The IPS/EA report is equally misleading as it attacks general aviation for everything from tax incentives for the industry, to endangering national security, to damaging “social cohesion.” Not surprisingly, its proposed remedies amount to taxing general aviation until it disappears. The authors of the report, so concerned about “social cohesion,” do not show that they have a clue about risk based transportation security, tax incentives that stimulate manufacturing and business that in-turn creates jobs and therefore proportionally larger tax revenues, or even the slightest idea where the increased number of general aviation aircraft produced are actually flying.
IPS/EA liberally uses GAMA's production numbers and makes assumptions that all these aircraft are destined for use in the U.S.. Had they done any scholarly research they would have realized that the majority of the orders for business aircraft today are coming from overseas where the rest of the world is waking up to the economic utility of general aviation. Those orders from overseas customers are creating more high quality, high paying jobs for Americans and help make aviation manufacturing one of the only bright spots in the U.S. manufacturing economy and the balance of trade.
“This report will get its 24 hour news cycle and then be retired to the trash can as uninformed slander of one of America’s most dynamic manufacturing industries, a contributor to quality jobs and growing export markets, and a form of transportation that is safe, secure and avoids airline created congestion, while providing travel options where airline service is contracting or is non-existent," said GAMA's President and CEO, Pete Bunce.
GAMA is an international trade association headquartered in Washington, DC representing over 60 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics and related equipment. GAMA's members also operate fleets of aircraft, fixed based operations, and pilot training and maintenance training facilities. For additional information, visit GAMA’s website at www.GAMA.aero.
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