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White Plains Forum Highlights Importance of Business Aviation to Westchester County
June 10, 2013
Business aviation plays a key role in driving economic growth in areas like Westchester County, according t9 county Executive Rob Astorino, who addressed an audience of industry professionals at NBAA’s Business Aviation Regional Forum in White Plains, NY on June 6.
“Business aviation is vital to the local and state economy,” Astorino said at Panorama Flight Service’s facility at Westchester County Airport (HPN). “At the highest levels of Westchester County government, we want to make sure the business aviation industry is successful, and do what we can to help.”
At the forum, which drew more than 2,000 attendees, and featured more than 120 exhibitors and nearly 30 aircraft on Static Display, Astorino highlighted how business aviation supports $613 million annually in local economic activity, in sectors ranging from business, manufacturing and tourism, as well as provides approximately 6,300 jobs.
“When I pitch companies throughout the state and country to relocate to Westchester, being able to discuss how we maintain a real, viable airport here is extremely beneficial,” Astorino said.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen followed up on Astorino’s remarks by discussing the critical position that local business aviation groups have in advocating for the industry in their communities.
“Westchester County understands that this airport matters, that business aviation matters, that we create jobs and that we’re important for the economy,” Bolen said. “The Westchester Aviation Association is a standard-setter when it comes to community outreach. There is nothing better than having County Executive Astorino here with us.”
Bolen said that while NBAA does its part to help advance the goals of the business aviation industry in the New York area, and elsewhere around the country, Members also play a vital role in communicating the value and importance of business aviation and its interests.
“It is so critical to have strong local people engaged and doing outreach for our community,” he said.
Bolen overviewed the current political environment in Washington, D.C., including NBAA’s efforts to secure public support for general aviation (GA) from Congress through the creation of GA caucuses in both the U.S. House and Senate. Bolen also discussed the launch of FileSmart, an online, educational initiative designed to encourage operators to be more aware of what is happening in the airspace around them and to demonstrate how to be proactive in the filing of flight plans, with the goal of reducing delays and increasing efficiency.
Information sessions featured speakers who discussed relevant topics including how to strategically acquire aircraft, hire or switch aircraft management companies, the FileSmart initiative and business aviation safety.
NBAA’s next Business Aviation Regional Forum is set for July 11 in Denver, CO. Learn more about the Denver Regional Forum.