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Issue #12-28,  July 9, 2012

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TOP NEWS

Recently Passed Highway Bill Contains Provisions of Interest to Industry
A federal highway funding bill signed into law last week contains several provisions of interest to business aviation operators, with one key issue stricken from the measure but another contentious point left intact. Lawmakers opted to strike an amendment that would have shifted regulatory authority for airspace over certain national parks and tribal lands from the Federal Aviation Administration to the National Park Service. Less encouraging was the continuation of the "fuel fraud" tax on aviation kerosene, despite protests from aviation groups and the support of key lawmakers to repeal the measure. Read more about provisions of interest in the highway bill.

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FAA InFO Explains Magnetic Variation Differences on RNAV Systems
Pilots should be aware that there can be differences between the magnetic courses charted on standard instrument departure/standard terminal arrival (SID/STAR) charts and magnetic courses displayed by some RNAV systems. In most cases, these differences can be attributed to charting convention and RNAV system design differences related to magnetic variation. RNAV systems either rely on their navigational database for magnetic variation or calculate it dynamically. This means that the magnetic course displayed by the RNAV system for a specific instrument procedure leg may differ slightly from the magnetic course charted on the plate for the same leg. Review the FAA InFO to learn more.

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Podcast: Building a Pipeline Between Education and Aviation
Business sophisticates call it the issue of "succession." Others simply call it the question of "who'll run the company once I retire?" In both cases, the answer lies in the next generation of business aviation professionals. The NBAA Business and Collegiate Aviation Pipeline Program Guide provides information for Member Companies, regional business aviation groups and college aviation degree programs on how to work together to introduce students to business aviation and develop future leaders for the industry. In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, hear more about the career pipeline concept and review NBAA's pipeline program resources for business aviation.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Congressional Committee Amends Proposed Restrictions on Government Attendance at Industry Events
Two months after congressional passage of severe restrictions on government/private-sector interaction, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently agreed to legislation that amends proposed travel restrictions on federal government employees. The committee passed HR 4631, "The GSA Act of 2012," which contains language addressing both the concerns about government travel and those of the letter signers. Included in the bill is a change to the original proposal that would have prohibited federal employees from attending more than one conference held annually by a private organization. Read more about the amended travel bill.

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FEATURED STORY

Business Aviation Keeps Media Company Connected
Edwards Group is a media company in Seneca, SC whose publications and associated web sites help keep the residents of smaller communities connected. For this company, with a diversified set of enterprises and 350 employees working in far-flung locations, staying connected is essential. "I don't think we could run the company without an airplane, because when you have problems in a company our size, you have to handle them right now," said Edwards Group Co-owner Steve Edwards. Read more about how this NBAA Member relies on its business airplane in the latest issue of Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

London 2012 Olympic Airspace Training Module Available Online
The UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has designed a computer-based training package to help operators prepare for travel throughout the UK during the London 2012 Olympic Games. New procedures will be in place to accommodate the large influx of air traffic expected in and around the region including airspace restrictions and slot-controlled departures and arrivals. The four computer-based training modules provide graphical illustrations of general airspace restrictions and route information for arrivals into specific airfields. Operators planning travel to the UK during the Olympics are urged to plan ahead and review this information. Access the NATS Olympic Airspace Computer Based Training Package.

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Italian Revenue Agency Issues Guidance on Aircraft Tax
The Italian Revenue Agency has published further information on modifications to a number of new taxes on aircraft passed by its parliament in April. The latest guidance clearly states that private aircraft not registered in Italy are allowed to spend up to 45 consecutive days in the country before being subject to the tax. The agency also provides more details on the tax on air taxis, which ranges from 100 to 200 euro per passenger per leg. Learn more about the tax situation in Italy.

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REGIONAL NEWS

FAA Reports Pilot Errors on Teterboro and Morristown Arrivals
Philadelphia TRACON has informed NBAA of a very high incidence of pilots not complying with the JAIKE Three RNAV standard terminal arrival route (STAR) on arrivals into New Jersey's Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU) airports. Pilots are missing the "at" crossing altitude at ILENE. On one shift the incidence rate was more than 50 percent. This places aircraft in conflict with other arrival and departure traffic for New York metropolitan airports, presenting a serious safety concern. The NBAA Access Committee's Flight Deck Avionics Subgroup has prepared a primer on the JAIKE Three STAR and the "Descend Via" procedure in general. Review the resource now.

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'Green' Terminal Is a First for Michigan
Pilots, passengers and other visitors to Oakland County International Airport (PTK) in southeastern Michigan have a new attraction to visit at the busy Detroit-area reliever airport: A state-of-the-art general aviation terminal building that is both attractive and environmentally friendly, having been certified to the LEED Gold standard. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. County officials said the new terminal is the first in the state, and the first general aviation terminal in the country, to receive this certification. Read more about PTK's environmental efforts.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

July 10, 2012
Love Field Pilots Assn. Luncheon Meeting
Dallas, TX
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July 12, 2012
Houston Regional Aviation Professionals Presentation
Houston, TX
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July 12 2012
Tampa Bay Aviation Association Meeting
Tampa, FL
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July 17–18, 2012
Carolina Aviation Training, Standardization & Compliance Conference
Concord, NC
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August 2012
Runway Safety Forum
Pittsburgh, PA
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September 12, 2012
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament
Dulles, VA
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Leadership Council Reaches Milestone With 100 Members
Established three years ago this summer, the NBAA Leadership Council now has 100 members with the recent addition of six companies – Phillips 66, Honeywell International, B/E Aerospace, Daher-Socata, Solarius Aviation and Dow Corning. In reaching this milestone, "NBAA and the business aviation community owe a debt of gratitude to every company and individual who has stepped up," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Leadership Council members are taking charge of the industry's future, ensuring that business aviation is understood and valued, by providing the necessary funding to help support the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Learn more about the work of the Leadership Council.

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Five Open Positions
The Association is currently seeking a manager of web development; a coordinator of advertising and sponsorships; and an administrative assistant to support the Conventions & Forums team. NBAA is also hiring for a manager of static displays and an Operations Service Group specialist to provide legislative, regulatory, technical and flight operations information to NBAA Members. View the complete job descriptions for all open positions online.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA Seeking PDP and SPDP Courses for 2013
The Association is currently seeking presenters for Professional Development Program (PDP) and Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses held in conjunction with NBAA events in 2013. Courses offered through NBAA's PDP and SPDP programs offer knowledge and skills useful to aviation professionals and help participants prepare for the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) exam. Individuals and organizations interested in presenting a course should contact NBAA's Sarah Wolf by July 16 at [email protected]. Learn more about PDP and SPDP.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Building Career Pipelines in Business Aviation

The career pipeline is a concept used by many industries to help develop future leaders, and business aviation is no exception. "The pipeline program is a way to link the business aviation industry to collegiate aviation programs that have either a corporate course or a full, embedded business aviation program – or just an interest in having their students exposed to the business aviation world," explains Dr. Tara Harl of St. Cloud State University in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast. NBAA provides several resources for companies wishing to establish career pipeline programs of their own, including a Pipeline Program Guide, tips on establishing internship programs and many scholarship offerings. 

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NBAA EVENTS

September 20, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Seattle, WA

October 2–4, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
Scottsdale, AZ

October 28, 2012
PDP Course: Principles of Aviation Leadership
Orlando, FL

October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
Orlando, FL

October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Orlando, FL

October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Human Factors in Corporate Aviation
Orlando, FL

October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development
Orlando, FL

October 30 – November 1, 2012
65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012)
Orlando, FL

November 2–3, 2012
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
Orlando, FL







 

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