GM Asks FAA To Stop Tracking Flights Of Private Jets

Posted on 29. Nov, 2008 by in 2000-2009

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Bloomberg, BBC & Aero News announces that General Motors, in an attempt to continue their isolation from the reality of the rest of the world, has instead of selling all of their private jets, have asked the FAA to stop tracking the flights of their private jets. These are the jets that GM executives fly including CEO, Rick Wagoneer as recently exhibuted during his visit to the United States Congress to beg for a no-strings handout.

General Motors and their leadership still do not get it. Why can’t they just get off of their “high horse” and they fly coach, drive or take public transportation like the rest of us? I am really starting to believe that their company is actually not in the dire straights that they are in because it takes a lot of money to fly and lease these private jets, so where is that money coming from exactly if they “don’t have any”?

Furthermore, for General Motors to request that the Federal Aviation Authority to bar the public (us & the media) from being able to track their flights is absolutely appalling and the epitome of arrogance. Message to General Motors: The 400 pound gorilla in the room is NOT that we can SEE you flying, it is the fact that you are FLYING these jets period!. Get a clue and start living a modest lifestyle so that you don’t take your company further into debt and wasting everyone’s money including, quite possibly the tax payers here in the United States!

As expected I checked to see if I could track one of their 8 jets with the registration N5116 from Aviation Air LLC in Danbury, CT and that website now shows “This flight is not available for tracking per request from the owner/operator”. No surprise! Anyone know the remaining 7 registration #’s for their private jets?

I leave you with Blogging Stocks best response to this appalling news as of late:

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) just doesn’t get it. After flying in a corporate jet to Washington last week with tin cup in hand, its executives have not wised up. Rather than flying on public airlines like the rest of us do, they want to keep flying those corporate jets. But they want to make sure nobody in the public can track their flights.

If this is not the height of arrogance I don’t know what is. Bloomberg News interviewed a GM spokesman who said, “We availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed” from a Federal Aviation Administration tracking service. But he declined to discuss why GM made the request.

GM doesn’t need to explain why it made the request. I already know — it wants its executives to be able to keep flying on corporate jets and it doesn’t want Congress or the public to know about it. I think GM executives should consider three options: flying coach, getting the boot from the executive suite, or continuing to fly in their corporate jets until they run out of money.

If they pick the third option, they should not get a penny’s worth of taxpayer money.

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3 Responses to “GM Asks FAA To Stop Tracking Flights Of Private Jets”

  1. Robert Mack

    17. Dec, 2008

    All the idiots do is blast and vilify one of the last American Industries left. The corporate planes are leased, and just like your lease you have to pay it until it expires. Some have expired and none are being renewed. An airplane is an efficiency tool, like any other tool. CEO’s of large corporations have more important things to do than sitting in airports for hours. Sen Shelby is just envious is everybody else?
    The only reason it was a big issue is because we have assholes like Sen Shelby and others who want to make the “Big Three” CEO’s look bad. Shelby, who paid Billions (of American taxpayers money) to get foreign car makers in their state and don’t want competition. All the foreign car makers also get subsidies from their governments. Why do we allow this? If that is the right thing to don’t we give subsidies to our own American Industries to put them on an equal basis. There is no way any American company that does not get subsidies, can compete with companies get subsidies from Japan or Germany and also from American government, city, county, state or Federal. If the American automakers fail, God help us, that will be our only hope.

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  2. Ryan

    17. Dec, 2008

    Robert,

    Thanks for your comment. The problem with the private jets is that it isolates CEO’s from the reality of the world which is why their leadership is a significant disconnect from the wants and needs of society.

    The closer the CEO’s live their lives to the rest of us, the better connected they will be to the needs and wants of their customer base, and society as a whole.

    Living in isolation has been the entire problem that is killing the economy.

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