Blog entries tagged in NBAA
Commercial airports closed when Hurricane Sandy soaked the East Coast last Monday and created problems not only for travellers, but for immediate relief efforts as well. The storm was so ferocious that my own home in Cleveland, Ohio - some 500 miles from the East Coast went without power and heat for several days. Hurricane Sandy also, “caused the cancellation of around 20,000 flights,” the Economist reported.
During this electoral season, it’s easy to turn pale to all the political campaign rhetoric; yet just over a week ago, the aerospace industry was given a jolt of inspiration in the form of an energy drink.
The Red Bull Stratos Mission and Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner created an event to set several world records for man’s pursuit of aerospace, and one for YouTube viewership. Where once local air shows fueled interest in aviation, new technologies have made all this more, available online. The mission captivated an online audience of over 8 million viewers. The mission not only surpassed YouTube viewership records for the London Olympics, it drew the nation and world together to witness a unique event of aerospace exploration. A similar piece of history occurred when an estimated 3.2 million people watched the Mars Curiosity mission land on the once elusive red planet.
In the posts of the Business Aviation Network and beyond, it’s hard to argue with people like Kim Showalter, President of Showalter Flying Service in Orlando, Florida. “Business aviation has simply become a way of life for the successful, thriving businesses of today,” she told Betsy Donnelly recently. It’s fitting then, that aviation is a thriving industry in itself - and one worth preserving in states across the country. As the NBAA’s “No Plane, No Gain" program tagline says prominently, “Business aviation means: millions in manufacturing and service jobs.”
It's a race right now to book flights into London-area airports before the Olympics. In preparation for the arrival of the world's athletes and spectators, an Airspace & Safety Initiative is being instituted. This plan will help organize the large volume of air traffic heading into the England.
In cooperation with the National Business Aviation Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, NEXA Advisors have released Part III of their Business Aviation User Studies entitled, Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Use Perspective. While this study focuses on government use, it reaffirms the utility of business and light aviation.