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NBAA's Bolen Issues Call for Industry to Utilize Annual Convention as a Platform for Grassroots Advocacy

Association Unveils Online Resource for Contacting Congress and New Message Opposing User Fees for General Aviation

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

ORLANDO, FL, November 9, 2005 – Sounding a clear call for the business aviation community to mobilize at the grassroots level on the federal policy issues most important to the industry, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today formally unveiled a new online resource for the Association's Members to make their voices heard with members of Congress.

"One of the hallmarks of an effective Association is the ability of its Members to mobilize around issues and communicate with their elected officials about their concerns," Bolen said. "That's what NBAA's new 'Contact Congress' resource has been designed specifically to do."

In explaining the need for an advocacy tool like Contact Congress, Bolen pointed to a growing effort by some in Washington to impose a user fee system on the general aviation community as a new mechanism for supporting the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

"User fees will unquestionably be too onerous and expensive for many in business aviation," Bolen continued. "In order for Congress to understand this basic fact, we need everyone in business aviation to send a message to federal officials opposing user fees for general aviation."

Bolen noted that Contact Congress will help the industry communicate with Congressional officials about user fees, but also about other industry priorities. The Internet resource is easy to use, and can be accessed from the home page of NBAA's web site, www.nbaa.org.

Bolen added that a bank of computers would be located at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention to help Attendees utilize the Contact Congress resource to send federal representatives a message opposing user fees.

"I urge you to take the few simple steps needed to join in our effort while you are with us at NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention this week," Bolen said. "There are more than 30 thousand people at the Convention, we all oppose user fees, and Congress needs to understand that. NBAA's new Contact Congress resource is designed specifically for the business aviation community to send a message to Congress opposing user fees, and I hope everyone will take advantage of this critically needed advocacy tool."

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves more than 7,000 Member Companies by promoting the aviation interests of organizations utilizing business aircraft in the United States and worldwide. The association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.