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March 9, 2009
Aviation industry bailout: Let's make a deal!

As we have quickly learned in the recent months, our craft, passion, profession, and livelihood has been presented with some new challenges. The media that surrounds us with negative views on business aviation is not accurate, to say the least, and we all know how hard it is to stay positive in times like these.

Let’s make a deal — a deal with our peers, business partners, coworkers, and industry contacts to stay committed through the tough times. The aviation industry has always been a world leader, bringing incredible advances in technology and developments to help our everyday lives. Let’s do our best to keep it that way.

We can agree that general aviation has some challenges ahead and without the help of policymakers and our leaders, the future is uncertain. Common sense would tell any smart business leader that a corporate jet is not an unnecessary expense; rather, it is simply a tool to increase business productivity and grow our country’s big business world. The same common sense should be used by our nation’s leaders to understand business aviation is a good thing and a great contributor to the U.S. economy. After all, we are trying to create more jobs, right?

Looking ahead, there will be many exciting things going on with AMT this year. Stay tuned for more 20th anniversary highlights and special guest columns throughout the year.

Don’t forget that AMTSociety has IA renewal road show events going on all across the United States. You can find more information at

Hope to see you all in Vegas at the Aviation Industry Expo and, of course, at the maintenance skills competition. Until then we’ll see you online at

Thanks for reading!

Jon Jezo