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NJASAP Industry Affairs seeks to represent the interests of the Association’s members by filling a void on Capitol Hill. Currently, NJASAP is the only organization advocating exclusively on behalf of professional pilots employed in the service of fractional aviation operations. Industry Affairs Program Coordinator Capt. Coley George spends several days each month working on Capitol Hill to focus attention on NJASAP’s legislative indicatives as well as to familiarize Congressional representatives and members of their staff with NJASAP and NetJets.

When its interests align, NJASAP and NetJets legislative representatives collaborate to concentrate even greater attention on shared interests: This is certainly the case with proposed user fees and extended corporate jet depreciation schedules. George also works with fellow labor advocates on issues of mutual interest such as One Level of Safety, which is the Association’s primary legislative objective.

The Association’s efforts are supported by the NJASAP Political Action Committee or NJASAP PAC, which gives the Association the ability to support those Congressional representatives who have voiced or demonstrated a commitment to organized labor and/or protecting the interests of business aviation. Additional information about NJASAP’s legislative priorities as well as the PAC is provided below.

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The 1.2 million men and women employed within or in support of business aviation are often overlooked by the misguided political rhetoric surrounding this vital sector of the nation’s aviation industry. Consider this: general aviation aircraft, including those flown by NetJets pilots, are largely manufactured or assembled here in the United States where they are flown by U.S. pilots and serviced by U.S.-based maintenance crews at airports across the nation. What’s more, private aviation contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy each and every year. It is because our industry has been singled out for undue focus and scrutiny that NJASAP seeks to change the way politicians, pundits and the general public view business aviation.

It is for these reasons NJASAP Industry Affairs representatives devote much of their time to advocating against policies that would curtail investment in jet aircraft, such as extended depreciation schedules, and the application of additional taxes on owners like per-segment user fees. Additional information about NJASAP’s position on these policies can be accessed from the Publications area of this web page as well as the Business Aviation page.


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TALKING POINTS
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NetJets & Business Aviation
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LETTERS
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bullet User Fees 05.13
bullet Corporate Jet Depreciation 05.13
bullet White House Proposal 04.13
bullet Corporate Jet Depreciation (2012)
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NEWS RELEASES
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bullet NJASAP Applauds Bipartisan SENATE Effort to Enforce FAA Rulemaking Processes 1.17.14
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bullet NJASAP Applauds Bipartisan HOUSE Effort to Enforce FAA Rulemaking Processes 11.22.13
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bullet NJASAP Recognizes LoBiondo
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bullet NJASAP to attend NBAA Convention 10.21.13
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bullet Congressional Pilot Caucus Inaugural Reception 06.28.13
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bullet Foxx Confirmation 06.28.13
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bullet Foxx Cabinet Nomination 05.06.13
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Lobiondo Appointment 01.16.13
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WHITE PAPERS
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bullet Aviation Rulemaking Committee
bullet Foreign Ownership
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INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
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bullet 2012 PAC Report
bullet 2Q13 Newsletter
   
   
   
   
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The safety and security of the aviation industry is NJASAP’s highest legislative priority in Washington. Association representatives vigorously advocate on behalf of legislation and regulatory initiatives that move the aviation industry ever close to the shared goal of One Level of Safety.

 
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NJASAP is firmly opposed to the $100-per-flight user fee included in the White House’s 2013 budget proposal to Congress. Despite the failure of previous attempts, President Obama has sought to revisit this ill-advised structure that seeks to impose a fee on all flights. Undeniably, the impact of the user fee proposal on business aviation would be significant. General aviation aircraft, including those flown by NetJets pilots, are largely manufactured or assembled here in the United States where they are flown by U.S.-based pilots and serviced by U.S-based maintenance crews at airports across the nation. Efforts to impose an additional financial burden on those who own and use business aircraft would disproportionately harm hard-working, blue-collar Americans, including the professional pilots of NetJets. In fact, it threatens tens of thousands of well paying U.S. jobs. For this reason, NJASAP is opposed to any proposal that would impose a per flight user fee on business aircraft.
 
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Modifying the tax benefit stemming from the depreciation schedule for corporate jets has been the focus of significant debate in Washington D.C. for the past several years. NJASAP is a staunch proponent of shorter depreciation schedules that provide incentives for large equipment purchases like jet aircraft because the faster pace reduces the short-term tax liability, allowing investors to keep more cash on hand. Business jets have been the subject of tax depreciations advantageous to buyers since 1987; however, there is a movement afoot that would lengthen the schedule to seven years, matching that of airliners.

NJASAP believes the tax depreciation of business aircraft should be treated no differently than investments in new equipment made by other types of businesses – nor should they be. Whether used to purchase a new crane by a construction company or a new computer for an accounting firm, these policies, which have been in place for more than three decades, allow U.S. businesses to invest in growth strategies to remain viable in the highly competitive global marketplace. Just as we should not discourage these types of purchases, lawmakers and talking heads in Washington should immediately curtail any effort to restrict investments in business aviation.

 
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    Efforts to secure inclusion in Known Crewmember (KCM), a screening system that would allow NetJets pilots to bypass traditional security lines at select airports across the country, continue to focus much of NJASAP’s work on Capitol Hill. Known Crewmember enabled TSA security officers to positive verify the identity and employment status of flight crewmembers, expediting their access to sterile areas of airports, reducing passenger-screening line congestion, enhancing security, and making airport checkpoint screening more efficient for those who depend on air transportation. The program is currently available Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Miami International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Boston Logan International, Dulles International in Washington, D.C., and Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle. The TSA authorized KCM to become a standing program available to U.S. airlines with access points at dozens of airports. Given the incredibly dynamic nature of a non-scheduled operation that offers its owners a four-hour guarantee, time is, very often, of the essence, and NJASAP is keen to become a participant in this initiative.  
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