Private aviation, FNAM recalls its usefulness

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Once subject to opprobrium, business aviation, which is far from being solely composed of private jets, remains a means of opening up and developing territories, beyond a reservoir of jobs and skills. not relocatable. The FNAM, the UAF, the EBAA, the GIPAG and the SNEH have thus united to defend this useful and necessary aviation, through the commissioning of a study which recalls the economic and social realities of general aviation and business and to undeniably underline its indispensable role.

A study to recall the economic and social reality of general aviation

The FNAM rejects the shot and makes it known. In a context of controversies surrounding aviation wrongly described as “private jets”, the main players in air transport intend to re-establish the reality of the facts and figures with regard to general and business aviation. The latter commissioned the Arthur D. Little firm to conduct a study on general and business aviation including helicopter transport today in France. This study makes it possible to recall the economic and social reality of general and business aviation and to underline in an indisputable manner its essential role in the opening up and development of territories and in the existence of the French aeronautics and air transport.

An ecosystem made up of more than 500 companies

General and business aviation in France is a complete ecosystem made up of more than 500 companies (mostly SMEs and VSEs located throughout the country) bringing together nearly 36,000 direct jobs and which generated in 2019 a turnover of 7.6 billion euros. General and business aviation plays a fundamental role in the economic and social development of territories. It not only constitutes a reservoir of non-relocatable jobs and skills directly or indirectly linked to aviation but also impacts the entire economic and social development of the territories. For example, it makes it possible to establish key economic decision-making centers in the region, such as the headquarters of large companies or SMEs and ETIs with national or international influence.

75% of flights to connect cities without rail connections

General and business aviation is also a means of transport combining flexibility and speed. It is therefore perfectly complementary to rail and road mobility to effectively connect regions. Thus, more than 75% of on-demand transport aviation flights are carried out between cities without a fast high-speed rail connection (less than 3.5 hours) and without an alternative by regular airline aviation.Aviation General and business aviation is also useful. Passenger transport operates nearly 80% of its flights for business travel.

Medical and health evacuations

The majority of flight hours carried out for “aerial work” are done for reasons relating to service to the public and the general interest. General and business aviation is thus mobilized firstly for medical and health evacuations and personal rescue, then for monitoring critical infrastructure networks and fighting fires. It also constitutes a crucible of aviation by contributing significantly to the training of aviation professionals, particularly pilots.

4.6% of CO2 emissions in France

Finally, general and business aviation only represents 4.6% of CO2 emissions from aviation in France, with stable emissions over the last 10 years. It will also be the first aviation segment to be decarbonized with aircraft with electric or hybrid engines and with the mass use of sustainable aeronautical fuels. “This aviation must therefore be preserved and supported because of its economic and social role but also its immediate decarbonization potential,” adds the FNAM.

Promote the decarbonization of this aviation

Air transport stakeholders are therefore calling on public authorities to promote the decarbonization of this aviation by massively financing innovation and new decarbonized technologies, by guaranteeing access to sustainable aviation fuels or green electricity through the implementation installation of ad hoc charging infrastructure at all airports and by financially supporting the conversion of aircraft to accelerate a relatively slow natural rate of renewal. In the medium and long term, it is also a question of supporting general and business aviation by maintaining the necessary infrastructure (airports, border crossing points, air traffic control towers), by simplifying regulations and by preserving economic “equalization” between regular aviation and general and business aviation.

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