NBAA's Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers
Last week, following notification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the agency would close 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities to comply with sequestration, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "While it appears FAA officials took some of our concerns into account – 40 towers originally slated for closure will now remain open – we are frustrated that the FAA has nevertheless chosen to move ahead with the closure of 149 facilities targeted in its original sequester-response plan...There are few services more important to all citizens, companies and communities than aviation, so our work with the FAA will focus on containing, to the greatest degree possible, any negative effects of the agency's decision." Read Bolen's full statement on the closures.
NBAA Applauds Sen. Moran for Hard-Fought Effort to Preserve Sequester-Targeted Towers
Though Senate leadership last week declined consideration of an amendment introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), which would have preserved air traffic control towers and other facilities targeted for closure under sequestration, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen applauded Moran's efforts on behalf of the industry, saying, "In my conversations with people from across the business aviation community, and in the strong online mobilization I've seen from NBAA Members on Senator Moran's amendment, it is clear that the proposal generated a tremendous amount of support and passion from those in our industry." Read more of Bolen's statement.
Sen. Roberts Again Takes White House to Task for Business Aviation Rhetoric
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) last week once again publicly questioned an Obama administration official about recent White House mischaracterizations of business aviation. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Obama's 2013 trade agenda, Roberts asked if acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis would agree that "the export of business aviation aircraft is a significant contributor to our balance of trade." Marantis responded in the affirmative, and the senator continued his questioning: "Why, then," Roberts asked, "does the administration on one hand acknowledge and promote this uniquely American product ... and then on the other hand vilifies and demonizes this great American industry?" Read more about Roberts' remarks.
National Newspaper Latest to Question White House Business Aviation Tax Rhetoric
The Washington Post last week turned its "Fact Checker" report to the White House's tax proposals and rhetoric regarding business aviation and found both "misleading." As Congress has debated ways to lower the nation's deficit, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for changes to taxes on business aircraft purchases, even calling long-established tax policies a "loophole." However, the Post's Fact Checker found "this is not so much a loophole as a different way of depreciating the assets" that applies to many kinds of business equipment. Review the full Fact Checker story questioning the White House's business aviation tax rhetoric.
No Plane No Gain Themes in View as Harrison Ford Champions GA on Capitol Hill
The House General Aviation Caucus held a discussion on Capitol Hill last week with actor and pilot Harrison Ford to highlight the value of all general aviation, including business aviation, and the event showcased the many reasons business aviation is essential in America today. The forum, which included a policy audience of congressional lawmakers, Capitol Hill staff, reporters with several national news organizations and representatives from NBAA and other GA groups, featured a large banner showcasing individuals from across the business aviation community who have participated in the "Faces of Business Aviation" ad campaign produced for the No Plane No Gain advocacy program. Read more about the GA Caucus event.
Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, to Speak at ABACE2013 Opening Session
The Honorable Gary Locke, American ambassador to China, will speak at the April 16 Opening General Session of the 2013 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013), which will take place from April 16 to 18 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. "I'm certain that those attending the event's Opening General Session will appreciate the ambassador's informed perspective on the relationship of bilateral cooperation between the United States and China, and how that relationship can help promote the continued growth of business aviation in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about Locke.
2012 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review Now Available
NBAA Member Company Robert E. Breiling Associates has released the 2012 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review providing a comprehensive guide to business aviation safety and an in-depth analysis of turbine business aircraft accidents and incidents in 2012 involving the world fleet. The review contains morethan 500 pages of detailed narrative accounts for 415 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents and major incidents reported worldwide in 2012. For more information or to order, visit the Breiling Associates website.
Lawmaker Highlights Small Business Impact From Aircraft Tax-Change Proposal
The possible negative consequences from altering the tax-depreciation schedule for general aviation aircraft were recently highlighted by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4-IN) during a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. At issue was an amendment to a bill, sponsored by House Democrats, which would have altered the depreciation schedule for non-commercial aircraft purchases from five years to seven years. In the hearing, Rokita said the proposed amendment sought to "demagogue" business aircraft users, and would harm small business owners and general aviation pilots. Read more of Rokita's defense of business aviation.
Hawaii Declares 2013 the Year of General Aviation
Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii has declared 2013 "The Year of General Aviation" (GA), making the Aloha State the 48th state to officially recognize the importance of all general aviation, including business aviation. Abercrombie noted the $412 million annual contribution the industry makes annually to the state's economy. Despite its small land area, the state has 15 airports that serve 3,103 pilots and 1,005 GA aircraft. Hawaii is composed of eight main islands, and more than 100 smaller ones, making GA essential for quick travel within the state. Read more about GA in Hawaii.
EASA Revises Safety Guidance on Volcanic Ash Clouds
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently issued updated guidance for flying in airspace contaminated with volcanic ash. The European Union authority revised its previous May 2011 safety information bulletin, taking a more assertive stance after aircraft manufacturers expressed concerns about potential ash-related engine or other aircraft damage. "Manufacturers have determined that aircraft engines are by far the most susceptible aircraft parts to volcanic ash," according to the most recent EASA guidance. Read more about the new safety guidance.
As ABACE2013 Approaches, Exhibit Space Nearly Sold Out
As the business aviation community looks forward to the ribbon-cutting that will officially open ABACE2013 in Shanghai, the number of Exhibitors for the show – more than 170 – is higher than that for last year, and about 80 percent of the exhibit floor space for the show is already sold out. In another encouraging sign of the show's importance to the region's emerging business aviation community, approximately 25 percent of registered Exhibitors are companies based in the Asia-Pacific region. These include aircraft charter and support entities, ground handling companies, and regional aircraft service providers. Read more about ABACE2013.
Top European Transport Leaders to Be Featured at EBACE2013
Europe's premier business aviation event, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013), will feature presentations by several of Europe's top transport leaders at the Opening General Session of the show, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21 to 23. "Business Aviation: Making the Difference in Europe" is the topic of the keynote session, which will feature Matthew Baldwin, director of air transport, European Commission DG for Mobility and Transport, and Jacek Krawczyk, vice president of the European Economic and Social Committee. Learn more about EBACE2013.
IS-BAO Workshops Coming to Upcoming NBAA Events in Montreal, Shanghai
At NBAA events in Canada and China next month, the International Business Aviation Council will present workshops for anyone implementing, or considering implementing, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). A Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop will be offered on April 12 and an IS-BAO Auditor Workshop on April 13 in conjunction with the Business Aviation Safety Seminar in Montreal, presented by NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation. These workshops also will be offered at the ABACE2013 in Shanghai, on April 19 and 20. Register for an IS-BAO workshop.
Gain CAM Credit at Spring Safety Events in Columbus, Chicago, San Jose and Washington Areas
NBAA supports scores of regional business aviation groups in their ongoing efforts to bring educational and professional development opportunities to local communities. Members are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming regional safety events qualifying for Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit: the Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown on April 17 in Columbus, OH; Chicago Area Business Aviation Association's Safety Seminar on April 25 in Glenview, IL; Northern California Business Aviation Association's Safety Day on May 2 in San Jose, CA; and Greater Washington Business Aviation Association's Safety Standdown on May 16 in Ashburn, VA. For details about these and other regional events, view NBAA's regional event calendar, or register for one of these regional safety days.
NBAA Urges Massachusetts Members to Contact Legislators on H3327
Several key Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials testified today at the State House regarding the proposed Transportation Bond Bill, H3327, which includes $178 million for the Aeronautics Division over the next 10 years, an increase over the $128 million anticipated. NBAA encourages all Members in Massachusetts to contact their legislators requesting that they vote "yes" on H3327 before the state legislature votes on the proposed bill, which should be sometime during the next two-month period. The funding would serve to generate employment and economic opportunities for state airports and their surrounding communities. Direct questions to NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected]. To contact state legislators, select "Find a Legislator" on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts page.
NBAA's Steve Brown to Keynote Virginia Business Aviation Symposium, March 26
The 2013 Virginia Aviation Business Symposium will be held tomorrow on Manassas Regional Airport (HEF). Co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Virginia Aviation Business Association and event host Metropolitan Aviation, the all-day program will feature a keynote presentation by NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown, as well as interactive panel discussions on air taxi and charter operations, airport-FBO interactions and government-industry partnerships. The Metropolitan Jets facility is located at 10661 Frank Marshall Lane on the airport and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP to Keith McCrea at [email protected]. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Aviation website.
FAA Changes Procedures for Aircraft Departing Denver TRACON
The FAA implemented a number of new area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departures (SIDs) earlier this year for aircraft departing the Denver TRACON area from Denver International (DEN), Centennial (APA), Rocky Mountain Metropolitan (BJC), Fort Collins-Loveland (FNL) and Front Range (FTG) airports. Initially, a notice to airmen (NOTAM) noted these new procedures were "ATC assigned only." This allowed time for the air traffic controllers, as well as operators, to familiarize themselves with the new procedures. Now that these procedures have been in use for several weeks, FAA has canceled the "ATC assigned only" NOTAM and operators should now file for these RNAV SIDs rather than waiting for ATC to assign them. For more information, contact FAA's Ted Goodlin at [email protected].
Helicopter Group Asks Court to Invalidate Mandated Long Island Flight Corridor
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is continuing its legal challenge of the FAA's authority to restrict helicopter flights due to noise complaints as concerns grow that more and more communities will seek legislative solutions to resolve local helicopter noise issues. HAI's actions come as Congress considers two bills seeking to restrict helicopter flights in the Los Angeles area. Last month, HAI filed comments in a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, asking that it strike down the New York North Shore Helicopter Route, which HAI said is invalid. Read more about HAI's legal challenge to the FAA.
March 26, 2013
Virginia Aviation Business Symposium
April Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshops
April 3, 2013
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Safety Showdown
April 4, 2013
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
April 11, 2013
NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable With CABA Meeting
April 17, 2013
Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown
April 17, 2013
Tampa Bay Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
April 25, 2013
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Maintenance Management Conference Looks at Regulatory vs. Reality
At this year's Maintenance Management Conference, set for April 30 to May 2 in Fort Worth, TX, aviation attorney Sarah MacLeod will offer compliance lessons for real-life maintenance activities. In the 'Regulatory vs. Reality' presentation – one of many topical and timely sessions at this year's conference – she'll offer updates on the basic regulations governing maintenance for Parts 1, 43, 91 and 145 as well as considerations for international flight operations. For the first time, this year's conference will feature a static display of aircraft, and is an ideal venue for sharing best practices and seeing the latest equipment from top industries suppliers. Register today for the Maintenance Management Conference.
Learn Planning, Compliance and Preserving Value at NBAA Tax Seminar
NBAA is accepting registrations for this year's Business Aviation Taxes Seminar, to be held on May 3 in Washington, DC. This event is designed to help flight department personnel, aviation accountants, attorneys and advisors avoid costly tax and regulatory pitfalls, like flight department and leasing company traps. Attendees will join industry leaders and members of the NBAA Tax Committee for an in-depth examination of key business aircraft finance and tax issues, as well as common ownership structures and strategies for dealing with IRS audits. Register for the tax seminar.
Call for Nominations: CAM Governing Board
The CAM Governing Board is seeking nominations for Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) interested in serving on the board as a director. Any CAM in good standing may be nominated for a director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at this year's October Governing Board meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing to NBAA's Jay Evans, administrative director to the board, at [email protected] by May 15. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board nomination process.
Housing for NBAA2013 in Las Vegas Now Open
Housing reservations for this year's NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV from Oct. 22 to 24 are now open. No prepayment is required for booking through Travel Planners, the official housing provider for NBAA2013, and there are no fees for changes or cancellations. Participating hotels include Aria, the Mirage, the Wynn and others. Book a hotel for NBAA2013.
NBAA Seeks Candidates for Two Association Positions
NBAA has two job opportunities available immediately for organized and customer service oriented individuals. The manager, conferences & seminars position is responsible for meeting logistics, including planning and managing, coordinating and delivering world class events for the business aviation industry. The administrative assistant position provides varied and complex administrative support to the vice president, operational excellence & professional development and the director, professional development. Review the complete job descriptions.
This Week's Free Webinar Explores Weather and Traffic Flow Management
To help schedulers, dispatchers and pilots more accurately plan for weather before departure, NBAA will offer a free, Jeppesen-sponsored webinar on March 27 at 1 p.m. EDT. Presented by John Kosak with NBAA Air Traffic Services and Mike Cetinich from Jeppesen, the webinar, "Convective Weather Impact on Domestic Traffic Flow Management," will feature detailed information on the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product, a web-based forecast technology that FAA air traffic control specialists use to determine traffic flow management programs. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for the webinar now.
Applications Due for Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarships
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship offers cabin professionals opportunities to enhance their capabilities through education and training. This year, 21 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. Applications are due on April 1. Download the scholarship application.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Be Prepared for In-Flight Emergencies
Paulo Alves, president-elect of the Airlines Medical Directors Association, says having general procedures in place for handling medical emergencies is key. While it is almost impossible to prepare for every possible medical emergency, he strongly suggests carrying a robust first-aid kit and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) onboard. Hear his comments in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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March 27, 2013
Convective Weather Impact on Domestic Traffic Flow Management
1:00 p.m., EDT
April 10–11, 2013
58th Annual Business Aviation Safety Seminar
April 16–18, 2013
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013)
April 30 – May 2, 2013
Maintenance Management Conference
Fort Worth, TX
May 3, 2013
PDP Course: Technical Operations Manual Workshop
Fort Worth, TX
May 3, 2013
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 21–23, 2013
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013)
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