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I feel the views expressed in a Washington, D.C.-based curiosity group’s latest opinion piece (“It’s time to tax non-public jets to pay for local weather change mitigation”, within the BDN on Aug. 8) promoted a caricature about enterprise aviation that ignores key details about a necessary American business, together with its report on sustainability management.
For starters, enterprise aviation helps assist greater than 4,800 jobs and greater than $700 million in financial output yearly in Maine. Enterprise airplanes are a vital technique of connectivity for the state, which has a restricted variety of airports with scheduled airline flights, however is dwelling to dozens of smaller airports accessible to native companies that depend on an plane to serve purchasers and clients.
Take, for instance, an insurance coverage firm that has been primarily based in northern Maine for greater than a century. From its headquarters, a full journey day, involving a number of airline flights, might be wanted to achieve clients within the firm’s five-state area. Thankfully, its small airplane can promptly transport assessors to assist clients within the aftermath of a disaster, just like the 1000’s of policyholders struck by a extreme climate occasion in Pennsylvania a number of years in the past.
In fact, the worth of enterprise aviation to an vital native enterprise like this one was exterior the latest opinion author’s consideration. Sadly, the identical is also stated in regards to the info not included within the piece in regards to the business’s sustainability report — together with a 40 p.c discount in carbon emissions over 4 a long time, and a pledge to leverage new applied sciences and different improvements to realize net-zero emissions within the coming years.
Right here’s the underside line: enterprise aviation offers a bunch of societal advantages, in an more and more sustainable method, making it indispensable in Maine, and throughout the nation.
President and CEO
Nationwide Enterprise Aviation Affiliation