Opening-Day Numbers Point to a Strong EBACE2012
As the opening day for the 12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2012) got underway in Geneva, Switzerland today, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reported that this year's show could be the largest yet. Nearly 500 Exhibitors occupy Halls 5, 6 and 7 at Geneva Palexpo, and 60 aircraft are on an expanded Static Display at Geneva International Airport, making this year's display of aircraft the largest ever for EBACE. As of the close of the first day of the show, 12,155 Attendees were registered, which is comparable to the registration total for the same period last year. "We are thrilled with the excitement surrounding this year's show, and we believe the numbers demonstrate the continuing value and importance of EBACE," said Bolen. "By several measures, it appears this year's EBACE will be as strong or stronger than last year's show." EBACE2012 takes place from Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16. For more information, including a downloadable EBACE app, visit the EBACE2012 site.
NBAA Notes Dismissal of DWI Charges Against Former FAA Administrator
Association President and CEO Ed Bolen released a statement after a Virginia judge ruled on May 10 that a 2011 traffic stop for former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Randy Babbitt, which resulted in DWI charges and led to Babbitt's resignation, was made without just cause. "For decades, Randy has been one of the most recognized and respected people in aviation. His contributions to the safety and efficiency of air transportation in the United States and around the world are significant. We are pleased that the matter that led to his resignation from the FAA is now closed. We wish him all the best in whatever his future plans may be and trust that the aviation community will benefit from his considerable talent, expertise and commitment." Learn more.
Senate Committee Questions FAA's Plan for E-Chart Fees
At the end of last year, the FAA's AeroNav Products Directorate notified NBAA and other aviation organizations it would begin imposing new fees totaling about $150 per year for end users of e-chart data previously available free. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee, in a recent funding bill, noted the FAA has not justified the new fee, nor sought sufficient input from stakeholders. The committee restricted the FAA from implementing the new fee before seeking public comments and justifying its pricing to lawmakers. Read more about the proposed AeroNav fees.
Podcast: Make Sure You Comply With RVSM Monitoring Requirements
The FAA established requirements a year ago that operators must monitor their compliance with RVSM standards by November 18. Operators that are RVSM-equipped, have completed the necessary training and obtained FAA authorization still need to meet these RVSM monitoring requirements. In the U.S., this can be done simply by flying over any one of four Aircraft Geometric Height Measurement Element (AGHME) Constellations, located in Atlantic City, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Wichita, KS; and Phoenix, AZ. For more about complying with RVSM monitoring, listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Incident Demonstrates Importance of Sterile Cockpit Procedures
Reports of a May 2010 incident involving a Jetstar Airlines Airbus A320 en route to Singapore from Darwin, Australia recently have come to light, underscoring the importance of minimizing cockpit distractions, especially during taxi, takeoff and landing. According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's report, the flightcrew became distracted during the approach by the captain's cell phone and failed to realize the landing gear was not fully extended until the airliner was at 500 feet AGL. The crew had to initiate a go-around from an altitude of just 392 feet. Incidents like this prompted civil aviation authorities worldwide to implement sterile cockpit regulations years ago. Read more about the incident and maintaining a sterile cockpit environment.
NBAA Offers New Resource on One Engine Inoperative Takeoff and Climb Performance
Have you declined to accept a standard instrument departure (SID) because your aircraft cannot comply with the SID climb gradient if an engine failure occurs? Have you ever delayed your flight because of low visibility or low ceilings that required a climb gradient published on the SID, or because of obstacle departure procedures (ODP) that your aircraft could not satisfy with one engine inoperative? Members of the NBAA Domestic Operations Committee have produced a new article that could help in these situations. Review the article about one-engine inoperative takeoff and climb-performance planning.
Today's EBACE2012 Opening Session Features EU Leaders
EBACE2012 opens today at Geneva Palexpo with an Opening General Session featuring many leaders from the European Union (EU) policy community. Speaking are Matthew Baldwin, the European Commission director for air aviation and transport policy; Marian-Jean Marinescu, member of the European Parliament and aerospace engineer; and Salvatore Sciacchitano, executive secretary of the European Civil Aviation Conference. "We are honored to have these important representatives in the European government attending EBACE2012," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, "The EBACE Opening General Session provides an outstanding opportunity … to put forward the true face of business aviation." Read more about today's EBACE2012 Opening General Session.
EBACE2012 Provides Focus on Aviation Safety
For the second year, a free safety workshop was offered in conjunction with EBACE. The workshop focused on human factors and regional safety issues faced by European operators "such as air traffic control concerns and special considerations when operating in specific airspace," according to NBAA's Doug Carr. The workshop was held yesterday, May 13, in conjunction with EBACE2012 opening today. Learn about the EBACE Safety Workshop.
Canada Border Services Agency Requests Participation in Survey
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) provides border clearance service at over 1,200 locations across Canada. In order to better understand the needs of business aircraft operators, CBSA is requesting that NBAA Members complete a brief survey. Over the past few years, NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association have made a concerted effort to increase collaboration with CBSA and facilitate cross-border flights. Operators that conduct flights to Canada are strongly encouraged to complete this survey as it will assist in further work with CBSA. The deadline for responses is May 25. Take the survey now.
This Month's NATO Summit in Chicago Affects GA Operations at Area Airports
Due to the 91.141 Presidential TFR released for this month's NATO Summit in Chicago, general aviation operations will be prohibited at Chicago Midway (MDW) from 8:00 p.m. local on May 19 through 7:00 p.m. local on May 21. Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) and Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) will remain available to IFR GA operations except for a one-hour period on May 19 and 21 for the VIP arrival and departure. Those wishing to operate into Chicago Midway during the TFR can arrange TSA screening at one of two gateway airports: Rockford (RFD) or South Bend (SBN). TSA screening also will be available at Chicago Midway for traffic departing MDW during the TFR. For details, including how to arrange TSA screening and the times screening will be available, visit NBAA's TFR resource.
Regional Groups Plan Safety Events, Charity Benefits
With spring in full swing, regional business aviation associations across the country are planning their annual safety and charity events. This week, the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association is holding its annual Safety Standdown in Ashburn, VA, on May 16. On June 2, the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association will host its 36th Annual Business Aviation Memorial Open in Chesterfield, MO. The Connecticut Business Aviation Group is hosting a Runway Safety Forum on Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) on June 20, and the Carolina Aviation Professionals Association is holding its 2012 Training, Standardization & Compliance Conference on July 17 and 18 in Concord, NC. Get the details on these and other regional events.
Teterboro Forum to Provide European Aviation Tax Update
As the latest example of a recently passed – and significantly relaxed – tax on aircraft in Italy shows, aviation tax policies in Europe are almost constantly changing. Flying to Europe typically demands some familiarity with value added tax (VAT), importation of aircraft and other key issues. To examine these issues, and available exemptions, NBAA is providing a European aviation tax update, presented by James Walker of CB VATAmerica, at the Teterboro Regional Forum in New Jersey on June 7. Get more information on this session and review the full Regional Forum agenda.
Located north of Killdeer, ND, Weydahl Field (9Y1) has been essentially closed for about two years due to deteriorating conditions and a lack of support for maintaining the facility. However, new oil exploration has driven a statewide economic boom and could soon bring the airport back to life. "Where else do you have an airport where an oil boom is occurring right next to it?" asked Kyle Wanner, aviation planner with the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. "This is an opportunity to re-plan the entire airport, a new and better airport, to adjust to the oil traffic while also allowing for additional business development." .
May 16, 2012
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
June 2, 2012
Greater St. Louis 36th Annual Business Aviation Memorial Open
June 14, 2012
Tampa Bay Aviation Association Meeting
June 20, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Luncheon Meeting
June 20, 2012
Connecticut Business Aviation Group Runway Safety Forum
June 21, 2012
Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Assn. Dinner
Dan Burkhart to Retire; NBAA Seeks New Western Regional Representative
NBAA requests job applicants for its Western regional representative position, which will be vacated in July upon the retirement of Dan Burkhart. Upon joining NBAA 14 years ago, Burkhart was NBAA's first regional representative and was subsequently named director of regional programs with oversight of six U.S. regions. The Western regional representative position will serve the needs of NBAA Members in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. NBAA will be accepting resumes for this opening through May 29. Review the full job description.
NBAA Scholarship Program Celebrating 20th Anniversary
NBAA's scholarship program will celebrate its 20th anniversary at this year's Convention in Orlando, FL, October 30 to November 1. It was during the 1992 Convention that NBAA handed out its first four scholarships. Since then, NBAA's scholarship program, which is generously supported through Member contributions, has distributed several million dollars in monetary and training scholarships to college students seeking jobs in business aviation and to industry professionals interested in advancing their careers. "We've had many, many scholarship winners who've gone on to have outstanding careers in business aviation," said NBAA's Jay Evans. Read more about NBAA's scholarship program.
Join NBAA for Coffee at EBACE2012
Both new and prospective Members attending this week's EBACE2012 are invited to join NBAA leadership for a coffee social tomorrow, May 15. The gathering will take place at NBAA Stand #1813 in Hall 5, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. For anyone in Geneva for EBACE, this is a great opportunity to meet NBAA staff, network with industry peers and learn more about the benefits of Membership. Coffee social attendees also will be entered to win two free passes to NBAA's 65th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando. Review the EBACE2012 schedule.
Tell NBAA About Your Favorite Event
In recognition of Membership Month, NBAA is asking Members to name their favorite NBAA event, and tell what exactly makes it their favorite. Those who share their story with NBAA will be entered for a chance to win an Apple iPad and one free ticket to a favorite event. Complete the form by May 31 for a chance to win.
This Week's Tax Webinar Focuses on State Aviation Taxes
For the next six Tuesdays through June 19, NBAA is offering live webinars examining many different business aviation tax topics. Tomorrow's webinar, on May 15, will cover state aviation taxes. Differences in state taxes can impact where you conduct an aircraft transaction, where you take possession of an aircraft, where you base it and where you maintain it. Both Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) applicants and current CAMs can earn points for participating in the live webinar. For special package pricing, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at [email protected]. Learn more about the tax webinars.
Get a Global Perspective at Flight Attendants Conference
As the industry's worldwide reach has changed business flying in recent years, cabin safety, security and service remain universal, so "it seemed appropriate that we go global" with this year's NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, said Mary Ann Fash, chair of the Association's Flight Attendants Committee. The globally focused program includes a presentation by crewmembers from Flight 1549, the famous "Miracle on the Hudson"; a global catering panel on national differences; and a session on how to survive a ramp inspection at home and abroad. Register now for the upcoming conference, set for June 14 to 16 in Chicago, IL and read more about the program.
NBAA Seeking Providers for Dispatch Recurrent Course
NBAA is seeking presenters for a Dispatcher Recurrent class to be held on January 21 and 22, in conjunction with the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The course proposal should be geared toward professionals who currently have a dispatcher's license and are seeking a refresher of what they learned when they initially obtained their license. Course proposals are due by June 13. For more information, contact NBAA's Sarah Wolf at (202) 783-9251 or [email protected]. Learn more about NBAA's Professional Development Program.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Make Sure You Comply With RVSM Monitoring Requirements
With the adoption of RVSM standards around the globe, the International Civil Aviation Organization established standards to ensure consistency and safety in RVSM airspace. In order to comply with these standards, the FAA implemented a recurrent height-monitoring program for all operators planning flights in RVSM airspace. What do you need to know in order to comply? Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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May 14–16, 2012
12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2012)
May 15, 2012
Webinar: State Aviation Taxes
1:00 p.m. ET
May 22, 2012
Webinar: Personal Use – Impact on the Employee
1:00 p.m. ET
May 29, 2012
Webinar: Personal Use – Impact on the Company
1:00 p.m. ET
NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
Take Advantage of NBAA's Electronic APIS Compliance Resource
Through a partnership with ARINC Direct Business Aviation Solutions, NBAA offers Members an option for complying with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements. The electronic APIS transmission service offered by NBAA meets all applicable regulatory requirements and has been fully approved by CBP. The online tool enables Members to quickly and easily submit, modify and store APIS data for future use and includes many time-saving features.