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Members Can Learn About NBAA-PAC at Convention

Atlanta, GA, October 17, 2010

At this year's Convention, NBAA Members will have an opportunity to learn about the Association's Political Action Committee (PAC) from staff at the NBAA event booth.

"We're excited for the PAC to have a presence at NBAA2010," said NBAA's Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs. "We'll be there to answer questions and share information on the advocacy work of the PAC."

NBAA's Political Action Committee (NBAA-PAC) advocates for the business aviation industry, working to prevent unfavorable legislation that would restrict access to airspace or place an undue financial or regulatory burden on aircraft operators, while supporting proposals that would enhance the safety and efficiency of the national aviation system. Since its inception in 1998, the NBAA-PAC has supported members of Congress who understand the needs of the business aviation industry and its value to citizens, companies and communities across the country.

At the Convention, representatives of NBAA Member Companies can learn how to allow NBAA to educate their employees about the work of the PAC by granting "prior approval" – written permission to speak with Member Company managers and request donations.

"Prior approval is the first step that allows trade association PACs to be successful," said Piccione.

Noting that in recent years legislation has been introduced in Congress to shift the burden of FAA modernization onto general aviation operators, and that regulatory agencies have proposed security and environmental rules that could handicap many companies that operate aircraft for business, Piccione emphasized that government decisions can have an impact on every employee in the industry.

"Many of our Members are small companies that don't have their own Political Action Committees," said Piccione. "The NBAA-PAC is a service we provide to help our Members band together and speak with a common voice."

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