FAA Publishes Revised Plan for Providing 'Opt Out' From Internet Flight Tracking
Complying with direction from lawmakers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released its plan to implement a slightly revised version of an agency program formerly known as the NBAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. The proposed new guidance, issued May 8, formalizes efforts already taken by the FAA to restore access for all operators that want to participate in the program, which allows individuals and companies to opt out from having their flights broadcast over the Internet. NBAA believes the proposal offered by the FAA substantially addresses Member concerns and will be submitting comments to the federal government in the near future. Read more about the new guidance.
NBAA Joins Opponents of Proposed Federal Employee Meeting Attendance Restrictions
NBAA has joined about 2,100 signatories to a letter to members of Congress, urging them to consider revising proposed legislation that would severely restrict federal government employees' attendance at association meetings and conferences. "Over the course of any year, ongoing and constructive dialogue between the industry and the government is critical, and that's the kind of dialogue that takes place when high-ranking government officials participate in NBAA's events," said Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president of government affairs. "We think it's important not to put restrictions on the ability of representatives from federal agencies to attend our meetings and conferences to discuss important technical and policy information." Read more about the proposed legislation.
Get Tools for Traffic Management in Storm Season
A key service the NBAA GA Desk provides is helping subscribers find the most efficient and timely routes around bad weather. Supporting these efforts are tactical route coordinators (TRCs). For example, the TRC at New York TRACON provides reroutes during Severe Weather Avoidance Plan events for airspace over the New York region. The TRC establishes a phone bridge with tower personnel at the small airports most often used by business aircraft and New York Center personnel, as well as flight plan service providers. This coordination helps smooth departure rates and make options available for operators that can adjust their departure plans. Read more about traffic management during stormy weather.
Podcast: Conference Will Emphasize Flight Attendants' Top Priority, Safety
For the past five years, members of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee have been determined to develop a strategy of global collaboration among cabin crews. Those efforts were on display earlier this month when they staged the Cabin Crew Symposium at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, and will be highlighted again at NBAA's 17th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, set for June 14 to 16 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, IL. "There are a lot of duties, but ultimately, our primary job is safety," said Boeing's Mary Ann Fash, who chairs the committee. Read more about the conference in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Who Is Your Regional Rep?
NBAA's six regional representatives provide a national voice on local issues, including operational concerns such as airport and airspace access, NextGen initiatives, safety and security proposals, and taxation. With the November 2012 elections coming up, they also help support local legislative advocacy efforts. But their greatest strength lies in working with one another to address your operational issues and concerns, according to Kristi Ivey, the Association's Northwest regional representative based in Livingston, MT. "We might not specifically have the most technical response to some questions, but we know where to get it," she said. Learn more about NBAA's regional representatives.
Colorado Aviation Week Celebration to Include Recognition of General Aviation
Colorado will celebrate Aviation Week from June 4 to 10, and activities will include recognizing the ongoing accomplishments of general aviation (GA) in the Centennial State, as well as thanking members of "The Greatest Generation" for advancing aviation and preserving American freedom during World War II. "For the last two years our focus was on educating the public, pushing back against the erroneous negative image many held of GA, including business flying," said Brittany Davies, chair of the celebration's sponsoring organization, the Colorado Aviation Business Association. "This year we're turning the spotlight on the Colorado men and women who make today's aviation system work, and we're looking ahead to the improvements they'll bring in the years to come." Read more about the celebration plans.
Second Runway Safety Forum Set for June 20 in Connecticut
The Westchester Aviation Association recently presented a runway safety forum in White Plains, NY, that was sponsored by NBAA and USAIG and strongly received by attendees, and the same educational program will be offered by the Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CTBAG) on June 20 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC). The day-long forum is designed to help operators reduce the risk of runway excursions, an aviation incident on the rise, and attendees will review actual runway excursion case studies. Hosted by Key Air, the event qualifies for Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit and is free to attend. To register, contact Key Air's Chris Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
June 1, 2012
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Louis, MO
June 2, 2012
Greater St. Louis 36th Annual Business Aviation Memorial Open
June 7, 2012
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Safety Seminar
June 11–13, 2012
Florida Aviation Trades Assn. Conference and Trade Show
Palm Beach, FL
June 14, 2012
Tampa Bay Aviation Association Meeting
June 15, 2012
Greater Washington Schedulers & Dispatchers Kickoff Event
Washington Area's Paige Kroner Receives NBAA's Silk Scarf Award
NBAA's Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers. Most recently, the Silk Scarf Award was presented to Paige Kroner, president of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA), at the group's annual Safety Standdown in Ashburn, VA on May 16. Currently the manager of industry and government affairs at Signature Flight Support, Kroner was one of three people who co-founded GWBAA in 2004. She is also an active member of Women in Corporate Aviation. Read more about the Silk Scarf Award.
Last Chance for Early Bird Discount at Flight Attendants Conference
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference will be held in Chicago, IL from June 14 to 16, featuring an educational theme focused on "Going Global" and exhibits showcasing the latest in safety, service and training programs. Attendees must sign up by June 1 to take advantage of early bird pricing and save $200 on registration. The program features a presentation by crewmembers from Flight 1549, the famous "Miracle on the Hudson"; a global catering panel on national differences; a ramp inspection session; and more. Register now for discounted rates.
Aircraft Transactions Conference Covers Tax, Insurance & Regulatory Issues
NBAA is offering an information-packed agenda at its Business Aircraft Transactions Conference, coming to New York City June 21 and 22. This two-day event covers a variety of timely and important topics, including tax, regulatory and risk-management issues. Increased aircraft transaction activity, both in the U.S. and internationally over the last 12 months, has created new opportunities and new market challenges, and there have been a number of legislative, regulatory and policy changes that everyone involved in a transaction must fully understand to be successful. Read more about the conference.
May Is Membership Month – Don't Miss Your Chance to Win!
Membership Month is coming to a close at NBAA but there is still time to refer a friend or colleague for Membership and get entered for a chance to win prizes like American Express gift cards or tickets to the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando for both you and the company you refer. Plus, every referred Member that joins by May 31 will save 20 percent on first-year dues. Direct referrals online and have them enter Promo Code REFERRAL and your name when prompted. If you share your favorite NBAA event before May 31, you'll be entered for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Share your favorite event today.
NBAA's On-Demand Education Library Has New Tax Offerings
Four new 90-minute webinar recordings covering business aviation tax topics are now available in the NBAA On-Demand Education library. The webinars were presented earlier this month by members of the NBAA Tax Committee as part of Association's new Virtual Study Group series. The four new topics are: An Introduction to Business Aviation Taxes; Depreciation & Like Kind Exchanges; State Aviation Taxes; and Personal Use – Impact on the Employee. The fifth topic in the series, Personal Use – Impact on the Company, will be broadcast live tomorrow, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Direct questions to NBAA's Jo Damato at firstname.lastname@example.org or view the "Featured Programs" section of NBAA's On-Demand Education page.
Just Promoted? Sign Up for NBAA's Two-Part Webinar for New Managers
The promotion to manager takes people beyond the aviation disciplines in which they've excelled to unfamiliar areas. To help aviation professionals prepare for this step up, NBAA is presenting a two-part webinar series next month. The first webinar, Making the Transition from Staff Member to Manager, offered on June 6, will cover new skills like motivating employees, time management, conflict resolution and communication. The second webinar, Employee Performance Management for New Managers, offered on June 20, examines how to conduct meaningful and honest performance reviews. The webinars will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Register for these and other upcoming webinars.
Two Management Workshops Come to Chicago in June
In conjunction with its Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference next month in Chicago, NBAA is offering two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses. The highly interactive Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 11 and 12 will offer best practices for implementing policies and procedures to ensure safe and effective operations. The Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 13 and 14 will give flight department managers key information about basic management practices, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, records and reports, and more. Register for these and other PDP courses.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Conference Will Emphasize Flight Attendants' Top Priority: Safety
NBAA's 17th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, set for June 14 to 16 in Chicago, IL, features an interesting lineup of speakers and agenda topics. The conference will offer a workshop in career essentials; a session on global security and a panel discussion on "How to Survive a Ramp Inspection – At Home and Abroad." The event concludes with a safety-oriented session titled "Brace for Impact," during which crew members from US Airways Flight 1549 will recount their experiences on the flight dubbed "Miracle on the Hudson." Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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May 29, 2012
Webinar: Personal Use – Impact on the Company
1:00 p.m. ET
June 5, 2012
Webinar: Federal Excise Taxes
1:00 p.m. ET
June 7, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 11–12, 2012
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 12, 2012
Webinar: Advanced Tax Topics
1:00 p.m. ET
June 13–14, 2012
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 14–16, 2012
17th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
June 19, 2012
Webinar: Aircraft Tax Planning & Impact on Budgeting for Flight Departments
1:00 p.m. ET
June 21–22, 2012
Business Aircraft Transactions Conference
New York, NY
June 26–28, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
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