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Industry visionaries launch grassroots effort

Oct. 12, 2011, Las Vegas, Nv. - Using the “No Plane, No Gain” materials, two aviation executives today revealed plans to launch a grassroots effort to educate policy and business decision makers at the national, state/provincial or local level.


October 12, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

Canadian- based Starlink Aviation VP, Sales & Marketing Brenda Libby
and U.S.- based Charlie Bravo Aviation CEO René Banglesdorf partnered
with NBAA and the “No Plane, No Gain” advocacy campaign to develop an
easy- to- use presentation for those in the aviation industry to use in
their personal spheres of influence.

Born out of a love for the industry and desire to promote general aviation’s benefits and contribution to society, Libby and Banglesdorf created a presentation that one can easily use and adapt for their market.
 
“Even a simple investment of 20 minutes by individuals in our industry can make a huge difference,” Libby said. “We saw a significant increase in charter activity in Montreal when I took the time to present the benefits and dispel the myths often presented in the media, to the local business community. Business leaders and decision makers understand the vision quickly.”
 
Libby and Banglesdorf plan to gather names and contact information at NBAA2011 so they can invite interested volunteers to a webinar in early November. During the web conference, participants will see the final multimedia presentation and receive suggestions for implementing a program in their local area.
 
“The information Ed Bolen and other industry leaders use in their presentations is compelling, and they are doing a great job defending business aviation on Capitol Hill,” Banglesdorf said. “If each of us can take that same data and reach the decision makers in our communities, we can give our industry a huge shot in the arm. If it means saving airports, saving jobs, and bettering small communities in North America, why wouldn’t we do it?”
 
“The No Plane, No Gain materials were developed for the good of the industry,” VP of Communications for NBAA Dan Hubbard said. “We fully support what this effort stands for and look forward to seeing some great results.”