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Issue #13-21,  May 27, 2013


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TOP NEWS

EBACE2013: Another Strong, Successful Year for Europe's Premier Business Aviation Event
Last week, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) reported that the strong success of the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) demonstrated its continuing importance. A reported 12,353 delegates attended the event, a figure on par with attendance figures for recent years. EBACE Attendees had an opportunity to visit 460 Exhibitors – the third-highest number in the event's 13-year history. The EBACE2013 Static Display of Aircraft, which showcased 52 aircraft, had more square footage than ever, and was sold out with a waiting list. Read more about EBACE2013.

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FAA Follows Recent Industry Safety Meeting With Letter Offering Summer Tips
As pilots across the United States prepare for the summer flying season – FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made a personal appeal to the general aviation community to stay safe, and "make sure you're ready – really ready – to fly.... This summer – this flying season – we need you to make a personal commitment to understand your strengths and limitations, to use a personal minimums checklist, and make sure you are ready each and every time you fly. If we each make that commitment, then together, we'll reduce fatal accidents." Read more of Huerta's comments on flying this summer.

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NBAA Welcomes Senate Legislation to Simplify Certification for General Aviation Aircraft
NBAA welcomed the introduction of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 (S. 1072) by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The bill is similar to the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, which was introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills would set a date for implementation of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations to adopt consensus-based, design-specific performance requirements to achieve FAA certification. The Part 23 revisions would help achieve goals set forth by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Learn more about the proposed legislation.

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FAA Expands Size of Protected Airspace for Circling Approaches
For almost 20 years, the aviation industry has expressed to the FAA its concern about the amount of airspace surrounding airports dedicated to circling approaches. Now, the FAA has started expanding the protected airspace used for such approaches in an effort to give larger, faster aircraft more stability upon landing. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the FAA's decision to increase the area of protected airspace devoted to circling approaches.

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General Aviation Community Supports Oklahoma Tornado-Relief Efforts
When devastating tornados struck towns throughout south-central Oklahoma on May 20, the business aviation community stood ready to assist with the relief and rebuilding effort. While government officials have advised NBAA and industry-relief groups that a full-scale emergency response is not required at this time, NBAA Members and others in the general aviation community have still taken steps to assist storm victims. Learn more about business aviation's response to the Oklahoma relief efforts.

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FAA Issues Notice Extending Timeline for Contract Flight Instructor and Check-Airman Records Review
The FAA released Notice 8900.215 that extends 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.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Nebraska Governor Proclaims May as GA Appreciation Month
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman recently designated May 2013 as "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month" in the Cornhusker State. Heineman noted that many Nebraska communities depend on GA and community airports for the flow of commerce and tourists to the state, adding that the industry employs 5,250 Nebraskans. The annual economic impact of GA in Nebraska is $721 million, according to a Merge Global study. It's the third time Nebraska has recognized the industry with an official proclamation. Learn more about GA in Nebraska.

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FEATURED STORY

IS-BAO Experts On Hand at All Regional Forums This Year
About 700 companies worldwide are registered with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the voluntary code of best practices for measuring and enhancing aviation safety, but many smaller flight departments have yet to register. "We want single-aircraft operators to know that participation in the IS-BAO program does not have to be a daunting process and that help is available every step of the way," said Jim Cannon, IS-BAO director at the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). To help explain the benefits of IS-BAO, Cannon and his IBAC colleagues are attending as many regional business aviation events as possible, including the upcoming NBAA Regional Forum in White Plains on June 6. Read more about IS-BAO in Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

EASA's First Executive Director Honored With 2013 European Business Aviation Award
Patrick Goudou, who has served as the executive director for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) since its establishment in 2003, was honored last week by NBAA and EBAA with the 2013 European Business Aviation Award. The award was presented on the first day of EBACE2013. In presenting the award, EBAA Chairman Rodolfo Baviera lauded Goudou's work in establishing EASA as an aviation rulemaking authority, as well as for his collaboration with the business aviation community in determining aviation policy. Read more about Goudou's work with EASA.

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Aircraft and Highlights From EBACE2013 Available in Photo Gallery
Those unable to make it to Geneva for EBACE2013 this year may visit the online EBACE2013 Photo Gallery for all of the show's highlights. Users can browse images from the Static Display, where more than 50 aircraft were showcased, as well as the exhibit floor of the Palexpo Convention Center, Opening General Session speakers and much more. For highlights from Europe's largest aviation show, visit the EBACE2013 Photo Gallery.

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REGIONAL NEWS

NBAA Members, Local Leaders Help Save A&P Program at Van Nuys
The Aircraft Mechanics Program at Southern California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY) has been a vital part of the local aviation community for more than 30 years, but it almost had to close its doors this year – until a group of airport businesses and civic leaders joined forces to secure a $1-a-year lease for the school. Established by the Los Angeles Unified School District and run by the district's North Valley Occupational Center, the school trains nearly 200 students a year in airframe and powerplant (A&P) maintenance. It's one of the only A&P programs of its kind open to high school students, and provides both classroom instruction and hands-on training at the school's Van Nuys hangar. Read more about the A&P school at VNY.

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Minnesota Aviation Groups Achieve Aviation Tax Reform
Minnesota recently passed an omnibus tax bill that makes the first substantive changes to the state's aviation fees and taxes since they were conceived in 1945. While business aircraft will see the biggest changes, the new statutes benefit commercial and general aviation as well, and ensure steady revenue to the state's airport fund. On July 1, 2014, a flat annual registration fee based on an aircraft's list price will replace a formula of percentages and a seven-year depreciation schedule. Learn more about Minnesota's new aviation tax laws.

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NBAA's upcoming Business Aviation Regional Forum is next Thursday, June 6, at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. Already more than 130 exhibitors are signed up for this second forum of 2013, along with 19 aircraft on static display. The agenda features several seminars on important topics, such as fostering a safety culture in business aviation and key considerations when hiring an aircraft management company. .

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Bolen to Provide Advocacy Update at Denver Regional Forum
With federal budget negotiations ongoing, business aviation is facing new and long-standing policy challenges this year. At the Association's Business Aviation Regional Forum in Denver on July 11, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will present, "A View from Washington, DC" – an update on the industry's advocacy work. The evening before the forum, on July 10, NBAA will host 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.

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

May 31, 2013
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Chesterfield, MO
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May 31, 2013
Tampa Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament
Tampa, FL
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June 3, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Roundtable
Carlsbad, CA
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June 10, 2013
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Mountain View, CA
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June 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshops
Various Locations
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June 2013
June Fatigue Workshops in the Northeast U.S.
Locations include MMU and BED
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NBAA NEWS

Register Now for Early-Bird Rate at NBAA's Flight Attendants Conference
This year's NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference is designed for cabin professionals reaching for new heights in safety, service and success. Everyone who comes to the conference – held June 20 to 22 in Washington, DC – will have the opportunity to network with peers, meet with vendors and participate in education sessions on going "Beyond All Limits," as the theme for the conference states. To save $300 with early-bird pricing, register by June 6.

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Tell Us Your Favorite NBAA Member Benefit and Enter to Win an iPad
This month, NBAA is asking its Members to tell us about their favorite NBAA Member benefit, and what makes it their favorite. By sharing this, Members will be entered for a chance to win a free iPad. Contact information is required if Members wish to be entered for a chance to win. Only one entry will be accepted per person. All entries are due by May 31. Enter today.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


NBAA is presenting a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 17 and 18. 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. .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

A New Approach to Circling Approaches

One of the problems with circling-to-land approaches is unstabilized approaches – airplanes being too fast and too high at the end of the circling maneuver, said Richard Boll, a member of the NBAA Access Committee and chairman of the Airspace, Air Traffic and Flight Technologies Working Group. After almost 20 years of discussion, the FAA has started increasing the area of protected airspace devoted to circling approaches. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has the story.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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