NBAA Releases Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown
Washington, DC, October 4, 2013 – Today, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent a letter toCongressional Leaders and President Obama outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA)industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.
As just one example of the shutdown’s impact on the industry, Bolen’s letter specifically outlines how the government shutdown has resulted in a halt in thepurchase, sale and production of all new general aviation airplane parts or aircraft, given that none of those things can occur without the written approval of the federal government, which operates out of theFederal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City, OK.
The shutdown has led to the closure of the registry, even though, according to FAA data, over 10,000 aircraft registrations expire each month, and these registrations cannot be renewed while the registry is closed. As a result, the government shutdown is effectively grounding the general aviation industry, severely jeopardizing countless jobs, and America’s economy and infrastructure. In addition, many entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes rely on the airplanes for business flights, as docommunities, for critical servicesincluding medical transport, mail delivery and fire fighting.
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