Senators Call for BARR Preservation in Final FAA Reauthorization Bill
Four U.S. senators recently urged that the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill include House-passed language preserving the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. "The BARR program protects the legitimate security and privacy interests of aircraft owners, pilots and their passengers by ensuring real-time flight tracking information of private aircraft is not available to the public upon the aircraft operator's request," wrote Senate General Aviation Caucus co-chairs Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and their colleagues Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ben Nelson (D-NE). The four sent their letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), respectively, who will serve on the House and Senate conference panel reconciling the FAA bills passed by each chamber. Send your own message to Congress echoing the senators' message to preserve the BARR. Read the letter.
Joint Industry Letter Echoes Senators' Call for Preserving the BARR
On May 13, NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association in signing a letter calling for preservation of the House-passed language to continue the BARR program as part of FAA reauthorization. The letter was sent to the members of Congress who will serve on a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate FAA reauthorization measures. The groups' joint letter comes as other aviation groups, national business groups and members of Congress weigh in with similar letters supporting the BARR program. Learn more and read the letter.
NBAA Joins Coalition Calling on Congress, FCC to Protect GPS
As a member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, NBAA is urging Congress to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take whatever steps necessary to protect the global positioning system (GPS), following a recent FCC decision that could lead to interference with GPS signals. In January, the FCC granted a wireless broadband company permission to build 40,000 ground stations that will operate in spectrum immediately adjacent to that used by GPS. Coalition members – as well as the Departments of Defense and Transportation – are concerned the ground station transmissions will drown out GPS signals and create dead spots. "Thousands of aircraft use GPS receivers for navigation, including approach and landing, and it is central to the FAA's ADS-B-based Next Generation Air Transportation System," members of the coalition wrote to Congress last week. Learn more and read the letter.
NBAA Answers Frequently Asked Questions on RVSM Height Monitoring
To answer Member questions about new RVSM height-monitoring requirements, NBAA contacted officials at the FAA for answers. In response, the FAA provided additional guidance on items such as the situations when an operator is required to complete an application for monitoring and an explanation as to when a height-monitoring plan must be submitted. Under the new requirements, operators authorized for flights in RVSM airspace have until November 18, 2012, to ensure that a successful height-monitoring flight has been completed. Review NBAA's Frequently Asked Questions page.
Association Thanks Delauter for Service as TSA GA Manager
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced last week that Brian Delauter will leave his office as the agency's general manager for general aviation (GA) at the end of the month to accept a job in the private sector. Since his appointment in 2009, Delauter, a former business aviation pilot, has significantly deepened understanding and collaboration between the industry and TSA. "We're sorry to see Brian leave – he brought an incredible degree of industry perspective to the agency when it needed strong direction on GA security," said NBAA's Doug Car, vice president, safety security & regulation. "The security improvements he advanced were not only reasonable, they just made plain sense." Learn more.
Industry Coalition Pledges to Support California AvGas Suppliers
The General Aviation Avgas Coalition, of which NBAA is a member, pledged last week to support over 40 California retailers and suppliers of aviation gasoline (avgas) that are being targeted in a lawsuit by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) for distributing the fuel, which contains a lead additive. "Congress has reserved to the federal government, through the FAA, the right and responsibility to regulate all aviation activities in the U.S.," the coalition members said in a statement. "The threatened CEH lawsuit in California raises the specter of a patchwork of state regulations governing fuels pilots may or may not use in their piston-powered aircraft." Learn more.
NBAA Watching FAA Proposal to Increase Single-Pilot Proficiency Requirements
NBAA is closely monitoring the progress of an FAA rule that could require annual proficiency checks for single-piloted, turbine-powered aircraft. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began reviewing the final rule in mid-April, which typically is the final step before a rule is published. "OMB is conducting essentially a cost-benefit analysis and economic evaluation of the impact of the rule," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security & regulation. "So it very well could be another 30 to 60 days before we see it." Learn more.
NBAA Providing Industry Update at AAAE Convention
At the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition in Atlanta this week, Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president for government affairs, will join a panel on guiding the general aviation industry through the current economic headwinds. Piccione will provide an update on state of the industry and how general aviation is responding in a session on Wednesday, May 18 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. The panel, "Steering the Business of General Aviation Towards Success," will also feature airport and FBO leaders. Visit the NBAA Advocacy web page.
New Jersey Again Declares a General Aviation Month
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has declared May 2011 as General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in the state. "Governor Christie's proclamation focuses on the value of all general aviation, including business aviation, to New Jersey's companies, communities and economy," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We appreciate his recognition of this vibrant industry in the Garden State." Learn more.
Florida's Witham Field to Remain Open During Runway Upgrade
Martin County Airport/Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL is in the process of installing an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) for its main runway, Runway 12/30. An EMAS relies on crushable concrete at the end of a runway to prevent overruns and enhance safety. While Runway 12/30 will be closed for the construction through October, Runway 16/34 and Runway 7/25 will both remain open. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at email@example.com, or visit NBAA's Witham page.
NBAA's next Business Aviation Regional Forum is less than a month away – in White Plains, NY on June 8. A day-long learning and networking venue for local leaders, the White Plains Regional Forum will feature hundreds of people, 50 indoor exhibits and nearly 20 static aircraft. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities at the forum, including event materials, meals and the show program, should contact NBAA's Katrina Bradshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
May 19, 2011
Northeast Safety Symposium for Airports, FBOs and More
Windsor Locks, CT
June 1, 2011
North Texas Advanced Emergency Response Seminar
June 2, 2011
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. General Meeting
June 4, 2011
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Memorial Open
June 4, 2011
Brunswick International Fly-In
June 10–11, 2011
Colorado Aviation Business Assn. "Aviation Saves" Event
Record-Breaking EBACE2011 Set for This Week
Jointly hosted by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, the 11th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2011) returns to Geneva this week from May 17 to 19. This event is already on track to be the biggest EBACE ever, with more than 511 Exhibitors, compared to the record-setting EBACE2008 with 445 companies. This year's Exhibitors occupy a record 2,074 booth spaces, exceeding the previous high mark of 1,922. In addition, the registration total as of May 16, the day before the show's opening, is 11,289, which already surpasses last year's final total of 11,186. Visit the EBACE2011 web site.
Join NBAA for Coffee, Networking, Prizes at EBACE
Whether you are new to NBAA, or a long-time Member, all EBACE2011 Attendees are invited to the NBAA Coffee Social being held in Stand #1731 in Hall 5 on Wednesday, May 18, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This event is a great opportunity to meet with NBAA staff, network with industry peers and learn how the benefits of NBAA Membership can help make your business safer and more successful. All coffee social attendees will be entered for a chance to win two free passes to NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas. Review the EBACE2011 program schedule.
In the latest video highlighting the value of NBAA Membership, individuals discuss the many resources NBAA provides in support of safety and operational best practices. For example, David Small of Cox Enterprises reports: "NBAA makes me smarter by keeping me abreast of the latest situations in the ever-changing regulatory environment and international travel, especially with ops and safety concerns." The video focusing on NBAA's safety emphasis is among several in a series being shared as part of May Is Membership Month at NBAA. .
Introduction to SMS Workshop Set for June in Seattle
A comprehensive overview of safety management systems (SMS) for business flight departments will be provided at NBAA's Introduction to SMS Workshop scheduled for June 21 to 23 in Seattle, WA. NBAA has supported voluntary SMS development for business flight operators, provided that rules from the government or elsewhere don't burden operators, particularly small operators, with unnecessary and duplicative paperwork. Learn more.
Reduce ATC Delays With Live GA Desk Webinar This Thursday
While most business aircraft operators have experienced frustrating delays in the National Airspace System (NAS), few are aware of the actual causes for those delays – and the tools available for reducing them. This Thursday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET, NBAA GA Desk specialists will present a live webinar on causes of delays in the NAS and the concepts of traffic flow management. The webinar will cover tools that the FAA uses to manage air traffic, methods to avoid delays and how to find real-time NAS information online. Learn more.
Application Period Now Open for Several Student Scholarships
NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through sponsorships, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and that number is nearly matched in monetary and training awards for working professionals. The application period is now open for several scholarships benefitting students, including the Ewald Journalism Scholarship, Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship and UAA Barden Aviation Scholarship. For these and other scholarships, learn more and download applications.
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May 17–19, 2011
11th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2011)
June 3, 2011
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
San Francisco, CA
June 8, 2011
Business Aviation Regional Forum
White Plains, NY
June 9–10, 2011
Business Aircraft Transactions Conference
New York, NY
June 13–14, 2011
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
San Diego, CA
June 15–16, 2011
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
San Diego, CA
June 16–18, 2011
16th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
San Diego, CA
June 21–23, 2011
Introduction to SMS Workshop
July 14, 2011
Business Aviation Regional Forum
San Jose, CA
October 10–12, 2011
64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011)
Las Vegas, NV