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Washington, DC, March 4, 2009 – National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today commended Senator Sam
Brownback (R-KS) for taking to the floor of the Senate to remind his colleagues
of the value of business aviation for citizens, communities and companies
across the U.S.
“The people of the business aviation community applaud Senator Brownback for
explaining what business aviation is all about, and correcting some of the
misstatements and mischaracterizations about business aviation that have
recently been made,” Bolen said.
In his remarks, Brownback told his colleagues: “Some federal officials have
recently been making the use of business aviation a matter of derision. Well,
there is a lot of good that this business – a U.S.-dominated business – does,
and we ought to support it, not hurt it.”
To illustrate his point, Brownback noted the following, among other facts:
- Business aviation employs
more than one million people in manufacturing and support services.
- Many companies rely on an
airplane to conduct business across a number of different locations, which
are often located in areas without robust airline service.
- Of the nation’s 5,000
public-use airports, only 500 are served by the commercial airlines,
making business aviation the only option for accessing most airports.
- Eighty-six percent of people
aboard business aircraft are not a company’s senior officials, but are
mid-level employees, including salespeople, engineers or other technical
“Whether it’s a piston or a jet, it [a business aircraft] is often what ends
up connecting a lot of people on a rapid basis throughout the country,”
Brownback said. “Without the use of business aircraft, you’re going to have a
lot more inefficiencies in companies; you’re going to have a lot more
difficulty getting people from point A to point B.”
Bolen agreed, adding: “Business aviation is an essential tool for many
companies to be productive and efficient, which is especially critical in this
economic climate. But as the senator also pointed out, business aviation means
jobs for more than a million people. It provides a critical lifeline for
communities across the country, many of which have lost some or all of their
airline service in the past year. And, it supports humanitarian initiatives,
including medical transport for people in need and delivery of relief and
supplies for victims of natural disasters. We thank Senator Brownback for
recognizing these facts in highlighting the essential role of business aviation
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently
launched No Plane No Gain, an initiative to educate the public about the many
benefits of business aviation. More information detailing how
business aviation works for America
can be found at www.NoPlaneNoGain.org.
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