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Cancer Patients Fly Free on Private Jets

Orlando, FL, October 22, 2009 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that $168,000 was raised at the NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit at the 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, with the proceeds going to Corporate Angel Network (CAN).

"We are truly delighted that we were able to help raise so much for such a worthy cause, and we are most appreciative to those who gave so generously," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO.

Based in White Plains, NY, CAN is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the empty seats on business aircraft.

Kathleen Blouin, NBAA senior vice president of conventions, seminars & forums, said the benefit would not have been possible without the efforts of Auction Committee members who organized the fund-raising Live and Silent Auctions for the event. Specifically, she pointed to the effective work done by CAN Executive Director Peter Fleiss, North American Communications President and NBAA Director Mike Herman, Flying Publisher Dick Koenig and Aviation International News Publisher Wilson Leach.

"We thank everyone involved with the benefit, and we are pleased that we were able to support the life-saving missions CAN provides," Bolen added. "We look forward to continuing to support CAN's work through our NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit and other initiatives."

For more information about CAN, or to make a direct donation, visit www.corpangelnetwork.org.

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Press Release - Arnold Palmer Supports General Aviation

Golf Icon, Esteemed Businessman Featured in New Video, Print Ads

Contacts: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org
Katie Pribyl, GAMA, (202) 393-1500, kpribyl@gama.aero

Orlando, FL, October 20, 2009 -Golf legend and accomplished businessman Arnold Palmer is lending his voice to support the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities in a new video and print advertising campaign for No Plane No Gain, the advocacy program jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

"Arnold Palmer has always been an advocate for business aviation, because he has a first-hand understanding of its essential role in serving towns and communities across the country," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "For his entire career, business aviation has made it possible for him to succeed in golf and business - all from his hometown of Latrobe, PA, which doesn't have airline service."

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce added: "Through these new ads, we will be able to draw even more attention to the messages No Plane No Gain has been communicating: that business aviation supports over a million jobs, represents a lifeline for small- and medium-sized U.S. towns, enables companies to compete and succeed, and helps provide relief to people and communities in times of crisis."

The new advertising, rolled out during the Opening General Session of NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, includes three print ads and three 30-second video ads. The print and video ads complement one another, and build upon the efforts already undertaken through the No Plane No Gain program to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S.

With a simple, yet powerful delivery, Palmer speaks to the benefits of business aviation in the ads and responds to those who would devalue the use of an airplane for business. For example, in one print ad, Palmer states: "People who build business airplanes make things fly. People who use them make things happen. A few others make things up." In one of the video spots, Palmer states plainly: "For more than 50 years, using business airplanes is the single most productive thing I have done."

Addressing the large crowd gathered at the Opening General Session, Palmer explained why he felt compelled to lend his voice to the No Plane No Gain program. "I know the value of business airplanes," Palmer said. "I know what they have done for me and my companies. I know how important they are to my hometown. And I know how important they are to this country. So I wanted to speak out and help set the record straight."

To view the video ads, visit the No Plane No Gain web site:
http://www.noplanenogain.org/Video_Advertisements.htm?m=47&s=385
To view the print ads, visit the No Plane No Gain web site:
http://www.noplanenogain.org/Print_Advertisements.htm?m=47&s=416
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ABOUT GAMA
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association represents 67 of the world's leading manufacturers of fixed-wing general aviation airplanes, engines, avionics, and components. In addition to building nearly all of the general aviation airplanes flying today, GAMA member companies also operate aircraft fleets, airport fixed-based operations, pilot training, and maintenance facilities worldwide. To learn more, visit: www.gama.aero.

ABOUT NBAA
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. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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Frequent Fliers Climb into the Cockpit of Private Plane

Ms. Kornegay, who owns and operates two hotels in Mount Olive, N.C., drives to nearby Mount Olive Municipal Airport and flies her personal private plane across the state to an airport near Charlotte. The entire trip takes one and a half hours. "That adds up to an additional five hours each week that I can be doing something else," she says.

Self-piloting doesn't make sense for every business owner, but can be a rewarding experience. If you want to become a private pilot, flight instruction typically costs up to $9,000, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick, Md., and there is the cost of the plane, the initial investment, plus annual fees for storage and maintenance.

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates the number of pilots with a private license has decreased by about 14% in the last 10 years.

Allowing some entrepreneurs who travel frequently the ability to travel when the time is right, makes sense when you consider the time savings from avoiding long drives and airport delays. "There's not necessarily a monetary case to be made for it," says AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy. "But when you start to add in lost productivity and the additional hotel and rental car expenses, aviation makes a much stronger case than trips using airlines."

The AOPA estimates that the cost of flying an aircraft provides the most return for flights that are less than 500 miles.

About 85% of companies that use personal aircraft are small or midsize companies, estimates Ed Bolen, president and chief executive of the National Business Aviation Association in Washington.

As CEO of McColla Enterprises Ltd. in Topeka, Kan., which owns the Street Corner mini-convenience store chain, Mr. La Colla flies to visit his 50 franchise locations in places such as Danbury, Conn., Bloomington, Minn., and Nashville. "I just wanted to swing through those cities but doing that commercially would be miserable," he says.

Mr. La Colla says his time in the air costs about $100 an hour, including the fuel, oil, repairs and engine wear. So flying time from Topeka to Chicago, which is just shy of 600 miles and takes more than two hours each way, costs almost $500 round trip. That trip on the commercial airlines averages about $150.

But that doesn't account for the extra five hours of agony Mr. La Colla would have to spend driving to/from a commercial airport, passing through security, and the inconvenience of traveling on the restricted schedule of the airlines.

Businesses also get the benefit of the expense write-off and depreciation of a company owned private plane. General aviation provides for thousand of jobs and creates greater efficiencies for all air travelers.

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

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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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Negative Effects of Cap and Trade on Private Jet Travel

The aviation industry has always cooperated and transformed itself to play an important role in making the atmosphere free from carbons and other chemicals. Researchers and scientists are now looking for ways how to make it happen.

The aviation industry has led the strike in getting new levels of fuel-efficiency, struggling to improve lighter plane bodies and prioritizing the invention of greenhouse gas-reducing engines. Despite these promises and commitments, the aviation industry would face a big challenge pursuing to invest in greener technologies under the government system called: cap-and-trade. At the annual Aviation Summit on April 29, top industry representatives met to discuss how aviation is leading the green technology advocacy, and how various cap-and-trade strategic plans would threaten to jeopardize all of what the aviation industry has worked so hard on.

For example, the cost of fuel already shows to be between 30 and 50 percent of private jet travel and the airlines operating expenses; this is already an overwhelming cost that airlines and other industry, including private jet charter, sectors single-handedly worked to decrease fuel-saving advancements and methods. Constituting a stern cap-and-trade system on aviation would force the industry to cut budgets in any way possible, meaning significantly decreased improvement of emissions-reducing technology, further loss of jobs, and higher costs to customers.

There are many ways to allow lower emissions and lessen greenhouse gas concentrations in the environment. We must look for energy policies that do not distract key industries, but advocating their ability to lead the way in the research and improvement of green, clean technology. This means the aviation industry must continue to invest in new planes, new equipment, innovative technology, and alternative fuels.

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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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Current Legislation Targets Private Jets

Legislation recently introduced called the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), directly targets business jets and private jets for security reasons. If passed the consequences to the private jet industry and the passengers who fly on private jets will be increased cost and major inconveniences.

The major inconvenience would be that every passenger would be subject to search, background checks and delays.  The biggest reason for flying on a private jet is the time-saving convenience.  The LASP would require you to arrive 60-90 minutes before your flight. Air Marshals would have the authority to board your plane, and all items that are banned on commercial airlines would now be banned on your private flight.

Furthermore, the flexibility of changing your itinery and adding passengers would cause further delays, because under the LASP all such changes would need to get approval from the TSA.

To protect the luxury and convenience of private jet travel, here are a few action items we all can do:

 

  • Speak to legislators in your area
  • Network and speak with other private jet travelers and have them voice the concerns
  • Contact TSA officials
  • Send letters to your representatives
This piece of legislation would have a negative impact on the entire industry, creating inconvenience for all private jet clients. 

 

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