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Issue #13-30,  July 29, 2013


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Lauds New Record of 200 House GA Caucus Members
NBAA welcomed the recent announcement that the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus, a leading voice in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of general aviation interests, this month achieved a record total of 200 members. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus – and its companion GA Caucus in the U.S. Senate – serves as an informal group of lawmakers, formed to promote the essential role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Learn more about the House GA Caucus .

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Business Aircraft Accident Rates Mixed in First Half of 2013
The first half of 2013 saw a mixed record when it came to business aviation safety, with accident rates down but an increase in fatalities, according to the latest report from aviation safety experts Robert E. Breiling Associates Inc. The U.S. business jet fleet experienced seven accidents during the first six months of the year, compared to 10 during the same period in 2012. However, the number of fatal accidents increased to three resulting in nine fatalities, compared with two fatal accidents and nine fatalities during the first half of 2012. Read more about accident rates for the first half of 2013 .

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Get to Know Your Airport's Operations Crew
Business aviation professionals can work out of a hangar for years without knowing the airport's management or operations staff. "A lot of times, airport tenants don't know what the operations crew can do. They see us driving snowplows, fixing lights and signs. But what we do is often above and beyond," said John Dorcey, a former airport operations manager who is now a consultant for Skyword Communications in Oshkosh, WI. That lack of familiarity with just what an airport operations director and staff can do often leads to misperceptions, he said. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the importance of knowing your airport's ops staff .

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New NBAA Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide Now Available
NBAA has released the 2013 edition of its Light Business Airplane (LBA) Buyer's Guide. First published in 2009, the guide helps businesses in selecting an airplane to meet their needs by providing an overview of the light business airplanes currently in production, and it gathers extensive information about new single- and twin-engine piston aircraft, turboprops, very light jets and light jets to enable operators to pick the best airplane for their business travel demands. The publication is available exclusively to NBAA Members. Read more about the 2013 Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide .

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Business Aviation's Biggest Event Is Coming – Make Sure You Get All the Latest News
NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) is the sixth-largest trade show in the U.S., with more than 1,000 exhibits, two static displays of aircraft, more than 100 education sessions and an expected 25,000 attendees. The NBAA Convention Report has all the up-to-date information you need about the show and what to expect at business aviation's biggest event of the year, taking place from Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV. Read more about NBAA2013 .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

In Nevada, NBAA's Doubrava Highlights Importance of Local Activists' Voices in Washington
With Congress out of Washington for summer "recess" periods to hear from constituents back home, NBAA staff members often look for opportunities to get out of the nation's capital, hear from people in the business aviation community and reiterate the need for individuals to continue echoing the Association's message about the industry's importance to citizens, companies and communities. That's why NBAA's Dick Doubrava could recently be found at the July 18 inaugural meeting of the Nevada Business Aviation Association. Doubrava's visit at that event came on the heels of a separate aviation event he attended in Chicago, IL. Read more about Doubrava's visit to the two events .

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To Remain Competitive, Pennsylvania Revises Some Aircraft Tax Policies
After years of advocacy efforts from NBAA and other industry voices, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this month signed a bill that exempts the sale at retail or use of aircraft parts, services to aircraft and aircraft components from a 6-percent sales tax. The state already had an exemption applicable to helicopters. "This is great news for the Pennsylvania aviation community, as businesses can now compete on a level field with other nearby states, and operators won't have to go elsewhere for maintenance," said Dean Saucier, NBAA's Northeast regional representative. Learn more about Pennsylvania's new tax exemption .

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FEATURED STORY

What Light Business Airplane Pilots Need to Know About International Ops
From filing ICAO flight plans to refueling at remote airfields; getting worldwide insurance coverage to communicating with air traffic controllers; customs forms to overflight fees, there's a lot to know when planning an international trip. It's all covered in the latest issue of NBAA's Member magazine, which focuses on considerations around international flying, including a look at flying overseas in turboprops and light jets. Read about international ops for light business airplane pilots in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

At NBAA2013, Learn First-Hand About Operating in China
Several multinational companies that have based and successfully operated aircraft on China will be on hand at NBAA2013, for a session titled, "Operating and Doing Business in China." Panelists will offer case studies describing common challenges faced when operating in the region, as well as solutions. The presenters will cover topics from the regulatory challenges of registering an aircraft in Asia or China, to how to choose a management company that employs best practices used in the United States. Read more about this NBAA2013 education session .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Auburn University Moves to Preserve, Enhance Aviation Programs
Auburn University officials have reversed an earlier decision to outsource flight training and "sunset" its aviation management programs. They now say they are committed to further developing Auburn's aviation curriculum. "Auburn will continue and strengthen both the professional flight management and aviation management degree programs," read a July 15 announcement signed by Auburn Provost Timothy Boosinger. NBAA and others welcome the university's decision; staff representing the Association had been part of a mobilization effort to keep both degree programs, which are important in bringing future generations into the aviation community. Learn more about Auburn's aviation program .

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FAA Publishes Final Rule on Modification of Las Vegas Class B Airspace
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a final rule modifying the dimensions and design of the Class B airspace overlying Las Vegas, NV. The airspace redesign will take effect on Aug. 22 and will expand the lateral and vertical limits of the protected airspace in many areas in order to ensure the containment of large turbine-powered aircraft within Class B. The redesign also raises the ceiling of the entire Class B airspace from 9,000 feet MSL to 10,000 feet MSL. These changes will help reduce air traffic controller workload, and reduce the potential for midair collision in the Las Vegas terminal area. Learn more about Las Vegas airspace changes .

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Runway Status Lights Debut at Washington-Dulles Airport
Runway status lights are now operational on runways and taxiways at Washington-Dulles International Airport. The fully automated lighting system is being implemented at airports throughout the U.S. as part of a program to help enhance runway safety. The lighting system provides direct runway status information to pilots and surface vehicle operators indicating when it is unsafe to enter, cross or take off from a runway. It requires no input from controllers as it processes information from surveillance systems and then activates runway entrance lights and takeoff hold lights in accordance with the motion and velocity of the detected traffic. Learn more about the Dulles lighting system .

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Teterboro Airport Closure Scheduled on Aug. 3
Operators should be advised that Teterboro Airport (TEB) will be closed to fixed-wing operations from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Aug. 3 due to electrical and surface maintenance requiring the closure of Runway 1/19 and Runway 6/24. This maintenance is weather dependant and may need to be rescheduled. Operators should monitor the NOTAMs to check for any changes in date and time. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Snell at [email protected] .


REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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
Carolina Aviation Professionals Assn. Meeting
Greenville, SC 
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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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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Names James Cooling as Recipient of 2013 John H. Winant Award
James Cooling, an aviation attorney whose numerous, continuing contributions to industry causes have extended far beyond his service on the Association's Board of Directors, will receive the John H. Winant Award at NBAA2013. Cooling, the managing director of the law firm of Cooling & Herbers, P.C., served on NBAA's Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008. The John H. Winant Award is presented to former members of NBAA's Board of Directors who demonstrate lifelong service to business aviation, well after directors' tenure on NBAA's board concludes. Read more about Cooling and the Winant Award .

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NBAA Exhibitor Update Has Everything Show Exhibitors Need for a Successful Convention
Are you exhibiting, or do you have plans to exhibit, at NBAA2013? If so, the July issue of NBAA Exhibitor Update has everything you need to know about reserving exhibit space, registering yourself and your colleagues for show badges, NBAA resources for reduced-price housing, scheduling press conferences and much more. Read and subscribe to NBAA Exhibitor Update .

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Golf for a Good Cause at NBAA2013
Join NBAA for this year's Chairman's Charity Classic golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 21 at The Revere Golf Club in Henderson, NV, held in conjunction with NBAA2013. It's a great way to kick off the Convention, network with peers and raise money for NBAA Charities. Register for the tournament .

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Let your social media contacts know that you're taking part in the largest business aviation event in the world by using hashtag #NBAA13 on Facebook and Twitter. Once you've registered, you can tell everyone what you're most excited about seeing at the Convention and any special plans you have to make NBAA2013 a great event. For everything you need to know about the show, make sure to follow NBAA on Twitter and .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Future Aviation Professionals Invited to NBAA2013 'Careers in Business Aviation Day'
"Careers in Business Aviation Day" will return to NBAA's Convention on Oct. 24, providing middle school, high school and college students with information about the business aviation industry, and offering perspectives on the opportunities the industry may offer them. Students age 12 or older who have expressed interest in aviation, along with their teachers and chaperones, will be able to attend NBAA2013 free of charge that day. A discounted student registration option is available for students ages 18 or older who would like to attend NBAA2013 on multiple days. Complimentary registration is also available for students attending University Aviation Association colleges and universities. Read more about Careers in Business Aviation Day .

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Sign Up for Human Resources PDP Course at NBAA2013
The NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) course titled Capitalize on Human Resources is designed to help participants think differently about a flight department's most valuable resources – its people. It introduces several new concepts that can enhance staffing requirements and increase employee satisfaction. The course is highly interactive and includes role-playing, breakout sessions and group discussions all designed to help managers fill key positions within their departments. Register for the PDP course now .

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Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Applications Now Online
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee offer two scholarship programs that promote professional development for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. Applications for both monetary and training awards are now available online, and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 27. Learn more and apply now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Need Assistance? Airport Ops Staff Can Help

Former airport operations manager John Dorcey remembered a Citation X pilot who, in driving snow, taxied off the edge of the runway while preparing for departure late one winter’s night. “I got a couple of my guys and an end loader, hooked it up to their tow bar and pulled the Citation back onto the runway,” Dorcey said. “We wouldn’t have gotten near that airplane if it wasn’t someone we knew.” Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on why you should get to know your airports’ ops staff.

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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

 






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Meet Your NBAA Regional Rep 


Did you know that NBAA has six regional representatives throughout the United States? These dedicated staff members advocate on behalf of NBAA Members – and the business aviation community – on the local level. They get involved with issues on access to airports and airspace, airport policies, environmental protocols, safety and security proposals, taxation and other key issues affecting your business and flight operation. If you haven't already done so, find out who the NBAA regional rep in your area is and connect with them.

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