No Plane No Gain Message Resonated Throughout Industry in 2013
Dec 20, 2013

As it approaches its five-year anniversary, the message of the “No Plane No Gain” (NPNG) advocacy campaign remains as fresh, relevant and necessary as ever, as seen throughout 2013 by the program’s two sponsors – NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) – and the industry served by both organizations.

For example, NBAA and GAMA continued their tradition of rolling out new advertisements, advocacy tools and other resources for the industry. At the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in October, the organizations unveiled the “Top Ten” program, which offers testimonials about the value of business aviation from 10 highly respected CEOs representing a diverse sampling of dynamic companies and organizations. Learn more about the No Plane No Gain “Top Ten” initiative.

GAMA also joined NBAA in unveiling a new study demonstrating that business aircraft are utilized by 98 percent of Fortune magazine's top 50 “World's Most Admired Companies” and 88 percent of the publication's “Global 500” listing of top companies worldwide based on revenue. The study - the fifth conducted by NEXA Advisors on behalf of No Plane No Gain - showed that business aviation is a vital asset for companies of all sizes, all around the world. Learn more about the 2013 NEXA study underscoring business aviation’s value. 

Companies in the industry also continued to launch their own initiatives to echo the campaign’s message. For example, the 1,700 employees of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. are sporting No Plane No Gain campaign lapel pins to demonstrate their support for business aviation, and to prompt discussions about the value of the industry with aviation representatives and government officials around the world with whom the company works. Read more about Universal’s work to spread the No Plane No Gain message in 2013.

The message of No Plane No Gain also continued to resonate with the policymakers in Washington, DC and around the country in 2013. Membership in the House general aviation (GA) Caucus reached an unprecedented 236 members, demonstrating support for the industry by a majority of congressional representatives on Capitol Hill, while Senate GA Caucus membership swelled to more than 40. Outside of the nation’s capital, recognition for the industry was also visible, as governors and other regional officials issued proclamations recognizing the industry’s value to their states, cities and communities. Some of these leaders reaffirmed in 2013 the value of business aviation by making formal proclamations for the second or third time during their tenure.

Throughout the year, GAMA also continued its tradition of hosting general aviation (GA) jobs rallies in states such as Wisconsin and New Mexico, which attracted governors, U.S. senators, U.S. representatives and other local leaders.

Looking to 2014, NBAA and GAMA will continue this multi-pronged effort to engage local, state and national officials, and media organizations about the industry’s benefits, and the two associations are confident that the people and companies in business aviation will continue to do so as well. 

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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