On October 1, 2013, a government-wide shutdown went into effect, impacting services provided by nearly all government agencies. While the shutdown has not impacted basic aviation safety services, it has had an impact on many aspects of business aviation.
The NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) has been underlining the shutdown’s effect on the business aviation industry.
In a letter to members, Ed Bolen, NBAA President and CEO highlighted that the shutdown threatens the aviation industry with the elimination of jobs, closure of companies and the loss of millions in economic activity.
“As just one part of making our case as clear and meaningful as possible, we have repeatedly emphasized that general aviation planes and parts can’t be produced, financed, bought or sold without the written approval of the federal government, which has to register each and every aircraft in the FAA’s Aircraft Registry.”
“According to the FAA, 10,000 aircraft registrations expire each month. So, by shutting down the registry, the government is effectively grounding much of the America’s general aviation industry, along with the potential operations of thousands of aircraft crucial to the functioning of our economy. In the long term, the shutdown will have additional, grave consequences for workers, the economy and our national infrastructure.”
While the government has repeatedly stressed that all “essential employees,” such as air traffic controllers, will continue to perform their duties, there are still are large number of aviation safety inspectors who will not being working during the shutdown. These workers are the people responsible for ensuring airlines are in compliance with FAA maintenance requirements for providers of domestic and international flights.
Although there are still many aircrafts providing “regular” service, travelers will need to allow themselves more time for checking in and can expect long delays, such as in clearing customs.
While there Government Shutdown has brought a lot of undesirable effects on the general aviation industry, there is a silver lining. Private charter jets are still in operation and are the most efficient way to ensure the safest conditions and avoid long delays, while still maintaining the best flight experience possible. Private jet and aircraft charters work with several third party organizations such as ARG/US, Wyvern and ISBAO to monitor and rate charter flight providers’ safety and service. Private aircrafts also have access to a number of smaller airports that have less traffic and don’t require large government staffing to uphold regular operations. Furthermore, private charters have minimal security checks required prior to boarding aircrafts.
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