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NBAA: User Fees, Aircraft Depreciation Changes Off the Table, But Continued Vigilance Needed

Member Mobilization Key to Outcome for Industry in Debt-Ceiling Debate

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

Washington, DC, August 2, 2011 – As Congress and the White House today finalized a package to raise the nation's debt ceiling, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen said industry mobilization was important for keeping the bill free of proposals targeting industry – and that sustained vigilance would be needed as debt-ceiling developments continue to unfold.

"As everyone knows, the recent negotiations over the debt ceiling have included rhetoric and policy proposals that have alarmed the business aviation community," Bolen said. "Remarks denigrating companies that rely on business aviation have been used to revive proposals for onerous user fees and impromptu changes to aircraft tax policy."

Bolen noted that, as with previous policy battles confronting business aviation, it has been critical in recent weeks for people in the industry to tell their elected officials, as NBAA has been doing, that the nation's deficit is a concern to everyone, but the debate over how to address it should not be dominated by finger-pointing and punitive policies aimed at an essential American industry.

Throughout the debt-ceiling debate, NBAA Members have used the Association's online Contact Congress resource and Legislative Action Hotline to tell lawmakers to oppose onerous proposals for business aviation, and promote policies that foster the industry's ability to create jobs, help companies of all sizes succeed, provide a transportation lifeline to communities with little or no airline service and support humanitarian efforts.

"It is clear that policymakers heard the clear and unified message from the Association and its members as the negotiations progressed," Bolen said. "We thank the business aviation community for answering our calls to action – their activism has been critical to shaping a positive outcome for the industry."

While applauding NBAA Members' readiness to advocate for the industry's interests in the debt-ceiling debate, Bolen emphasized that the situation is far from resolved.

"The debt-ceiling legislation approved by the White House and Congress requires policymakers, before the year's end, to offer measures for reducing the amount government spends, or increasing the revenues it takes in," Bolen said. "That means our industry could once again be targeted for new tax or user fee proposals. In short, we've lived to fight another day, but more battles are likely ahead, and it will be as important as ever for the business aviation community to ensure that its voice is heard. We have been able to count on NBAA Members to do that in the past, and I'm certain that will be the case going forward."

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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.

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