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NBAA Urges Congress to Continue Effort to Pass FAA Reauthorization Bill

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC, May 6, 2008 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commended Congress for its work to date to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernize the nation's aviation system, and urged the Senate to continue its work for passage of FAA "reauthorization" (funding) legislation.

For the past week, the Senate has been considering a reauthorization measure, which includes an additional $290 million each year for continued transformation toward a satellite-based aviation system, also known as "NextGen." However, consideration of the measure was suspended after a procedural vote unrelated to FAA reauthorization and funding.

"NBAA commends the efforts made by Senators Inouye (D-HI), Stevens (R-AK), Baucus (D-MT), Grassley (R-IA), Rockefeller (D-WV), Hutchison (R-TX) and Roberts (R-KS), among others, to reach an agreement on the FAA financing portion of the bill," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "In terms of FAA funding, they have reached a workable, reasonable compromise that builds on the proven and effective general aviation fuel tax.

"Given the importance of air transportation to our nation's economy and citizens' quality of life, we hope the Senate will recommit itself to passing an FAA reauthorization bill this year."

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (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.

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