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Twenty-six aviation and labor associations representing virtually the entire U.S.
Operators of private aircraft who have relied on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program to protect privacy “should assume their flights will appear” on Internet flight-tracking displays as the government’s plan to limit the program takes effect today, August 2, general aviation groups advised. NBAA and AOPA are challenging the government action in the U.S.
One can only speculate about whether or not Rupert Murdoch had any role in or opinion about the vigor with which his Wall Street Journal has launched into tabloid-style exposé of high-ranking executives’ personal use of corporate aircraft at companies other than his own now globally infamous News Corp.
German executive charter firm Triple Alpha Luftfahrt filed for insolvency on Friday and is now under the control of a court-appointed administrator. The Düsseldorf-based operator is a subsidiary of Ocean Sky Group Holdings, but according to chief executive Steve Grimes, the UK-based business aviation services company is trading normally and is unaffected by the bankruptcy.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter to The Wall Street Journal:
“Your front-page story detailing the movements of ‘general aviation’ airplanes by businesses (‘Corporate Jet Set: Leisure vs. Business,’ June 16) unfortunately neglected to mention that the personal use of a company’s airplane typically accounts for only a tiny fraction of the aircraft’s flights.
If there remained any doubt after its February 14 piece on the alleged excesses of “Air Bloomberg” (AIN, March, page 62), The Wall Street Journal effectively declared hostilities on business aviation last month.
“Corporate Jet Set: Leisure vs. Business,” a story published in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal that asserts companies frequently use business aircraft for vacation travel by C-level employees, caught the quick attention of NBAA.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges, said speakers at today’s EBACE opening general session. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.
Tackling the negative public perception of business aviation is key to resolving some of the industry’s challenges. This was the message pervading the opening general session for the 11th edition of EBACE. Although the sector is in better shape than it has been for a few years, officials said that public attitudes toward private airplanes are corrosive and affect decision making at the highest levels.