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Attendance, Enthusiasm High at NBAA’s Teterboro Regional Forum

June 11, 2012

Business aviation plays a vital role in driving job creation and economic growth in New Jersey, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told a record-setting crowd at NBAA’s Regional Forum held June 7 at Teterboro Airport (TEB).

Addressing a packed session at the First Aviation facility at TEB, Bolen highlighted the significance of the upcoming election and urged NBAA Members to know where their candidates stand on business aviation issues and take action on Election Day. Bolen stressed the importance of supporting elected officials who view business aviation as a positive that should be promoted, and understand that new taxes on the industry will directly curtail its growth.

“The people who will decide the cases, who will determine the regulations and laws that will affect our industry are in the jury box – they’re our elected officials,” said Bolen, who asked those in attendance to visit NBAA’s website to learn more about the positions held by their state and local candidates on business aviation issues. “Your vote matters,” he said.

The event at Teterboro shattered the record as the best-attended Regional Forum with 2,486 Attendees, more than 150 Exhibitors and 35 aircraft on static display.

Participants from all corners of the business aviation industry were on hand to hear discussions on important industry-related topics, network and see the latest equipment and services for business aircraft owners and operators. Information sessions led by industry experts covered on a variety of topics, including traffic flow management, best practices for transitioning to digital charting and aircraft transactions in an evolving market.

Local officials were also on hand to recognize the industry’s value.

Susan Baer, director of aviation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, discussed the positive economic impact of business aviation, highlighting that each business jet equates to $1 million in economic activity and five new jobs in the region. Baer emphasized the central role of Teterboro Airport within the industry, calling the airfield a model for general aviation airports that will continue to improve and “do what it does best.”

Jim Simpson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, stressed the value of strategic investments by state and local government to support business aviation. He also noted the direct role that business aviation growth plays in growing jobs and economic activity. “We’re at a point in our state where corporations and aviation really matter,” Simpson said.