Friday, September 30, 2011

Corporate jet users spent $460,000 on lobbying

The National Business Aviation Association, which represents corporate jet users, spent $460,000 in the second quarter to lobby federal officials on the Federal Aviation Administration's budget and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That's the same amount the group spent a year earlier in this year's first quarter.

The trade group also lobbied on legislation involving airport expansions, securing aircraft cockpits against lasers, and it pushed for the continuation of an exemption to the alternative minimum tax on airport bonds and rules related to takeoffs and landings at New York's three commercial airports, according to the report it filed July 20 with the House clerk's office.

The group also lobbied the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the FAA, the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Management and Budget, Securities and Exchange Commission, the White House, National Transportation Safety Board and the Small Business Administration.

The group has recently been fighting a move by the DOT to allow the public to review the takeoff and landings of private planes on the internet.

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