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19 March, 2009

What Pelosi Knows and Won’t Admit

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 15:42

While Pelosi, Obama, and just about every other Washington low-life complains about “business jets”, Pelosi likes them just fine as long as the taxpayer is footing the bill.

Bill Garvey wrote an op ed for the NYT, explaining why private airplanes are a good idea, that was severely edited for space. Here’s the whole magilla.

Here’s a reality check: Envision a rectangle 11 feet long by four feet, nine inches across. Now, stand in the center, scrunching down so the top of your head is no more than 57.5 inches from the bottom of your heels. That’s the cabin area of those riding in a Citation CJ1, which together with its predecessors, comprise the most populous model — by far — of business jet in the world.

The part that The One misses is how much he is talking down an American industrial success story.

And here’s the thing: The aircraft and their systems are, for the most part, made here in the U.S. of A., by union and non-union workers, in places like Wichita, Cedar Rapids, Savannah, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. And they’re prized throughout the world. In 2007, half the business jets delivered by U.S. manufacturers went to foreign buyers who paid more than $3 billion for them. Manufacturers elsewhere, including in Japan and Germany, have tried to compete, but they were so utterly trounced by American ingenuity and craftsmanship that they simply gave up.

There are foreign-made business aircraft to be sure; for example, Falcon Jets made in France by Dassault are highly regarded. But even those are stuffed with American-made avionics, engines, subsystems and interiors. Indeed, Dassault’s largest facility in the world is in Little Rock, Ark., where 2,285 people work completing Falcon interiors and readying them for delivery. In further acknowledgment of America’s business aviation leadership, Brazil’s Embraer is right now building a business jet production plant in Florida, and Honda another in North Carolina.

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