Business Aviation is Essential to Local Economies and the National Interest

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Business aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth, jobs and investment across the U.S.

Business aviation means more than 1.2 million manufacturing ans service jobs in the United States. It is part of a general aviation industry that contribuites more than $150 billion to our economy each year and contributes positively to our nation's balance of trade.

Rep. Graves, GA Caucus Respond to Negative Small-Airport Coverage

September 28, 2009
As people in the business aviation community know, the recent stories mischaracterizing small airports and general aviation in USA Today and on NBC's Today show prompted a flood of response from the industry. Now, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO-6) has added his voice to the concerns raised about the news coverage, with a "Dear Colleague" letter to his House colleagues pointing out that the public-use airports increase aviation system capacity, enhance security and provide other valuable benefits. NBAA and other general aviation groups have written to members of the GA Caucus to request their support in signing Rep. Graves' Dear Colleague letter, and 13 members of Congress have added their signatures to the congressman's letter.

Review Rep. Graves' letter (394KB, PDF)

Review the general aviation groups' letter (91KB, PDF)

NBAA Applauds House Resolution Saluting General Aviation

July 28, 2009
NBAA welcomed the passage of a resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes the value of general aviation to the nation’s economic and transportation systems. H.Res. 508, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-1-NE), specifically points to the job creation, economic activity, humanitarian support and business productivity generated by the industry.

Review H.Res. 508 (153KB, PDF)

Review the NBAA press release.

When Recession Hits, Importance of General Aviation to America Becomes Even More Visible

March 30, 2009
The U.S. aviation system is critical to the success, strength and growth of the economy. The system is made up of three segments - Scheduled operations, including passenger airlines; Military, and General Aviation. The people and businesses in general aviation are subject to the sluggish economy just like everyone else. And all the information available confirms that when a recession hits general aviation, the impact is felt all across America’s economy. Read More.

Business Aviation Makes Sense

January 28, 2009
As a drumbeat of negative news coverage continued last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent an opinion piece to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to remind the news organizations that a company's use of its aircraft is a responsible way to manage a business, especially in this challenging economic environment.

NBAA Resource Helps Members Advocate for Business Aviation

January 26, 2009
With a new administration and a new Congress taking office, NBAA encourages Members to build relationships with their representatives on Capitol Hill to promote their interests as owners and operators of business aircraft. To support Members reaching out to their representatives, NBAA has developed a resource describing the importance of business aviation to the nation's economy and transportation system. The document, titled "Business Aviation: National Asset, Vital Issues," provides detailed information on how business aviation creates jobs and investments while contributing to the safest and most efficient aviation system in the world. Members can use it to help legislators understand that business aviation provides growth opportunities for many of the small towns and rural areas they represent. Download the resource in PDF format at:

NBAA Responding to Recent News Coverage of Business Aviation

In light of recent publicity surrounding Congressional hearings about certain companies’ use of business aviation, NBAA has fielded inquiries from news organizations about what business aviation is and how it is used in the U.S. To clear up any misperceptions, NBAA has provided the questions most often asked of the Association, with responses that lay out the facts to explain how business aviation helps companies of all sizes remain nimble, competitive and successful, especially in a difficult economic climate. Learn more.

Business Aviation: A Vital Part of America’s Economy and Transportation System

A Vital Part of America’s Economy and Transportation System Contributing significantly to the national economy, state and local economies, business aviation is often an economic lifeline for areas with limited options for business transportation. Business aviation also provides vital air transportation in times of public need, including fire and rescue and medical evacuation services, and represents an essential transportation link for communities without scheduled airline service.

The Real World of Business Aviation

Business aviation is a diverse composite of entrepreneurs and organizations – nonprofits and companies of all sizes – located in all parts of the United States, often in small towns and rural areas.

Business Aviation Airports: A Contrast to the Commercial Airline Hubs

Most operators of business aircraft do not use the busiest commercial airports, preferring instead to fly in and out of “reliever” airports, which often are not served by commercial airlines. The ability to use these smaller, less-congested facilities is key to the value and flexibility of business aviation aircraft.