In his opening remarks, NBAA president Ed Bolen talked about how business aviation had weathered the storm, and how we can expedite the recovery. As did many others, Bolen cited the damage done in Washington and elsewhere by those who would bash business flying as part of their narrow political agenda. But he said that the trend has changed on Capitol Hill, and a third of the congressmen are not just neutral about private flying, but have become champions of general aviation. Recent passage of the bonus depreciation tax incentive is evidence of the lawmakers' support for GA. Bolen and many invited speakers cited the NBAA 'No Plane, No Gain' advocacy campaign, which pointed out that GA accounts for 1.2 million high-salary jobs in this country, contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually, and is one of our best tools in balancing trade deficits. And in today's political environment, it's tough to go after an industry that creates jobs. GA also connects rural America, where airline service is dwindling. With access by private aviation, business is willing to bring jobs and opportunity to these communities. And NBAA studies show that when business aviation is part of the business plan, companies — large and small — do better than those who do not.