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GM Continues To Dismantle Its Flight Department

by John M. White |

The once admired and oldest corporate flight department in America will soon be a thing of the past.  When General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection it included plans to break its lease on seven (7) corporate jets including two Gulfstream GV aircraft and five Gulfstream G350 aircraft. Of course, there may be a buyer-in-waiting for these cool aircraft, its largest shareholder - the U.S. Government.  That's right, the U.S. Government owns a fleet of these superb aircraft which hold the designation C-37A military jets, one of Queen Nancy Peolosi's most prized modes of transportation. Earlier in the year, under a freedom of information request, it was revealed - but not widely publicized - that Nancy Pelosi loves to use these aircraft to get her back and forth to her home district in California.  Some believe that she uses her husband's jet, but the truth be known she uses these C-37A aircraft a lot. And her scheduling and use of the aircraft causes our U.S. Air Force crews a lot of headaches.  So while her comrades sit in a committee room excoriating car executives for using corporate jets to fly to the Washington money trough, our elected officials use the ones we - the taxpayers - pay for. I guess its just which side of the committee room you sit on that makes the difference.  In fairness, however, a corporate fleet valued somewhere near $ 250M for a bankrupt company may not be the smartest asset to cling to in the face of a cash crunch. At the same time Chrysler LLC has asked o terminate the leases on its two aircraft, a Gulfstream G550 and a Gulfstream G450.  This can not be great publicity for one of corporate aviaton's icons, the Gulfstream corporate jets.  In the meantime the U.S. Government is STILL trying to locate all of its 1,400 plus aircraft it owns. Ah for the good old days.  How many of you recall the Daimler Chrysler Airbus taxiing into the Pontiac airport after a flight from Germany to Michigan? Or the ramp at Detroit Metro filled with GM's corporate fleet preparing for its days work? Well, corporate aviation is not the haven for furloughed airline pilots and ex-military types it once was, Hersch. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

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