The No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign figures to be prominently featured at the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), taking place Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, NV. From the expansion of the popular “Business Leaders on Business Aviation” series featuring real-world examples of how companies use aircraft to succeed to updated infographics designed for supporters of the campaign to share on social media to signage throughout the exhibit hall showcasing the industry’s significance – No Plane No Gain will be on display.
With recovery efforts expected to last months, or longer, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, business aviation provides relief workers with the ability to get supplies and resources to those in need – faster than would be possible by other means of transportation.
The governors of three states released proclamations in September 2017, highlighting the value that general aviation brings to their states.
Business aviation has again proven its worth as a powerful tool of best-managed companies, according to a study by NEXA Advisors.
Shaesta Waiz has nearly achieved her dream of flying solo around the world promoting STEM education. She met students from the Washington, DC area on sept. 18, 2017, to tell them they too could achieve their dreams.
Jackson Airport (4LA3) in Jackson, LA sat vacant for more than two decades, and was considered derelict until 2009. That’s when East Feliciana Parish Economic Development District board member Chris Ferguson asked if the airport might be the parish’s key to improved economic development. Today, the airport has been vastly improved, and is now known as Feliciana Airpark (LA3).
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently announced the findings of the Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Economic Impact Study, which showed that aviation and aerospace is the second-largest economic engine in the state. The study found that almost $44 billion in annual economic activity is being produced in the sector, supporting 206,000 jobs and an $11.7 billion payroll. “These economic impact studies paint a much more realistic picture of the importance of business aviation and airports to the public and our elected officials,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA’s regional program director.
When the Salvation Army needed help bringing supplies to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the business aviation community quickly mobilized to assist.
In light of the human toll wrought by Hurricane Harvey, it’s easy to overlook the other victims left in the wake of the storm. Pilots N Paws founder Debi Boies is seeking business aircraft operators willing to transport shelter animals from the affected areas. “There will be an ongoing need to transport these animals over the next several weeks,”” she said. “Even if you may not be able to help today, we appreciate all the help we can get tomorrow.”
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane recently opened registration for the 2018 Aviation Design Challenge, a competition that aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among high school students. The challenge teaches basic aviation engineering concepts, and allows students to apply their lessons to modifying an airplane design. “Previous participants in the Aviation Design Challenge have pursued careers in aviation manufacturing and other aviation fields after graduation,” said Sarah McCann, GAMA’s director of communications.