I have been critical of the criticism of Congressional attacks on the use of business jets for some time now. I began my aviation career before the first business jet, the Lear 23, came into existence. With the introduction of that aircraft businessmen immediately saw the multiplying effect created through the use of business aircraft, particularly business jets, and a boom in corporate aviation ensued. While I left the corporate aviation world to start my own aviation insurance business, I have remained close with many in this wonderful occupation. I have seen first hand the benefits of corporate flight departments, and the way most of the corporate jets are used. Corporate flight operations are as professional as, and perhaps more so, than the airlines are. These are not frills for most companies, but rather a business tool. But way in the background is the smiling image of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. A recent report by Judicial Watch using documents obtained under the Freedom of Information act reveal a prim donna who uses military aircraft as her personal shuttle service. One Department of Defense official complained about the "hidden cots" associated with the Speaker's last minute changes and cancellations. Personnel wind up preparing the aircraft for the trip, crews commute from great distances to fly the aircraft, meals are prepared all in anticipation of a trip. Then, at the last moment, the Speaker changes her mind and cancels the trip. In other documents correspondence detailing demands from Speaker Pelosi's intermediary s for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when the requested military aircraft were unavailable. On another occasion Speaker Pelosi requested three military aircraft to transport herself and other members of Congress to the funeral of Rep. Jones. And the list goes on. You can find more details about this at the Judicail Watch
website, including the documents referenced in the report. The most requested aircraft was a Gulfstream GV. Wish I could live like that.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."