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Issue #13-29,  July 22, 2013


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TOP NEWS

Small Aircraft Revitalization Act Gains Swift House Approval
The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act (H.R. 1848) has been the focus of much attention in the U.S. House of Representatives recently, and when the full House approved it last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the bill's passage as "a significant step toward achieving a welcome and much-needed enhancement of certification standards for aircraft and avionics." The July 16 House vote on H.R. 1848 came less than one week after the legislation earned unanimous passage by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The bill establishes a target date for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue its final rule adopting consensus-based, design-specific performance requirements for Part 23 aircraft certification. The House version of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act must now be reconciled with a similar bill introduced in the Senate. Learn more .

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Aviation Officials: NextGen Pace Threatened by Sequester-Driven Uncertainty
Continued work on high-priority Next Generation (NextGen) aviation system modernization efforts could face further challenges, and possible delays, as a result of the uncertain fiscal environment that may require the FAA to make more difficult choices, members of a House aviation subcommittee learned at a hearing last week. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel both described the challenges that are expected as a result of mandatory federal budget cuts under the sequester. Read more about last week's House hearing on NextGen progress .

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NBAA, Others Join With FAA to Warn Pilots of Potential Impairment From Common Medications
NBAA joined with other aviation groups and the FAA in an open letter to pilots, which includes guidelines aviators should use to determine whether they are fit to fly. "Industry and government both share concerns that some general aviation pilots are taking impairing medications while operating aircraft without fully understanding their adverse effects," read the letter signed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and leaders of 10 other aviation groups. Get tips on how pilots can combat potential problems with medication .

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New NTSB Videos Focus on Five Foes of GA Safety
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published the first of five planned general aviation (GA) safety videos on its YouTube channel, and each of the short presentations focuses on one of five leading causes of GA accidents. The videos, part of a two-step offensive that began in March 2013 with five safety alerts, offer strategies and resources to help pilots and mechanics better identify and reduce the risks involved. Learn more about the top GA safety risks .

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New OSHA Regulations Require Widespread Training of Personnel
New regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate the training of thousands of flight department employees by Dec. 1 to educate them on how to identify and protect themselves from hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to bring the U.S. into compliance with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The new standards incorporate new labeling elements and a standardized format for safety data sheets, which were formerly known as material safety data sheets. Read more about the new OSHA regulations .

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NBAA Seeks 'Custom' Job Aids for RVSM Authorizations
As part of its work with FAA to streamline the RVSM authorization process, NBAA is seeking to identify the FAA FSDOs or IFOs or Member Companies that have created a checklist or other job aid to complete to process an RVSM authorization application. For those whose operations have been presented some type of checklist or job aid other than the standard job aid that exists on the main RVSM Documentation web page, operators are advised to send a copy of the checklist or job aid to NBAA's Mark Larsen by Monday, Aug. 5 at mlarsen@nbaa.org .


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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Aviation Community Welcomes Indiana's New, Economy-Boosting Tax Policy
A 7-percent state sales tax on aviation fuel and maintenance in Indiana had always put aviation businesses at a competitive disadvantage with surrounding states. But new legislation replacing the state sales tax on aviation fuel and maintenance with a flat 10-cents-per-gallon excise tax on fuel purchases will allow Indiana businesses to better compete with surrounding states. Tom McCord with Tom Wood Aviation, located at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), reports: "We're looking forward to seeing more airplanes, which means hiring more people and further bolstering aviation's many contributions to our state." Learn more about Indiana's new tax law .

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FEATURED STORY

Be Mindful of Duty Times When Scheduling Maintenance Crews
While clearly defined flight- and duty-time regulations govern the scheduling of pilots, the guidelines for scheduling maintenance technicians and line service personnel can vary widely across flight departments, according to an informal survey of NBAA Members. However, "a well rested tech will always do a better job," as one maintenance manager noted. "A tired tech will have a hard time recognizing a mistake." There are important factors to consider when setting maintenance duty times: circadian rhythms, fatigue from working at extremes of ergonomic position or temperature, shift change performance and time zone shift, among others. Read more about maintenance duty times in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

What to Know About Service, Food When Flying Internationally
At a recent NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in Washington, DC, a seminar on international cuisine and customs titled "Around the World in 20 Minutes" drew a standing-room only crowd. NBAA Member Companies are increasingly flying to the destinations covered in the seminar – Brazil, Russia, India and China, or "BRIC" countries – and the session provided an overview of what passengers from those countries might expect in terms of food offered and service provided. "You want to keep from being embarrassed with passengers who expect you to know different things about their culture," said Paula Kraft of Tastefully Yours Catering, who serves on NBAA's Flight Attendants Committee. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on service and food expectations on overseas flights .

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IS-BAO Workshops Well Received Around the World
This year's workshops on implementing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), hosted by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), have been well attended, with nearly 330 aviation professionals participating in the first 36 sessions held around the world. Nearly a dozen more summer IS-BAO workshops are scheduled at locations worldwide, and the sessions continue throughout the world through the end of the year. IBAC's IS-BAO workshops are designed to assist operators who are implementing or considering implementing IS-BAO, as well as to accredit potential IS-BAO auditors and provide information to others interested in qualifying for the standard. Learn more about IS-BAO workshops .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Court Rejects Helicopter Group's Long Island Noise Routing Appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals last week unanimously upheld the FAA's right to make mandatory the North Shore Route for helicopter traffic over Long Island in New York. The court rejected a petition to overturn the mandate filed by Helicopter Association International, with circuit judge Richard Roberts affirming the FAA's right "to prescribe regulations to control and abate aircraft noise." The FAA last year made mandatory what had been a voluntary noise abatement route in response to requests from Long Island community members and their political representatives. Helicopter groups had argued the route was potentially unsafe and would shift helicopter noise to other communities along Long Island. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org .


Van Nuys' Main Runway Closed for Improvement Work
In the final phase of a $20.5 million improvement project that began in February 2012, the primary runway at Southern California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Runway 16R/34L, is currently closed 24 hours a day, and will reopen on Friday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. "A combination of asphalt overlay and partial reconstruction has been carefully phased to minimize the time VNY's main runway is closed or shortened during improvement work," said Jess Romo, VNY airport manager. The airport's 4,000-foot parallel runway, 16L/34R, will operate normally and continue to close nightly from 10:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. The construction project is scheduled for completion in August 2013. Review the VNY runway improvement project website .

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Anchorage Airport Begins Taxiway Construction
On July 19, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) began the first phase of construction on Taxiway L, between Runway 15/33 and Taxiway E. The project consists of the taxiway rebuild, shoulder widening and the addition of low-visibility center line taxiway lighting. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 20. Read more about ANC taxiway construction .

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Oakland Recognizes NBAA Members With Inaugural Fly Quiet Awards
The Oakland Port Authority presented its inaugural Fly Quiet Awards last week, with NBAA Members among those recognized for neighborly flying at Oakland International Airport (OAK) in Northern California. NetJets' Jim Feulner accepted the Commercial Business Jet Award and Chevron Aviation's Brian Sennett accepted the Private Business Jet Award. The OAK Noise Forum created the Fly Quiet Awards to recognize operators who have the highest level of compliance with all noise abatement policies and procedures. "The Fly Quiet Program encourages aviation businesses to be responsible neighbors," said Michael McClintock, OAK Noise Forum facilitator. For more information, contact NBAA's Stacy Howard at showard@nbaa.org .


REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

July 23, 2013
Michigan Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit
Wixom, MI
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July 26, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Networking Event
Deerfield Beach, FL  
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July 30, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Chicago, IL
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Aug. 1, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Women in Aviation Brunch
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Aug. 2, 2013
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Summer Event
Seattle, WA 
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Aug. 20, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Seattle, WA
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Aug. 21, 2013
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Atlanta, GA 
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Sept. 10, 2013
New Jersey Aviation Assn. Legislative Awards Luncheon
Princeton, NJ
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Bestows Silk Scarf Award to Three Industry Leaders
NBAA recently presented its Silk Scarf Award to three individuals in recognition of their exemplary efforts on behalf of the business aviation community in their respective regions. The awards were given to Jol Silversmith, a partner with a Washington, DC-based law firm; Vic Slater, director of flight operations for Bloomin' Brands in Tampa, FL; and Daniel Slapo, flight coordinator of ExecuJet Charter Service, also in Tampa. In an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators, the NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers. Read more about the Silk Scarf Award .

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Fall Intern Position
The Association has a paid fall internship opportunity for an enthusiastic, customer service and detail-oriented student. The intern position will last 10 weeks and can be full- or part-time. The intern will work predominantly in the Marketing and Member Services Division but will also serve all divisions company-wide. This is an outstanding opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain exposure to various aspects of working for a trade association, as well as learn about the business aviation industry. Review the job description .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Learn to Maximize Aircraft Value at NBAA Tax Conference
Those new to business aviation tax and regulatory issues, or looking to build on existing knowledge, are encouraged to attend NBAA's Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference on Oct. 20 and 21 in Las Vegas, NV. This professional development opportunity takes place in conjunction with NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, and registrants of the Tax Conference receive complimentary registration to the show. Register now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Know Your Passengers' Preferences When Flying Overseas

Brazil, Russia, India, China – these "BRIC" countries are the ones that some NBAA Member Companies are flying to with increasing frequency as the business marketplace becomes ever-more global. This week, the NBAA Flight Plan podcast offers tips and tools from those in the know about cultural and other considerations to keep in mind if your passengers are citizens from one of the BRIC countries.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

Sept. 12, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Chicago, IL

Oct. 20, 2013
PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 20–21, 2013
PDP Course: Emergency Response and Family Assistance Planning for Business Aviation
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 20–21, 2013
PDP Course: Human Factors in Corporate Aviation
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 20–21, 2013
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals in Flight Departments Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 20–21, 2013
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 20–21, 2013
PDP Course: Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 22–24, 2013
Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013)
Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 25–26, 2013
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

Jan. 14–17, 2014
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
New Orleans, LA

 






 

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