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For the latest business aviation from NBAA, review NBAA Update. Distributed free to more than 20,000 aviation professionals each week, NBAA Update is an e-newsletter providing a synopsis of the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community, as well as information about NBAA activities, Member benefits and upcoming industry events.
Business Aviation Insider, the official Member publication of NBAA, serves companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. All employees of NBAA Member Companies may choose to receive printed copies of Business Aviation Insider by mail. There is no additional charge for this NBAA Member benefit.
Once-Threatened Auburn Aviation Program Now Looks Towards Future
March 6, 2014
After a veritable rollercoaster of developments affecting the Auburn University Aviation Program over the past year, including the threatened closure of Alabama's only collegiate-level aviation school, supporters cheered when the Aviation Accreditation Board International re-accredited the school's resurgent aviation management curriculum last month. "In less than a year we have gone from saving the program, to getting it accredited,” said Auburn alum and pilot Jason Mohrman. Many NBAA Members and others in the aviation community contributed to the success of grassroots efforts to keep the program open. Learn more about Auburn Aviation.
Bolen Joins Other GA Leaders to Discuss Industry's Challenges, Opportunities at Heli-Expo Session
Feb. 27, 2014
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed measured optimism for the industry during a Feb. 26 discussion hosted by the Helicopter Association International as part of its annual Heli-Expo in Anaheim, CA. "It appears that flight hours are up," Bolen told attendees at the town hall discussion featuring leaders of several general aviation associations. "Fuel sales [also] seem to be up, so there is this kind of growing, guarded optimism that we're through the deep trough that we hit in 2009 and we're beginning to move forward." While there have been challenges in the past year, including a government shutdown last October, Bolen said positive changes should come this year, thanks in part to strong support in Congress from the House and Senate GA Caucuses. Read more about Bolen's comments at Heli-Expo.
NBAA Offering Free Replay of Dispatcher Recurrent Training Webinar
Feb. 25, 2014
NBAA encourages Members to provide annual recurrent training for their dispatchers, and the Association recently partnered with Jeppesen to host two dispatcher recurrent-training opportunities. The first event was a webinar held late last year providing an overview of annual recurrent training considerations for dispatchers. The second training event was a two-day licensed dispatcher recurrent training program held in conjunction with the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference earlier this year. For Members who were unable to attend the webinar, the session has been archived and is available free of charge. Learn more about the dispatcher training webinar.
GAMA: General Aviation Aircraft Deliveries Rose in 2013
Feb. 21, 2014
General aviation aircraft shipments rose across the board in 2013, but the increases varied widely by market segment, ranging from a less than 1-percent increase in business jet shipments to a more than 10-percent jump in turboprop shipments, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported last week. Despite the modest 4.3-percent gain in total aircraft shipments, billings jumped 24 percent to $23.4 billion, the second-highest annual total since the U.S. economy fell into recession in 2008. Read more of GAMA's 2013 year-end report.
NBAA Lands in Anaheim for Heli-Expo 2014
Feb. 21, 2014
The attention of the global rotorcraft community will be on Anaheim, CA this week as Helicopter Association International (HAI) presents its annual Heli-Expo convention from Feb. 24 to 27. As in years past, NBAA staff will be on hand throughout the show to meet with both NBAA Members and event attendees to discuss matters affecting the business aviation and rotorcraft industry. In addition to the Association’s presence on the show floor, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is scheduled to participate in the General Aviation Association CEO Town Hall, and complimentary copies of NBAA's magazine, Business Aviation Insider, will be available. Attendees also may stop by NBAA's booth to take advantage of an exclusive 20 percent discount off their first-year membership. Learn more about NBAA’s presence at Heli-Expo.
NBAA Wraps Up Successful Gathering on Business Aviation Registration, Finance
Feb. 10, 2014
The 2014 NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, which ran from Feb. 5 to 7 in St. Pete Beach, FL, provided attendees with valuable guidance about closing aircraft transactions in uncertain economic times. "We had more than 170 registered attendees, including the biggest names in aircraft finance, business aviation law and international aircraft registration," noted Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, operational excellence and professional development. "Most importantly, the conference provided ample opportunities for networking and discussion of industry concerns." Read more about the conference.
General Aviation Advocate Rep. Graves Profiled in Air & Space Magazine
Feb. 10, 2014
Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO), who co-chairs the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus has been recognized in the Smithsonian Institution's prestigious Air & Space magazine for his ardent advocacy of general aviation. An article titled, "Aviation's Man in Washington," highlights Graves's work to promote recognition of the industry's value, and champion its interests in Congress. "Congressman Sam Graves represents two groups: the citizens of Missouri's 6th District and private pilots," wrote Air & Space. Rep. Graves was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV. Read more about Graves.
NASA to Rename Dryden Center in Memory of Neil Armstrong
Feb. 6, 2014
NASA plans to rename its Dryden Flight Research Center in California in honor of the late aerospace pioneer Neil Armstrong, who is best known for his historic feats in space, but who was also an outspoken advocate for general aviation. Besides serving as a Dryden test pilot from 1955 to 1962, and becoming the first person to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Armstrong was a longtime business aircraft pilot who set five world records in business jets, including the highest altitude flown in a business jet. NBAA dedicated its 2012 Convention to Armstrong's legacy. "Neil Armstrong was a very humble giant. He never sought the spotlight," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said at the time. "But when responsibility called, when challenges arose, Neil Armstrong always stepped forward." Read more about Armstrong.
'Gentleman Pilot' Bob Hoover to be Honored for Lifelong Excellence in Aviation
Feb. 6, 2014
The legacy of famed World War II aviator, accomplished test pilot and renowned air show performer Robert "Bob" Hoover will be celebrated on Feb. 21 at the Paramount Studios Theater in Los Angeles, CA. "A Tribute to Bob Hoover: A Lifetime of Excellence" will also feature the introduction of the first nine honorees to the Hoover Hall of Honor. Hoover is a familiar presence at aviation events including NBAA's annual Convention, where he helps to present the National Aviation Hall of Fame's annual Combs Gates Award recognizing efforts to honor aviation history, research and preservation. He is perhaps best known for his amazing demonstrations of aerobatic capability and energy management in his Shrike Commander light twin-engine business aircraft. Learn more about Hoover and his contributions to aviation.
Sold-Out Boca Forum Kicks Off 2014 NBAA Regional Event Series
Feb. 3, 2014
Bringing together more than 1,400 people at Florida's Boca Raton Airport (BCT), NBAA's first Business Aviation Regional Forum of 2014 showcased the vitality of the local industry, while highlighting the legislative and regulatory issues for the year ahead. The Boca Raton forum also featured 89 exhibitors and 19 aircraft on static display, including a Gulfstream G200 and Falcon 7X, reported NBAA Vice President, Conventions and Forums Administrative Affairs Cheryl Padilla. "The event definitely exceeded our expectations," she said. "I talked to many of the exhibitors, and they said it was a great show for them. A lot of them have already made plans to exhibit at our other forums this year." Read more about the Boca Raton forum.
NBAA's 2014 International Operators Conference Presents Real-Life Operational Information
Jan. 30, 2014
This year's International Operators Conference (IOC2014), which will be held March 17 to 20 in Tampa, FL, will feature the industry's top training providers, handlers and operators who fly internationally, and will provide attendees with real-life information that is critical to anyone involved in business aircraft planning, operations or flying in the international arena. "The International Operators Conference, developed by NBAA's International Operations Committee, is the business aviation industry's single-best source for operational and regulatory information for anyone operating in the international aviation environment," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, regulatory and international affairs. Learn more about IOC2014.
Bolen: Chicago Event Highlighted Importance of Gaining 'Outside the Beltway' Perspectives
Jan. 29, 2014
Emphasizing the importance of speaking directly with state and local aviation groups around the country, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen traveled to Chicago, IL on Jan. 28 to discuss industry opportunities and concerns with members of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA). "Business aviation is about the ability to reach all markets, at all times, in order to connect with companies and clients where they are," Bolen said. "Chicago is obviously a very important city in the United States, not only as a major commercial airline hub, but also as an area with a very active business aviation community." Among the topics discussed at the presentation included the ongoing threat of aviation user fees, questions about how federal excise taxes apply to business aircraft activity and concerns over implementation of global aircraft emissions policies. Read more about Bolen's visit to CABAA.
Miss Business Aviation Insider's Five Most-Memorable Stories? Read Them Online
Jan. 27, 2014
It was just a year ago that Business Aviation Insider launched new digital web and mobile app editions, making it easier than ever before to read NBAA's official Member magazine on computers, smart phones and tablet devices. With many Members now reading the magazine online, it's easy to tell which stories are getting the most attention. NBAA's award-winning magazine covers regulatory hot topics, provides operational tips and tools, and offers analysis of the latest issues affecting business aviation. Read the five most-viewed Business Aviation Insider stories of 2013.
Experts See Positive Signs in Business Aviation Industry Indicators
Jan. 24, 2014
Analysts are hoping that 2014 will be the year when business aviation finally "recovers" from the Great Recession, and there are a number of encouraging emerging as the year gets underway. J.P. Morgan's Aerospace and Defense analysis for January 2014 says demand for new business jets "remains weak," but the bank's analysts added: "Our confidence in a recovery is based on leading indicators such as falling used [aircraft] inventory…and faster GDP [gross domestic product] growth." Read more about positive signs for business aviation.
NBAA Seeks Operator-Developed Education Sessions for 2014 Convention
Jan. 23, 2014
NBAA recently issued a call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), which will take place from Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. The Association is specifically seeking proposals for operator-developed, interactive, peer-to-peer educational content in order to provide attendees with the most relevant, useful and timely industry information. "NBAA strives to build a fresh, innovative agenda for the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that emphasizes peer-to-peer interactions and utilizes best practices in adult learning. To that end, we want operators to share their knowledge and skills with other convention attendees," said Mike Nichols, NBAA's vice president, operational excellence and professional development. Proposals are due by Feb. 28. Learn more about proposing education sessions for NBAA2014.
NBAA Accepting Applications for Maintenance Scholarships
Jan. 23, 2014
More than 115 business aircraft professionals involved in aircraft transactional matters are already registered for NBAA's 2014 Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, which is set for Feb. 5 to 7 at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach, FL. The conference features two full days of educational content, with topics including an update on the Cape Town Convention, challenges in importing and exporting aircraft, structuring aircraft transactions and more. "The Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference provides a unique opportunity for attorneys, financiers, flight department managers and other business aviation executives to stay up to date on timely business topics," said Mike Nichols, NBAA's vice president, operational excellence and professional development. Learn more about these NBAA scholarship programs.
NBAA's Carr Leading Expanded Team of Staff Focusing on International, Regulatory Issues
Jan. 16, 2014
Following the recent retirement of Bill Stine, NBAA's long-time director of international operations, the Association has adjusted some staff responsibilities, to ensure NBAA continues to provide Members with the kind of expertise and support on international and regulatory matters that Stine was legendary for. Doug Carr, previously vice president of safety, security and operations, will become vice president of regulatory and international affairs, assuming Stine's day-to-day focus on the issues and trends affecting business aviation in the international arena. As part of his new responsibilities, Carr will also lead a regulatory team focused on safety, security, flight operations and other issues that Carr has focused on during his 15-year tenure with NBAA. Read more about NBAA's expanded international and regulatory affairs team.
Study Finds Florida First for U.S. Aviation Manufacturing Attractiveness
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is trumpeting the results of a new report showing that Florida is ranked the top state for U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness. The study ranked Florida's talent first, its industry ninth and its cost sixth for an overall ranking of first in the nation. The report, complied by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, used a weighted average of variables including costs, workforce and number of aerospace companies. NBAA and the business aviation community have long had a significant presence in Florida, and policymakers there have repeatedly recognized the industry's value in the state. Read more about the industry's benefits to Florida's economy
In Meeting, Bolen Thanks Rep. LoBiondo for Work to Bring Transparency to FAA's Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal
Jan. 10, 2014
The ongoing effort to bring greater transparency to a controversial FAA measure requiring mandatory screening of some pilots for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was a key topic of conversation in a Jan. 8 meeting between Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ) and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in the congressman's Capitol Hill office. LoBiondo sponsored H.R.3578, a bipartisan measure requiring the FAA to follow established rulemaking processes before implementing any OSA screening requirement, including a means for industry stakeholders to provide input on the proposal. "With Congress returning to Washington for the start of a new session last week, one of my first priorities was to express the business aviation community's appreciation for the efforts by Congressman LoBiondo and his colleagues to ensure that industry input is considered in any new OSA-screening requirement," Bolen said following the meeting. Read more.
New Corporate Angel Network Director Appreciates NBAA's Support
Jan. 9, 2014
As Dick Koenig, former Flying magazine publisher, assumes the role of executive director for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) this month, he says the organization will continue to foster its long-standing, productive collaboration with NBAA. CAN helps cancer patients access treatment by arranging free travel to facilities across the country using empty seats on business aircraft. Koenig succeeds Peter H. Fleiss, whose 14-year leadership at CAN concludes on Jan. 20. "We thank Peter for his effective work with NBAA over the years, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We also look forward to working with our long-time friend Dick as he takes on his new role with the organization." Read more about the work NBAA and CAN have done in support of CAN's life-saving work for cancer patients.
Uniting a Diverse Aviation Operation With Safety and Support – Spectra Energy Corporation
Jan. 6, 2014
Serving customers in communities across North America, Spectra Energy Corporation's network of facilities stretches from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Mississippi, South Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, and making weekly aerial inspections of the natural gas and crude oil pipelines is just one of the flight department's responsibilities. Taking employees where they need to be in furtherance of company business is the other. Learn more about 60-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award recipient Spectra Energy Corporation.
Make Advocacy Your Resolution in 2014
Jan. 6, 2014
From government shutdowns to threatened control tower closures to mandated sleep apnea screenings, business aviation faced a slate of obstacles throughout the past year. In those examples and others, NBAA and its Member Companies presented a passionate and united voice in sharing their concerns with lawmakers and others – and that voice will be vital in meeting additional challenges in 2014. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that it already appears likely that 2014 will bring with it a significant need for advocacy and vigilance on behalf of the industry's interests. Read more about advocating for business aviation in 2014.
Applications for 2014 NBAA Flying Safety Awards Now Available
Jan. 6, 2014
NBAA is now accepting applications for its 2014 Flying Safety Awards, which will honor the outstanding safety records of Member Companies and their flight department personnel. The 2014 awards will be given based on performance between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. The award categories for companies and individuals are: Member Company Meritorious Safety Award, ATP or Commercial Pilot Safety Award, Private Pilot Safety Award, Maintenance/Avionics Technician Safety Award and Aviation Support Services Safety Award. Apply today for the Flying Safety Awards.
FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft System Testing Sites
Jan. 2, 2014
The FAA announced on Dec. 30 the congressionally mandated selection of six research and test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The six test-site operators are: the University of Alaska; the state of Nevada; New York's Griffiss International Airport (RME); the North Dakota Department of Commerce; Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. "At NBAA, safety is always our top priority, so it is therefore imperative that any introduction plan for UAS be thoughtful, deliberative and focused on safety," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This means UAS should not share the same airspace with manned aircraft unless they meet the same certification and airworthiness standards as manned aircraft, including the ability to take timely directions from air traffic control, and to sense and avoid other aircraft and UAS." Read more about the UAS research and test sites.
Member Alert: Be Aware of Scams Related to NBAA Events
Jan. 2, 2014
With the new year underway, exhibitors are gearing up for NBAA's two international events: the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014) in April and the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014) in May. But Association officials are warning exhibitors not to be taken in by vendors saying they are working on behalf of NBAA, when that is not the case. "There are always unscrupulous companies out there looking for ways to make money off of our events and our exhibitors," explained Kathleen Blouin, senior vice president, conventions & forums. "Only specific companies are official partners with NBAA on our shows, and exhibitors should be careful to only work with those sanctioned groups." Read more on how to avoid scams.