Business Aviation Insider - November/December 2013 (PREVIEW) - (Page 5)
The Ofﬁcial Member Publication of NBAA
2013 a Turbulent Year for Business Aviation
The Ofﬁcial Member Magazine of NBAA
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This edition of Business Aviation Insider will be the last one in 2013, a year
that has been filled with policy challenges for business aviation, the most
significant of which are linked to the ongoing debate about the nation's
For example, last spring brought us the "sequester" - the Washington
term for mandatory across-the-board cuts for government agencies -
which prompted the FAA to contemplate the closure of more than 100
contract ATC towers. NBAA vigorously fought that proposal, and worked
By Ed Bolen
with other aviation groups and congressional lawmakers to keep the
towers open. Congress heard the industry's concerns, passing legislation that gave the FAA the
funding flexibility to, at least temporarily, keep the towers in operation.
In October, a government shutdown proved very harmful to the industry on a number of levels;
as one example, the shutdown led to the closure of the FAA's U.S. Aircraft Registry. Without the
written approval of the federal government - which must register every aircraft - the purchase,
sale and financing of all general aviation airplanes ground to a halt. As a result, the ability of our
Members, including aircraft brokers, dealers and title search firms, and aircraft manufacturers, to
do business was severely impacted.
Throughout the crisis, NBAA tirelessly urged policymakers from every point on the political
spectrum, both sides of Capitol Hill and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to find some way
forward. On Oct. 17, we welcomed an agreement between the White House and Congress to
end the shutdown.
The sequester and shutdown, which both adversely impacted the industry are, part of Washington's ongoing fiscal-policy debate. And the reality is, these and other challenges to business
aviation aren't likely to lessen; instead, they're probably going to increase.
How can our industry survive in this uncertain and often uncharted environment? First, we
must remain vigilant, and ready to mobilize in response to industry threats, just as we did with
the sequester and shutdown.
Equally important, we must redouble our work to ensure Washington policymakers understand the importance of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the
United States. How business aviation is perceived by government leaders who craft policies
affecting our industry will be key to surviving and thriving in the years to come.
For a number of years, NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, have been
spreading the message about the value of business aviation through our jointly sponsored No
Plane No Gain campaign.
This multi-pronged, direct-advocacy campaign continually highlights the essential role business aviation plays in supporting 1.2 million jobs, providing a transportation lifeline to towns with
little or no airline service, helping companies succeed in today's global marketplace and offering
lift for a host of humanitarian initiatives.
The No Plane No Gain program has also continually produced a variety of advocacy
resources for people in the industry - people like you - to help tell our industry's good-news
story. We unveiled our most recent products at NBAA's Convention last month, and they are
available on the No Plane No Gain web site, www.noplanenogain.org.
Here's the bottom line: We have a great story to tell, and we know it resonates with decision
makers in Washington and elsewhere. In the uncertain environment we're facing, it's as important as ever that we all do our part to tell that story. ✣
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