Why Private Aviation is Beneficial for the Country
“Business aviation contributes $150 billion to U.S. economic output and employs more than 1.2 million people. General aviation activities – including sales of new and previously owned airplanes, as well as maintenance and other operational support – generate substantial financial benefits for every state in the nation.” - NBAA Business Aviation Fact Book
Private/Business aviation serves over ten times the amount of airports as commercial aviation. Many times are employing people not based around the typical large cities and in rural areas where a steady, well-paying job with excellent benefits for the family can be a real blessing. Almost 60% of businesses in the private aviation industry have less than 500 employees; these are the “mom and pop” operations so vital to our identity. It is not just pilots or aircraft owners who benefit from private aviation. The truck driver who transports the fuel to the airport, the food service employees, or the taxi drivers and their families all benefit. Not to mention, those who fly private generate a large amount of positive economic activity in these areas, whether by shopping, dining, traveling, or staying in hotels in the area.
The Environmental Argument
Yes, we are aware, without getting into politics, climate change and global warming are hot-button issues right now. But let's look at the facts courtesy of the NBAA Aviation Fact Book. "Business aviation has a small carbon footprint and an exemplary environmental record. Aviation emissions are only a tiny fraction of all transportation emissions, and business aircraft emissions are a small portion of those. The industry has a long history of continually leveraging technology to minimize noise and emissions while improving safety and efficiency." -NBAA