The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the launch of a new NBAA Owner Pilot Association Coalition (NBAA OPAC), which will bring together leaders of business aircraft owner-pilot organizations in a collaborative effort to tackle top concerns for business aviators and explore opportunities to grow the owner operator community.
“NBAA is about serving all entrepreneurs and companies using an aircraft for business, including owner pilots,” said Andrew Broom, NBAA senior vice president of strategy, marketing and innovation. “This new, grassroots coalition will connect the best thinking to concrete action to address owner-operators’ unique challenges, and also optimize the many ways aviation can support their business needs.”
Broom noted that a starter group of representatives from several owner-pilot groups are advising the association, including leaders from Cirrus Vision Pilots and Owners, Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP), Embraer Jet Operators Association (EJOA); Malibu M-Class Owner and Pilot Association and TBM Owner Pilot Association (TBMOPA). He added that the coalition intends to quickly focus on a list of initial priorities to drive its work, including:
“The needs of owner-operators are continually evolving, and the formation of this coalition is an important step in bringing us together to address mutually shared challenges,” said TBMOPA Executive Director Misty Stanistreet. “NBAA’s coalition will leverage the association’s proven ability to harness the collective expertise that will benefit all owner-aviators.”
CJP CEO Trent Corcia agreed, adding: “Owner-pilot associations create tremendous value for their members, and by coming together under this coalition tent, we’ll create a force multiplier that can address changing needs and create opportunities in a way that hasn’t been possible until now.”