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The value of business aviation: No Plane, No Gain publishes new Fact Book

Private aircraft is not just a thing for big-city fat cats; it's also a vital lifeline for the everyday person in many of the places portrayed in the media as flyover states. That's the message behind the newly updated Business Aviation Fact Book, published by No Plane, No Gain, a joint effort of the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The collection of data illustrates how airports in smaller cities keep remote places connected, saying that four out of five business airplane flights are to those smaller facilities. Furthermore, business airplanes reach 10 times as many airports than the major airlines (5,000 to 500). The people on board those planes aren't nearly as often what's portrayed in the media as the jet-setter class, the fact book says, noting that 86 percent of business aviation flights carry rank-and-file workers - marketing and sales personnel, technical and engineering staff, middle managers and customers - rather than top executives. And while the Sandamp;P 500 companies that use business aircraft financially outperform their counterparts that do not by 70 percent, according to the publication, nearly half (45 percent) of the companies that use business aviation have less than 500 employees and that the Fortune 500 flies only 3 percent of the U.S. business aircraft fleet. The fact book also focuses on the economic impact of business aviation, a creator of more than 1 million jobs and contributor of an average of $393 per American to the 2018 U.S. GDP, with $28 billion in airplanes and aircraft components being exported. The document breaks down the vitality of business aviation, state by state, noting the thousands of jobs at business aviation airports in New Jersey (KTEB) and California (KVNY), the aircraft manufacturing jobs in Kansas and North Carolina, and the dependence of aviation mobility for everyday life in places such as the Alaskan frontier, where in some cases airplanes serve as school buses for children. Among the pilots surveyed, nearly two in five (38 percent), said they have flown a humanitarian mission in the past year, for a total of 15,000 flights, according to the fact book, which says more than 500 American companies now partner with Corporate Angel Network (CAN), making empty seats available on their business aircraft for cancer patients - arranging 60,000 such flights since the network's creation in 1981. There are much more facts and figures in the complete publication. Click here to access or download the No Plane, No Gain Business Aviation Fact Book.
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