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GM Boss Requests Corporate Jet Tracking Ban

by Mike Godfrey, for LawAndTax-News.com, Washington

03 December 2008


The public tracking of General Motor's corporate aircraft could be banned if a request from the troubled auto maker gains the United States Federal Aviation Administration's backing.

The request was made by GM after the company's Chief Executive, Rick Wagoner, was tracked flying by private jet to Washington to plead for a USD25bn loan from the public to try and save the flagging car business from possible bankruptcy.

GM's Gulfstream jet flights have previously been recorded on a regular basis by flight tracking website Flightaware.com, which is how the trip in question - made on November 18 - was picked up.

GM are now hoping to win the FAA's approval to be removed from tracking services, stating that many other companies have all succeeded in making similar appeals in the past without the need to justify their decision.

The cash-strapped company also defended its frequent use of the Gulfstream jets throughout the year, explaining that they have been leasing them out to other companies in an attempt to generate extra revenue.

It is unknown, at present, whether the FAA have made a decision regarding GM's plea.


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