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Letter to The Wall Street Journal in Response to "Executive No-Fly Zone?"

Letters Editor
The Wall Street Journal
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10036

A story on businesspeople who are also pilots (“Executive No-Fly Zone?” March 14) did a disservice to your readers by suggesting that all personal flying is the same and equally dangerous. Suggesting that flying in stunt planes, ex-military jets or in wilderness areas is the same as flying a certified airplane on a business mission is the equivalent to trying to convince us that all automobile driving is the same.┬áPeople recognize that driving a family sedan to work every day is fundamentally different than off-road driving or participating in a Formula One race.

The fact is, most forms of flying are safer than driving a car every day on city streets. In fact, business aviation (the use of a general aviation airplane for business purposes) has a safety record that approximates that for commercial air travel. Lastly, at the risk of stating the obvious, directors of U.S. companies are fully engaged in managing many types of risks associated with business operations, including the activities of key personnel.


Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association