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Bolen Joins Senators in Highlighting Need for Aviation System Modernization

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

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2008 – NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today joined Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) and a group of transportation industry leaders in a news conference held to emphasize the need to modernize the nation's transportation systems and outline the provisions of Senate legislation to fund investments in system upgrades.

"We commend Senators Baucus and Grassley for bringing a collaborative approach to working with other members of the Senate to produce a bill that is clearly in the best interests of the United States and everyone who depends on aviation, including general aviation," Bolen told the assembly gathered in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. "We're grateful for their hard work and leadership on this issue."

Importantly, the bill funds the Federal Aviation Administration and makes a direct investment in modernizing the aviation system by building on the proven, efficient fuel tax mechanism to provide an additional $290 million each year for continued transformation toward a satellite-based system, also known as "NextGen."

"Thousands of companies in NBAA's Membership rely on general aviation aircraft to help them survive in a very competitive marketplace, and continued modernization of the nation's aviation system is among their highest priorities," Bolen said. "The bill developed by Senators Baucus and Grassley, in collaboration with their Senate colleagues, will fund modernization and assure that America's aviation system remains the largest, safest and most efficient in the world."

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