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Special Advocacy Supplement

Leadership Council Support Critical to Success of Advocacy Campaign

NBAA's advocacy efforts over the last two years have had unprecedented success in changing public opinion and reaching policymakers across the country. In large part, those efforts have been driven by the backing of NBAA's Leadership Council, whose Members have made an extraordinary commitment to the Association and the No Plane No Gain campaign.

Since the NBAA Board of Directors established the Leadership Council in 2009, more than 20 Members have made a $10,000 investment to join this distinguished group, providing the necessary resources for NBAA to develop compelling advocacy materials, place No Plane No Gain ads and reach out to policymakers and opinion leaders.

"Our Leadership Council plays a critical role in the success of business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Their backing reflects their dedication to our mission, investment in the success of our industry and commitment to being in charge of business aviation's future."

The Members that have stepped forward to join the Leadership Council represent some of the world's foremost business aviation companies, as well as small and regional businesses, including Part 91 operators, fixed base operators (FBOs), manufacturers, suppliers and others.

Pat Epps, president of Epps Aviation, an Atlanta-based FBO, gladly made his $10,000 investment because he believes advocacy is vitally important today. A veteran pilot who has won several NBAA awards, Epps was concerned by some politicians' negative attitudes toward business aviation, as well as the impact of overreaching regulations. "Politically, we have to make a lot of noise," said Epps, "and that takes money."

Among the smaller businesses on the Leadership Council is Cooling & Herbers PC, a Kansas City aviation law firm, with 25 people on staff. James Cooling, managing partner of Cooling & Herbers, feels his involvement helps give voice to small companies.

"I've been interested in business aviation all my life, and there's never been a more important time to be involved in advocacy," said Cooling, an aircraft owner and pilot who served on the NBAA Tax Committee and the NBAA Board of Directors.

"NBAA and GAMA went to Congress and explained that businesses wouldn't invest in new assets, like airplanes, without tax incentives, so they were able to get bonus depreciation extended. That was absolutely a success."

Members like Cooling and Epps obviously are deeply involved in industry advocacy because they believe it is the right thing to do. Additionally, they enjoy the benefits of Leadership Council membership, which include recognition and promotion as Leadership Council Members at NBAA events throughout the year, complimentary seats to the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit, and an invitation to the exclusive President's Reception held during the Annual Meeting & Convention.

NBAA Leadership Council

  • Air BP Aviation Services
  • Banc of America Leasing
  • CAE
  • Carrington Capital
  • Cessna Aircraft Company
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Cooling & Herbers, P.C.
  • Epps Aviation
  • General Communication, Inc.
  • Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Humana Inc.
  • IBM Flight Operations
  • Jet Aviation Holdings USA, Inc.
  • NetJets, Inc.
  • North American Communications
  • Safe Flight Instrument Corporation
  • Signature Flight Support
  • StandardAero
  • Tudor Investment Corp.
  • United Technologies Corp.
  • UTFlight
  • Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
  • West Star Aviation Inc.
  • Wilson Air Center

For More Information

Members interested in joining the Leadership Council should contact NBAA's Chris Strong at, or visit

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