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Sep 3, 2007

US Government Accountability Office issued a report on very light jets indicating that there is little consensus on their impact on the National Airspace System or on US FAA's costs and Trust Fund revenues but that "most experts" said Very Light Jets - VLJs "will likely have little impact on safety due to FAA's certification procedures for aircraft, pilots and maintenance." Aug 28, 2007

Eight forecasts reviewed by GAO predict a range of 3,016-7,649 Very Light Jet - VLJ deliveries in the 2016-25 period. The figure will depend particularly on the success or failure of air taxi operations, the agency said. Aug 28, 2007

GAO said FAA "has policies and procedures in place" to accommodate Very Light Jets - VLJs "because the aircraft will operate similarly to other aircraft and will enter the NAS incrementally," although there was no consensus among experts interviewed concerning the types of airports VLJs would use. "Many" experts said they will focus on smaller airports with excess capacity, GAO said, but "a few" said the aircraft may exacerbate delays by using larger airports. Aug 28, 2007

Corporate jets contribute to airspace congestion. Up in the sky, private jets often occupy the same air paths and rely on the same air traffic controllers services as commercial airlines, and on an average day, roughly 20% to 30% of the air traffic over New York is corporate jets, according to a spokesman for the Air Transport Association. It's possible that a crowded 737 might have to wait for a tiny Gulfstream to take off in Miami or at Dulles, outside Washington. Aug 27, 2007

NBAA says corporate jet owners more important than other fliers. An official at the National Business Aviation Association made it clear that the organization feels some travelers are more important than others: "On a business flight, you might have people going to Wall Street from companies who are creating jobs and generating billions of dollars in commerce. People on a commercial flight might be going on vacation or going to New York to go to the theater." Aug 27, 2007

The rich want to be green. The rich leave behind large carbon footprints by using luxury vehicles, such as corporate jets that consume as much as 15 times as much fuel per passenger as commercial jets. Some try to compensate by investing in carbon offsets, which some experts call mere window dressing. Others say the wealthy are leading the charge to bring the environment back into balance. Aug 27, 2007

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