An industry coalition, which includes NBAA, recently submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding non-U.S. citizen trust aircraft registration. The FAA has been reviewing its policy regarding non-citizen trusts and held a public meeting this past June, during which the agency raised several issues that have yet to be resolved. In an effort to address those issues and further elaborate on the industry's position, the coalition prepared a supplemental submission that focuses on concerns for non-operators, facilitating the information flow and access to records and aircraft, the submission and non-disclosure of operating agreements, the removal of the trustee for specific cause, as well as a revised trust agreement. .
Proposed Improvements to RVSM Authorization Process Under Review
Representatives from throughout the aviation industry, including NBAA, recently met with officials from the FAA to provide initial recommended changes to the agency's requirements for operations in RVSM airspace, under Part 91 Appendix G. The 25-member RVSM Action Team, which includes representatives from throughout the industry, was tasked with providing recommendations for changes to the RVSM approvals process, and at a July 26 meeting in Washington, DC, the team agreed on three key initial recommendations to present to the committee. Read more about the initial recommendations.
FAA Delays Implementation of 'Climb Via'
The FAA made a last-minute decision to cancel new climb via procedures, due to concerns over the adequacy of pilot and controller briefing material. These procedures were not implemented as planned on Aug. 15. The FAA will announce a revised implementation date when it is determined. Learn more about Climb Via.
Conference to Advise Operators on Changes in IRS 'Entertainment Use' Regs
Recent developments concerning taxes on the use of business aircraft – most notably, the recent Internal Revenue Service final ruling on "entertainment use" disallowances for business aircraft – have left many operators scrambling with questions about compliance, and which deductions may still be taken. This is one of the many tax issues that will be addressed during the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, which takes place Oct. 28 to 29 in Orlando, FL. Learn more about this tax compliance issue.
Bulk of Michigan Aviation Fuel Taxes Now Dedicated to Aviation Projects
Michigan's aviation fuel taxes, which could total as much as $10 million a year, will now be reserved for aviation projects in the state through Sept. 30, 2013, the result of legislation signed Aug. 15 by Gov. Rick Snyder. Funds from those taxes had previously been allocated to the state's general budget, with no assurance that the money would be used for aviation projects. The new law will take effect immediately, dedicating 4 percent of the existing 6-percent sales tax on both aviation gasoline and jet fuel to the state Aeronautics Fund, which is used for repair and improvement of Michigan airports. Read more about the new Michigan law.
Manassas Airport Lengthening Runway
Manassas Regional Airport/Harry P. Davis Field (HEF), Virginia's largest regional airport located 30 miles west of Washington, DC, has launched a runway expansion project that is expected to increase safety, improve access and drive economic growth for the airport, operators and local community. Construction will stretch the 5,700-foot runway – the airport's longest – to 6,200 feet. Work on the 500-foot extension began July 1 and is to be completed by Nov. 30. Read more about the runway improvements underway at HEF.
Seattle Regional Forum Attendees Invited to IS-BAO Open Forum
Anyone planning to attend NBAA's Regional Forum on Sept. 20 in Seattle, WA, is invited to attend an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) open forum on Sept. 19, to learn about IS-BAO audit preparation, the registration process, safety management systems and more. The IS-BAO event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the King County International Airport/Boeing Field (BFI) Terminal Meeting Room in Seattle, WA. RSVP for the IS-BAO event to International Business Aviation Council Program Director Jim Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register separately for NBAA's Seattle Regional Forum.
Aug. 23, 2012
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Aug. 28, 2012
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Women in Aviation Breakfast
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sept. 8–9, 2012
Lunken Airport Open House
Sept. 12, 2012
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event
Sept. 19, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event
Sept. 24–26, 2012
Annual 4 States Conference
Kansas City, MO
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
NBAA Advocates for Members on State Level
Every year, business aviation is a target of legislators. With state budgets tight, lawmakers often consider taxing business aviation as a way to increase revenue, so NBAA constantly monitors efforts to increase taxes or otherwise change tax policies for business aviation. Hear NBAA Senior Manager of Finance and Tax Policy Scott O’Brien discuss instances where NBAA advocacy has averted detrimental changes in state tax policy for the Association’s Member Companies.
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August 22, 2012
Business Aviation Pilot Training Symposium
September 20, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
October 2–4, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
October 28, 2012
PDP Course: Principles of Aviation Leadership
October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Human Factors in Corporate Aviation
October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development
October 30 – November 1, 2012
65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012)
November 2–3, 2012
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
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