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NBAA represents business aviation before policymakers at the state, federal and local level, bringing the Association's professional staff into daily contact with Members of Congress, as well as officials at the White House, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Transportation, the IRS, Customs and Border Protection and other federal and local government representatives. The archive below catalogues some of the letters the Association has sent to government officials to communicate the industry's priorities.
In addition, some letters sent by elected officials and regulatory authorities have been added to this archive.
March 17, 2015
Seven aviation associations, including NBAA, sent a letter last week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, seeking her support for $7 million in funding for the FAA’s NextGen – Alternative Fuels for General Aviation (GA) program. “The support of your subcommittee to this effort in previous years has been used to further the research necessary to launch and conduct the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), a robust program of testing and evaluations to identify suitable fuel replacements.” NBAA recently joined several aviation associations in sending a similar letter to House lawmakers. Read the full Senate letter.
March 12, 2015
NBAA said the Association would oppose new restrictions on operations at East Hampton (NY) Airport (HTO), if the flight limitations proposed by town officials are adopted. NBAA and other aviation associations expressed concern as part of a March 12 public hearing, held by East Hampton officials, to consider the proposed plans, which would significantly impact flights at HTO. Jeff Gilley, NBAA director, airports and ground infrastructure, testified at the hearing on behalf of NBAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Air Transportation Association. “East Hampton Airport is an essential part of our nation’s federally governed aviation system, and an important economic asset on New York’s Long Island,” noted NBAA Chief Operating Officer Brown in written testimony. “NBAA will continue its efforts to ensure fair and reasonable access to the airport.”
March 10, 2015
Seven aviation associations, including NBAA, sent a letter last week to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-FL), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations, seeking his support for the FAA’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $6 million for NextGen – Alternative Fuels for General Aviation (GA). “The purpose of this endeavor is to address the complex transition of the existing GA piston fleet, comprised of more than 200,000 aircraft, to an unleaded fuel,” the letter states. “ Investment in this program this year and continuing through FY 2018 is essential to ensuring that the transition effectively balances environmental improvement with aviation safety, technical challenges, and economic impact.” Read the full letter.
Nov. 20, 2014
With the 2014 midterm elections over, Congress is likely to address only a few priorities before the new year. In a joint letter last week, NBAA and more than 500 other industry groups urged Congress to make extending several expired or expiring tax provisions – including accelerated depreciation – a top priority. Accelerated or "bonus" depreciation has been passed many times by Congress, and allows businesses to immediately deduct 50 percent of the cost of an investment. Businesses are not entitled to more depreciation; they simply are allowed to recover investment costs more quickly. Accelerated depreciation expired at the end of 2013, but over the last year NBAA and a broad coalition of industry groups have supported efforts in Congress to renew it retroactively as one of 57 tax "extenders." Read more on the latest push for extending tax provisions.
Nov. 14, 2014
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dated Nov. 12, 2014, NBAA and several other aviation industry groups reiterated their strong support for S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, and S.1804, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. "Both bills were developed with significant input from our industries and represent important progress toward streamlining the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acquisition process and improving decision-making by including industry stakeholders on issues affecting aviation security," the letter states. Learn more.
NBAA Commends House Committee Action to Make Accelerated Depreciation Permanent
June 2, 2014
NBAA welcomes the House Ways and Means Committee's recommendation to make accelerated, or "bonus" depreciation, permanent. The committee approved a bill on May 29 to indefinitely extend the tax incentive for many kinds of machines and equipment purchased by businesses, including general aviation aircraft. NBAA and more than 60 other associations had signed and sent a letter to the members of the committee earlier the same day, urging the committee to make accelerated depreciation permanent. For more information, contact NBAA's Scott O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 6, 2014
NBAA joined a coalition of aviation groups this week in calling for swift passage of U.S. Senate legislation aimed at bringing transparency to any decision by the FAA to implement mandatory testing of pilots and air traffic controllers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate.
Feb. 28, 2014
Four key congressmen have come together again ask President Obama to refrain from seeking new fees on commercial and general aviation operators. "We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our strong opposition to any plan to impose a $100 per-flight fee on commercial and general aviation operators," Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ), chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, Rick Larsen (D-2-WA), the ranking member of the subcommittee and Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and John Barrow (D-12-GA), the co-chairmen of the House General Aviation Caucus, said in a Feb. 27 letter to the Obama administration. NBAA applauded lawmakers for their continued efforts on behalf of the industry. Read more of the legislators' letter.
Feb. 7, 2014
NBAA joined other aviation Associations last week in thanking U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx for his efforts at the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization in helping reach a historic global emissions agreement. That agreement reinforced that technology, operations and infrastructure measures, which reduce emissions and benefit the flying public and the U.S. economy, are to remain the primary focus of our efforts. The agreement also confirmed that a globally-agreed, market-based measure could serve as a “gap-filler” should the global industry not be able to achieve carbon neutral growth from 2020. The groups also urged Foxx to “use your good offices and the specific negotiating authority identified in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2012 (ETS Prohibition Act) to press your European counterparts to continue the stay on the extraterritorial application of the ETS and to stay pending deadlines while the legislation needed to extend the ‘stop the clock’ is being considered.”
Dec. 4, 2013
NBAA thanked a key U.S. House of Representatives panel for approving legislation that would compel the FAA to follow established rulemaking processes before implementing a new requirement that some pilots be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) prior to receiving a medical certificate. The legislation, H.R. 3578, was introduced on Nov. 21 by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ), chairman of the Transportation Committee's Aviation Subcommittee. The bill responds to a new policy, first reported in a November 2013 FAA newsletter, that the agency would soon begin subjecting pilots with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater to OSA screening. Review NBAA's letter to Rep. LoBiondo.
NBAA Sends Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown
Oct. 4, 2013
NBAA sent a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA) industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.
Oct. 4, 2013
As a result of the FAA shutdown, dozens of training center evaluators’ qualifications have expired and, this month, several hundred additional TCE’s qualifications will expire, making it impossible for training centers to schedule or conduct critical activities. Initial and recurrent qualifications for full flight simulators already have been cancelled and more will be as the shutdown continues. The lack of simulation resources will further impact the flight training industry’s ability to train pilots. NBAA, along with other aviation industry associations, has requested that the FAA allow qualified examiners, instructors and simulators that were current and qualified on September 30, 2013, to retain their qualification status beyond the existing FAA approval expiration for at least a 60-day period following the end of the shutdown period.
May 1, 2013
NBAA is a fighting a decision last week by the Santa Monica City Council to institute a 250 percent increase in landing fees at the city’s general aviation airport, Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In public comments, NBAA argued the increase is unreasonable and unlawful, and is considering legal measures to halt the proposal, scheduled to become effective on Aug. 1. NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown urged against the increase at the meeting, alongside dozens of members of the local aviation community, including pilots, flight instructors and FBO representatives. Learn more about the proposed fee increase at SMO.
Apr. 8, 2013
NBAA today applauded the 223 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – a majority of Congress – who recently delivered a resounding, bipartisan message to President Obama in opposition to his repeated calls for aviation user fees. A staple of the administration's past two budget proposals, a $100 per-flight fee on general aviation aircraft is considered likely to again be part of its fiscal year 2014 budget, to be unveiled later this week. In an April 5 letter to the president, House lawmakers termed imposition of aviation user fees "the wrong approach" for reducing the deficit, and called on the president to "abandon this idea once and for all." Read the lawmakers' letter to the president.
March 18, 2013
Aviation user fees included in White House budgets have been rejected by Congress in the past, and that will be the case again, if they are included in the annual federal budget plan offered by the Obama administration this year. That is the essence of a letter to President Barack Obama now being circulated among lawmakers in the House of Representatives. "Aviation user fees have been proposed in your last two budgets and Congress rejected them," wrote leading members of the House Aviation Subcommittee and the House GA Caucus. "Aviation user fees have been proposed by different administrations, both Republican and Democrat and again, Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected them." Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast and read more about the lawmakers' letter requesting the rejection of user fees
March 13, 2013
As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalizes a plan for closing nearly 170 air traffic control towers and other facilities, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote the FAA to outline the business aviation community’s significant concerns with the plan, and offer proposals for mitigating the situation. In his letter, sent to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle, Bolen noted that NBAA Members are strongly supportive of the tower facilities, and that the industry wants to work with the agency to keep the largest number possible in operation. Learn more and read the letter.
January 24, 2013
Pat Lambrix, president and owner of Cleveland, OH-based Soluna Air Charter, took part Jan. 23 in a panel discussion on careers in aviation at The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies, and used the occasion to introduce students to NBAA. She shared issues of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA’s bimonthly magazine, as well as copies of NBAA’s No Plane No Gain pocket guide. Lambrix requested the publications from the Association after realizing that her participation in the panel discussion at OSU would reach many college students who already had at least some interest in aviation. “In the last 20 years, I’ve worked with several Part 91 and Part 135 operations, including fractional jet sales. Now that I own my own charter broker business, I can arrange my time better to help educate those considering a career in our industry,” she said. Read more about Lambrix.
January 30, 2013
Protests against Obama Administration-proposed user fees for general aviation (GA) continue to surface, as another dozen mayors and city managers have added their names to a petition objecting to the fees. The user fee, included in the president's federal spending proposals, would add $100 for each GA flight. The latest signatures, from officials in Virginia, bring to 126 the number of city and town mayors and managers across the country objecting to the proposed new fee. To date, local officials from 48 of the 50 U.S. states have signed the petition. In addition to protesting the proposed user fees, the local leaders also object to the president's description of GA business flights. Read more about the petition.
January 28, 2013
NBAA submitted comments on Jan. 22 raising questions about a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed-policy to allow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversight of aircraft cabin workplace safety issues. The proposed policy, required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, could potentially establish OSHA oversight of certain occupational safety and health requirements such as recordkeeping, blood borne pathogens, noise, sanitation, hazard communication, anti-discrimination and access to employee exposure/medical records for employees on aircraft in operation, other than flight deck crew. Read more about the FAA's proposal.
January 21, 2013
Addison, TX Mayor Todd Meier knows a good value when he sees it. Approximately one-quarter of his town is comprised of Addison Airport (ADS), a leading general aviation airport in the region, a major employer and revenue generator for the municipality. Noting that a proposed $100-per-flight user fee would significantly increase operational costs of general aviation across the board, Meier recently wrote a letter to President Obama to let him know such an increase does not fly in Addison. “At this point, it appears that [aviation] user fees are being discussed [by the Obama Administration],” Meier said. “The point of the letter is to point out some of the unintended consequences of the user fee.” Read more about Meier's letter in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
January 14, 2013
NBAA has joined more than 50 organizations in petitioning the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure that President Obama's budget request includes adequate funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffing at U.S. ports of entry. In a letter to OMB Acting Director Jeffrey Zients, the groups said understaffing at ports "increases wait times, costs industry billions, and discourages business and leisure travelers from visiting the U.S." Along with NBAA, the letter's signers include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and numerous city and state chamber groups. Read more about the letter to OMB.
December 6, 2012
NBAA has joined a number of other organizations in strongly urging Congressional leaders to continue stimulating capital expenditures among businesses, big and small, by extending their ability to speed up depreciation schedules for a wide variety of major capital investments. That process, known as accelerated, or "bonus" depreciation, is set to expire at the end of this year. "Businesses need to invest in major assets to help keep America's economy on the right track," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Extension of the 50-percent bonus depreciation policy is one of the things that can incentivize companies to make those investments, helping to create jobs and sustain our fragile recovery." Read more about accelerated depreciation.
December 3, 2012
The U.S. Senate last week struck down restrictions on Department of Defense research into alternative aviation fuel sources, a move strongly supported by NBAA and 12 other aviation groups. The 67-32 vote removes language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the military from purchasing biofuels if they cost more than petroleum. The full legislation containing the language must still be passed by the Senate, then be reconciled with its counterpart bill passed by the House of Representatives before it is submitted to President Obama for final approval. Read more about Read more about the NDAA.
November 26, 2012
NBAA and other associations are concerned that an amendment to legislation that may be passed during the "lame duck" session of Congress would prohibit regulators from attending more than one industry meeting per year. The "21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012" (S.1789), which includes the amendment (SA2060), has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year NBAA and 2,100 other groups sent a letter to Congress opposing the travel restrictions on representatives of federal agencies. Review the associations' letter and learn more about the pending legislation.
November 14, 2012
In a recent letter to FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA-30) noted that while the agency has determined a timetable to find an alternative to 100 low-lead aviation gasoline, little has been done to encourage use of existing unleaded fuels in the interim. "It is essential for the FAA to develop and implement, in the near term, measures to facilitate the use of currently available unleaded fuel in general aviation," Waxman wrote. Read more about the issue.
October 4, 2012
Last week, when President Obama used the first of three presidential debates to denigrate business aviation, NBAA responded before the debate had concluded with a forceful statement, and the following day with an open letter to the White House. "Your comments seemed to illustrate a complete lack of understanding about the importance of business aviation in the U.S., and appear to be at odds with your stated interest in promoting job growth, stimulating exports, driving economic recovery and restoring America to its first-place position in manufacturing," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in his letter to the White House. Read more of Bolen's letter to Obama.
August 4, 2012
A coalition of leading U.S. general aviation (GA) associations, including NBAA, recently called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support additional funding for research into a feasible, drop-in replacement for leaded aviation fuel. The letter, signed by the leaders of five GA advocacy groups, followed an earlier meeting between industry representatives and FAA officials at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, WI, to discuss the results of a UAT ARC final report on possible replacements for 100LL avgas. That report, released June 28, included recommendations on how to expedite development and deployment of an alternative fuel for the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet by 2018. Read more about this issue.
September 22, 2012
On Sept. 22, NBAA welcomed Senate passage of legislation prohibiting operators of U.S. aircraft from participating in the highly controversial European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The House passed similar legislation earlier this year, and the two bills must now be reconciled into a single measure for a final vote from both chambers. The Senate's action came as NBAA and 18 other aviation organizations appealed to President Obama to take legal action against the scheme. In a Sept. 17 letter, the coalition asked Obama to file an "Article 84" proceeding with the International Civil Aviation Organization, to challenge the EU's inclusion of international aviation operations in its regulation on carbon emissions. "Standing up against the application of this unilateral scheme on U.S. airlines and general aviation aircraft operators is necessary to protect U.S. sovereignty and jobs," the letter states. "The United States must answer, and an Article 84 action is an appropriate and critical part of that answer." Review the industry coalition's letter to President Obama and the NBAA statement on the Senate action.
September 17, 2012
In response to a letter from the industry members of the General Aviation (GA) Avgas Coalition, including NBAA, urging funding for an unleaded avgas program, the FAA recently announced the formation of a new Fuels Program Office. The office will be responsible for "providing technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels." This is the next important step in establishing an unleaded avgas transition program that will evaluate the viability of candidate fuels and generate the data needed for fleet-wide aircraft certification and development of a commercial fuel specification. Learn more and view the FAA letter.
Last week, as representatives from several countries met in the U.S. to coordinate opposition to the EU-ETS, NBAA and other industry groups sent a letter to two top government officials requesting that the Obama administration take further action against the carbon-trading scheme. Specifically, the coalition's letter urges the administration to file suit against the European Union under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention, which governs worldwide civil aviation Learn more and read the letter in its entirety.
June 22, 2012
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) was inspired to write an editorial on the value of general aviation (GA) after attending a GA rally in Lincoln earlier this year, where he met electrical engineers, fuel suppliers, mechanics and others involved in the industry. "In a large rural state like Nebraska, if it wasn't for general aviation and the small prop-driven planes many people use to get around, it would make it difficult for many businesses to thrive," Nelson wrote in an editorial last month in the Syracuse Journal-Democrat. Read more of Nelson's editorial
June 11, 2012
In response to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s testimony June 6 before a Senate hearing regarding the impact from the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme on operators in the United States, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) asked LaHood to file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization, and ask the council to intervene on the matter. "I would strongly encourage the Administration to file a formal Article 84 complaint against the EU on this issue in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," wrote Isakson. "I believe you would find significant bipartisan support for the complaint in the House and Senate." Read more about Isakson's request.
June 5, 2012
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has added his voice to the chorus of public officials asking President Obama to set aside his proposal for aviation user fees outlined in the annual federal budget plan the president released earlier this year. In a May 25 letter, the governor decried the Obama administration's proposed $100 per-flight fee on any aircraft, citing multiple ways in which business airplanes and other general aviation (GA) aircraft are important to the Mount Rushmore State. "The small businesses, farmers, charitable organizations and first responders who count on GA and utilize the airports which support it represent a strategically vital resource for our state," he wrote. "For this reason, I strongly oppose the imposition of the 'user fee' taxes on GA operators in any form." Read more about Daugaard's message to the president.
June 4, 2012
NBAA and other general aviation groups have joined the fight against proposed legislation that would give the National Park Service (NPS) unprecedented authority to regulate air tour operators flying over national parks and tribal lands. That authority now rests with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On May 30, GA Caucus co-chairs, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), sent a letter to lawmakers stating their opposition to the proposal. "Section 100301 is nothing more than a biased judgment on how best to experience our national parks," the co-chairs said in their letter. "Unfortunately, it will effectively eliminate the air tour industry. The end result will be lost jobs for pilots, drivers, tour guides, support staff and local businesses and adversely impact the helicopter manufacturing, maintenance and parts industries." Read more about the proposed legislation.
June 4, 2012
NBAA has joined 12 other aviation groups in supporting continued research by the Department of Defense on the use of biofuels, even as lawmakers have supported stripping funding for those efforts. In a letter to lawmakers, a coalition of aviation groups protested a recent vote to block the department's participation in programs to construct biofuel refineries, which would severely curtail research into the use of biofuels derived from plants such as algae and sugar cane to supplement the use of petroleum-based jet fuel. "It is our collective belief that the ongoing efforts of the United States military on alternative fuels are helping reduce the cost of those alternatives and will ultimately help reduce our reliance on foreign oil," the groups wrote in their May 23 letter. Read more about the coalition's stance.
May 24, 2012
NBAA has joined about 2,100 signatories to a letter to members of Congress, urging them to consider revising proposed legislation that would severely restrict federal government employees' attendance at association meetings and conferences. "Over the course of any year, ongoing and constructive dialogue between the industry and the government is critical," and that's the kind of dialogue that takes place when high-ranking government officials participate in NBAA's events, said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president of government affairs. "We think it's important not to put restrictions on the ability of representatives from federal agencies to attend our meetings and conferences to discuss important technical and policy information." Read more about the proposed legislation.
May 3, 2012
The White House again recently reiterated its commitment to imposing new user fees on general aviation (GA), in response to a call from 195 Members of Congress to abandon the proposal as "the wrong approach" for GA to pay for its use of the aviation system. "The White House's response to Congress shows an intransigence on user fees that is not supported by reasoned policy and shows a lack of understanding of current aviation taxes," said National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen. "In fact, studies conducted by government and industry have shown that, through the fuel tax, general aviation pays its fair share for the cost it imposes on the aviation system. Review the Office of Management and Budget letter reiterating the Obama administration's support for user fees.
April 30, 2012
In an April 25 letter to the chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers called for the repeal of the so-called 'fuel fraud' provision, which went into effect in 2005. The law was ostensibly passed to combat the possibility that commercial truck operators could purchase Jet-A to avoid paying higher taxes on diesel. The lawmakers who signed the letter maintain the law is a "solution in search of a problem," which increases costs for jet operators and prevents a significant amount of fuel tax revenue from being used to support aviation programs. Read more about the 'fuel fraud' law.
NBAA Joins in Urging Congress to Support FAA's Contract Tower Program
March 19, 2012
The FAA's Contract Tower Program provides essential air traffic control (ATC) services and enhanced safety at smaller airports that otherwise would not have a tower. The program has been in place since 1982 and currently 249 smaller airports in 46 states participate in the program. In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-5-KY), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined nearly a dozen industry association leaders in urging Congress to support full funding for the Contract Tower Program in 2013. "Absent this highly successful federal program," the association leaders wrote, "many local communities and smaller airports would not receive the significant safety benefits of ATC services." Learn more about the contract tower funding and review the letter.
NBAA Lauds Senators' Letter Opposing User Fees
March 12, 2012
The Association today thanked a group of U.S. senators for reminding President Obama that they oppose the $100-per-flight user fee proposed in the president's fiscal year 2013 federal budget. In a recent letter, 28 senators told the president that bipartisan passage of the comprehensive, multi-year FAA reauthorization bill was "in part because it did not assess new user fees on general aviation." Noting that a bipartisan group of 195 House members likewise recently sent a letter to the president opposing user fees, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "The letters from the House and Senate underscore the fact that there is bipartisan, bicameral opposition to user fees on Capitol Hill."
NBAA Thanks U.S. House Leaders for Letter Opposing User Fees
March 2, 2012
NBAA thanked the 195 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to President Obama opposing the $100 per-flight user fee proposed in the administration's fiscal 2013 budget. The letter expressed stalwart Congressional opposition to this year's proposed aviation user fee and reminded the president that when past administrations have proposed such fees, "Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected them." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen praised those who signed the letter, saying, "We thank the Congressional leaders whose letter reinforces a clear message of Congressional opposition to user fees."
Aviation Leaders: 'Fuel-Fraud' Law Depletes Aviation-Improvement Funds
February 17, 2012
NBAA was among a number of aviation groups that recently signed two letters calling upon Congress to sunset a provision in the 2005 Highway Bill that drains needed revenue for investments to strengthen the nation's aviation system. The letters sent by the organizations call upon House lawmakers to enact a provision that would repeal language the Highway Bill requirement that diverts taxes collected on fuel for general aviation (GA) aircraft into the Highway Trust Fund. Prior to the Highway Bill's passage, those tax revenues were deposited into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which supports programs to strengthen the nation's aviation infrastructure.
December 1, 2011
NBAA commended Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for her recent letter to President Obama opposing general aviation user fees. In her November 28, 2011, letter, Sen. Murkowski takes issue with the Administration's recent proposal to impose a $100 per-flight fee on general aviation aircraft, writing, "The negative impacts associated with the user fees you have proposed would obstruct the Alaskan transportation system and negatively impact the U.S. economy."
August 19, 2011
NBAA provides views at recent House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on TSA Authorization legislation.
June 30, 2011
During a June 29, 2011, news conference about budget-cutting and deficit reduction, President Barack Obama again and again spoke disparagingly of the business aviation industry and demanded a repeal of accelerated depreciation for business aircraft. In a letter from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, NBAA expressed disappointement with the way Obama mischaracterized business aviation. "Now is not the time to pillory an important American industry in an attempt to score political points."
June 30, 2011
A bi-partisan group of 26 U.S. senators have signed a June 29 letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood raising concerns that the government's plan to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program represents "a troubling reversal of a decade-old policy put in place to uphold the privacy rights of thousands of Americans." Organized by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mark Begich (D-AK), the letter notes that the BARR program "provides owners of general aviation aircraft the ability to prevent the public dissemination of their aircraft movements. For reasons of individual security, privacy, and business competitiveness, this program is essential." Learn More.
June 10, 2011
Mounting evidence of interference with GPS satellites from proposed broadband communications network LightSquared has attracted scrutiny from the United States Congress. The House and Senate have recently written the proposed broadband provider to express alarm over the results of recent tests conducted throughout the southwestern U.S., which reveal the potential for severe interference with signals from GPS satellites. As part of Coalition to Save Our GPS, NBAA has been actively involved in efforts calling for LightSquared to demonstrate technology fully compatible with GPS. Learn More.
June 6, 2011
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and five other association leaders sent a letter June 2 asking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop ways to minimize the economic impact of Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on general aviation (GA) operators. The letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the TSA, asked for procedures that would allow those in general aviation to continue operating near normal levels while still addressing the security measures necessary to protect the President. Learn more.
May 19, 2011
Last week, a group of more than 30 U.S. senators, led by Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ben Nelson (D-NE), sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission calling for all necessary steps to be taken to protect the Global Positioning System (GPS) from disruption-causing interference. The senators’ letter comes as NBAA and other groups have formed a “Coalition to Save Our GPS,” to protect the system, which thousands of aircraft operators rely on for navigation. The concern over potential GPS disruptions has arisen because a wireless broadband company called LightSquared intends to use spectrum immediately adjacent to that used by GPS, and a signal that could drown out GPS signals.
May 13, 2011
NBAA joined with other general aviation operator groups in a letter urging Congress to complete reauthorization legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that also would maintain the current FAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in signing the letter which points out that together the groups “represent nearly all of the general aviation aircraft operators in the United States – including thousands who participate in the BARR program for legitimate privacy, security and competitive reasons.” “The letter emphasizes the overwhelming importance of protecting the privacy of all citizens, preventing corporate espionage, and preserving the security of general aviation flight operations,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
National Groups Remind Congress: Preserve the BARR
May 6, 2011
Five major business and aviation groups have called upon members of Congress to support language in the House FAA reauthorization package (HR 658) that preserves the BARR program. “Privacy of movement is a fundamental American value,” the Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated in a joint letter to the Senate conferees. “We believe the federal government should, to the greatest extent possible, protect such information rather than transmit it to anyone in the world with a computer connection.” The Aerospace Industries Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association expressed similar concerns in a letter they jointly sent to congressional lawmakers. The House and Senate each approved FAA reauthorization measures earlier this year; a conference committee now must be convened to reconcile differences between the House and Senate bills.
March 31, 2011
As the House of Representatives voted last week on an FAA reauthorization bill that included language to preserve the BARR program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined NBAA and other groups in drafting a letter citing the importance of accelerating the transition to a Next Generation (“NextGen”) air transportation system and preserving the “effective and efficient” BARR program. “FAA has provided no data to demonstrate that changes to the BARR program are necessary,” the letter states. The reauthorization measure, H.R. 658, was passed by the House
March 30, 2011
A host of industry groups joined NBAA in urging Congress to oppose an amendment to FAA reauthorization legislation that would impose a ban on nighttime flights at Bob Hope Burbank (BUR) and Van Nuys (VNY) Airports in southern California. “[The] amendment circumvents the requirements of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA) and sets a dangerous precedent,” wrote the industry groups, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Air Transport Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association and others. “This action would undoubtedly lead to the creation of a patchwork of confusing and complex operating restrictions across the country that would undermine our national aviation and airport system.
March 24, 2011
NBAA was among 33 aviation organizations and companies that sent a joint letter to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives urging swift passage of H.R. 658, the multi-year FAA reauthorization package currently under consideration in the House. The letter notes, “H.R. 658 contains many provisions important to the aviation community, including strengthening the ability of FAA to implement the procedures, policies, and technology necessary for the success of NextGen…” Read a copy of the industry letter.
January 24, 2011
As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers changes to duty and rest requirements for Part 135 charter operations, NBAA told the Agency this week that because of the complexity of the issue, the industry's voice must be heard on the matter, through a formal rule-making process. "...The FAA's proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time...is too significant for implementation simply by a Notice of Proposed Interpretation," said NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president for safety & regulation, in comments submitted to the FAA today. "...The FAA should apply this change via a formal rulemaking process to insure that...FAA has the ability to understand and analyze the impact of this change." The Agency has recently considered applying newly developed duty and rest requirements for FAR Part 121 operations onto FAR Part 135 charter operations.
November 16, 2010
As the Obama administration’s task force wraps up its work to plan for the future of the nation’s aviation system, NBAA has ensured that the industry’s value and priorities are well understood. In comments to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen stated: “In small towns and rural areas across America, business aviation is an essential tool that enables businesses to thrive, grow and create jobs in their hometowns."” NBAA has been represented at each of the FAAC meetings.
In comments submitted to the FAA's recent proposal to update duty and rest requirements for flight crews operating under FAR Part 121, NBAA called for a renewed focus on recommendations submitted five years ago to address duty issues for on-demand Part 135 operations. Additionally, NBAA questioned the application of many concepts introduced in this proposal to the unique small-business world of on-demand charter.October 6, 2010
NBAA has joined with other business aviation groups in sending a letter to the European Commission warning that a European Union (EU) proposal to reverse a long-standing reciprocal acceptance policy for pilots' credentials between the EU and U.S. could adversely impact safety. The proposal, due for a vote this month, would disallow pilots licenses and aircraft N-numbers used in the EU from being obtained in the U.S. or elsewhere, and would instead require that both be obtained through European authorities. “There will be a highly negative impact on the safety of business aviation operations since...many European operators rely on simulator training conducted in Canada or the U.S.,” the letter notes.September 21, 2010
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined with the heads of 12 other aviation associations to urge Senate leaders to confirm Duane Woerth as U.S. representative to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In a letter to the Senators on September 21, the associations stated that the United States has been disadvantaged by the lack of a representative at ICAO over the past 18 months.September 16, 2010
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined with leaders of six other national aviation associations, including the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to urge the administration to move forward on implementing the U.S.-European Union bilateral aviation safety agreement during meetings with European Commission members later this month. In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the aviation leaders said longstanding safety cooperation between the U.S. and Europe has led to higher common standards and improved safety records worldwide. Implementation ”will enable the safe, efficient flow of trade to continue unimpeded between the U.S. and Europe,” facilitating pilot training, eliminating redundant inspections, reducing or avoiding increased costs, and “supporting U.S. jobs during a difficult economic recovery for the U.S. aerospace industry.”July 23, 2010
NBAA and 11 other aviation organizations today sent a letter to Senate leaders calling for the confirmation of a permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The position has remained unfilled for over a year, and the letter from industry, sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, notes that concern over the lack of representation is growing as preparations are being made for an ICAO meeting this month that will "determine global actions and priorities in the areas of aviation safety, security and environment."July 12, 2010
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently submitted comments to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood on the Agency’s five-year Strategic Plan, which outlined the numerous ways business aviation supports local economies and transportation systems. Business aviation not only serves rural and small towns with little or no airline service, but is also a key component in the nation’s transportation infrastructure. “We strongly support your work to improve our nation’s aviation system, which will also significantly contribute to economic growth and job creation,” Bolen said in his comments. “In these challenging economic times, the importance of a robust transportation system cannot be overemphasized. Read the full comments at:
NBAA Expresses Concerns on House Action to Expand Liability LawsJuly 1, 2010
Last week, The House of Representatives passed HR 5503, “Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act” which would broaden liability for deaths which occur as the result of an accident on the high seas. The bill amends the “Death on the High Seas Act” (DOHSA) and could possibly increase the liability risk of the General Aviation community. During House debate on the bill, NBAA and other GA associations urged the House to carefully consider the possible “unintended consequences” which this bill might have on general aviation. This bill is part of a package of pending legislation in both the House and Senate dealing with liability issues associated with the recent U.S. oil spill in the gulf.June 10, 2010
NBAA and a coalition of general aviation leaders, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others have been responding to the government’s call for eliminating lead in aviation fuel with a coordinated effort to minimize the industry’s emissions footprint while supporting the mobility and growth of general aviation. The coalition recently sent a letter requesting an extension to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request for alternatives to lead in fuel.May 10, 2010
While the inclusion of business aviation in a recently formed DOT planning group is a welcome development, NBAA nevertheless wants to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) understands the industry’s long-standing support for continued investment in aviation system modernization. That’s why on May 10, 2010, NBAA joined several other groups in sending a letter to the FAA underscoring the need for all aviation segments to be involved in the government’s planning of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. “We believe it is imperative that all stakeholders are involved as the FAA develops its modernization plans,” the letter states.November 20, 2009
As the White House gears up for a Washington summit this week to explore initiatives for generating jobs, and Congress prepares to consider legislation to create jobs, NBAA joined with a number of other aviation groups in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reminding the lawmakers that investing in a Next Generation, or “NextGen” Aviation System will lead to job growth. “Congress should seize this opportunity to expedite NextGen capabilities and to provide a platform for domestic job creation thereby ensuring that the civil aviation and travel industries—which directly and indirectly generate over ten million jobs and $1.2 trillion in economic activity annually—can continue to positively contribute to growth in the domestic economy,” the letter states. September 28, 2009
Last week, the House and Senate passed legislation extending Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and funding through December 31, 2009. By that date, Congress will either finish its work on the FAA reauthorization bill or extend current law again. NBAA recently joined a host of other aviation groups in signing a letter urging Congress to use the time provided by a new extension to complete work on multi-year FAA reauthorization. “A comprehensive reauthorization of the FAA would provide desperately needed funding for airport and airway system improvements that will help make aviation safer and more efficient, while creating or maintaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs,” the letter states in part. “Investments in our national airspace infrastructure will enable the U.S. aviation system to improve its already enviable safety record as well as increase capacity.” May 22, 2009
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has joined with other aviation leaders in expressing support for efforts by Rep. John Mica (R-FL) to improve the TSA regulatory and security directive process. Mica, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to offer an amendment to the pending TSA Authorization bill to require TSA to follow certain standards for the issuance of security directives/regulations to insure that appropriate rulemaking and public notice are included in the TSA directive process. March 23, 2009
Last week, Congress approved legislation extending the FAA's programs and funding through the end of September. Congress now has until September 30 to pass a multi-year FAA reauthorization or extend the current bill again. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed his support, saying: "We appreciate the work the committees are doing to complete the reauthorization process, and we will continue to support their efforts." In February, NBAA joined with several other aviation groups to urge the new Congress "to complete the [FAA] reauthorization process at the earliest possible time in order to expedite the modernization and expansion of our national air transportation system and foundation for future growth of the economy." To review the industry letter, visit:
National, Local Officials Add to Chorus of Concern Over LASPMarch 16, 2009
A pair of congressional aviators recently sent letters to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to outline concerns about the TSA's LASP. In their letters, Reps. Leonard Boswell (D-3-IA) and John Kline (R-2-MN), both pilots, called for a collaborative effort between government and industry on the development of security policies. Their concerns were echoed by similar statements in recent letters to the DHS on the LASP from members of Alaska's congressional delegation, governor and state legislature, which introduced a resolution expressing opposition to the TSA's plan. A copy of the lawmakers' statements can be downloaded:
Letter from IA Rep. Leonard Boswell to DHS Sec. Napolitano on LASP
Letter from MN Rep. John Kline to DHS Sec. Napolitano on LASP.
Letter from Alaska Congressional delegation to DHS Sec. Napolitano on LASP
Letter from Alaska Gov. Palin to Acting TSA Administrator Gale Rossides on LASP
Resolution by the Alaska State legislature regarding the LASP
Letters Sent to Congressional Leaders Calling for Robust 'General Fund' Contribution to FAA FundingMarch 9, 2009
In a continuing effort to support FAA modernization, and in recognition of the benefits a strong aviation system provides to all Americans, NBAA joined 11 other industry groups in calling upon Congress to provide a strong contribution from the "General Fund" available to lawmakers for supporting the FAA budget. The coalition's letter to four House Representatives noted that in the past, "General Fund revenues have been used to pay for a significant portion of the FAA's costs and reflect the public's interest in a safe and efficient air transportation system." The letter encourages Congress to increase the General Fund investment to at least 25 percent of the FAA's budget. Download the letters:
Letter to TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides
February 5, 2009
In a joint letter, NBAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association, request that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) establish a rule-making committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
Letter to President Obama Expressing Concern Over Policy Actions Impacting Business Aviation
January 28, 2009
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen send this letter President Obama to express concern over recent actions taken by Washington policymakers that discourage and disparage the use of general aviation for business purposes. In his letter, Bolen explains the importance of business aviation to companies and communities across the U.S., and offers to further discuss the issue with White House officials.
Letter to Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services
December 12, 2008
Representative Vern Ehlers (R-03-MI) authored a letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-4-MA) co-signed by Reps. John Barrow (D-12-GA) and Thomas Petri (R-06-WI) outlining the importance of general aviation to the U.S economy and expressing concern over a provision in the proposed auto assistance bill that could have unintended consequences for companies that rely on business aviation..
Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
December 11, 2008
Expresses concern about provisions in H.R. 7321, the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act, which appears to prohibit the use of business aviation in ALL situations, including when it is the sole mode of transportation available to a business, or it is the most prudent and cost-effective solution to a given transportation challenge. More.
Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
December 9, 2008
As Washington policymakers consider a financial assistance package for the U.S. auto industry, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen cites concerns about language in the proposal applying to business aviation use by the auto companies. More.
Joint Letter to Congress
December 8, 2008
As the House and Senate consider a broad economic stimulus package, the NBAA and 11 other aviation groups this week urged Congress to recognize the economic benefit that aviation investments provide. More.
Letter to Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation
February 1, 2008
Outlines NBAA's request for extended time to comment on proposals by the Department of Transportation to amend airport rates and charges. More.
Letter to The Honorable Calvin Scoville, Inspector General, Department of Transportation
March 10, 2008
Reiterates NBAA's questions about conclusions reached in a 2008 report by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General on the causes of aviation system congestion. More.
Letter to The Honorable Calvin Scoville, Inspector General, Department of Transportation
April 8, 2008
Questions conclusions reached in a 2008 report by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General on the causes of aviation system congestion. More.
Letter to Chairman Gordon and Ranking Member Hall
June 12, 2008
Expresses support for H.R. 6063, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008, which contains funding for programs to enhance aviation safety, promote environmental research and further support NASA's role in developing and deploying the Next Generation ("NextGen") aviation system. Read more.
Letter to Chairman Inouye, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
June 23, 2008
Reaffirms general aviation’s commitment to reducing aircraft emissions and protecting the environment. More.
Letter to Leader Reid, Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Boehner
July 24, 2008
This letter, which was sent as the business aviation community faced record-high fuel costs, expresses support for Congressional proposals that limit excessive fuel speculation, encourage environmentally sound domestic production, balance the near-term use of traditional fuel sources and the long-term development of alternative fuels, improved efficiency and conservation. Read more.
Letter to Chairman Oberstar and Ranking Member Mica
October 29, 2008
Expresses NBAA's support for infrastructure investments and a robust transportation system. More.
Letter to The Honorable Edmund "Kip" Hawley, Assistant Secretary, Transportation Security Administration
October 30, 2008
Requests an extension to the comment period for the TSA's sweeping Large Aircraft Security Program, which would impact all Part 91 operations.Read more.