Two Governors Call on President to Support Business Aviation
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) have written to President Obama asking for his support for all of general aviation, including business aviation. The governors’ letters remind the president of the industry’s essential role in supporting job creation, helping companies of all sizes compete and succeed, and connecting communities to global markets. The two governors’ letters come in the wake of a message from the White House reiterating the administration’s support for per-flight user fees for GA. They were sent at the request of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, which counts more than 5,500 individuals and organizations in its membership, including NBAA. Learn more and read the governors’ letters to President Obama.
Congress Passes Another FAA Funding Extension
Last week, House and Senate lawmakers passed a twenty-third short-term extension of funding for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs that runs through February 17. Congress is reportedly close to completing work on a multi-year FAA reauthorization package, and the latest extension is intended to provide funds for the agency’s operations until the work on reauthorization can be completed. NBAA has long been unified with the rest of the general aviation community in calling for a multi-year FAA authorization that builds on the GA fuel tax for helping fund FAA programs and modernization in lieu of new, onerous user fees. For more on NBAA’s work in this area, view Association’s FAA Reauthorization and Modernization page.
House Lawmakers Push for Pilot's Bill of Rights
Reps. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and Dan Lipinski (D-3-IL) have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to improve the relationship between general aviation (GA) pilots, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. The Pilot’s Bill of Rights would offer pilots more protection during an FAA enforcement proceeding; require the FAA to work with the GA community to improve the notice to airmen system and clarify medical certification forms; and provide pilots greater access to information, such as Flight Service Station briefings. A similar bill introduced last year by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) has 60 co-sponsors in the Senate. For more information on the Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation, H.R. 3816, contact NBAA’s Dick Doubrava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAA InFO Reminds Pilots to Comply With RVSM Requirements
Due to an unusually high rate of pilots requesting RVSM flight levels or operating in RVSM airspace without the required authorization, FAA has issued InFO 12001 emphasizing flight planning responsibilities when conducting these operations. Operators are reminded of the U.S.-designated exclusionary RVSM airspace (FL 290-410), that aircraft must be properly equipped to fly at those altitudes, and that information submitted on FAA and ICAO flight plans must be accurate, complete and consistent. All operations personnel are reminded to review and observe RVSM requirements and guidance found in 91.180, the AIM, and AC 91-85. Visit NBAA’s RVSM web page and view the InFO.
Delays Likely at Super Bowl Airports This Weekend; Plan Accordingly
Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation to the Super Bowl host city – including all types of aviation traffic. This Sunday, February 5, Super Bowl XLVI will bring a large influx of people to the Indianapolis, IN area, and preliminary numbers indicate that significant volume is expected into Indianapolis International (IND) and the area's satellite airports. Due to the likely use of a ground delay program for arrivals, NBAA’s GA Desk encourages operators to plan for delays and not schedule last-minute arrivals as delays could push flights into the special event TFR timeframe, which begins at 4:30 p.m. local (2130z). The TFR will not be revised to accommodate late-arriving flights. NBAA also strongly encourages operators to file required routes noted in the FAA flight advisory. Additional delays are possible if operators are not filed on the correct route. Read more about the planned restrictions and learn more at NBAA’s Super Bowl resource page.
New NBAA Resource Provides VIP TFR Information
NBAA’s GA Desk has introduced a new, dedicated web page that provides impact statements for current VIP temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). Based at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center, the GA Desk has distributed TFR impact statements via NBAA’s subscription-based Airspace Alerts for many years. However, given the fact an election year brings an increase in the volume and volatility of VIP travel, NBAA is providing this higher level of service to keep Members better informed about VIP TFRs. The new web resource allows Members to view all current VIP TFRs in a single, easy-to-access location. For those who prefer the e-mail format, TFR notifications will continue to be sent out via Airspace Alerts. View NBAA’s new TFR resource.
Join NBAA, Industry at New Orleans Forum This Thursday
There’s still time to register for NBAA’s Business Aviation Regional Forum in New Orleans this Thursday, February 2, which will bring together hundreds of local business leaders, aircraft operators, manufacturers, service providers and government officials. With a full agenda of education sessions exploring iPads in the cockpit, runway safety, aircraft resale values and more timely issues – as well as a static display of aircraft – the Regional Forum will be like NBAA's annual Convention, "only in miniature," said NBAA Vice President Katrina Bradshaw. The day-long learning and networking event will be held on New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport (NEW). Learn more and register for the Regional Forum today.
Florida Considers Extending Tax Exemptions on Aircraft Maintenance
The efforts of aviation advocacy groups in Florida, including the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA), have met with recent success, as state lawmakers are considering legislation to extend sales and use tax exemptions for aircraft maintenance to nearly all business airplanes. “Florida is losing aircraft maintenance and repair business to other states every day because we haven't remained competitive in our tax statutes,” said Senator Mike Bennett, one of the bill’s sponsors, adding that the proposed legislation would “level the playing field and create jobs for Floridians, while also encouraging aircraft owners to visit Florida's world-class aviation maintenance and repair facilities.” Read more about the proposed Florida maintenance tax exemption.
Business Airplane Gives Edge to South Carolina Company
Andy Sykora, owner of Greenwood, SC-based Custom Audio and Lighting, Inc., calls his 1978 turbocharged piston single-engine airplane “indispensible,” because it gives his audio and lighting company a competitive and logistical edge needed to support for major outdoor productions. “The flexibility our business airplane gives us is invaluable,” he said. “It’s a working airplane for us, a business tool we couldn’t do without.” As proof, Sykora notes that his company has seen a 25-percent increase since he started using the airplane. Visit the No Plane No Gain web site to learn more about how business aviation works for Custom Audio and Lighting.
February 7, 2012
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Luncheon
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
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
March 4–6, 2012
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
March 27, 2012
Tri-State Dispatchers and Schedulers Meeting
Call for Speakers: NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention
The Association invites education session proposals for the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), to be held October 30 to November 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Proposals on any topic relevant to business aircraft owners and operators are welcome. Sessions must contain relevant educational content and may not be specific company updates, marketing presentations or commercial in nature. The deadline for proposals is February 29. Review the call for speakers and submit a proposal.
Submit a Nomination for 2012 European Business Aviation Award
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association have issued a call for nominations for the 2012 European Business Aviation Award, which honors significant contributions to the advancement of business aviation in Europe. The award is presented every year to one or more individuals or companies at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held this year at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland from May 14 to 16. Read more about the award, including past recipients.
Travel$ense 3.90 Update Released
NBAA has issued an update for the Association's business travel productivity tracking software. This update addresses changes to the airline reservation system used by Travel$ense, which prevented the program from retrieving fare information for comparable airline flights. Travel$ense is a tool to help management better analyze and understand business travel by calculating actual business hours, productivity and trip expenses saved by traveling via business aircraft. Learn more and download the update.
Results of Business Aviation Insider Poll
NBAA recently conducted an informal online poll asking Members to name their favorite 2011 Business Aviation Insider cover. The majority of respondents – roughly one third – selected the September/October cover, which creatively depicted “The Departure of Paper,” a story focusing on the emerging use of iPads in the cockpit. NBAA thanks all who participated in the poll. Business Aviation Insider is printed and mailed bimonthly only to NBAA Members, and only Members have full access to all online articles and downloads. Subscribe to Business Aviation Insider today.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Election 2012: Get Involved, Make a Difference
NBAA's new “Election 2012” resource helps people in the business aviation community get involved in this year's elections and make informed decisions when they vote. In this special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discusses how easy the resource is to use, and why it's so important that the industry be engaged in the elections.="font-size:>
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NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
GA Desk: Extending the Reach of Your Flight Department Team
For over 10 years, NBAA has staffed a full-time General Aviation Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC). These GA Desk specialists represent business aviation in both real-time national airspace flow-control and decision-making as well as in long-term FAA/industry strategic planning. All NBAA Members benefit from having this representation at the ATCSCC, but for an additional subscription, Members can take full advantage of the GA Desk’s front-line access to real-time air traffic information. A GA Desk subscription offers advanced, accurate information for improved flight planning, the potential to reduce ATC and weather delays, and support in quickly resolving crew, aircraft and passenger issues.
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