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The NBAA was founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC. Standing for The National Business Aviation Association, Inc., the NBAA is the United States foremost organization dealing with business 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 general aviation aircraft in the business industry. The NBAA currently provides assistance to over 8,000 businesses, which produces an average annual revenue of approximately 5 trillion dollars (a number that exceeds 50 percent of the gross national product) and employs more that 19 million people across the world. The NBAA also provides more then 100 different kinds of products for the aviation community as well as hosting the Annual Meeting & Convention, which is the world's largest civil aviation trade show.

The Nabs’ early years were some of its 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 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 constantly are furthering their cause for the safety and productivity of businesses utilizing general aviation aircraft. NBAA frequently calls on the 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.

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