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Issue #13-22,  June 3, 2013


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TOP NEWS

Aviation Coalition's Letter Underscores Need for Continued ATC Tower Funding
With an eye toward the conclusion of the federal government's 2013 fiscal year on Sept. 30, NBAA and 10 other aviation organizations recently signed a joint letter to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, not only thanking them for legislation passed earlier this year to preserve contract air traffic control towers slated for closure, but to also reaffirm the need for continued funding for the facilities in the future. In their letter, aviation-organization leaders urged lawmakers to provide $150 million in dedicated funding in the FY2014 budget to preserve the contract tower program should sequestration continue to be enforced. Read more about the coalition's request.

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NBAA Urges Operators to Take General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey
Each year, the FAA invites owners of general aviation aircraft to participate in the General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, which is used by the FAA for planning purposes and by the industry for statistical data. NBAA strongly encourages all aircraft owners who have invited to participate in the survey to complete it online or via the mail. Learn more about the FAA survey.

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NBAA Launching FileSmart Initiative June 6 at White Plains Forum
At the White Plains Regional Forum on June 6, NBAA will unveil a new web-based educational initiative for improving timeliness and accuracy in flight plans. Developed in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and National Air Transportation Association, with support from the FAA, FileSmart will highlight the ways operators can reduce the impact of air traffic delays on their operations by modifying their flight planning processes, while providing air traffic controllers with more timely and accurate flight plan "intent" information. Learn more about FileSmart.

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Point of Impact: Landing Fee Increase Could Hurt Flight Schools at Santa Monica
Jay Elder, executive vice president and national sales director for American Flyers, is concerned about the impact of a landing fee set to go into effect this summer at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in southern California. "This fee increase doesn't make financial sense," said Elder, "and it will have an impact on our business; there's no question about it." Elder is talking about a landing-fee hike at the airport recently approved by the Santa Monica City Council. When it becomes effective on Aug. 1, the aircraft landing fee will stand at 250-percent of the current fee. Read more about the fee increase at SMO.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Call to Action: Support Proposed GA Aircraft Tax Exemption in New York
NBAA strongly encourages Members in New York to support Assembly Bill 3677 and Senate Bill 273, which would exempt general aviation aircraft purchased in the state from sales and use tax. The Senate version of the bill has advanced to the third reading, which means Members should act now to contact their legislators and express support for the legislation. With the New York legislature in session until mid-June, now is the time for Members to contact their elected officials and support the proposed exemption on GA aircraft. Learn more about supporting this New York legislation.

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FEATURED STORY

A Day in the Life of NBAA Air Traffic Services
As the traffic flow managers on first shift were arriving at the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) on July 19, 2012, a cold front stretched from the top of Kansas northeast past Chicago and Detroit. An advisory had been posted at 5:40 a.m. requiring re-routes of flights to O'Hare and Midway. This is how a typical summer day begins at the ATCSCC, where NBAA's Air Traffic Services (ATS) is based. Throughout the day, Command Center staff hold collaborative discussions every two hours that include NBAA ATS specialists, working to keep air traffic moving around the worst convective weather patterns. Read how they dealt with storms on a typical day last July in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Mark Your Calendars: ABACE Returns to Shanghai April 15 to 17, 2014
Although little more than a month has passed since the 2013 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013) concluded as the most successful ABACE to date, plans are already underway for ABACE to return to Shanghai, China from April 15 to 17, 2014. "Organizers are hard at work to make ABACE2014 an even more successful demonstration of the significance of business aviation in the Asia-Pacific, and in the months ahead we'll have a number of exciting announcements to share," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about ABACE2014.

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REGIONAL NEWS

NBAA's White Plains Regional Forum to Feature FAA ATC Representatives
FAA air traffic control representatives from New York-area airports will be on hand at NBAA's White Plains Regional Forum on June 6 at the FileSmart booth. Staff from towers at Teterboro, Morristown Municipal, LaGuardia, JFK, Stewart International and White Plains, as well as from New York TRACON, will be at the booth to answer questions on air traffic management issues in the New York area. Two representatives from NBAA's Air Traffic Services desk also will be available throughout the day. Learn more about this week's White Plains Regional Forum.

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East Hampton Airport Advises of Helicopter Noise Abatement Routes
The area surrounding Long Island's East Hampton Airport (HTO) sees substantial air traffic during the summer months. Local pilots, working with the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, FAA tower staff and civic leaders, have developed noise-abatement procedures that are strongly recommended for helicopter operations at HTO. The 2013 Noise Abatement Plan is comprised of three routes: November Route for arrivals from the Northwest, Sierra Route for arrivals and departures from the South and Echo Route for departures to the North. It also includes 20 percent higher cruise altitudes and more precise flight paths over designated waypoints. Read more about the noise abatement procedures.

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Van Nuys Presents Award to 20 Noise-Conscious Business Jet Operators
Recognizing their voluntary efforts to consistently reduce their noise signatures on departure from Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles World Airports presented its Fly Friendly Awards for 2012 to 20 business jet operators at a recent Board of Airport Commissioners meeting. Analysis of the voluntary Fly Friendly program revealed "no obvious bad performers" and a significant 2.2-dB reduction in the single-event noise exposure level. Read more about the 2012 Fly Friendly Awards.

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Five Steps to Starting a Regional Scholarship Program
Mark Myers, president of the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA), wanted to find a way for ORBAA to make a significant contribution to the business aviation community and to Ohio. For some time, he and a colleague, both graduates of Ohio State University's flight program, had been bothered by the lack of curricula aimed specifically at business aviation. Little did Myers know at the time, but he was taking the first step toward establishing the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association Collegiate Scholarship with ORBAA Board Member Eric Black. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about how to start a regional scholarship program.

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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June 10, 2013
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Mountain View, CA
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June 12, 2013
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Blaine, MN
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June 18–19, 2013
National Safety Council's Aviation Ground Safety Seminar
Chicago, IL
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June 19, 2013
Nevada Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Las Vegas, NV 
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NBAA NEWS

Exhibitor Applications Open for 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference annually draws thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibits from aviation product-and-service providers. Next year's conference will be held from Jan. 14 to 17, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The program will focus on excellence in coordinating the use of business aircraft, including risk management, fuel and maintenance planning, flight operations and leadership development. Many different sponsorship opportunities are available, and the lottery deadline for exhibitor applications is Aug. 15. Review the S&D exhibitor application.

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NBAA Seeks Nominations for Schedulers & Dispatchers Award
NBAA Members are invited to nominate exceptional individuals for the Association's 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provide extraordinary service, exhibit leadership and make significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function. The award will be presented at next year's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Nominations are due by Aug.16. Download the nomination form.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Two NBAA PDP Courses Taking Place in June
NBAA is presenting two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses this month in Washington, DC. The Flight Operations Manual Workshop takes place on June 17 and 18, and the Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop is set for June 19 and 20. Learn more about these and other PDP courses.

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Free Webinar Will Explore International Weather Hazards and Impacts
For anyone planning an overseas trip, it's important to be aware of weather patterns across the Atlantic or Pacific, and in Europe or Asia. To help schedulers, dispatchers and pilots more accurately understand how weather patterns affect international flights, NBAA is offering a free webinar on June 26 at 1 p.m. EDT. Presented by Mike Cetinich from event sponsor Jeppesen, the webinar will include detailed information on hazards associated with different seasons and the impacts specific weather patterns have in key regions. Register for the webinar.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Partnerships Necessary for Scholarship Programs 

Forming partnership with like-minded organizations and local institutions of higher learning is an essential step in creating regional scholarship programs, according  to the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association, which recently launched its own program. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on this issue.

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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

June 26, 2013
International Weather Hazards and Impacts Webinar, Sponsored by Jeppesen
1:00 p.m. ET

July 11, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Denver, CO

 






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Get Aviation Tax Reports for All 50 States


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