January 30, 1997
January 30, 1997
Dear Mr. Marbach,
The National Business Aircraft Association recognizes the significant role single and light twin
piston-engine aircraft play within business aviation. We encourage operators of all types of
general aviation to participate in NBAA Membership and the various informational programs
offered by the Association to the entire business aviation community whether or not the operator
is an NBAA member.
Currently, the NBAA Membership fleet includes 1,132 piston-powered aircraft, of which 533
are singles, 321 are light twins under 6,000 pounds and 278 are cabin-class twins. We have a
special seminar program specifically for the businessman (and woman) pilot/operator, and we
include case studies of piston singles and light twins in our advocacy materials. Furthermore,
NBAA played a significant role in the NASA report that resulted in the very exciting and
potentially significant NASA Advanced General Aviation Transportation Experiment (AGATE)
and General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) programs. NBAA is an associate member of the
Most manufacturers of piston-powered general aviation aircraft used for transportation displayed
product at NBAA's 49th Annual Meeting & Convention. They were welcome and received the
same consideration as manufacturers of the largest business jets.
NBAA agrees with your valid observation that singles and light twins are also highly productive
business tools and excellent forms of transportation. I use a Beech B55 for NBAA business
when the mission can be achieved with that very capable light twin.
We extend to operators of all aircraft, including piston-powered singles, NBAA's resources to
enhance the safety, efficiency and acceptance of their activities in business aviation.
Very truly yours,
John W. Olcott