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Conventions Are an Opportunity to Highlight Industry’s Importance

August 27, 2012

NBAA continually looks for opportunities to highlight the value of general aviation to policymakers and opinion leaders, and that mission will continue as elected officials from across the country gather this month for the major political parties’ conventions.

Representatives from NBAA will join their counterparts at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association at both conventions, starting with the Republican National Convention that kicks off today in Tampa, FL. The Democratic National Convention follows one week later, beginning Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

Staffers from both organizations will speak with convention attendees about the many economic benefits that general aviation provides, including support of a robust manufacturing base and a significant source of well-paying jobs. In particular, NBAA representatives will be on-hand to provide information about the productivity advantages that business aviation provides to companies of all sizes, as well as the economic lifeline it offers to thousands of smaller communities across the country that have little or no airline service.

“The conventions provide a moment to connect with policy leaders – many of whom are involved in decisions that directly impact the industry – and share the positive stories about the value of general aviation in their communities,” said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs. “It’s important that general aviation be represented at both conventions, since support for GA doesn’t divide along partisan lines, and NBAA has always worked with leaders in both parties to promote policies that advance the industry’s interests.”

The presence of the two associations at each convention will be augmented by advertisements thanking the 240 congressional lawmakers, 40 governors and hundreds of state representatives who have demonstrated their support for general aviation across the country. Throughout both conventions, the ads will run in The Hill, a publication closely read by those working in the Washington, DC policy arena.

Review the ad by NBAA and AOPA. (PDF 8.98 MB)

Promotion of the industry’s value takes place throughout the year, through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign co-sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and is designed to educate lawmakers and opinion leaders about the importance of business aviation citizens, companies and communities.