National Business Aviation Association

National Business Aviation Association

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)was founded in 1947.

There might well be only a handful of aircraft flown by business today if it were not for the vision and determination of a group of men who met at the Wings Club in the Biltmore Hotel, New York, in the spring of 1946 to look at the air transportation environment, from their point of view.

The small group at the Wings Club was keenly aware that the interests of business flying would suffer in any scramble for air space and recognition because it was the only segment of the air operations industry not yet organized. The airlines had the Air Transport Association (ATA), the pilots had the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the independent freight lines formed their own group and the light plane flyers were well served by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

What these early NBAA organizers saw in those post-World War II days was both encouraging and discouraging. On the bright side was a resurgence of commercial, business and personal flying. Business firms, remembering the utility of aircraft during the war, were turning to air transportation to meet the accelerating tempo of competition

On the darker side they saw that the regulatory agencies were proposing drastic and even unwise measures to cope with the traffic control problems.

The small group at the Wings Club was keenly aware that the interests of business flying would suffer in any scramble for air space and recognition because it was the only segment of the air operations industry not yet organized. The airlines had the Air Transport Association (ATA), the pilots had the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the independent freight lines formed their own group and the light plane flyers were well served by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

An organization to promote and protect the interests of business aircraft operators was urgently needed and the first steps in that direction were taken by the group of 13 persons who met informally at the Wings Club on May 17, 1946

Today, NBAA is focused on issues such as aviation safety, operational efficiency, fair and equal access, FAA reform, noise and compatible land use, peak hour landing fees, reliever airports, air support, air traffic control modernization, product liability reform, research and development, business aviation advocacy and various tax issues.

As the world of aviation has become more global, NBAA is at the forefront of international issues such as an international aviation policy and improvement and standardization of global air traffic systems.

The National Business Aviation Association now provides assistance to more than 8,000 Member Companies which earn annual revenues of approximately 5 trillion dollars – a number that exceeds 50 percent of the gross national product – and employ more that 19 million people worldwide!



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