This shutdown is also impacting the thousands of businesses that use those aircraft for parts delivery, to visit customers, those that repair aircraft, sell fuel, build hangars, and broker airplane transactions. Collectively, the situation threatens to have a ripple effect through communities with regard to critical services that depend on these aircraft – everything from medevac flights, to mail delivery, transport of veterans, fire-fighting, and blood, organ and medical transport.
To make matters worse, it appears the situation also puts America in violation of international treaties and obligations. In a February 9, 2012, policy statement on aircraft registrations, the FAA confirmed its significant international obligations related to the aircraft registry, stating: "Included among these responsibilities is the obligation to provide information on the registration and ownership of aircraft on its registry when requested by another contracting State or by the International Civil Aviation Organization." With the FAA Registry currently closed, there is no possible way the agency can meet these important international obligations, which impact aviation safety and security worldwide.
For decades, the United States has been the world leader in every aspect of general aviation, from production to operation. The industry, of which business aviation is a vital component, is responsible for 1.2 million jobs, and is one of the few manufacturing industries that positively impacts our balance of trade. It is also predominately an industry of small-businesses. During the last government shutdown, the Registry remained open. We urge the Administration and Congress to expeditiously find a way forward to end the shutdown or at a minimum conduct a re-evaluation of the criteria for excepted employees. Until the FAA Registry in Oklahoma City opens, an important American industry remains on an indefinite layover.
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