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Governments Also Need Business Aviation

Government and industry have similar needs- outlines Jack Olcott. Like their counterparts in the private sector- public sector employees have the need to be efficient- productive and effective. Thus it is understandable that for certain duties- government at all levels employs business aircraft.

Jack Olcott   |   1st April 2013
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Government and industry have similar needs- outlines Jack Olcott. Like their counterparts in the private sector- public sector employees have the need to be efficient- productive and effective. Thus it is understandable that for certain duties- government at all levels employs business aircraft.

According to a study completed in 2012 by Nexa Advisors- a Washington- DC consulting firm- the number of aircraft engaged in government operations at federal- state and local levels totals approximately 2-000 (see chart below). Clearly the most visible is Air Force One- a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet used as a flying White House for the U.S. President. (A standby Boeing 747 also is available in the rare event that a back-up aircraft is required.) Other Airline-sized aircraft as well as corporate jets are used by Cabinet Members and leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Most of the ‘public-use aircraft’ (the official name for aircraft owned by various levels of government) are special purpose machines such a helicopters for law enforcement- medevac and patrol function- and smaller business aircraft for special surveillance.

Aircraft used by government are similar in function to their counterparts in Business Aviation. They are essential tools that enable public servants do their job efficiently and effectively. Nexa Advisors concluded its report- Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Value Perspective- with three main findings:

• “Numerous uses were identified that clearly prove that government aircraft are the best tools for the job.”
• “There are financial and non-financial benefits provided by government aircraft.”
• “Government use of aircraft clearly improves taxpayer value.”
Next time you hear the words “Corporate Jets”- think about how useful they are to all levels of government.


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