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NBAA Denounces President's Misleading Debate Attack on Business Aviation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2012 -- National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen is strongly condemning President Barack Obama's remarks disparaging business aviation and mischaracterizing the industry, which were made during tonight's presidential debate.

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"At a time when both candidates claim to be putting job creation at the top of their agenda, it's unfortunate that the President tonight denigrated business aviation – which is the manufacture and use of a small airplane for business reasons – an industry responsible for 1.2 million American jobs and $150 billion in economic impact," Bolen said in a written statement issued earlier this evening. "The President's comments completely mischaracterized the businesses and groups that depend on an airplane, the majority of which are small- to mid-sized businesses, farms, flight schools, medical care providers and emergency responders, which use the aircraft to connect communities and grow their businesses. That's why dozens of governors have recognized the industry's importance, and over 100 mayors have written the President to ask him to stop attacking it at a time when many businesses and communities are still recovering from the economic downturn."

Organizations relying on a business airplane often fly into towns with little or no airline service, and these businesses are using their aircraft to create opportunities that will help keep them competitive in a still-challenging economic environment. In the process, they're bringing jobs, investment and hope to cities and towns across America. This message about the importance of business aviation has been at the center of an advocacy campaign, "No Plane, No Gain," jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Interviews can also be arranged for tonight; October 4; and in the days thereafter.


Ed Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association


Response to President's debate criticism of business airplane use.


Tonight - October 3, and thereafter.


Gary Beckett

Turnkey Communications & Public Relations, Inc.


Contact: Gary Beckett, 727-232-6457,

/PRNewswire -- Oct. 3, 2012/

SOURCE National Business Aviation Association