The NBAA was founded in 1947 and is based in Washington, DC. Standing for The National Business Aviation Association, Inc., the NBAA is the United States' foremost organization dealing with businesses specifically reliant on general aviation aircraft to increase the efficiency and productivity of their companies. Ultimately, the NBAA gathers data from operational and managerial collections related to the safe, efficient, and cost-effective operation of general aviation aircraft in the business industry. The NBAA currently assists over 8,000 businesses, which generate an average annual revenue of approximately $5 trillion (which exceeds 50% of the gross national product) and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA also provides more than 100 different kinds of products for the aviation community, as well as hosts the Annual Meeting & Convention, which is the world's largest civil aviation trade show.
The Nabs’ early years were some of their most trying. It caused the change from a small-time association into a strong, internationally recognized organization. The NBAA stuck to its purpose of representing the aviation interests of its members. It puts forth a united front for businesses finding it necessary to improve their aircraft's conditions, ranging from matters of equipment to service. They are constantly furthering their cause for the safety and productivity of businesses utilizing general aviation aircraft. NBAA frequently relies on the collective strength of its members. One of their better-known accomplishments was their early appointment of a technical committee specifically designed to handle airframe and systems design to aircraft maintenance and inspection procedures.
Throughout the years, NBAA has also sought improvements in airways and airports, weather reporting services, expanding communications and air navigation facilities, higher airport service standards and aircraft parts distribution, better use of the general aviation aircraft as a tool in the business industry, better air-traffic control procedures, and better standards for qualifying pilots to fly for the business industry. However, their goals have shifted somewhat towards more recent issues such as aviation safety, fair and equal access, FAA reform, landing fees, relief airports, air support and air-traffic control modernization, and various tax issues.