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Issue #13-18,  May 6, 2013


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Forceful Calls From House, Senate for Keeping ATC Towers Open
NBAA today welcomed renewed calls to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for using authority provided for in recently approved legislation to preserve 149 federal contract air traffic control (ATC) towers slated for closure next month under mandatory budget sequestration. Last week, President Obama signed into law the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013, authorizing the FAA to reallocate funds within its own budget to end employee furloughs at ATC towers across the country. Tower proponents say the bill has also given the FAA the flexibility to use agency funding to stave off tower closures currently scheduled to begin June 15. Learn more about calls to keep the towers open.

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Mayors Echo Congressional Call For Keeping Towers Open
Community leaders from around the country have written FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to ask that he reconsider closing air traffic control towers at airports in their communities. The letter, released last week by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, was supported by 70 officials who wanted "to express our deep concerns about the FAA's current plans to close air traffic control towers at our community airports in order to comply with sequestration, or mandatory budget cuts to agencies. The closing of these towers will have a significant impact on our economy and local communities." The mayors and community leaders said the closure of control towers would not only impact the economies of their cities, but also would set back critical services. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Working to Stop Landing Fee Increase at Santa Monica
NBAA is a fighting a decision last week by the Santa Monica City Council to institute a 250 percent increase in landing fees at the city's general aviation airport, Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). In a written letter and in spoken testimony provided at a council hearing to discuss the proposal, NBAA representatives argued the increase is unreasonable and unlawful, and that the Association is considering legal measures to halt the proposal, scheduled to become effective on Aug. 1. NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown urged against the increase at the meeting, alongside dozens of members of the local aviation community, including pilots, flight instructors and FBO representatives. Learn more about the proposed fee increase at SMO.

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FEATURED STORY

Weathering the Storm: Getting the Most From NEXRAD
The availability of next generation radar (NEXRAD) information on in-cockpit displays, a recent advancement, is an important tool for pilots seeking the safest route around severe weather. NEXRAD technology detects storm parameters from 159 ground-based radar stations across the U.S. to create a graphical mosaic – but that image could be four to 15 minutes old. The "greatest advantage" of NEXRAD to pilots is the ability to understand their evolving weather situation in-flight, said Max Trescott, 2008 National CFI of the Year. However, "anyone who doesn't know the limitations of NEXRAD is just guessing." Learn more about correctly using NEXRAD in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider, the official Member magazine of NBAA.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Flight Clearance Procedures Easing in India
Long lead times required for both landings and over-flights in India have made business aviation difficult in that country, but that appears to be changing, thanks in part to efforts by NBAA and its International Operators Committee. Preliminary information indicates the new civil aviation regulation would reduce the lead-time for landings from seven working days to three, and notice of over-flights would be reduced to a single business day, according to Lex den Herder, a member of the International Operators Committee. Read more about regulation changes coming to India.

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EBACE Safety Workshop to Address Human Factors in Reducing Accidents
A one-day seminar before the upcoming European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) will challenge common perceptions about industry safety and best practices, and provide critical information and training related to human performance factors. The EBACE Safety Workshop will take place on May 20, the day before EBACE2013 launches at the Palexpo convention center in Geneva, Switzerland. The EBACE Safety Workshop will include sessions presented by experts on the various subjects and safety methodologies, offering their insights, knowledge, critical information and training directly related to human performance factors. Read more about the EBACE Safety Workshop.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Reno-Stead Airport Invests in New GA Building
Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), located in northern Nevada, about 14 miles northwest of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, broke ground last month on a $6 million, 12,000-square-foot replacement for its former general aviation building. The new facility is slated for completion by the end of the year. The investment comes at a time when the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority has been encouraging general aviation aircraft operators to make use of RTS, though both local airports welcome GA traffic. Read more about Reno-Stead Airport.

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Dulles Hosting Runway Safety Meeting on May 23
The Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is welcoming new members to help develop procedures for enhancing airside surface safety. Airport tenants, FBO personnel, airport operations and maintenance professionals are invited to participate at the next RSAT meeting on May 23. The meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Terminal B In-Transit Lounge. Transportation from Baggage Claim 1 to the In-Transit Lounge will be provided by airport authorities. For more information and to RSVP, contact the FAA's Rick Pope at rick.pope@faa.gov.


Fort Lauderdale International Using Single Runway Operations
As part of an ongoing runway construction project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Runway 13/31 will be decommissioned on May 6, and the airport will be conducting single runway operations for the next 16 months. The parallel runway on the south side of the airport is scheduled to reopen after the expansion in September 2014. Operators can expect lower arrival and departure rates due to the single runway operations. Complete details can be found on NBAA's FLL page.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

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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May 17–18, 2013
Idaho Falls Aviation Expo
Idaho Falls, ID
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NBAA NEWS

New Issue of Business Aviation Insider Now Online
The May/June issue of Business Aviation Insider is now available online in a new digital format. This "Summer Flying" issue features articles on getting the most from in-cockpit technology to avoid severe weather, guidance for pilots operating in extreme environmental conditions and a behind-the-scenes look at NBAA's Air Traffic Services, as well as a special section focused on business aviation operations in Europe. Printed copies are mailing to Member subscribers now, and Members may also download and view issues via the new mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. View the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider or subscribe.

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NBAA Names 35 Recipients of Maintenance Scholarships
NBAA's Maintenance Committee last week awarded the 2013 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) to 35 people at the association's Maintenance Management Conference in Fort Worth, TX. Dedicated to the promotion of technical education and training for maintenance personnel in the business aviation industry, the Maintenance TRACS program is open not only to current and aspiring A&P mechanics, but also to military personnel who are making the transition to a civilian career in business aviation. Read more about Maintenance TRACS.

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NBAA Now Accepting Applications for Gold Wing Journalism Awards
The entry period for the 2013 NBAA Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence is now open, and this year it's easier than ever to apply through NBAA's new online application form. The Gold Wing Award is presented annually at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation, by trade or non-trade media. All submissions are due by July 31. Learn more about the 2013 NBAA Gold Wing Award.

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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

Applications for Scholarships Benefiting Students Now Online
NBAA offers a wide range of scholarships for current and aspiring business aviation professionals, and in the coming year will provide nearly $100,000 in cash awards for tomorrow's industry leaders. Applications for five of these scholarships are now available online, with awards available for college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are preparing for a career in business aviation. Since NBAA's scholarship program was launched during its 1992 Convention, the Association has awarded several million dollars in monetary and training scholarships. Learn more about NBAA scholarships.

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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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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Tower Closures Would Hurt Economy of Local Communities

Joe Gunter, mayor of Salinas, CA, said if the tower closes at Salinas Municipal Airport (SNS), it will financially hurt his town. "The airport is a $40 million industry,” he said. This week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more on how towns and cities across America would be hurt if the FAA goes through with its plans to close 149 towers.

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NBAA EVENTS

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







 

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