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Special Advocacy Supplement

No Plane No Gain: Advocacy Momentum Is Stronger Than Ever

By Ed Bolen

As we mark the second anniversary of the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, we see indicators everywhere – in the media, in Congress and among state and local governments – that the business aviation industry's focused advocacy efforts are paying off. A growing number of policymakers and opinion leaders are recognizing how valuable business aviation is to citizens, companies and communities all across the country.

From providing 1.2 million jobs, to helping thousands of small and medium-size companies maximize productivity, business aviation has real, tangible benefits. It also is a lifeline that provides vital transportation to and from communities that don't have airline service, quickly delivering critical relief resources to those in need. The pages in this special advocacy supplement to Business Aviation Insider detail the campaign's many efforts to highlight these benefits.

While NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have provided overall direction for the No Plane No Gain program, the progress that has been made in getting the word out about the industry would not have been possible without those in business aviation who stepped forward to contact their legislators, hold pro-industry events and simply tell their stories about how business aviation benefits their company and their community. Members of NBAA's Leadership Council (a complete list of members is on the back cover) have been particularly instrumental in these efforts, investing $10,000 in dues to support the work of the No Plane No Gain initiative to spread the good news about business aviation.

While we have stemmed the tide of criticism and corrected misperceptions about business aviation, we have much to do. Every day we must create and seize new opportunities to continue to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the industry's many benefits.

NBAA and GAMA continue to roll out new tools to help you mobilize in our advocacy effort, and those are detailed in an article on pages 4 and 5 of this supplement. As we continue to proclaim our advocacy message in the halls of Congress, state legislatures and national media, we will be counting on you to also communicate the benefits of business aviation, and its essential role in America today.

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