GAMA/NBAA Survey Shows True Face of Bizav Users

 - October 15, 2009, 12:09 PM

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and NBAA today released a new survey showing that recent portrayals of business aviation as mainly “fat cats” flying in large-cabin jets are inaccurate. The survey, conducted for GAMA and NBAA by Harris Interactive, shows an industry in which the typical company is a small or midsized business flying a single aircraft used by a “broad mix” of employees to make business trips using community airports that  have little or no airline service. “These findings stand in stark contrast to recent mischaracterizations of business aviation operators,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “The reality is, companies of all sizes rely on many different types of aircraft to be more competitive, productive, efficient and successful.” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen added, “Although the manufacture and use of business aircraft contributes significantly to the national economy, the industry is often not well understood. This important study will help people see the real face of business aviation and underscore its importance to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S.” According to the survey, 59 percent of companies with a business aircraft have fewer than 500 employees, 75 percent operate only one aircraft, only 22 percent of passengers on business aircraft are top management and 80 percent of flights are made into secondary airports or airports with infrequent or no airline service.