|NPNG Press Release|
NBAA, GAMA: New Survey Provides Accurate, Clear Picture Of Business Aviation
Oct 15, 2009
Findings May Surprise Industry Critics
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2009
Contacts: Katie Pribyl, GAMA (202) 393-1500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, email@example.com
Survey available online: http://bit.ly/3GbFpJ
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 survey, conducted for GAMA and
NBAA by Harris Interactive, depicts an industry in which the typical company is
a small or mid-sized business flying a single aircraft that is used by a broad
mix of employees to make business trips utilizing community airports, often with
little or no airline service.
findings stand in stark contrast to recent mischaracterizations of business aviation
operators,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “The reality is, companies
of all sizes rely on many different types of aircraft to be more competitive,
productive, efficient and successful.”
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen
agreed, adding: “Although the manufacture and use of business aircraft
contributes significantly to the national economy, the industry is often not
well understood. This important study will help people see the real face of
business aviation and underscore its importance to citizens, companies and
communities across the U.S.”
survey, based on actual interviews conducted with pilots and passengers
involved in business aircraft flights, finds:
- Small companies operate the majority of business aircraft. Most companies (59%) operating business aircraft have fewer than 500 employees, and seven in ten have less than 1,000 employees.
- Companies using business aviation typically operate only a single aircraft. The majority (75%) of companies operate only one turbine-powered aircraft.
- Managers and other mid-level employees are the typical passengers on business aircraft. Only 22% of passengers on business aircraft are top management (i.e., a company’s Chairman, Board Member, CEO or CFO); the majority are other managers (50%) and or technical, sales or service staff (20%).
- Employees use their time onboard company aircraft more effectively and productively than when they are on airline flights. Some passengers even estimate that they are more productive on the company aircraft than they are in the office because of fewer distractions.
- A large majority of flights (80%) are made into secondary airports or airports with infrequent or no scheduled airline service.
survey was conducted online and by mail within the United States by Harris Interactive
on behalf of GAMA and NBAA between June 1-October 6, 2009 among 350 Pilots,
Flight Department Mangers, and Directors of Aviation of business aircraft and
289 passengers of business aircraft. No estimates of theoretical sampling error
can be calculated; a full methodology is available.
NBAA and GAMA commissioned the
survey in an ongoing effort to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the
value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. The two
associations’ combined advocacy work takes place through a jointly sponsored campaign,
entitled “No Plane No Gain.” To learn more, visit: www.noplanenogain.org.
To review a full copy of the Harris Interactive survey, visit: http://bit.ly/3GbFpJ
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association represents
67 of the world’s leading manufacturers of fixed-wing general aviation
airplanes, engines, avionics, and components. In addition to building nearly
all of the general aviation airplanes flying today, GAMA member companies also
operate aircraft fleets, airport fixed-based operations, pilot training, and
maintenance facilities worldwide. To learn more, visit: www.gama.aero.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC,
the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization
for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their
businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association
represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and
services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting
& Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more
about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.