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"High Flyers" Report Trashes Private Jet Operations

by John M. White |

A Washington based environmental think tank has issued a report titled "High Flyers: How Private Jet Travel Is Straining The System, Warming The Planet And Costing You Money" claims that private jets don't pay their fair share of the national air system and at airports.  Chuck Collins, the author of the report, states "It's about paying your fair share." In response Ed Bolen, the President of the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), stated that "It is unfortunate that at a time when businesses are struggling and communities are losing air service, we see political screed masquerading as a policy report."  He further offered that the NBAA was not trying to get into the middle of the friction between airlines and general aviation over who pays for what. As it turns out this report actually blames the airlines for airport congestion, and also addressed the issue of passenger dissatisfaction with the airlines.  However, it makes a social claim when Collins says "As the upper echelons of American society insulate themselves further from the traveling public via private jet travel, we run the risk of a dangerous loss of social cohesion."  Further he says "As the super-rich and wealthy 'opt-out' of the public commercial air travel system, they withdraw their considerable political clout from making sure that the system works well for everyone." Now I don't know about you, but I never knew that the 'super rich and wealthy' were obligated to make sure the national air transportation system works well for everyone.  To me this report smacks of social engineering and an attempt to once again require the wealthy to compensate the poor traveling public who have to ride on those nasty airliners. In any case business aviation is a business tool, and with few exceptions most of the corporations I know that operate corporate jets use them to increase their return on investment in the business, and not to satisfy some innate desire to avoid the flying public.  In point of fact today it is difficult to travel anywhere in less than 8 hours, considering the airlines want you at the airport 2 hours or more before your flight departs, add on a 2 1/2 hour flight (not including delays), and another hour to get your bags at the airport and you can kiss most of the day goodbye before you even get where you are going. Compare that to arriving at the airport, getting on the corporate jet within about 15 minutes, 2 1/2 hours to an airport closer to the business you want to visit, and walking off the aircraft bags in hand.  Kind of makes sense, doesn't it? In any case, until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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