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A Logical Travel Option

This fall’s agenda in Washington- DC will include heated debates related to government spending and counterbalancing revenues as Congress attempts to unwind unprecedented actions by the Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration during the Great Recession. Some legislators will use the impending limitation to our nation’s borrowing authority- due to occur in mid-October when the nation is expected to reach its debt ceiling- as the setting for extending or even expanding the mandatory cuts in g

Jack Olcott   |   1st October 2013
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A Logical Travel Option
Business Aviation provides alternatives that should be used and understood. Today’s events that are well beyond the control of corporations and entrepreneurs point to the need for Business Aviation- asserts Jack Olcott.

This fall’s agenda in Washington- DC will include heated debates related to government spending and counterbalancing revenues as Congress attempts to unwind unprecedented actions by the Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration during the Great Recession. Some legislators will use the impending limitation to our nation’s borrowing authority- due to occur in mid-October when the nation is expected to reach its debt ceiling- as the setting for extending or even expanding the mandatory cuts in government programs imposed by sequestration.

Conservatives have demanded additional spending reductions as the quid pro quo for increasing the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. The Obama Administration has countered with an equally firm position that the debt ceiling must be raised without debate and taxes must increase- at least for some parties. Most likely past arguments will resurface- including the unjustified assaults on “corporate jets” that appear in the demagoguery of too many politicians.

Users of business aircraft must not be intimidated by the possibility—if not the certainty—that they will be subject to unjustified criticism. Instead- they should be confident that the capabilities of Business Aviation are more necessary today than at any time in the history of our nation.

Transportation - A Required Resource
The ability to travel efficiently- reaching destinations where counterparties can quickly address issues in person- is a necessity for economic development. While the concept of transportation being an enabling technology for growth is well established by historical facts- it is particularly meaningful that elements of the Obama Administration now seem to be rediscovering the importance of face-to-face communications.

According to an article that appeared in the New York Times- the Office of the United States Trade Representative is clearly concerned by travel limitations imposed by sequestration. U.S. government trade negotiators typically are required to fly hundreds of thousands of miles doing their job negotiating agreements and serving American interests abroad. With cuts imposed by sequestration- however- travel budgets have been curtailed drastically at a time when the government is involved in many issues created by the growing importance of nations far beyond US shores.

The United States of America is negotiating a free-trade agreement- known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership- with 12 Pacific Rim countries- and it is engaged in multiyear talks with the European Union. The US is attempting to promote trade between our country and the many nations in Africa. In addition- the Office of the US Trade Representative deals with an ever-expanding book of enforcement cases involving trade with rapidly growing nations such as China.

In today’s era of sequestration- negotiators feel particularly disadvantaged by the inability to deal with their foreign counterparts face-to-face. Making the argument for “Being There” when negotiations are in full bloom- government trade officials point to many instances where private- in-person discussions led to breakthroughs- such as the progress that occurred when a high official from the US government and the South Korean trade minister were able to talk privately during a seemingly casual but obviously pivotal walk together at a free trade conference pertaining to American automobiles.

Administration trade officials argue that such effective communications usually do not happen when negotiators are viewing each other on a video screen during conference calls.

Business Aircraft Promote Progress
Users of Business Aviation understand the benefits of being in the right place at the right time with the right personnel to negotiate a successful deal- face-to-face. They also appreciate the advantages of arriving at their destination less fatigued than if they had used public transportation. Hours spent en-route to foreign lands must be spent wisely- in an environment that minimizes the stress of travel. With satellite systems providing amazing connectivity- a long-range business jet is in essence an office that moves—enabling travelers to communicate with colleagues and clients while working in an environment as secure as their office back at headquarters. Travel time becomes productive time.

Today’s business environment has created the need for efficient travel to distant places. Significant business opportunities continue to surface in Asia- Africa- South America and Eastern Europe- and success favors those who are swift to fully engage in such distant places.

Even where public transportation is well developed- such as in the USA- Airlines have reduced schedules to many locations in order to increase load factors on domestic flights. Responding quickly and efficiently to business opportunities and providing a high level of customer service demands the resources of Business Aviation- whether traveling to distant lands or domestically.

Business Aviation- often the most logical choice to facilitate business development- provides travel options to be understood and used.

 

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