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Issue #12-16,  April 16, 2012

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TOP NEWS

FAA Cancels Oceanic Plain Language NOTAM
Based on industry feedback and an FAA review conducted earlier this year, the Los Angeles ARTCC is eliminating the Oceanic Plain Language NOTAM due to redundancies in notifying operators of the availability of control extensions off the Southern California coastline. Effective April 16, this NOTAM will be cancelled. Despite some concerns over the reliability of obtaining information when warning areas are hot, the FAA received overwhelming confirmation from operators that removal of the NOTAM would in fact have no impact on operations. Through a letter of agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, the FAA ensures that one control extension will always be available to operators. For more information and guidance, view the FAA memo.

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U.S. Chamber Honors Business Aviation Veteran Russ Meyer
Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer has received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Carol B. Hallett Award. "Russ's critical leadership role at the intersection of aviation, business, policy and philanthropy exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber and all it embodies," said Melissa Rudinger of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. A previous recipient of NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, Meyer served as a U.S. fighter pilot and spent more than three decades at Cessna. Read more about Meyer's achievements.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Bolen: EU-ETS Harmful to Global Aviation and Commerce
The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) is a "unilateral tax by one region of the world," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week at the 11th Annual Aviation Summit of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, adding that the scheme is "not the way to promote global aviation in an environmentally friendly way." Bolen emphasized how the aviation industry has worked together to promote NextGen and emissions-reducing technologies. Given the interconnectedness of the global economy and aviation system, Bolen underscored that the International Civil Aviation Organization is the most appropriate forum to develop a harmonized aviation emissions policy. Read more of Bolen's remarks on the EU-ETS.

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NBAA to Represent Business Aviation at Ohio Airport Managers Event
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be a featured speaker on April 17 at the Ohio Aviation Association's Conference and Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH, where he will address the gathering of state airport managers and other aviation officials on the importance of general aviation airports in boosting jobs, local investment and economic activity in communities across the nation. He will also share key aspects of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the importance of business aviation. Learn more about the Ohio conference.

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FEATURED STORY

Study Groups an Excellent Way for Aspiring Managers to Prepare
Covering five subject areas of aviation leadership, NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) exam can seem daunting. For anyone interested in the professional credential, the community of current CAMs has a new solution: online study groups. Lane Jenkins, chief pilot for Sunrise Enterprises, leads one of the first such groups. With about 10 members, all preparing for the CAM exam but spread across the country, the group focuses on two study questions per week, emailed out by Jenkins. Everyone "replies all" with their answers. "Then it's a roundtable discussion," said Jenkins. "Everybody has a different perspective and considers different sides of the issue." View the Business Aviation Insider online extra for more about CAM study groups.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Podcast: EASA Issues New Licensing Regulations
As expected, new flightcrew licensing requirements from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) went into effect last week, overhauling requirements for pilot training and the issuance of European licenses, ratings and certificates. While the new regulations have a profound impact on pilots and operators of European Union-registered aircraft and on operations based in the EU, most NBAA Members remain unaffected. Pilots holding FAA-issued certificates flying N-registered, U.S.-based aircraft in Europe will not be required to seek an EASA license or EU validation for those operations due to reciprocity provisions established by the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. Review guidance on the EASA licensing transition, and listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Urgent Action Required to Help Pass Pennsylvania Tax Exemption
As reported earlier this year, Pennsylvania is considering legislation (HB 1100) to exempt fixed-wing aircraft, as well as aircraft maintenance and parts, from the state's sales and use tax. This bill has reached a critical point in the legislative process: the second consideration phase where much of the debate is likely to occur. NBAA strongly encourages Members in Pennsylvania to contact their elected officials in support of the measure, explaining its potential to create jobs, grow local businesses and stimulate the economy. Learn more about the proposed Pennsylvania tax exemption.

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FAA Addresses Pilot Confusion Regarding New Memphis RNAV Departures
The FAA has published several new RNAV departure procedures for Memphis International Airport (MEM). The many new fixes that were created to support these procedures have names that are not intuitively pronounceable, and as a result, some confusion is being reported by pilots. Unfortunately, neither FAA nor Jeppesen charts contain guidance on the pronunciations. That concern will be addressed in the next publication cycle, but in the meantime, the FAA has provided a "translation" document. Direct questions to NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected]. View the FAA guidance.

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Closures Announced at New Orleans Lakefront Airport for Air Show This Week
A U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial will be held in the New Orleans area from April 19 to 22 and will shut down operations at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) during specified times. The closure is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local on April 19, 12:45 to 4:00 p.m. local on April 20 and 21, and 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. local on April 22. Operators should check the NOTAMs for NEW prior to operation to confirm the closure dates and times. There will be several additional air shows associated with the War of 1812 commemoration over the next few months. View event locations and dates.

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Reminder: Nantucket Runway Closures This Month
Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) will be closing two of its three runways for resurfacing work on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. local (1300z). Runways 6/24 and 15/33 will be closed through Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. local (1600z). The ILS also will be shut down during this time period. The only available runway will be 12/30 with a length of 2,696 feet. During this four-day closure, only VFR operations will be permitted to Runway 12/30 and only during daylight hours. Direct questions to the NBAA GA Desk at [email protected].


Manassas Airport Runway Extension Begins in July
A project to extend Runway 16L/34R at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia will begin in July and last through the end of November. The runway is going to be extended from 5,700 feet to 6,200 feet. For the duration of most of the project, there will be a displaced threshold in use, reducing the runway length to 5,000 feet. Due to likelihood of sporadic runway closures, operators should be sure to check NOTAMs routinely if operating into Manassas. For more information, contact HEF Airport Director Juan Rivera at jr[email protected] or visit the Manassas Airport site.

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Wyoming Plans First New Airport in Eight Years
The community of Thermopolis, WY is currently served by an airport with a 4,800-foot runway, extremely short safe overrun areas and no room to grow. Sixty years ago, when it was built, it was adequate for piston aircraft, but it can't accommodate many of today's larger, heavier aircraft. Finally, after years of planning, Thermopolis is ready to break ground this year on Wyoming's first brand new airport since 2004. The new airport will be built on 482 acres of ranch land about 12 miles northwest of Thermopolis, offering space for a 6,300-foot runway. Read more about Wyoming's new airport.

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Chicago Group to Receive Illinois' Spirit of Flight Award
At an induction ceremony next month, the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will be awarded the 2012 Spirit of Flight award by the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame (IAHF). The annual honor is given for the year's most substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois. "We found CABAA's generous contributions supporting students by way of scholarships to be particularly laudable," said IAHF President Charles Rodriguez. CABAA will also be recognized for its mentoring and training programs, annual safety standdown and active involvement with the FAA in the redesign of the Chicago Class B airspace. Read more about CABAA's achievements.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

April 16–19, 2012
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Safety Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
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April 18, 2012
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Pilot Breakfast
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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April 26, 2012
Chicago Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
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April 26, 2012
Houston Regional Aviation Professionals Meeting
Houston, TX
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May 1, 2012
Westchester Aviation Assn. Runway Safety Forum
White Plains, NY
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May 4, 2012
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting
Stone Mountain, GA
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NBAA NEWS

Van Nuys Regional Forum Highlights Industry's Economic Contribution
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum held on April 12 in Van Nuys, CA drew more than 1,600 Attendees and 112 Exhibitors, underscoring the strength of the local business aviation community. There were also 16 aircraft on display, including the Bombardier Global 6000, which made its debut at the event. In addition to providing a premier marketplace and a venue for discussing industry trends like iPads in the cockpit and federal excise tax issues for management companies, the Regional Forum was an ideal opportunity to showcase business aviation's value to local policymakers. Speaking at the event, Los Angeles Council Member and congressional candidate Tony Cardenas called Van Nuys Airport a major economic engine for the region. Read more about the Van Nuys Regional Forum.

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NBAA and Jeppesen to Offer Webinar on 2012 ICAO Flight Plan Changes
Is your flight operation ready? On November 15, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Filed Flight Plan (FPL) will undergo significant changes affecting "Item" and "Field" contents for FPLs and related messages. To assist operators in planning for the effects of these changes, NBAA and Jeppesen will present a live webinar on April 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Preregistration is required. Sign up now for free NBAA webinar.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Bringing together aircraft technicians, maintenance managers, owner/operators and pilots to focus on maintaining aircraft safely and effectively, NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) will be held from May 1 to 3 in Nashville, TN. This year's conference will feature sessions on new technologies, asset management, an aviation security update from NBAA's Doug Carr and a keynote presentation by noted speaker Steve Gilliland. .

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Register Now for Nashville PDP Course on Value of Business Aviation
Offered on May 4 in conjunction with NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference, this course, "Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation," will cover a variety of methods to demonstrate your flight department's value to company personnel through presentations, proposals, internal marketing and more. The Professional Development Program (PDP) course will also explore travel analysis methods, options for lift, business plans and company culture. Learn more about documenting business aviation value and register for this PDP course online.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

EASA Licensing Changes Shouldn't Impact NBAA Members

According to international industry advocates, the new flightcrew licensing regulations announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week should have little or no impact on aircraft registered outside the European Union. "As far as business aviation is concerned, it's a non-issue," said Ray Rohr of the International Business Aviation Council. "The majority of people who are U.S. operators going to Europe and who are not based in Europe will see no impact." Learn more about the new EASA licensing regulations in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

April 16–17, 2012
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
San Antonio, TX

April 17–19, 2012
57th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
San Antonio, TX

May 1–3, 2012
27th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
Nashville, TN

May 4, 2012
PDP Course: Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation
Nashville, TN

May 4, 2012
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
Denver, CO

May 14–16, 2012
12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2012)
Geneva, Switzerland







 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Take Advantage of NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption

Did you know that if you operate a piston, turboprop or single engine turbojet aircraft under 12,500 pounds or a helicopter, you can access the small aircraft exemption NBAA has obtained for its Members? This exemption provides the full range of economic and operational options extended to large aircraft operators in FAR 91.501. From carrying passengers or property and seeking reimbursement for the flight, to entering into timesharing, interchange or joint ownership agreements, this Members-only exemption will save you time and money and allow you to fully operate your business aircraft with ease.

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