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NBAA Welcomes Proposal to Create LASP Rulemaking Committee

Washington, DC, June 29, 2009 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed a congressional proposal that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work more closely with the general aviation industry on its controversial proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) and other security initiatives.

Representative Charlie Dent (R-15-PA) introduced legislation that would require TSA to create a rulemaking committee with general aviation (GA) industry stakeholders when developing security measures for the industry. H.R. 3093 was cosponsored by eight other House members.

"This legislation shows that Congress understands that we can accomplish more good if we work together rather than separately," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. In the time since the TSA introduced the LASP last October, Bolen has repeatedly called for a rulemaking committee like the one envisioned in the legislation introduced today.

"The business aviation community has a long and demonstrated history of partnership with government in developing effective yet workable security measures for the industry," Bolen added. "A rulemaking committee, like the one proposed by Rep. Dent and others, would provide a consistent forum for stakeholder information sharing and the development of measures that enhance security while recognizing the need for mobility and flexibility."

More than 7,000 comments were submitted to the TSA in February regarding the LASP proposal. Almost all of the comments suggested that the proposed changes would be onerous to the thousands of businesses that rely on GA aircraft.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and 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.
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More Businesses Are Using Private Jet Brokers

business private jetIf you are looking for a more efficient and comfortable flight on your next business trip, take a private jet for the ultimate in service, satisfaction and time savings. 

Finding the ideal flight for business trips has never been so easy. Even if you prefer traveling first-class on a commercial airline, you can still experience the hassles and the inconvenience of spending your entire day at the airport. Providing faster service to a client location can prove to be beneficial. Not only are you able to respond to your clients needs faster, you and your team will be more productive. Chartering a private jet for a business trip pays for itself in the amount of time saved and the productivity of your team.

The advantage of taking a private charter jet than any other option is that it saves you time and less delay. Private jets rarely get canceled, you fly on your schedule even if you arrive to the airport late, the plane will be ready. In the rare case that there is an issue with your private jet flight, you would have a big advantage if you used a charter broker service.  Brokers are able to find a replacement aircraft from the vast list of operators they deal with. 

That is why more businesses who choose to travel using a private jet charter, work directly with a broker. Brokers have access to several thousand aircraft operated by hundreds of companies, a broker has the flexibility to secure the proper aircraft for your needs. About the cost, you do not have to worry because it is not expensive at all, especially when you travel with groups. If you divide the overall cost for several passengers, it would cost about the same as a first-class ticket for a typical commercial flight.

So if you want to get to your destination with all the convenience and comfortable seats all at an affordable cost, there is nothing better than chartering a private jet. It will not only provide you a sense of comfort and privacy, but as well give you less stress and less delay in each of your business trip.

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Use private jet cards over fractional jet programs.

Charter jet cards are normally a prepaid block of number of hours on a type of jet; or probably a specific category of jets which are light, mid-size, and heavy. Even though some card programs charge a higher hourly rate than other charter companies, they guarantee availability of an aircraft and they charge you only for the number of hours you are flying on the plane. The typical hourly rate will be same as that of a chartered plane. If you initially fly on longer trips where it is impractical to keep the plane waiting for you, a charter company will normally charge you for the repositioning, or the least of minimum usage fee of two hours per day; this is to keep the plane at your destination until you are ready to return home.

While with fractional jet programs, customers or owners purchase a share of the plane, instead of the entire plane. The cost is pro-rated from market cost of a full aircraft. Owners or customers then have assurance of access to that plane with as little as four hours of notice. Fractional customers or owners pay a maintenance fee every month and also an hourly operating fee when occupied; this is not the case at all on jet card programs. Charter jet cards do not charge you with this; they only charge you with the number of hours of your flight. The operating fee is charged only when a guest is on board; this is not when the plane is flying to a get to a destination, or returning to the home base after completing a flight.

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General Aviation Fights Back Against Proposed User Fees

General aviation is a target of further government mandates.  Many of these would change the way people use general aviation for leisure, business and private jet charter.  The entire general aviation industry is in a holding pattern, waiting to see if the proposed legislation regarding user fees will be pushed forward.

Fortunately for the industry, many companies and associations are fighting back. Many are contacting congress to vocalize the importance of general aviation in their communities.  One association that is serious about its efforts is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).  They have produced a couple of television spots regarding the important value of protecting this industry. Harrison Ford is a spokesman for defending private aviation.

 

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Private Jet Charter Deals of a Decade

Now more than anytime in the recent ten years has the value of chartering a private jet been so economical.  There are many factors that contribute to this opportunity.

Many large corporations have sold their private jets, canceled future orders or have placed their private jets into a charter program.  This alone has created excess inventory sitting in hangars, and a private charter plane only makes money when the wheels are off the ground.

Another factor is the stigma put on the industry by news organizations, politicians and other activist.  This condemnation of the private aviation industry has hurt the operations of the charter companies and fewer planes are being utilized.  The competition for utilization is fierce and the private jet client benefits in the current climate of the industry.

This environment has helped the private jet charter industry in a small way by bringing clients back. The industry has seen a slight increase in business, a good sign to many.  

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Are Private Jets Bad For Business?

With all of the demonizing from congress and the media of the private jet industry, one may begin to believe that the businesses and individuals who fly on a private jet are living over-the-top.  Who decides this?

Now with all of this attention, private jet owners, businesses and charter clients seem to be hanging their heads low, no one wants to be 'that guy' on the nightly news. 

The private jet industry had experienced a sever backlash due to the misunderstanding of the value of private aviation. Some businesses are down up to 40 percent and several companies are laying off workers due to the decreases in their business.  This cannot all be blamed on the media and congress, but the rhetoric has contributed.

Let's look at the value of private jet usage. About 85 percent of passengers on private aircraft are small and medium sized businesses, according to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).  Business owners understand the value of time efficiency, with private jet travel starting at around $2,000 per hour, it must make sense.  And with a short 1 hour flight one way and back on commercial airline taking the whole day compared to about 2:45 on a private jet, it make sense. 

Certain business expenses are worth the extra cost,  especially when the cost is returned in the form of a more productive day. Let individual businesses make their own decisions and don't demonize them for how they spend their money.

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