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NBAA FILES FORMAL COMPLAINT OVER DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT AT ASPEN-PITKIN COUNTY AIRPORT

 WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over the on-going discriminatory treatment of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91 (not-for-hire) aircraft operators at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (Sardy Field).
 The situation concerns the prohibition of Part 91 operations beyond 1/2 hour after official sunset while permitting commercial traffic to continue operations until 11 p.m.
 The complaint states that "NBAA ... alleges that Pitkin County is imposing an unlawful curfew on Part 91 operations at Sardy Field, which unjustly discriminates against NBAA members' operations and violates Section 511(a) of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982."
 Aspen-Pitkin County Airport authorities allege that the current restrictions relate to noise. NBAA points out that modern technology turbine aircraft used by Part 91 operators are often quieter than those aircraft used by the commercial airlines.
 In the formal complaint, NBAA "respectfully requests that the FAA institute a formal investigation into the allegations ... and pursue appropriate enforcement action against Sardy Field, Pitkin County and the board, including ... withholding all federal grant monies from the airport."
 "The illegal curfew at Sardy Field has negatively impacted NBAA members for many years. NBAA previously sought relief, but to no avail. By letter dated Aug. 30, 1989, NBAA filed an informal complaint with the FAA regional administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region requesting that the night restriction on General Aviation be lifted and that General Aviation operators be afforded equal treatment to air carrier operators."
 Since earlier actions garnered no positive response, it became necessary for NBAA to file a formal complaint.
 NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 3,200 companies which operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA member companies earn annual revenues in excess of $3 trillion -- over 50 percent of the Gross National Product -- and employ more than 16 million people worldwide.
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 /NOTE: Copies of the formal complaint are available through NBAA.
 /CONTACT: Cassandra Bosco of the National Business Aircraft Association, 202-783-9000/


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