville Airport is a Wonderful Asset for the City
Aug 18, 2009

Watsonville Airport is a wonderful asset for the city Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2009 Business aviation provides a lifeline for communities without airline service. As a Watsonville, CA city official's opinion column notes:"Local businesses can use the Watsonville Airport to travel, at relatively low cost, to places like Visalia, Bakersfield or to any of the other 13,000 airports around the country not served by commercial air carriers."

The Des Moines Register
Aviation's impact seen across Iowa economy
Aug 16, 2009

"The efficiency of hundreds of Iowa businesses is improved and their productivity is increased through use of aviation," according to a study cited in this article.

Associated Press
Ark. senators defend company use of private planes
Aug 12, 2009
At a recent event, Arkansas' Senators and governor highlighted the importance of business aviation manufacture to the state's economy. More than 3,500 people work in Arkansas' aviation industry, which was responsible for $1.4 billion in exports in 2008.

Savannah Morning News
Gulfstream's jets are work horses
Aug 11, 2009
"The recent decision by the House Appropriations Committee to buy the Gulfstream G550s business jets to ferry top government officials and members of Congress is a sound one," this newspaper's editorial states.

Aviation International News
J.P. Morgan: Bizjet Market Stabilized, but Stagnant
Aug 06, 2009

Chad Trautvetter
J.P. Morgan: Bizjet Market Stabilized, but Stagnant August 6, 2009 A harsh economic environment continues to take a toll on business aviation manufacturing and operations - both major sources of employment.

The Associated Press
Report: Airplane shipments down nearly 46 percent
Aug 04, 2009
The sluggish economy continues to take a toll on business aviation, and the many jobs it supports. "GAMA president Pete Bunce said layoffs continue and the industry has been forced to slow or halt production lines," this story reports.

Wichita Aviation Industry Still Turbulent
Aug 03, 2009

Reporter: Chris Frank
Economic challenges and misperceptions continue to take a toll on business aviation, which traditionally generates 1.2 million jobs. An analyst quoted in this story predicts: "It could be a negative order year for business jets in 2009." 

The Arizona Republic
Panel backs plan that may bring more jets to Scottsdale
Aug 03, 2009
Recognizing the economic benefits that come with business aviation, a Scottsdale Airport Commissioner says: "I don't know how you grow a city and a community without growing the infrastructure."

The [Appleton, WI] Post-Crescent
Greenville stands up for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. jobs
Jul 29, 2009

By Ed Lowe, Post-Crescent staff writer
The Town Chairman in Greenville, WI recognizes the value of the 700 local jobs supported by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a manufacturer of airplanes used by businesses. Nationally, the industry supports "1.2 million highly skilled, high-paying American jobs," a company spokesman says.

Associated Press
Planes aren't flying
Jul 24, 2009

With the economy battering business aviation, business jet traffic has slowed at the McComb-Pike County Airport in Brookhaven, MS. The airport director reports: "The last couple of months, traffic for us and everybody else has been really low," he said. "Business jet traffic is really falling off

[The Ft. Smith, AR] Southwest Times Record
Aviation Copes With Recession
Jul 19, 2009
A sluggish economy and misperceptions about business aviation have led to a decrease in the purchase and use of business airplanes. "Companies that have kept their planes also are flying them less and refueling them less as a consequence," this story reports.

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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