National Business Aviation Association
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|Type||Not for profit|
|Headquarters||Washington, DC, United States|
|Membership||Individuals and companies|
|Number of members||11,000 companies|
|Key Personnel||CEO: Ed Bolen since 2004|
Chairman of the Board: Ron Duncan, GCI
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is a trade association that lobbies on behalf of the interests of private and corporate jet owners. It is a non-profit and nonpartisan 501(c)6 corporation and advocacy group based in Washington, DC, United States. The association represents more than 11,000 companies.
Founded in 1947, the NBAA is an industry organization representing companies that rely on general aviation aircraft. The Association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world's largest civil aviation trade show. NBAA aims to create an environment that fosters business aviation in the United States and around the world.
NBAA is headed by Ed Bolen, who became President and CEO in 2004.
Opposition to H.R. 2997 air traffic control reform bill
The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2997) would create a non-profit organization separate from the Federal Aviation Administration that would oversee America’s air traffic control system. Congress is likely to vote on the bill after the August 2017 recess and may include it as part of the FAA reauthorization act, which is due September 30.
NBAA opposes H.R. 2997 and is lobbying against it. On May 17, 2017, during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on air traffic control reform, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen testified, "Companies and communities across the U.S., which rely on general aviation for business, civil services and a host of other needs, simply cannot risk turning over the system to a private board beyond the reach of Congress."
Charles Leocha, chairman and co-founder of Travelers United, "a D.C.-based nonprofit membership organization representing all travelers", told Transportation Today that modernizing the air traffic control system outside would save millions of dollars by removing the process from the federal budget process. When Leocha was asked what he thought about NBAA’s opposition to the bill, he said, "I find it distasteful. These fat cat corporations like Exxon and GE and private individuals like Rush Limbaugh and Bill Gates are the ones who should be paying their fair share. This is a system that is rigged in favor of big corporate interests. NBAA wants to keep it that way and keep the public from gaining the benefits."
The oversight organization created by H.R. 2997 would be run by a board of directors consisting of 11 people. Various aviation sub-industries would have input in the nomination of members of the board. Per Section "§ 90306. Board of Directors" of H.R. 2997, the business aviation industry (NBAA members) would get to nominate 2 people to the board of directors. All the commercial airlines would to nominate 2 people, as well. Here is a more specific breakdown, per the text of H.R. 2997:
- "A Passenger Air Carrier Nomination Panel composed of (large national commercial airlines) passenger air carrier representatives" would nominate 1 member.
- "A Regional Air Carrier Nomination Panel composed of regional air carrier representatives" would nominate 1 member.
- Business aviation (such as the members of NBAA) would nominate 2 members.
- The remainder of the members would be nominated from the cargo industry, commercial pilots, and the Secretary of Transportation.
NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award
The Association states that the award is business aviation's most distinguished honor, recognizing extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation.
Past winners include:
- Senator Barry M. Goldwater
- William P. Lear, Sr.
- Juan Trippe
- Henry B. Du Pont
- Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle
- Eddie Rickenbacker
- Charles Lindbergh
- Arthur Godfrey
- Allen E. Paulson
- Riley, Kim (2017-08-18). "Taxpayer, traveler groups rank ATC high transportation legislative priority on Capitol Hill - Transportation Today". Transportation Today. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- "About NBAA". National Business Aviation Association. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- "SENIOR EXECUTIVES - Edward M. Bolen". National Business Aviation Association. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- "Leadership Council | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association". www.nbaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- Sprekelmeyer, Linda, editor. These We Honor: The International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Donning Co. Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57864-397-4.
- "FAA Reauthorization and Modernization | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association". www.nbaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- "Text: H.R.2997 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)". Congress.gov. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
- NBAA.org website
- NBAA Member Insurance website
- National Business Aviation Association awards website
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