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NBAA Regional Representatives Working with NASAO Officials to Preserve Airports
Aug. 22, 2014
Continued collaboration between NBAA and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) on a variety of aviation issues will once again be highlighted at NASAO's 2014 Annual Convention and Trade Show, to be held Sept. 7 to 9 in Providence, RI. As in years past, all six of NBAA's regional representatives will be on hand to interact directly with the state aviation directors for their regions and work with them to protect and preserve airports nationwide. "We make it a point to support NASAO officials by providing them with educational materials, strategies and information to help them in their challenges of developing – and in some cases preserving – access to their communities through their airports," said Steve Hadley, NBAA director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. Learn more about NBAA’s support of NASAO.
Certified Aviation Manager Credit Available for SDC2015 Education Sessions
Aug. 22, 2014
Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program credit will again be available to people who attend education sessions at NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), set for Feb. 3 to 6, 2015, in San Jose, CA. "We are thrilled to provide attendees of the 2015 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference with this opportunity to earn Certified Aviation Manager credit," said Jo Damato, NBAA's director of educational development and strategy and the staff liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee. "I continue to be impressed by the high caliber of professionals attending the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference each year. Many individuals who attend this event are performing leadership functions and would be great candidates for CAM certification." Learn more about earning CAM credit at SDC2015.
Dallas Regional Forum to Offer Topical Education Sessions
Aug. 18, 2014
NBAA's Dallas Business Aviation Regional Forum, which will be held Sept. 18 at Business Jet Center at Love Field, will feature education sessions that will address issues of interest to business aviators. "Regional forums are a great opportunity to get introductory information about the aircraft acquisition process, tax considerations, operational issues and more," said Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager for finance, tax policy. "The regional forums bring one-day learning opportunities right to key business aviation airports, making it easier for some to access this information." The forum will also feature more than 100 exhibitors and offer attendees networking opportunities. Learn more about the Dallas regional forum.
Growing Congressional GA Caucus Reflects Industry's Importance
Aug. 15, 2014
Congress may be in the middle of its summer recess this month, but the General Aviation (GA) Caucus continues to attract new members to the cause of supporting all of general aviation, including business aviation, in Washington. Already among the largest caucuses on Capitol Hill, the historically bipartisan GA Caucus, formed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2009, has reached a new record level of membership – 248 members in the House and 40 in the Senate. Read more about the GA caucuses.
NBAA2014 to Feature Exhibitors From All Sectors of Business Aviation
Aug. 14, 2014
Show organizers say NBAA2014 is once again shaping up to be a success for all participants. "Exhibitor participation in NBAA2014 is expected to be strong, with companies of all sizes, from all across the U.S. and all around the world, participating in the show," noted Maureen Cameron, NBAA's director, exhibit sales, services & operations. She added that the number of exhibitors and co-exhibitors registered to participate in NBAA2014 exceeds the number that were registered at the same time last year. "All the exhibitors that attendees expect to see at the convention will be there, as well as a number of new companies exhibiting for the first time." Read more about the exhibitors at NBAA2014.
NBAA Announces Winners of 'Business Aviation in Action' Photo Contest
Aug. 14, 2014
A stunning image of a double rainbow encircling general aviation aircraft at a Florida airport earned top honors in NBAA's first-ever "Business Aviation in Action" photo contest. The first-place picture, taken by Bridget Cox of Signature Flight Support, shows the towering rainbow arcing over several Gulfstreams, a Lear and other aircraft at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Danielle Kavan, of Duncan Aviation, won second place with a shot of a hangar neatly packed with multiple Falcons, and third place went to Frank Frassetto of the University of Dubuque, who captured a sprawling rural landscape while flying in a Cessna over Wisconsin. View the winning Business Aviation in Action contest entries.
Interactive Panels Lead Off This Year’s NBAA Tax Conference
Aug. 14, 2014
The organizers of NBAA’s Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, set for Oct. 19 and 20 in Orlando, FL, are planning a new approach, and for the first time, the conference will begin with a series of interactive panel discussions called Ownership and Operating Structures 101 to 103. “We’re trying something different to start the conference this year,” said Scott O’Brien, NBAA senior manager for finance and tax policy. “While we have certainly covered these topics at prior conferences, these three sessions will be directly linked together. The idea is to make clearer connections between operational, regulatory and tax issues.” Read more about NBAA’s Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference.
Industry Data Suggests Business Aviation Turnaround Gaining Traction
August 11, 2014
Strong growth in business jet deliveries, and a modest rise in piston aircraft shipments, helped propel the overall market for new general aviation aircraft to a modest 4.8 percent gain in total deliveries and 4.5 percent increase in total billings in the first six months of 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Business jet shipments in the first half of 2014 increased to 318 aircraft from 283 in the first six months of 2013, a 12.4 percent improvement. Piston deliveries rose 4 percent in the period to 520 aircraft from 500 the year before. Turboprop deliveries declined slightly to 272 aircraft from 276, a 1.4 percent decline. Read more.
Scholarships Put Schedulers & Dispatchers on Path to Success
August 11, 2014
Like most business aviation professionals, schedulers and dispatchers (S&Ds) know that starting the professional development journey is not always easy, but "education and experience are the two best tools for moving forward," said past scholarship recipient Beth Lerew, a licensed dispatcher and FBO customer service representative. For many professionals, the monetary or training awards provided through NBAA Charities scholarships provide an essential opportunity for obtaining those tools. Learn more about S&D scholarship opportunities and success stories.
NBAA Interns Get Hands-On Experience in Business Aviation
August 1, 2014
Three interns spent their summer working at NBAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and these college students did much more than basic administrative tasks – their work will directly help Members and the business aviation industry. As they worked on their various projects, the interns were able to talk with leaders in the business aviation industry, from sales executives at OEMs to flight department managers. "Before working at NBAA, I didn't realize there were opportunities in aviation besides being a pilot," said Marion Delano, a rising senior at St. Louis University. "This summer has helped me better understand I could work in a flight department as a scheduler/dispatcher or a business manager." Learn more about NBAA's internship program.
NBAA Congratulates FAA Official on Lifetime Achievement Award
July 25, 2014
NBAA congratulates Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator of aviation safety at the FAA, for having received the L. Welch Pogue Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aviation, in recognition of her contributions to aviation safety. "Peggy has always been receptive to our input regarding business aviation's priorities," said Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer. "We congratulate her on being recognized for her contributions which have strengthened aviation safety initiatives at the FAA." Read more about Gilligan.
NBAA Returns to Wittman Field for 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 25, 2014
Thousands pilots and enthusiasts will visit Oshkosh, WI beginning today for the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA’s) 2014 AirVenture Oshkosh. In what has become an annual tradition, NBAA will once again have its white tent along the flight line at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) for Members and non-Members alike to visit with NBAA staff and learn more about the Association. "First and foremost, we want to make sure people know who we are, and that there is a voice for people using aircraft for business," said Kirby Konz, NBAA project manager, marketing. A drawing for a free pass to NBAA’s 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) will be held each day of AirVenture. Learn more bout NBAA’s presence in Oshkosh.
NBAA Members Urged to Complete FAA’s General Aviation Survey
July 25, 2014
NBAA Members that were invited earlier this year to take part in the FAA’s annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) are strongly encouraged to submit their completed forms at their earliest convenience. Full participation is vital to provide an accurate representation of general aviation and on-demand charter operations. The survey covers all of calendar year 2013. The annual GA Survey is the FAA’s primary source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. Read more about the survey.
FAA Releases New Approval for ADS-B Out
July 25, 2014
The FAA has released the new approval for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out (ADS-B Out) operations outside of U.S.-designated airspace. In the past, the old paragraph, A353, had to be signed off from offices at the local, regional and national FAA offices. The new paragraph, A153, can be approved at the local FSDO. Not only does A153 require fewer signatures, but also the application package is less than 10 percent of the size of A353. "This is a win for the industry," said NBAA Project Manager, Operations Brian Koester. "This will be very beneficial for operators trying to conduct flights in places like Singapore, Hong Kong or Vietnam where ADS-B Out approval is required for operations about FL290." Learn more about ADS-B Out.
NBAA’s Bolen Participates in Rural Missouri Aviation Town Hall Hosted by Rep. Graves
July 11, 2014
Tarkio, MO was the venue this past weekend for an aviation town hall meeting and an airshow, courtesy of Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO). NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, as in years past, participated in the town hall meeting at the annual event, along with other aviation advocates and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Our thanks to Rep. Graves for this annual event, which provides an opportunity to hear from aviation supporters from across the Midwest and beyond and to share our views with congressional lawmakers," said Bolen. "As co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus and a member of the House Transportation Committee and its aviation subcommittee, Rep. Graves has a long record of championing legislation that fosters general aviation growth and opposing proposals that would harm the industry." Read more about the aviation town hall meeting.
NBAA Welcomes Launch of New Tennessee Regional Business Aviation Group
July 10, 2014
Business aviation is about to have a new voice in the state of Tennessee, as an advocacy group is forming to represent the industry in the Volunteer State. "To the best of our knowledge, there hasn't been anything like this in the state before," said Thomas Tate, president of the newly minted Tennessee Business Aviation Association. "We want to educate our government entities about business aviation and its importance to Tennessee." Learn more about the new Tennessee group.
NBAA Continues to Refute Gannett Media Report Attacking GA Safety
July 7, 2014
Within hours of the publication of a sensationalist and misinformed USA Today article implying that general aviation (GA) is inherently unsafe, NBAA joined with other aviation stakeholders to aggressively challenge the dispersions cast by the series against GA manufacturers. In all, more than 50 Gannett-owned newspapers ran all or part of the article attacking GA safety, and each one of those publications received an editorial response by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen setting the record straight. "The industry's continuing emphasis on the development of safety technologies, and a sustained focus on effective training for use of the equipment, is a big reason why aviation is among the safest forms of transportation," Bolen wrote in a letter to the editor of the newspapers. Read more about NBAA's defense of general aviation.
Regional Business Aviation Leaders Learn From Peers at Second Annual Roundtable
June 30, 2014
Regional business aviation group leaders who attended the second annual NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable in San Antonio this month deemed the event to be even more fruitful than the first. Approximately half of the regional business aviation groups in the United States were represented at the event. "Frankly, it's invaluable," said Ed Vesely of Welsch Aviation in Houston, who hopes to start a regional business aviation group in that city. "With NBAA's help, I've been able to develop some creative ideas." For highlights from this event, listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
NBAA, Industry and Media Challenge Recent, Inaccurate General Aviation Coverag
June 20, 2014
Recently, three major news organizations – USA Today, NPR and the Washington Post – covered various industry-related issues, and in some cases wound up far off the mark. NBAA, other industry groups, and even media organizations have challenged recent coverage from these organizations, setting the record straight with facts, context and relevant information. Read more about NBAA’s response to inaccurate media coverage of general aviation.
NBAA Continues Tradition of Supporting Special Olympics Airlift
June 16, 2014
About 100 business airplanes transported Special Olympics athletes from around the country to New Jersey on June 14 as part of the 7th Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift. For more than 10 hours on June 14, a business aircraft arrived or took off at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) every three or four minutes, carrying more than 700 athletes to the games. “It’s all possible because of business aircraft owners that donate their planes, fuel and crews, who volunteer to fly the missions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who was on hand as a volunteer supporting the event. “You get a true sense of individuals and the industry giving back.” Learn more about the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
Leadership Roundtable Underscores NBAA’s Support for Regional Groups
June 9, 2014
Regional business aviation leaders met last week in San Antonio, TX for the NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable, an annual forum for exchanging ideas and sharing experiences on how to further business aviation interests at the local level. While NBAA is able to bring legislative and operational expertise to regional groups, those same local groups are the eyes and ears of NBAA in every city hall, county commission and state house in America, noted Don Hitch, chairman of the NBAA Access Committee’s Local and Regional Subcommittee. When the interests of business aircraft operators are at stake in any of those venues, NBAA is ready to respond with facts, figures and expert testimony whenever such assistance is requested by its valued regional affiliates. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NBAA’s work with regional business aviation groups.
NBAA's Steve Brown Speaks on Behalf of Business Aviation at RTCA Symposium
June 5, 2014
NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown last week participated in a panel of aviation policy leaders at a high-profile industry symposium focused on challenges facing the FAA as the agency seeks to continue modernizing the nation's air transportation system. Brown, who served as a top official with the FAA, including as vice president of operations planning and associate administrator for air traffic services, prior to joining NBAA, brought the perspectives of business aviation to the summary discussion of the two-day gathering. "From the external as well as internal perspective, I have to say, the FAA generally does a good job of consulting with industry and seeking input, but then it will suddenly get amnesia and forget to consult with us," Brown said. "The two most-recent examples are on the sleep apnea issue and the contract tower closures" Read more of Brown's comments at the RTCA symposium.
NBAA Committee Leaders Share Vision for Schedulers and Dispatchers
June 5, 2014
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee has new leaders at the helm, and NBAA recently caught up with incoming Chairman Amber Finchum, of State Farm Insurance, and Vice Chairman Eve Gregory, of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., to get their thoughts on the goals of the committee and education for schedulers and dispatchers. The S&D Committee, in addition to furthering the professional growth and heightening the awareness of the contributions of schedulers and dispatchers within the aviation industry, also plans the educational content for NBAA's annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, the premier event of its kind. Read an interview with the S&D Committee leaders.
June Leadership Webinar Offers Management Insights, CAM Credit
May 30, 2014
Professor Emeritus Jim Clawson, of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, will lead a webinar this month titled, 'Leadership: Getting Below the Surface,' which will explore themes in leadership and management that can apply to flight departments. "We will cover issues of how we act and think strategically about the current state and future of the flight department, including such issues as how to lead teams and lead change, how to sell it to corporate management, and how to follow through," Clawson said of the June 17 webinar, which is part of NBAA's On-Demand Education and provides a way for participants to earn initial or recertification Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit. The webinar begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) and pre-registration is required. Learn more and register now.
See EBACE2014 Airplanes, and Much More, Through Social Media
May 20, 2014
Want to look back on the successful 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition? NBAA's social media sites provide all the best pictures, news and videos from the event. As Europe's biggest business aviation event of the year, EBACE2014 was the place where new aircraft and business aviation products and services were introduced, and through social media, NBAA delivered all the highlights. Read more and visit NBAA's social media sites.
Industry, FAA Collaboration Results in Improved Guidance for Flight Plan Equipment Codes
May 16, 2014
Following collaboration with NBAA and industry stakeholders, the FAA recently published its revised operations specification (opspec) guidance approval table detailing approval requirements for the revised flight plan equipment reporting codes implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The new approval table – the result of a team effort involving FAA officials, NBAA and industry technical advisors – also serves as a "one-stop" resource for operators seeking specific approvals and operational information when operating the United States and internationally. Learn more about the new opspec guidance approval table.
FAA Cuts Paperwork for ADS-B Approvals
May 12, 2014
The FAA has created a new and more efficient operations authorization for U.S.-registered aircraft in order to comply with early automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) directives mandated by a growing number of other countries, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region. The original authorization, designated A353, had to be approved by the responsible flight standards district offices, regional office and by multiple branches at FAA headquarters. According to the FAA, in earlier years, the A353 process was adequate since the agency was receiving fewer than 10 applications a year. However, air navigation service providers in the Asia-Pacific region had ADS-B mandates go into effect in December 2013, requiring "state-of-registry" compliance. The FAA's decision to issue OpSpec/MSpec/LOA A153 has cut the length of the application from 200 to 20 pages, "reducing the burden on the operator and decreasing the time period to process applications." Learn more about the new process for ADS-B approvals.
To Get Ahead in Business Aviation, Be Present and Prepared
May 12, 2014
As aviation students prepare for graduation at colleges throughout the country, many may be wondering how they will get ahead once they start their business aviation careers. The same goes for more established aviation professionals further along in their careers. Steve Brechter, senior advisor for operations at Gray Stone Advisors, has published "Five Ways to Get Ahead in Business Aviation." "Because flight departments are sometimes small and far from the core of the company's main business, it's often tough to get ahead," Brechter said. "We're off by ourselves and out of the mainstream. We need other, perhaps unconventional tactics, to advance our careers." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on how to get ahead in business aviation.
GAMA: Business Jet, Piston Shipments Remain Strong in First Quarter of 2014
May 8, 2014
Recently released General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data for the first quarter of 2014, show that business jet shipments were up 19.4 percent over the same period last year, as airframe makers delivered 154 new jets. Piston airplane shipments jumped 21.4 percent, with 221 airplanes (202 singles and 19 multiengine aircraft) delivered in the first quarter. This positive showing still falls short of the piston peak in 2006, when manufacturers shipped 600 aircraft in the first quarter. Learn more about scholarships available to aviation students.
Deadlines Approaching for NBAA Scholarship Applications
May 8, 2014
NBAA is currently accepting applications for a wide range of scholarships whose application deadlines are this summer or fall. "These NBAA programs will provide tens of thousands of dollars to help promising aviation students realize their career goals," said Jay Evans, NBAA's director of professional development. "We strongly encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities by submitting applications." Learn more about scholarships available to aviation students.
NBAA Encourages Owner Participation in FAA General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey
April 28, 2014
The FAA has mailed invitations for participation in its 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, which represents an opportunity for the business aviation community to make its views and concerns known. The Association strongly encourages all aircraft owners who have been invited to participate in the survey to complete it online or via the mail-in survey form. Accurate representation and full participation benefits the entire industry. Learn more.
Rise in Pre-Owned Aircraft Prices May Be 'Precursor' to Recovery
April 25, 2014
An April 2014 J.P. Morgan analysis of pre-owned business aircraft sales offered a glimmer of encouragement to an industry hungry for signs of an economic rebound, with a reported 1.9 percent month-over-month increase in aircraft asking prices. While that marks the strongest increase in asking prices in more than a year, those involved in selling previously owned aircraft met that figure with guarded optimism. "It's a drop in a data point bucket that I label 'precursors,' said Jay Mesinger, president and CEO of Mesinger Jet Sales. "We'll change that name to something closer to 'recovery' as we see more data points supporting that, but we're not there yet." Read more about the J.P. Morgan report.
NBAA Promotes Summer Internships
April 25, 2014
With summer approaching, NBAA is preparing for another round of interns and encouraging Members to consider setting up their own internship programs. Internships help prepare students for business aviation careers by exposing them to the inner workings of the industry, burnishing their customer service skills and providing unparalleled networking opportunities. “Summer internships are an effective way to foster future aviation professionals, and they benefit prospective employers, as well as students,” said Sarah Wolf, NBAA senior manager for security and facilitation. “They provide extra manpower, and the intern’s enthusiasm for the work has a positive effect on the entire flight department.” Read more about the value of providing internships.
Space Museum Raising Funds to Showcase Gulfstream II Shuttle Trainer
April 24, 2014
A crowd-funding campaign is underway to bring a shuttle training aircraft (STA) – Grumman Gulfstream II N945NA – to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, which will use the aircraft as a museum exhibit and immersive classroom. That's because the Gulfstream II was not only the first long-range business jet, but four GIIs were used by NASA for many years as STAs, piloted by astronauts so they could practice landing approaches they would later have to perform in the orbiting space vehicle. The aircraft is currently at Birmingham, AL's Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, but if the fundraising goal is reached, museum officials hope to have the STA installed in their Shuttle Park by the end of the summer. Learn more about the shuttle training aircraft.
'Climb Via,' 'Descend Via' Simply Mean Fly the Published Procedure
April 21, 2014
In an airspace increasingly composed of RNAV fixes and the routes they define, the FAA has introduced new phraseology for the delivery of IFR clearances: "climb via" and "descend via." Whether used in conjunction with standard instrument departures (SIDs) or area navigation standard instrument departures (RNAV SIDs), climb via is simply shorthand for fly the departure as published. "Some pilots are confused by this phraseology," said Keith Gordon, director of aviation at Flynn Gallagher Associates in Las Vegas, and a member of NBAA's Access Committee. "But once you understand the basic concept that this is simply verbal shorthand for 'fly the published procedure,' it becomes much easier to grasp." Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on climb via and descend via.
Report: Demand for Business Aviation Remains Strong in Asian Region
April 10, 2014
The 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE2014) offered significant evidence of the continued strong demand for business aircraft, products and services in the region. As one example, Hong Kong-based aircraft sales and consultancy firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) chose ABACE2014 as the ideal venue to release its year-end report on the industry's performance in 2013. The "Greater China Business Jet Fleet Report" found that fleet totals throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan grew from 203 business aircraft operating in the region in 2011, to 371 as of the end of 2013. Read more about the report.
Bolen Tells Industry Gathering: NextGen Concerns Don't Justify Rush to Privatization
April 10, 2014
Fueled in part by the recent resurgence of some business aviation groups in the Northwest, a number of high-profile and well-attended industry events have recently been held in the region. "It's great to see so much focus and interest on business aviation advocacy and educational opportunities, " said Kristi Ivey, NBAA's Northwest regional representative. "NBAA has been pleased to be involved with all these terrific events and to work closely with the many active and effective business aviation groups in the Northwest." Read more about business aviation event in the Northwest.
Bolen Tells Industry Gathering: NextGen Concerns Don't Justify Rush to Privatization
April 7, 2014
At a major industry forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a forceful reminder that concerns and critiques about the work being done to continue implementation of aviation modernization don't justify a rush to privatize the world's best aviation system. Bolen participated in a Chamber forum panel discussion focused on the provocative Next Generation question: "why don't we get it done?" When the panelists' discussion touched upon the matter of whether privatizing the aviation system would be best for accelerating NextGen, Bolen said: "We all agree that NextGen is one of the most important things we can do as a country for our future. In the business aviation community, we've been enormously forward-leaning in trying to accomplish NextGen – I think where we diverge is in thinking that in order to get NextGen we have to privatize." Read more of Bolen's comments.
NBAA: DOT's Proposed Ban on In-flight Cell Calls Should Not Apply to Business Aviation
April 3, 2014
In response to a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal, NBAA said a ban on in-flight voice communications through passenger mobile wireless devices would strip business aviation users of a key advantage when traveling onboard private, secure aircraft. "There are considerable benefits to allowing customers the freedom to make an in-flight voice call if they deem it necessary and are willing to pay any applicable service fees," NBAA noted in written comments. "This is particularly the case for charter passengers who might be expected to have business or individual needs for staying in contact. Our Members' aviation uses are very diverse. In each case, our Members place a premium on the value of their time and on the ability to remain connected whenever they deem it necessary." Read more of the NBAA's comments.
Bolen, Other Aviation Leaders Address FAA Funding, NextGen at NATCA Event
March 28, 2014
While aviation has faced challenging times, including last year's government shutdown and sequestration cuts, these events cannot be allowed to impact the future of funding FAA activities, including continued transition to a Next Generation Air Transportation system (NextGen), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said during a panel discussion at the National Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA)'s Communicating for Safety event on March 26. "We have the largest, most diverse, most complex, most efficient, and safest air transportation system in the world," Bolen said. "We have to be the best going forward." Read more of Bolen's comments at the NATCA event.
FAA to Upgrade, Migrate RAIM-Prediction Website
March 28, 2014
In order to better serve operators, the FAA is introducing the ADS-B Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT), which is being implemented to meet the agency's receiver autonomous integrity monitoring requirement (RAIM) check requirement. The new website, at www.sapt.faa.gov, is scheduled to be updated by the end of April 2014, after which the new services will be available and the new SAPT 2.0 web service definition language will be published and available for use. Flight-planning service providers will need to update their software programs as a result of this migration. With the migration and resulting interface change, RAIM queries made by flight operators or service providers will begin to fail in October if not using the new site. Learn more about the new website.
Recipients of 2014 General Aviation Awards Announced
March 21, 2014
Four aviation professionals from across the United States have been selected to receive the 2014 General Aviation Awards for their contributions to flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and flight safety. The winners are: Howard William Wolvington, Max Lloyd Burnette, David Brian Kocak and Richard Loren Stowell Jr. The honorees will receive plaques from the FAA in July at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., and their names will be added to the permanent plaque located in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. Read more about the honorees.
Searching for Ideas to Boost Tomorrow's Aviation Workforce
March 17, 2014
Why aren't more young people choosing careers in aviation, and what can the industry do to help fill the pipelines? Mike Nichols, NBAA's vice president of operational excellence and professional development, last week moderated a group discussion on this topic at the annual Federal Aerospace Forecast Conference in Washington, DC. The group's first assignment was to reach consensus around common challenges facing workforce development across the industry. Economic, regulatory and cultural issues all play a part in the challenges they identified. Ideas to combat these issues included: addressing the cost of achieving required certificates/ratings and updating regulatory requirements to reflect the skill sets required for aviation in the 21st century. Read more about the session.
At Washington Forum, Bolen Calls for Continued Recognition of Aviation's Importance
March 14, 2014
Representing the business aviation community on a panel with fellow aviation advocates, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week repeated his call for federal policies that support the industry as a primary source for America's competitive leadership in the world. "Ours is a great industry," Bolen told the audience of aviation-policy leaders. "We create jobs, we are the world's leader in aerospace technology; we contribute exports; and we move people and cargo around the world." Bolen's comments came during a panel at the Federal Aerospace Forecast Conference focused on the next FAA reauthorization. The conference was hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives. Read more of Bolen's comments.
NBAA Marks Five Years of Advocacy, and a Strong Following on Facebook, Twitter
March 14, 2014
NBAA this month is marking its fifth anniversary of using Facebook and Twitter to share Association news and publicize its advocacy efforts to Members, industry, public officials and the press. The vibrant social media tools have become a vital resource for communicating information about the value of business aviation and confronting negative stereotypes about the industry. "We also need to be available to the business aviation community wherever its members are, and that's why we got into this space," said Jason Wolf, NBAA director of Internet communications. "If you're not there, it's a void. It's like not having a fax machine 20 years ago." Learn more about NBAA's use of social media.
General Aviation Industry Veteran Wins Noteworthy Recognition
March 14, 2014
NBAA salutes Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of General Electric's Business and General Aviation Integrated Systems Division, who recently won the Aviation Week Laureate Award for Business and General Aviation. In 2013 Mottier served as chairman of the board of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), NBAA's partner in the No Plane No Gain program. Mottier is an engineer and an avid general aviation pilot. Under his direction, GE has made significant investments in recent years in new turboprop and jet engines, including the H-80 turboprop that won FAA certification in 2012, and the HF-120 – developed in conjunction with Honda – which powers the HondaJet. Read more about Mottier and his award.
GAO Study Highlights Realities of Pilot Shortage
March 11, 2014
The lack of opportunities for aspiring pilots to build flight time is among the factors leading to the shortage of qualified pilots now confronting the U.S. airline industry, according to a study recently published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). NBAA was part of a coalition of aviation associations, regional and major airlines and universities with aviation programs that participated in the GAO study, which focused on FAR Part 121 commercial carriers, but also called call attention to the vital role that general aviation plays in helping aspiring candidates build flight time. Read more about the GAO study.
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.