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NBAA's Ed Bolen Makes Case for Business Aviation at House Hearing

February 11, 2009

Testifying before congressional lawmakers, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen directly challenged those who have recently questioned the value of business aviation or mischaracterized the use of business aircraft. 

At a House Subcommittee hearing otherwise focused on future planning for the nation’s aviation system, Bolen was asked about the recent drumbeat of negative media coverage of the industry, and an emerging pattern of disparaging the use of general aviation for business purposes and calls for companies to divest of the asset.

“It’s a fact: business aviation is essential to America,” Bolen told the subcommittee. “Unfortunately, an understanding of that reality is not reflected in calls for companies to divest of their business airplanes.