Pennsylvania Representative Seeks Aircraft Tax Exemption
Peter Daley is a legislator who understands the business aviation industry's potential to create high-quality jobs and stimulate economic activity in his state. The Pennsylvania state representative has sponsored a bill, HB 1100, to exempt aircraft sales and maintenance from the state's sales and use tax. "This bill would put Pennsylvania in a competitive position in regards to neighboring states," said Daley, "Its biggest impact will be to create jobs here, in our state, in the aircraft maintenance industry." Read more about the proposed tax exemption in Pennsylvania.
State of the Union Address to Impact GA Operations in DC Area
The FAA has released a flight advisory and TFR NOTAM detailing restrictions on GA operations during President Obama's planned State of the Union address in Washington, DC on January 24. From 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. local (25/0100z to 25/0400z), only aircraft on an IFR flight plan arriving and/or departing from Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) may operate in the Washington DC special flight rules area (SFRA). Access for GA aircraft to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and the special ingress/egress procedures for Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) will also be suspended during the TFR. Review the complete NOTAM.
Business Airplane Saves Lives of Critically Injured in South Carolina
Until last month, getting access to treatment for critically injured people in upstate South Carolina would require either a drive of several hours to a larger city or a long wait for an ambulance aircraft dispatched from neighboring states. Now, the notion of quickly getting to a treatment facility is a reality, thanks to the Beech King Air C90 turboprop added last month by EagleMed, LLC at Greenville's Downtown Airport (GMU). The addition has improved life-saving transfers from that region to critical care facilities in larger cities. Learn more.
January 25, 2012
Southern California Business Aviation Assn. Luncheon
Costa Mesa, CA
January 25, 2012
Ohio Regional Business Aviation Assn. Membership Meeting
January 27, 2012
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting
February 7, 2012
Carolina Aviation Professionals Assn. Meeting
February 9, 2012
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Day at the Capitol
St. Paul, MN
March 1–3, 2012
Montana Aviation Conference
NBAA2012 Site Now Live; Key Exhibitor Deadline Is Feb. 17
The Association invites Members to visit the newly launched site of the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), which will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2012, in Orlando, FL. NBAA2012 Exhibitor information is available on the site, and Members are reminded that the Exhibitor Priority Lottery deadline is February 17. Exhibitors must submit applications and full payment by that date in order to receive the discounted exhibit space rate and to be included in the Priority Lottery placement. Applications received without payment will not be processed. For more information about the show or exhibit application process, visit the NBAA2012 web site.
Record-Setting Exhibitor Count Highlights Value of S&D Conference
Held last week in San Diego, CA, NBAA's 23rd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference wrapped up with a record 407 Exhibitors, as well as 2,536 registered Attendees – the event's second-highest turnout and an 11-percent increase over the 2011 conference. Organizers reported packed rooms at many of the more than 30 educational sessions, where schedulers and dispatchers networked and learned new skills with others in the profession. Learn more about the 2012 S&D Conference results.
Get Your Story Published in Business Aviation Insider
Anyone who works in business aviation knows that all flight departments are not alike. No mission is identical and every operation faces unique challenges, but this is an industry of pioneers, with a strong tradition of sharing knowledge and best practices. NBAA wants to know how your company is paving the way for others. Can you help peers in the industry learn what you found out the hard way? Have you developed a new safety procedure for your company or come up with an innovative way to deal with a day-to-day operational challenge? Share your story, and it could be published in Business Aviation Insider for all to read. Send suggestions to NBAA's Amy Hindman at [email protected] or review past issues of Business Aviation Insider.
Final Reminder: NBAA Has a New Payment Address
If Members have not already updated their records with NBAA's new payment address, they should do so immediately, as forwarding services from the old payment address will be suspended next week on January 31. Any new Membership applications or renewal payments should now be sent to: National Business Aviation Association; Attn: Membership; P.O. Box 55481; Boston, MA 02205-5481. Learn more.
Webinar on Best Practices for Utilizing Independent Contractors
On February 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET, NBAA will offer a webinar that provides best practices for the many flight departments, charter operators and other aviation businesses that rely upon independent contractors. With nearly four out of five companies using some type of contingent labor arrangement, this is an area of interest for many Members. The webinar will provide details on steps an employer can take to make an educated determination if a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. An employer faces significant risks, such as requirements to pay back taxes, interest and penalties, if a worker is misclassified. Register for the webinar.
Plan to Attend International Operators Conference This March
Whether your company is a seasoned globetrotter or just beginning to fly internationally, NBAA's International Operators Conference provides critical, up-to-date information for completing overseas trips safely and efficiently. This year's conference will be held from March 12 to 15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in California. This information-packed, four-day event includes review sessions on regulatory and operational requirements unique to different regions of the world and once again features a designated Safety Day. Review the agenda and register now.
Register Now for Effective Leadership in Aviation PDP Course
Enhance your professional knowledge and personal effectiveness as a current or aspiring flight department manager by taking this PDP course focused on leadership. Course topics include defining an effective leader, identifying the needs of staff, time management, decision making and more. Held on February 21, in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference in San Diego, the course will be interactive and highly motivational. Learn more or register for this and other PDP courses.
Recipients of 2012 NBAA S&D Scholarships Announced
NBAA last week announced the recipients of the 2012 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Scholarship monetary and training awards. The annual awards, donated by NBAA Member Companies, support current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers in advancing their careers through continuing education and hands-on industry training, respectively. See the list of recipients for both training awards and monetary awards.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Banding Together to Oppose User Fees
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January 24–26, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
February 2, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
New Orleans, LA
February 8, 2012
Webinar: Best Practices for Utilizing Independent Contractors
2:00 p.m. ET
February 9–10, 2012
Aircraft Registration Conference
Delray Beach, FL
February 21, 2012
PDP Course: Effective Leadership in Aviation
San Diego, CA
February 22–23, 2012
20th Annual Leadership Conference
San Diego, CA
NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
NBAA Management Guide a Comprehensive Resource
An industry how-to manual, the NBAA Management Guide is a must-have for any size flight department, providing the latest guidance on aircraft operations, maintenance and administration. Web access is free to all Members, and only Members may order print and PDF versions of the guide. This publication is updated twice a year by NBAA staff and committees to address current operational and regulatory developments.
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