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2006 NBAA Talking Points

I am AOPA all the way, that I will proudly confess. But I swear here and now that the minute I buy a twin or anything propelled by turbine power, I’d also raise the flag of the National Business Aviation Association in my hangar.

This year’s NBAA annual meeting and conventionOctober 17-19, 2006 in Orlando – will bring together thousands of attendees and over 1,000 exhibitors to participate in this year’s event which features 5,200 booth spaces [sold out] in nearly one million square feet of exhibit space. The Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport will display more than 100 business aircraft.

Anyone who watches the current trends in business-class aviation will tell you straight… there has never been a more exciting year to attend the NBAA show. Recently, NBAA’s media department released a set of talking points which will help anyone explain the vital role aviation plays in increasing business efficiency, productivity and competitiveness, and enhancing economic activity:

• About 97 percent of the U.S. Companies that utilize business aviation include a broad cross-section of businesses – large, medium and small, located in every state in the country.

• The types of general aviation aircraft used for business widely, ranging from propeller-driven airplanes to jets to helicopters. Although the fleet includes international business jets capable of seating 19 persons and flying New York to Tokyo non-stop, the vast majority seat six passengers in a cabin roughly the size of a large SUV and fly an average stage length of less than 1,000 miles.

• Almost 5,300 public use airports are accessible to business aviation in the United States, compared to the 558 that serve the scheduled airlines.

• A 2000 study showed that civil aviation (of which business aviation is a part) contributed more than $900 billion and 11.3 million jobs to the U.S. economy, at least 9 percent of the U.S. GDP of $9.9 trillion.

• There are approximately 11,000 US companies operating about 16,000 aircraft for business purposes in the U.S.

• Studies have shown that business aircraft passengers felt they were significantly more productive aboard business aircraft than they would be even in their own offices.

• Business aviation enjoys a safety record that is in most years comparable to that for the commercial airlines.

• A 2001 study concluded that “use of business aircraft can and does contribute directly to shareholder value by improving performance at every level.”
NBAA was founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC. The Association represents more than 7,000 Companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community. Learn more about NBAA and how to attend this year's convention here.

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