NBAA Advocacy Achieves Breakthrough on Federal Excise Tax Issue
NBAA last week welcomed action from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspending tax assessments that could be applied to aircraft management companies during federal excise tax (FET) audits, giving the agency time to work with industry on additional guidance. "We applaud this decision by the IRS as it addresses an issue that has caused unprecedented concern about potential retroactive and future tax liabilities throughout the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. In a new article, NBAA Tax Committee Member John Hoover reviews the implications of this suspension on assessments, summarizes meetings and efforts by NBAA leading up to this suspension and discusses expected future guidance from the IRS. Review the article.
Foxx, Whitaker Get White House Nod for Top Aviation Posts
NBAA welcomes the Obama administration's nomination of Anthony Foxx as Department of Transportation secretary, and its appointment, announced last week, of Michael G. Whitaker as deputy administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is scheduled to consider Foxx's nomination in a hearing on May 22. "NBAA supports both of these selections, because each has demonstrated a firm grasp of aviation policy issues, and an understanding of the business aviation community's specific policy priorities," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We have already reached out to both of these individuals, and we look forward to building a collaborative, productive relationship with Anthony Foxx and Michael Whitaker." Learn more about NBAA's work to educate government leaders on the industry's policy priorities.
FAA Meets With NBAA, Other Groups About Cutting Accident Rates
With better training practices and cockpit instrumentation, the general aviation (GA) community saw accident rates fall to record lows over the last decade. But to the frustration of operators and regulators, rates have not continued their downward trend. To stay ahead of this trend, the FAA is meeting with NBAA and other organizations included in a General Aviation Coalition to refocus on safety efforts. The FAA's goal is a 10-percent reduction in the accident rate. In 2012, the rate for all general aviation was 1.1 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. The agency's goal is to reach 1.0 accidents per 100,000 flight hours by 2018. Read more about efforts to improve safety.
FAA to Extend Timeline for Contract Flight Instructor and Check-Airman Records Review
The FAA announced last week that it will soon release a new notice extending the compliance date for the contract flight instructor and check-airman training records review currently outlined in FAA Notice 8900.208. Part 121 and 135 operators and Part 91K program managers now have until Sept. 30 to ensure the contract flight instructors and check airmen they have nominated have records showing completion of at least one air carrier or program manager's initial training and qualification curriculum as a flightcrew member for the respective FAR part. Learn more about the records review requirement.
NBAA Pushes Pro-Aviation Tax Policies in Three Eastern States
NBAA has redoubled its advocacy efforts in three Eastern states Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania -- where lawmakers are considering tax legislation that would have a major impact on general aviation. In its outreach activities, NBAA is teaming up with other industry advocates to highlight the economic benefits of tax policies that generate growth in the aviation sector. States that exempt aircraft from sales and use taxes attract more based aircraft and, therefore, create more jobs to maintain those aircraft. Learn more about NBAA's efforts with pro-aviation tax legislation.
GA Appreciation Month Declared in New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared May 2013 "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month," reminding state residents of the "substantial economic benefit to New Jersey from the operation of the public-use airport system and from the tourism and commerce it supports." The state hosts about 4,700 aircraft and has 43 public-use airports, plus 400 restricted-use landing facilities, mostly heliports. There are more than 12,000 pilots in the state, and 18,000 residents who are employed in GA-related businesses. Read more about GA in New Jersey.
Breadth of Europe's Business Aviation Industry to Be Represented at EBACE2013
EBACE2013 is Europe's premier business aviation event, offering Attendees an unparalleled opportunity to see the size and importance of the business aviation industry in the region. Jointly hosted by NBAA and the EBAA, EBACE2013 will take place from May 21 to 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. While EBACE has grown over the years, the focus on the needs of the European business aviation industry remains at the forefront. Learn more about EBACE2013.
Gain Insight on European Business Aviation Trends at EBACE2013 Opening Session
EBACE2013 provides an important venue for Attendees to hear directly from regulatory authorities and industry leaders in the region about the latest policy and marketplace trends facing business aviation. This tradition will continue on May 21 at the Opening General Session at EBACE2013. Moderated by EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, the Opening General Session will feature two of Europe's top aviation experts speaking on the state of the industry in the European region. Learn more about the EBACE2103 Opening General Session.
EBAA Working to Ground Illegal Charters in Europe
There are a growing number of non-commercial operators posing as commercial operators, according to the EBAA a problem that poses a threat to both safety and revenue for business aviation operators in Europe and in the European Union. "Given the ongoing economic crisis in the aviation industry and the ensuing decrease in activity, more and more operators that invested in business aviation during the booming years now find themselves in a difficult financial situation," said Belarmino Gonçalves Paradela, senior manager of economics and operational activities at EBAA. "A number of them have chosen to break the law, offering cheaper flights or flights that cannot be operated under the current regulatory limitations [for commercial operations]." Listen to this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more about attempts to stop illegal charters in Europe.
Four Companies Recognized With 2013 EBAA Safety of Flight Awards
Four European companies have been recognized for their commitment to safe operations, and were presented with 2013 EBAA Safety of Flight Awards at EBACE2013. The EBAA Safety of Flight Awards highlight business aviation's continued focus on maintaining and improving safety best practices at the companies' flight departments. Robert Bosch GmbH Corporate Aviation, and Tyrol Air Ambulance GmbH were honored with EBAA Platinum Safety of Flight Awards for achieving at least 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying.In addition, Vistajet received the Gold Safety of Flight Award for achieving 40 years or 80,000 hours of flight without an accident. Finally, FAI rent-a-jet AG, received the Bronze Safety of Flight Award for achieving at least 20 years or 40,000 hours without an accident. Learn more about the EBAA Safety Flight Awards.
Massachusetts Group Holds Successful "On the Hill" Advocacy Day
The Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA), in cooperation with the commonwealth's Legislative Aviation Caucus, held a well-attended "On the Hill" advocacy day on May 13. Held in Boston, the event featured remarks by MAMA Executive Director David Dineen and FAA New England Administrator Amy Corbett, who commended attendees for aviation advocacy. Also making remarks were state Rep. Don Humason, chairman of the Aviation Caucus, and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, both recipients of NBAA's Silk Scarf Award. Events like "On the Hill" day have helped preserve Massachusetts' aircraft maintenance tax exemption, allowing Gulfstream to expand its service center at Barnes Airport (BAF) and hire 100 more product support specialists. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected].
U.S. Customs Hours Restored at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
Customs processing delays at Ft. Lauderdale's Executive Airport (FXE) were dramatically reduced last week when normal hours of operations for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) were restored at the facility. In early March, following sequestration, CBP hours were reduced to an eight-hour afternoon shift. Arriving international flights experienced heavy delays as a result, and nearby Ft. Lauderdale International (FLL) struggled to handle the overflow traffic due to ongoing runway construction limitations. Authorities at FXE note overwhelming support from industry and CBP in recognizing the importance of a fully operational facility and reallocating agency resources to meet that demand. Daily hours of operations for CBP at FXE are now 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.(EDT). For more information please contact NBBA's Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250.
NBAA's White Plains Regional Forum to Feature More Than 130 Exhibitors
NBAA's 2013 Business Aviation Regional Forum series continues on June 6 at Westchester County Airport (HPN), Panorama Flight Services, in White Plains, NY. This second forum of 2013 will include 133 exhibitors, 19 aircraft on static display and a program agenda focused on important issues in business aviation, such as safety and aircraft acquisitions. Learn more about the White Plains Regional Forum.
Sign Up for NBAA's Denver Regional Forum, July 11
NBAA will hold a Business Aviation Regional Forum in Denver, CO on July 11. This day-long learning and networking event will bring together the local business aviation community and provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. The evening before the forum, on July 10, NBAA is hosting a reception for all Attendees and Exhibitors, sponsored by Jeppesen, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the Denver Regional Forum.
May 22, 2013
Connecticut Business Aviation Group Spring Meeting
May 25, 2013
Greenville Downtown Airport Take Flight 5k Charity Event
May 31, 2013
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
May 31, 2013
Tampa Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshops
June Fatigue Workshops in the Northeast U.S.
Locations include MMU and BED
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
EBAA Working to Curb Illegal European Charters
The European Business Aviation Association hopes to bring a consultant online to assess the economic impact of the problem of illegal charters in the region. Once the consultant's report is in hand, EBAA will approach both the EU Commission and the EU Parliament asking for legal remedies to the problem of illegal charter flight operations. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has the story.
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May 2123, 2013
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013)
June 6, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
White Plains, NY
June 1718, 2013
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 1920, 2013
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 2122, 2013
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
July 11, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
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