Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, described the recently released FAA funding proposal as “one of the greatest threats business aviation has ever faced.” According to Matthew Zuccaro, president of HAI, it is an even bigger threat to the helicopter industry.
National Business Aviation Association
After gathering two consecutive years in Orlando, generally regarded as the preeminent playground for families with children, NBAA returns this year to the unabashed adult playground that is Las Vegas for what promises to be a larger-than-life meeting and convention.
General aviation was heartened somewhat last month when the federal government reopened the “DC-3” airports to limited “transient” traffic.
NBAA continued to bolster and realign its senior staff last month, hiring aviation lobbyist Lisa Piccione as its new senior vice president of government affairs and promoting longtime NBAA staffers David Almy and Kathleen Blouin to senior vice presidencies. In addition, the association hired Dan Hubbard as vice president of communications.
Saying that there is no way that NBAA’s regional representatives can be the association’s eyes and ears at every airport and in every nook and cranny of the industry, Robert Blouin, founder and president of the newly formed Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA), promised that the association would be a resource for the NBAA.
Plans are under way to form a Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, patterned after other regional groups affiliated with NBAA across the nation. Companies using airports and airspace in the Washington area should contact GWBAA@ phaneufaviation.com.
Business aviation interests have been victorious in their battles over the years to prevent the creation of general aviation user fees to replace the current fuel tax to pay for its share of ATC services. But at last week’s NBAA Convention, business aviation trade group leaders warned that this time the battle could be the toughest yet.
Leaders of three general aviation organizations went on the offensive yesterday in response to an Air Transport Association plan that would place a tax (read user fees) on the number of “departures” and “time in system” and give the airlines the most influence among ATC system stakeholders.
Few would dispute the fact that the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) has been a roaring success. A decade ago, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) held its annual meetings at a hotel in the suburbs of Brussels.
A decade ago, many U.S. charter operators were voicing the same anxieties that their European counterparts are expressing today in their opposition to proposed new part-private part-commercial operating rules for fractional ownership. In short, they too believed that the major fractional providers would wipe them off the face of the earth, having been handed an unfair competitive advantage.