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Archive for June, 2013

Business Aviation: Vital for the Community and Economy

Friday, June 21st, 2013
 

 

Business aviation reaches communities across the U.S where other modes of transport are not an option, allowing small businesses to grow and thrive. It has become a lifeline for the business world, particularly in areas where scheduled airlines do not operate.

Because customer service is a major part of U.S business, network specialists, sales people and other professionals rely on aviation on a regular basis and much of the time these trips are to remote locations or are based on quick stop offs in a tight time frame. The common misunderstanding is that business aviation services company executives only, when in fact flights tend to transport company reps, customers, sales and those with technical expertise around America.

Business aviation is driving economic growth across the country, contributing over $150 billion as part of general aviation. It is a vital touchline for communities who have lost their airline service, with only 500 out of 5000 public airports being for commercial airlines, according to the NBAA.

Supporting the Local Economy

Business aviation enables small communities to access global opportunities in manufacturing and customer centred commerce. 80 percent of the money raised by general aviation has been generated by business aviation (www.nbaa.org/). 

The service offered by this aviation is fast, secure and very cost effective for both national and international travel. Productivity on business airlines is increased a great deal with the time spent traveling being economical and the environment during flights allowing employees to work during this time.

Supporting Communities

As well as forging economic ties and boosting the local business economy, business aviation delivers relief to communities in dire need of help in critical times. It was used to transport supplies into rural airports on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit, and flew survivors out of the danger zone. Following the 2010 earthquake, business flights transported supplies and aid workers to Haiti and have been a critical component in relief aid during floods and other natural disasters in the U.S and throughout the world. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) claims that business aviation was responsible for over 15,000 humanitarian flights in a recent year.

A New Medical Kit

MedAire announced the launch of a new medical kit for business airlines, known as the Advanced Aviation Medical Kit. This includes supplies and medication needed on both short and long term business flights, such as antibiotics for bacterial infections and monitors for blood pressure. The kit has been created to suit the needs of business aviation crew and its passengers who might spend a significant amount of time traveling as part of their jobs. It is connected to MedAire’s MedLink service to allow a doctor to see the medical equipment onboard, thus saving time when treating the patient during the flight. Passengers should of course ensure they have full health insurance before traveling on any flight, and this is easier than ever now with online services offering affordable insurance that will give passengers peace of mind before their business flight. The MedAire kit for in-flight emergencies was showcased at the NBAA Conference last October, which took place in Orlando.

Improving the Environment

The economic downturn has proven tough on the aviation industry across the board, but business and commercial aviation are striving to build a brighter economic and environmental picture.

Emissions from aircraft are continuing to fall, with new technologies being implemented such as advances in engines. Aircraft today have 50 percent less emissions than when their engines were originally built. The introduction of winglets has also contributed to emissions reductions, by giving more a more efficient performance by the aircraft.

The ‘NextGen’ aviation system continues to develop and is believed to be able to reduce greenhouse emissions through new technology.

Economic Growth

Business aviation is responsible for generating a significant income for the U.S, through jobs created and investments made. Trade is boosted by manufacturing and employment, as most of the GA aircraft flying internationally today are U.S built. Business aviation is a national and international asset. 

The economic importance of aviation needs to be built upon through modernization of the system so that local businesses across America can continue to benefit from this service, allowing both local communities and business aviation to grow. Modernization, according to the NBAA, needs to use satellite technology so that a full expansion can take place.