NBAA: GA Depreciation Debate Should Focus on Reality Rather Than Rhetoric
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week challenged statements made by the White House as part of the debate over reducing the nation's debt that suggested that there is something questionable about business aircraft depreciation schedules, which set the timing and amount of tax payments on the aircraft. "Everyone agrees on the need to find meaningful ways to reduce the nation's debt," Bolen said. "Unfortunately, the White House's rhetoric about general aviation (GA) depreciation ignores established facts and long-standing tax policies related to business airplane ownership and use, does almost nothing to seriously address the nation's debt and has the potential to harm a great American industry in the process." Read more about Bolen's statement.
Congressional Leaders Echo NBAA's Challenge to White House Mischaracterizations About Business Aviation
NBAA's statement last week challenging claims from the White House about business aviation depreciation in the context of the debt-reduction and "sequester" debate came amidst comments from lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill, who also called into question why the administration was focusing on aircraft depreciation as a major consideration in reducing the nation's debt. For example, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) noted in a Reuters op-ed that "The White House has predictably suggested politically driven tax hikes as appropriate offsets for the sequester, including a tax on corporate jets. If that sounds like a poll-tested PR gimmick rather than a serious solution, that's because it is." Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) sounded a similar concern, stating in a Dear Colleague letter: "It is wrong to target the depreciation period for GA aircraft to advance a narrow political goal of class warfare." Read more about the defense of business aviation in Congress.
TSA: Murder Suspect May Consider Aviation in Fleeing Law Enforcement
The need for continued vigilance in protecting general aviation from security threats has been underscored by the recent release of an advisory from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which called for heightened awareness amidst a comprehensive manhunt for former California police officer and accused killer Christopher Dorner. "It is believed that Dorner received flight training during his time in the U.S. Navy, but the extent of his potential flying skills is unknown," TSA's advisory notes. While there is no specific information at this time that Dorner is considering the use of general aviation to evade law enforcement, the TSA requests that operators increase their alertness and refresh their familiarity with existing TSA security guidelines for GA. Read more about the TSA's advisory.
MTOs: A Direct Line to the FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NBAA have created a structure that allows NBAA Members to point out their observations about system operations to the agency through its five managers of tactical operations (MTOs). The MTOs are the faces of the FAA in their respective regions, explained NBAA Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure Bob Lamond. Acting as consumer advocates, each MTO "owns" an issue until it is resolved. Read more about MTOs.
NBAA Joins With State Advocates to Promote Aviation Needs in North Dakota
Association representatives recently joined with members of the North Dakota Aviation Council to sponsor an Aviation Day breakfast and gathering at the state capitol building in Bismarck, where they met with lawmakers and discussed the issues facing commercial and general aviation in the state. Promoting the message that "Aviation Works for North Dakota," the council of eight state aviation groups event to rally support for a one-time, $60 million grant proposed in Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget to help repair airport infrastructure in western North Dakota, where an oil boom has led to record growth. Read more about aviation needs in North Dakota.
NBAA Hosting Regional Leadership Roundtable in Denver, April 11
To provide a full day of resources and information-sharing, NBAA will host a Regional Leadership Roundtable on Apr. 11 in Denver, CO. The roundtable is an opportunity for group leader peers to discuss issues faced by all regional groups, including legislative advocacy, succession planning for group leadership and how to keep meeting content fresh. The event is being planned by NBAA's regional representatives, Access Committee and Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Groups Subcommittee, and will be hosted by the Colorado Aviation Business Association, in conjunction with its annual meeting. For more information, see upcoming issues of NBAA Update or direct questions to NBAA's Kristi Ivey at [email protected]. Review NBAA's regional resources.
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Feb. 12, 2013
Northern California Runway Excursions Prevention Forum
San Jose, CA
Feb. 13–15, 2013
South Carolina Business Aviation Assn. Conference
Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb. 19, 2013
Nebraska Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Feb. 22, 2013
Ohio Regional Business Aviation Assn. Training Day
Feb. 26, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Boca Raton, FL
Due in Two Weeks: Nominations for Meritorious Service, Doswell Awards
Nominations for NBAA's two highest awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award, are due by Feb. 22. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifelong contributions to aviation. The Doswell Award honors lifelong individual achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. The 2013 award recipients will be officially recognized at this year's NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Learn more about these NBAA awards.
Last Chance for Early-Bird Rate at International Operators Conference
This is the final week to register at the early-bird price for NBAA's International Operators Conference, to be held from March 4 to 7 in San Diego, CA. Now in its 40th year, the conference has all the information operators need to complete overseas trips safely and efficiently, including the latest operational requirements for all major regions of the world. Attendees can plan to stay an extra day for the Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop, offered through NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP) in conjunction with the conference on March 8 (separate fee required). Register now.
Register Now for NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference
NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference will be held in Fort Worth, TX, from April 30 to May 2. This year's conference will cover asset management, regulatory compliance, safety and security, keeping pace with evolving technologies, and engaging as leaders in the workplace and community. An invaluable opportunity to network with peers and share best practices, the conference also allows individuals to meet face-to-face with many vendors. The event qualifies for credit toward Inspection Authorization renewals and the Certified Aviation Manager credential. Register now.
Call for Proposals: 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
The NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) Committee is requesting proposals for education sessions at the Association's 2014 S&D Conference, set for Jan. 14 to 17 in New Orleans, LA. The annual conference provides networking opportunities and valuable information to those responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. Proposals 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 leadership development. Proposals are due by March 22. Download the RFP.
NBAA Closed for Presidents' Day
NBAA's offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of Presidents' Day. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Flight Attendants Scholarship Application Now Online
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship offers cabin professionals opportunities to enhance their capabilities through education and training. This year, 22 companies have donated more than two dozen monetary and training awards focusing on CPR certification, cabin fire suppression, unplanned ditching and sea survival as well as business protocol and service procedures and many other safety and service skills. Now available online, applications are due April 1. Download the scholarship application.
Webinar on Quantifying Business Aviation Value Is This Thursday
Join NBAA's Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione for a free, live and interactive webinar at 1 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 detailing 2012 studies from NEXA Advisors, which found that companies that make use of business aviation produce substantially better returns than those who do not. The studies also showed that federal, state and local government use of aircraft creates taxpayer value at all levels. This webinar will show NBAA Members how to use study findings to determine the value of business aviation at their own companies. Register for the webinar.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
In a State Like Texas, GA Is a Necessity
What makes Texas unique, and well-suited for aviation, is its size and its tremendous population, said NBAA Southwestern Regional Representative Steve Hadley. Aviation brings all those entities together, and the new Texas Legislative General Aviation Caucus is a great way to bring GA’s issues in front of lawmakers. Learn more about the new caucus in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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Feb. 12–13, 2013
Feb. 14, 2013
PDP Course: Human Resource Management Law and Ethics
Feb. 28, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Long Beach, CA
March 2, 2013
PDP Course: Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
San Diego, CA
March 4–7, 2013
40th Annual International Operators Conference
San Diego, CA
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