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Issue #13-17,  April 29, 2013


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Lauds Congressional Action to Keep Towers Open and Controllers on the Job
NBAA on April 26 welcomed passage of legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the funding and flexibility necessary to keep air traffic controllers at work and contract air traffic control (ATC) towers open. NBAA and other aviation organizations have repeatedly met with FAA officials to outline the industry's concerns about the agency's tower-closure plan, including a letter from Bolen on March 9, and NBAA also signed an industry letter to the White House on April 19. Learn more about the latest action to keep ATC facilities open and staffed.

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Faced With Workforce Shortages, Industry Initiatives Aim to Attract New Talent
As the workforce in the business aviation community grows older, attracting new talent has also become more difficult, even though most analysts agree business aviation will enjoy double-digit growth over the next couple of decades. Fewer pilot starts and fewer ways to offset time-building costs combined with the coming increase in minimum flight times required for air transport pilot qualification are barriers to finding qualified pilots. NBAA interviewed three university professors to find out what steps the industry may take in order to attract the people it needs to thrive. Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference Attracts Record Number of Exhibitors, Attendees
A record number of exhibitors and attendees will participate in NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2013) from April 30 to May 2 in Fort Worth, TX. The exhibit hall at the Fort Worth Convention Center has sold out and will feature 140 exhibits, a 24 percent increase from last year's tally of 113. More than 675 professionals involved in managing the maintenance of business aircraft will be attending, up more than 15 percent from last year's draw of 582. The conference will bring together decision-makers and key influencers in business aviation maintenance, including maintenance directors, flight department managers, maintenance technicians, aircraft owners/operators and chief pilots. Learn more about MMC2013.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

'No Plane No Gain' Message Highlighted at California Aviation Awareness Day
A diverse cross section of California-based aircraft owners and operators gathered last week at the state capitol in Sacramento for the first-ever California Aviation Awareness Day, a two-hour interactive forum where participants were able to engage with lawmakers and the general public in discussions about the importance of the aviation industry, including the business aviation segment, in the state. California is home to 246 public-use airports, all but 30 of which are utilized only by general aviation, and the aviation industry contributes $154.7 billion annually to the state's economy, including $18.2 billion from general aviation alone. Read more about general aviation in California.

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FEATURED STORY

Which Flights Are Excluded Under EU-ETS, and What's Next?
When the European Commission temporarily "stopped the clock" on the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), it made clear that only flights operating to and from airports located outside Europe would be exempt. Therefore, flights operating within and between European countries, including European territories and dependencies, are not covered by this moratorium. Regardless of where the aircraft is based or registered, or where the initial leg of the trip begins or final leg terminates, intra-European flights still fall under the current ETS mandate. NBAA continues to work with European authorities and counterparts to combat this controversial and far-reaching scheme, and the topic will be covered in an education session on May 21 at the upcoming EBACE2013 in Geneva. Learn more about this industry challenge and action taken by NBAA in Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Canadian Convention Will Be Better, Bigger in 2013
The Canadian Business Aviation Association's (CBAA's) Canadian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (CBAA2013) promises to be "better first, and then bigger" this year, offering attendees a fresh approach to the educational and networking opportunities for which the event is traditionally known. One notable difference this year will be the organization of educational sessions into "streams," each featuring dedicated courses suited to a particular segment of the industry. The three-day meeting will be held at the London Aviation Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from June 25 to 27. Learn more about CBAA2013.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Nevada Bill Aims to Reduce Taxes on Aviation Businesses
Arguing that Nevada's aviation industry is losing business to neighboring states, the Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA) is pushing state lawmakers to approve a bill that would reduce taxes on a variety of aviation companies, including manufacturers, retailers, aircraft owners and operators, and FBOs. Sponsored by a bipartisan group of Nevada state senators, the bill was introduced on March 18. It was approved in early April by the Senate Committee on Revenue & Economic Development. NVBAA President Reza Karamooz said the bill, which NBAA supports, would have a positive economic impact on the state, add new jobs and bring about a positive gain in overall tax revenues. Learn more about the proposed legislation in Nevada.

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Fatigue-Management Seminar Programs Coming to Northeast This June
To help business aviation professionals mitigate the risks from fatigue, NBAA and regional associations in the Northeast are hosting several fatigue management seminars this June. The first program will be held on June 17 at Signature Flight Support on Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey, followed by June 18 at Volo Aviation at Sikorsy Airport (BDR) in Bridgeport, CT and June 20 at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Seminar attendance qualifies for NBAA Certified Aviation Manager qualification and recertification credit. All seminars are from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].


 


REGIONAL EVENTS

April 29, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Annual Benefit
Carlsbad, CA
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May 2013
May Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshops
Various Locations
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May 2, 2013
Kansas City Business Aviation Assn. Luncheon
Kansas City, MO
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May 2, 2013
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
San Jose, CA
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May 3, 2013
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Meeting and Scholarship Event
Atlanta, GA
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May 8, 2013
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Paul, MN
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May 15, 2013
Utah Business Aviation Association Scholarship Benefit
West Valley City, UT
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May 16, 2013
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
Ashburn, VA
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NBAA NEWS

CAM Program Reaches New Heights With More Than 200 Certified
The total number of Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) working in business aviation passed 200 this month with the certification of four new CAMs. Reflecting the diversity of the entire CAM community, they include two schedulers, one pilot and an FBO sales manager. "The credential has been respected in the industry for many years," said NBAA's Jay Evans, "but now we're reaching a point of 'critical mass,' and the CAM is becoming a standard that is often expected." Read more about the four new CAMs and the next steps for the CAM program.

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CAM Governing Board Calls for Nominations
The CAM Governing Board is seeking nominations for CAMs interested in serving on the board as directors. Any CAM in good standing may be nominated for a director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at this October's governing board meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing by May 15 to NBAA's Jay Evans, governing board administrative director, at [email protected]. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board nomination process.

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Request for Proposals: 2014 Dispatcher Recurrent Course
NBAA is seeking presenters for a dispatcher recurrent class to be held in conjunction with next year's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The course should be geared toward professionals who currently have a dispatcher's license and are seeking to refresh their knowledge. The deadline for submissions is May 13. Download the request for proposals.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Participate in Business Aviation Taxes Virtual Study Group, Starting May 13
Business aviation professionals in flight departments, charter operations and aircraft management companies must understand complex state and federal tax issues, and learn about federal, state and local regulations and tax changes. NBAA is offering a five-week online course that will identify and explain these important topics through the use of recorded presentations from the 2012 Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference and facilitated live online discussions with presenters. There is limited space available. Learn more and register now.

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Flight Attendants Seeking Excellence in Cabin Safety, Security and Service
Reaching for new heights in safety, service and professionalism is a critical part of the flight attendant and flight technician's job. At NBAA's Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, to be held from June 20 to 22 in Washington, DC, attendees will hone their skills to achieve new levels of success, network with peers, meet with vendors and participate in high-quality education sessions. "Beyond All Limits" is this year's conference theme, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will deliver a presentation on the importance of being engaged with the industry. Register now for the conference.

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Flight Operations Workshop Offered in Conjunction With Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA is presenting a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 17 and 18 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with its Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference. This two-day Professional Development Program (PDP) course draws from participants' experiences to provide a deeper understanding of how flight departments really work. The workshop will cover all the essentials for drafting a successful flight operations manual: standard operating procedures, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), safety management systems and more. Register for the workshop now.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Where Will Tomorrow’s Business Aviators Come From?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the number of aircraft pilots, copilots and flight engineers in this country will grow by 11.1 percent between 2010 and 2020; however, educators suggest the number of aspiring pilots entering flight training is dwindling. Will there be a shortage of qualified personnel coming into the aviation pipeline? If so, how critical will it be? This week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast reports on this timely issue and interviews three university experts about ways to attract new talent to the business aviation workforce in the years to come.

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NBAA EVENTS

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
Washington, DC

May 21–23, 2013
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013)
Geneva, Switzerland

June 6, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
White Plains, NY

June 17–18, 2013
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Washington, DC

June 19–20, 2013
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
Washington, DC

June 21–22, 2013
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
Washington, DC

July 11, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Denver, CO







 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

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