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Issue #12-48,  November 26, 2012

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TOP NEWS

Industry Groups and FAA Discuss Contract Check Airman Issue
Last week, NBAA and industry groups discussed with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials their concerns related to how contract check airmen and instructors employed by Part 142 training centers are qualified for use by Part 135 air carriers. At issue is an FAA requirement that all contract simulator instructors and check airmen must have completed initial training and qualification for at least one Part 135 operator at some point in their career in order to be eligible to provide services on a contract basis to Part 135 carriers. Learn more about the check airman issue.

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Regulators' Participation in Industry Events Threatened by Pending Legislation
NBAA and other associations are concerned that an amendment to legislation that may be passed during the "lame duck" session of Congress would prohibit regulators from attending more than one industry meeting per year. The "21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012'' (S.1789), which includes the amendment (SA2060), has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year NBAA and 2,100 other groups sent a letter to Congress opposing the travel restrictions on representatives of federal agencies. Review the associations' letter and learn more about the pending legislation.

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New Reports Show Slow but Steady Growth in Business Aviation
Several newly released business aviation market reports show that the industry upturn that began earlier this year is continuing into 2012's final quarter. In addition, a major business jet manufacturer is predicting a long period of sustained growth extending well into the next decade, an expansion that will be driven largely by growth in China and other emerging markets. Read more about the growth of business aviation.

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Flies Medical Supplies to 'Superstorm' Sandy Victims
One of the reasons business aviation is an essential industry in America today is because of its commitment to provide aircraft for humanitarian assistance after major disasters and in moments of crisis, whether they involve millions or even just one person. In the days following Superstorm Sandy, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the country's largest food wholesaler, dispatched its Challenger 300 from Dillant Hopkins Airport (EEN) in New Hampshire to Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey to deliver much-needed medical supplies to storm victims. The story is among the dozens of accounts of business aviation providing critically needed support to people and communities in the storm's wake. Read more about business aviation's Sandy relief efforts.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Indiana Study Highlights Contributions of GA
The recently released 2012 Indiana Airports Economic Impact Study, done by the Aviation Association of Indiana, provides ample evidence that, as the report states, "Hoosier airports are the lifeblood for hundreds of companies across the state, allowing them to compete in a global economy while supporting jobs and economic growth in small communities across the heartland." The total economic output from Indiana's GA airports accounts for $5.886 billion, or 41 percent of total of all airports within the state, according to the study, which covers all aspects of aviation, including commercial and military. Read more about the study.

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FEATURED STORY

Choosing the Right Aircraft Ownership Structure
Whether you're using an airplane for business for the first time or have managed aircraft for years, one of the toughest challenges is choosing the right ownership structure. There are about as many unique structures as there are operators and part of what makes the decision so complicated is that it touches nearly every other challenge of business flying: operational flexibility, regulatory compliance, taxes and liability. "There's a drawback to every structure," said aviation attorney John Hoover, a member of NBAA's Tax Committee. Review a list of common ownership structures and the key factors to consider in making the decision in the current edition of Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

China Accelerates Opening of Low-Level Airspace
Chinese officials now say more than a third of the country's airspace below 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) is open to general aviation. The opening of China's airspace is now expected to be completed by 2020 – years ahead of schedule, according to the deputy secretary of the National Air Traffic Management Committee. Reforms underway are expected to begin in earnest by 2015, according to Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of China Business Aviation Group and NBAA's representative in Asia. Learn more about the opening of airspace in China in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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Cross-Border Issues Conference Will Highlight Security, Clearance Procedures
The upcoming NBAA/Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) Cross-Border Issues Conference will provide a forum to discuss the operational and regulatory issues involved in traveling between the United States and Canada, and will also address a significant concern affecting operators flying across the Atlantic: the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme. The conference, scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7 in Ottawa, Ontario, is a collaborative effort between NBAA and CBAA that will bring together government officials and industry experts on border-related concerns, and address common challenges faced by aircraft operators that fly between the two countries. Read more about the conference.

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REGIONAL NEWS

New RNAV STARs Implemented at Denver Satellite Airports
The FAA on Nov. 15 implemented a full system of RNAV STARs (for turbojets only) in satellite airports within the Denver terminal area. The STARs use altitude windows and airspeed constraints to accommodate efficient descents. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 3, these STARs are only available as assigned by air traffic control. On Dec. 3, the full system will be activated and aircraft are expected to file the appropriate STARs. It's vital that flightcrews familiarize themselves with these new procedures and comply with all altitudes and airspeeds. For more information, contact the FAA's Ted Goodwin at ted.goodwin@faa.gov. View a detailed description of the new Denver terminal area procedures.

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New York-Area Business Aviation Forum Set for Dec. 4
The FAA's New York-Area Business Aviation Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4, at its Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. FAA representatives from all New York ATC facilities will be on hand to answer questions on the New York Metropolitan Airspace. Presentations will cover traffic flow management practices associated with the upcoming seasonal demand between the Northeast and Florida/the Caribbean. As the forum will be held in an FAA facility, attendees must RSVP to be added to the security list. RSVP to NBAA ATS's Dean Snell by Nov. 29 at dsnell@nbaa.org.


FAA to Hold Customer Forum in Fort Worth on Dec. 6
The FAA will host a Central Service Center Customer Forum in Forth Worth, TX on Dec. 6. The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on 2540 Meacham Boulevard. FAA representatives from all 17 Central Service Center and regional ATC facilities will present on operations and programs in the Central Service Airspace. FAA officials will cover the North Texas Metroplex optimization, ADS-B and unmanned aerial systems, and NBAA Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure Bob Lamond will speak about business aviation issues. To attend, RSVP to the FAA at fabiola.mendiaz@faa.gov by Dec. 1. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at shadley@nbaa.org.


South Florida Customer Forum Cancelled
The FAA has cancelled a scheduled Nov. 28 South Florida Customer Meeting at Miami Airport, and the preceding Snowbird briefing scheduled for 9 a.m. is also cancelled. No information is yet available on rescheduling either meeting. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org.


REGIONAL EVENTS

Nov. 28, 2012
Ohio Regional Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Columbus, OH
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Dec. 6, 2012
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting and Holiday Event 
Dulles, VA
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Dec. 6, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA
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NBAA NEWS

See Every Aircraft That Was on Display at NBAA2012
For the first time ever, the Online News Bureau site for NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention includes a photo gallery featuring every aircraft displayed at the show, which this year was held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Orlando, FL. Always a popular attraction at the NBAA Convention, the 2012 static displays featured some of the world's leading business aircraft. Light business airplanes and helicopters were showcased both inside and outside the Orange County Convention Center, while nearly 100 additional aircraft were on exhibit at Orlando Executive Airport. Read more about the business aircraft at NBAA2012.

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Call for Speakers: 2013 NBAA Regional Forums
NBAA has issued a call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 2013 Business Aviation Regional Forums. Proposals for presentations are welcome on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership, and career and leadership development. Proposals are due to NBAA by Dec. 17. Review and complete the 2013 Regional Forum call for speakers form.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Sign Up for Human Factors Course at Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
In conjunction with its 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, TX, NBAA will offer a Professional Development Program (PDP) course on Human Factors in Corporate Aviation on Jan. 21 and 22. Presented by Global Jet Services, this two-day course reviews recent aircraft accidents to identify common risk factors. In aviation accidents, often a series of events were allowed to develop before the actual event. This course will focus on increasing awareness to help aviation personnel break that "chain of events" and develop safety nets. Sign up for the PDP course today.

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Last Call for November Scholarship Applications
NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through Member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. The following applications are due this week on Nov. 30: International Operators Scholarship and Leadership Conference Scholarship. Apply now for NBAA scholarships.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

GA Boom Expected in China

Chinese business owners are clamoring for a place in the sky, according to Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of China Business Aviation Group and NBAA’s representative in Asia. A survey by the Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer White Paper 2012 indicated that 63,500 Chinese citizens are financially capable of owning a business jet. Of those, 13 percent expressed the desire to purchase such an aircraft, said Liao. NBAA Flight Plan has the story.

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NBAA EVENTS

Dec. 6–7, 2012
Cross-Border Issues Conference
Ottawa, Canada

Jan. 22–25, 2013
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
San Antonio, TX

Feb. 7–8, 2013
Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
Bonita Springs, FL

Feb. 12–13, 2013
Leadership Conference
Austin, TX

Feb. 28, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Long Beach, CA







 

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