The Government Shutdown and Business Aviation

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Government Shutdown

On Jan. 20 2018, a government-wide shutdown went into effect, leading to work furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal employees, and impacting services provided by nearly all government agencies. While the shutdown did not impacted basic aviation safety services, it could have had a particularly intense impact on many aspects of business aviation, because it is an industry that is more regulated than other industries.

On Jan. 22, Congressional negotiators and President Donald Trump have agreed to short-term legislation to end the government shutdown, restoring federal funding for an additional three weeks. Under the measure, all federal agencies reopened and are fully funded until Feb. 8. NBAA will continue to urge all sides to find a bipartisan way to approve a long-term spending bill, and to warn policymakers of the significant impact of another shutdown if no long-term agreement can be reached in three weeks. Read more.

2018 Shutdown Archive

Jan. 22, 2018
Congress Approves Short-Term Measure to Reopen Government
Jan. 21, 2018
General Aviation Groups Urge DOT to Reopen Aircraft Registry for Essential Functions

2013 Shutdown Archive

The previous federal government shutdown occurred Oct.1 to Oct. 16, 2013. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicated that during this shutdown 156 aircraft deliveries were delayed, which held up $1.9 billion worth of aviation assets.

During this shutdown NBAA and business aviation community urged policy makers to find a bi-partisan solution for reopening the FAA and resuming services essential for aviation industry.

Nov. 18, 2013
Report: Government Shutdown Costly for Business Aviation
Oct. 14, 2013
Government Shutdown Spurs Grassroots Business Aviation Advocacy Response
Oct. 14, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Groups Respond to Shutdown
Oct. 11, 2013
NBAA Emphasizing Shutdown's Toll on Business Aviation With National, Local Media Outlets
Oct. 10, 2013
Video: NBAA's Bolen Calls for Restoration of FAA Funding at Capitol Hill Rally
Oct. 10, 2013
NBAA, Other Aviation Groups Rally Congress for Restoration of FAA Funding
Oct. 10, 2013
NBAA Lauds Senate Letter Calling for Reopening of FAA Registry
Oct. 7, 2013
NBAA: FAA Registry Shutdown Threatens Lifeblood of GA
Oct. 7, 2013
Federal Government Shutdown Impacting Business Aviation Training
Oct. 6, 2013
NBAA Member Discusses Government Shutdown’s Effect on Aircraft Sales
Oct. 4, 2013
NBAA Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown
Oct. 4, 2013
Aviation Coalition Letter the FAA About the Impact of the Federal Government Shutdown on Business Aviation Training
Oct. 2, 2013
NBAA Press Release: Government Shutdown Highlights Need for Wise Decision-Making on Aviation Spending
Sept. 30, 2013
Government Shutdown Expected to Have Limited Immediate Impact on Essential Aviation Safety Services
Sept. 27, 2013
DOT Report: "Operations During a Lapse in Annual Appropriations, Plans by Operating Administration" (PDF)

For more information, or to report the impact of the government shutdown on your company, contact NBAA's Operation Services Group at