“Friendly Skies: Jet-Owning Donors Reap Trump-Era Rewards” [Oct. 1, Nation] missed the fact that business aviation is a critical part of our economy that is struggling to stay afloat during a particularly difficult time for our country.
Business aviation is used by mostly small companies to transport tools, personnel, customers and key employees, often to and from rural areas not accessible by airline service. The use of these aircraft helps support companies’ management and sales functions and production-line operations — other beneficiaries include the airports and the businesses on those airfields. The manufacture and use of small airplanes for business supports more than 1 million jobs and more than $240 billion in economic activity.
The flights also support critical humanitarian services — including those related to this pandemic moment, in which business aircraft are being used to transport masks, tests, supplies and front-line workers.
Despite its value, business aviation is nonetheless faced with daunting challenges. Flights at community airports have dipped by as much as 70% from this time last year. Thousands of workers have been laid off at factories, airports and companies.
Business aviation, and mobility in general, are going to be a central part of our economic recovery and our ability to get back to normal life.
Ed Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association