Photo by Jim Labre
July 30, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Almost any company that operates an aircraft for its business knows that
corporate aircraft don’t cost—they pay.
Serving as tools of commerce for companies
large and small, the “corporate” aircraft may be a small piston
single, twin, or turbine-powered aircraft.
But regardless of their size or powerplant,
they share a common mission of helping the company make the most of its
people, their time, and its budget.
On Friday at AirVenture EAA hosts Business
Aviation Day to spotlight the benefits of the corporate aircraft through a
discussion by operators, its trade association, and the FAA.
Joining in the outreach effort will be FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt, Joe Lombardo of Gulfstream, and Pete Bunce of
the General Aviation Manufacturers Association during a press briefing on
AeroShell Square at 12:30 p.m.
The past 18 months have been tough for
businesses operating aircraft and for the companies that supply their
airplanes and support.
Public misconceptions and misperceptions of
the role of the corporate aircraft came to a head earlier this year when
executives from three automakers were assailed for using their business
jets for a trip to testify before Congress to ask for federal financial
help. Since then, public and political hostility toward business aviation
spurred a counter reaction from the thousands of American companies that
employ aircraft in the service of their businesses.
Business Aviation Day at AirVenture is part of
the effort to better enlighten the world on how companies benefit from
their aircraft. The event also will showcase some of the hardware used by
a variety of companies participating in the event.
Aircraft flying in for the event will be
parked around the Airbus A380, including five jets—a Cessna CJ1,
Dassault Falcon 50, Gulfstream G200, Hawker Premier I, and Learjet 40XR—
plus a pair of business turboprops, a Piaggio Avanti II and a Pilatus
Executives from the companies that operate
these airplanes plan to discuss the critical role business aviation plays
in the success of their businesses.
Companies participating in Business Aviation
Day include Orion Energy Systems of Wisconsin; fractional operator NetJets,
based in Ohio; LaBov & Beyond, of Indiana; ProJet Aviation from
Virginia; Dynomax Inc., from Illinois; and AirVenture exhibitor Klein
Tools of Illinois.
Each has its own unique story to relate about
its aircraft use and the ways those birds benefit their bottom lines.