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Issue #13-33,  Aug. 19, 2013


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TOP NEWS

Bolen Meets With DOT Secretary Foxx, Discusses Importance of Business Aviation
On Aug. 13, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen met with Anthony Foxx, the newly confirmed secretary of the U.S. DOT, to discuss the value of business aviation in the United States and around the world. During the meeting, which also included FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Bolen highlighted the industry's role in creating jobs, providing a transportation lifeline to communities, helping companies of all sizes be more successful and providing lift for a variety of humanitarian initiatives. "We are pleased Secretary Foxx took the time to meet with us, and we look forward to a continuing dialogue with him and others at the DOT," Bolen said following the meeting. Following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Foxx to the DOT's top post earlier this year, NBAA issued a statement welcoming him to the post. Read NBAA's statement regarding Foxx's confirmation .

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NBAA Gets Quick FAA Action on Troublesome NOTAM Website Disclaimers
The FAA has responded quickly and positively to a request from the NBAA Access Committee to remove a restrictive disclaimer from certain government websites used by pilots and others to search for notices to airmen (NOTAMs) and other aeronautical information. The current language has not only warned visitors that the sites are not considered official sources, but also raised concerns that third-party sources commonly used by NBAA Members to retrieve NOTAMs might not be considered compliant with Part 91. The FAA said the disclaimers will be modified on Aug. 22 to legally allow for the use of the information contained on the websites. Learn more about the coming changes .

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IRS, Treasury Department Release Priority Guidance Plan
Two federal tax issues that affect many NBAA Members have been included in the 2013—2014 Priority Guidance Plan released last week by the Department of the Treasury and IRS. First, NBAA, in collaboration with the National Air Transportation Association, succeeded in urging the IRS and Treasury to list developing guidance on the application of federal excise taxes to aircraft management fees in the guidance plan. Second, the guidance plan proposes to address the "leasing company trap," which unfairly penalizes aircraft owners that lease an aircraft to related parties for legitimate business reasons. While the plan does not provide a specific timeline for new guidance, it does signal the IRS and Treasury's commitment to address these important issues. Learn more about the federal tax priority guidance process .

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Proposed FAA Rule Would Expand Operational Flexibility for EFVS-Equipped Aircraft
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published by the FAA would dramatically expand operational flexibility for operators of aircraft equipped with enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS), while simultaneously imposing new training and currency requirements for pilots of those aircraft. Under the proposal, all operations will require FAA authorization to ensure the airworthiness of vision systems, as well as pilot training and currency, with one exception for Part 91 (other than subpart K). Comments are due by Sept. 9. Learn more about the NPRM .

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General aviation (GA) shipments and billings worldwide showed strong but uneven increases throughout the first six months of 2013, according to new industry data, and revenue eclipsed $10 billion for the first time in five years. In the first half of 2013, global GA airplane shipments rose 8.9 percent over the same six-month period last year, from 931 aircraft to 1,014, according to data released by General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Also, industry research firm JETNET LLC statistics show demand for pre-owned business jets softened during the first half of the year, falling 7.8 percent. Sales of pre-owned business jets also are taking longer, on average, compared to last year. Read more about .

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DOT Releases SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2013
The U.S. DOT recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. These rates are necessary when applying the IRS aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. Any personnel interested in learning best practices for tracking and reporting non-business use of aircraft should consider attending the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference on Oct. 20 to 21 in Las Vegas, NV. Review the updated SIFL rates .

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NBAA ATS Again Providing Hurricane Updates
With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting an above-normal hurricane season for this year, the Association is taking this opportunity to review the resources provided by NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS). Once the FAA starts hosting its hurricane telephone conferences among aviation stakeholders to coordinate response procedures, NBAA ATS will begin issuing hurricane updates via the Association's Airspace Alerts subscriber list and the @NBAA_ATS Twitter account. Learn more about NBAA ATS hurricane resources .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

During Congress's August Break, NBAA Works Grassroots Events
As congressional leaders have been in their home states during an annual summer break, their schedules often feature sessions for hearing directly from constituents, and as with previous summers, NBAA has been making it a point to be a part of those and other grassroots advocacy events. For example, at an Aug. 13 "roundtable" held in Sioux Falls, SD, Dick Doubrava, NBAA director of legislative affairs, joined Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and other industry stakeholders to discuss the vital economic importance of all general aviation (GA), including business aviation, to the Mount Rushmore State. The Aug. 13 meeting came directly on the heels of events in New Mexico, Nevada, Illinois and Missouri where NBAA representatives were also present. Learn more about NBAA's summer advocacy efforts .

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South Carolina Proclaims Aviation Week in August
Citing the importance of GA, including business aviation, as well as the value of community airports used by GA aircraft in her state, Gov. Nikki Haley has proclaimed Aug. 19 to 23, 2013, as South Carolina Aviation Week. "Aviation plays a vital role in the economy of South Carolina, providing many thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity," Haley said in her proclamation. "And [I] encourage all South Carolinians to recognize general aviation as a vital strategic resource to our state." The state had previously recognized the value of GA in 2011 and 2012. Read more about GA in South Carolina .

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FEATURED STORY

Looking for (More Than) a Few Good AMTs
When business aviation managers talk about a shortage of qualified aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs), they don't just mean needing to hire more people. "We have a new generation of aircraft that we can't find experienced AMTs for," said NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Marlin Priest. "The technology is advancing faster than we're able to keep up in training and qualifications." To raise the professional and educational bar for AMTs, the Maintenance Committee is partnering with the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies on "Project Bootstrap," which aims to establish a new certification category: the aircraft maintenance technical engineer. Read more about Project Bootstrap in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Global Entry Program Expands, NBAA Offers Opportunity to Participate
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced an expansion of the Global Entry program, which was originally limited to U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents, as well as Mexican nationals and certain eligible citizens of the Netherlands. Now certain citizens of Germany, South Korea, Qatar and the United Kingdom also will be eligible to participate in the program. Global Entry is an international trusted-traveler program that allows pre-approved, low-risk individuals expedited entry into the U.S. using designated kiosks. NBAA is providing attendees of its annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas an opportunity to complete the required CBP interview during the show. Learn more about the Global Entry program .

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REGIONAL NEWS

App Developer Who Urges 'Sterile iPad' Approach to Present at Chicago Forum
Robert Creek was one of the first half-dozen business pilots approved to use Apple's iPad in the cockpit, and he was so convinced of the benefits that technology presents that he became an aviation app developer himself. His company, CockpitApps.com, is now marketing two pilot apps for Apple iOS devices. Creek, who will present a seminar titled, "A Pilot's Guide to Using iPads in the Cockpit" at NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum at Illinois' Chicago/Waukegan airport on Sept. 12, advocates the notion of a "sterile iPad" in the same sense that safety experts promote a "sterile cockpit," where there is nothing to distract the flightcrew from the tasks at hand. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about the use of iPads in the cockpit .

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Gulfstream's Appleton Facility Adds More Than 100 New Jobs
Gulfstream Aerospace has hired more than 100 new employees and nearly 70 contractors at its Appleton, WI facility this year – many of the new jobs added to meet demand for the G650 business jet. Gulfstream now employs more than 900 people at the facility, and aircraft technicians make up over half the workforce. The Appleton location serves two primary purposes: as a completion center for large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft and as a service center. "Gulfstream is the largest general aviation employer in Wisconsin," said NBAA's Central Region Representative Bob Quinn, "and its growth has provided a very positive economic impact for the state." Read more about growth at Gulfstream .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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Aug. 22, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Asset Management Luncheon
Long Beach, CA
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Aug. 26, 2013
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. 43rd Annual Golf Classic
Blaine, MN 
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Sept. 11, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
West Palm Beach, FL 
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Sept. 16, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. 5th Annual Safety Standdown
Carlsbad, CA  

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Sept. 17, 2013
Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers International Trip Planning Workshop
Seattle, WA 
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NBAA NEWS

Now on Air Mail: International Registry and the Cape Town Convention
Last week, participants on NBAA's Flight Department Managers Air Mail list discussed the International Registry of Mobile Assets and why it is something to be aware of when conducting aircraft transactions. Members shared practical, real-world guidance about the situations where registering aircraft with the International Registry benefits the operator. Air Mail is NBAA's Members-only social network for the discussion of business aviation topics. Members may review the full discussion by using their website password to log in to Air Mail Forums .

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NBAA2013 Exhibit Space Nearly Sold Out
With NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas just two months away, space on the exhibit floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center is nearly sold out, as is space for the Static Display of Aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport (HND). The indoor and static display exhibits at NBAA's Convention, to be held from Oct. 22 to 24, showcase the latest business aircraft, services and products to about 25,000 Attendees, 82 percent of whom have final say or high influence in their company's purchasing decisions. To get in front of the industry's leaders in every field, from maintenance to flying, scheduling to charter, reserve exhibit space at NBAA2013 today .

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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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Get Help Proving the Value of Your Flight Operation at NBAA2013
In conjunction with NBAA's Convention in Las Vegas, NV, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a one-day course on "Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation" on Oct. 21. Offered through NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP), this course will show how to demonstrate the flight department's value to corporate personnel through presentations, proposals, internal marketing and other methods. The interactive discussion will also explore travel analysis methods, options for lift, business plans and corporate culture. Register for the PDP course .

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International Operators, Baldwin Scholarship Applications Now Online
Applications are now available online for two NBAA scholarships benefiting aviation professionals. The Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship supports professionals seeking to become CAMs, and applications are due on Nov. 15. Additionally, applications are due on Nov. 29 for the International Operators Scholarship, intended for professionals engaged in or beginning a career in international flight operations. Apply for these and other NBAA scholarships today .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Aviation App Expert Has Tips on Effective Use of iPads in Cockpit

There is a learning curve to iPads comparable to other cockpit tools, and using an unfamiliar app in flight could increase your task saturation, warned Robert Creek, who is presenting a session on using iPads in the cockpit at NBAA’s Chicago Regional forum on Sept. 12. However, with more operators formalizing safety procedures for iPads, Creek is bullish on the future of tablet devices in the cockpit. To learn more, listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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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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