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Issue #13-34,  Aug. 26, 2013


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TOP NEWS

FAA Releases Final Policy on ASDI Blocking Requests
The FAA last week published its final policy for allowing aircraft owners and operators to opt out form having their flights tracked – through the use of Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) data – in near- real time, by anyone, anywhere in the world, through an Internet connection. The policy simply codifies how ASDI data is to be handled, given legislation Congress passed almost two years ago. "As NBAA has long maintained, flight tracking creates real concerns involving corporate competitiveness, personal security and privacy – none of which should have to be surrendered in real time just because someone boards his or her own airplane," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are satisfied that the FAA is demonstrating its readiness to preserve a program that takes these concerns into account." For more information contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at rlamond@nbaa.org .

 

National Weather Service Upgrades Could Improve Aviation Forecasts Within the Year
More timely and specific weather forecasts will be soon be possible thanks to an upcoming 10-fold increase in National Weather Service (NWS) computing power, from today's 80 teraflops (80 trillion calculations per second) to well over 1,000 teraflops. "The supercomputer transition is already well underway," said Bob Maxson, a former hurricane-hunting pilot on the weather service's Gulfstream airplanes, and now director of the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, MO. "This huge increase in computing power will be revolutionary in predicting critical nuances of aviation weather vital to pilots and other aviation users." The upgrades will be installed in stages between now and 2015. Read more about the upcoming NWS improvements .

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As Hurricane Season Returns, NBAA ATS Will Provide Information to Inform Your Flight Decisions
As residents of the Northeast continue picking up the pieces after last year's "Superstorm" Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center earlier this month reiterated its forecast of a 70-percent chance that this season, which runs from June 1 until Nov. 30, will see an above-average number of named storms. As was the case when Sandy made landfall, NBAA Air Traffic Services employees are again working closely with the FAA to make sure Members have the most up-to-date information possible on tropical storms and their effects. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about NBAA ATS .

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NBAA Welcomes Announcement of New AOPA President
Mark Baker was named president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed his arrival at the association. "We are pleased to welcome a longtime AOPA member, businessman, and pilot to this important leadership position in the general aviation community. NBAA has long had an extremely close and effective relationship with AOPA, one that has involved successful advocacy on behalf of important general aviation issues, and we look forward to continuing to build on this relationship." Read more about Baker .

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NBAA Honors Passing of EAA Founder, Acclaimed Pilot Paul Poberezny
Upon news that Paul Poberezny, acclaimed aviator and founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), passed away last week at the age of 91, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued the following statement: "Aviation is an industry with more than its fair share of legends and heroes, but few if any have had a more visible, significant and lasting impact on the industry than Paul Poberezny." NBAA honored Poberezny in 2001 with the Association's most distinguished honor, the Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation, recognizing his extraordinary lifelong professional contribution to the worldwide aviation community. Poberezny was also a 1999 inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, OH, and was a recipient of the Wright Memorial Award Trophy. Read more about Poberezny .

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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Speak at NBAA Convention
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), which will take place from Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV. "We are pleased to welcome Administrator Huerta to our 2013 Convention, and we look forward to hearing his thoughts and perspectives on the issues of greatest concern to the industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Huerta was scheduled to speak at NBAA's 2012 Convention, but had to amend his plans when Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in the days just before NBAA's event, caused major disruptions to the nation's aviation system. Read more about Huerta .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Local Business Aviation Voices Advocate for Industry Through Media
Local voices in the nation's business aviation community are utilizing an opportune moment – the annual congressional August "recess" period, when lawmakers return from Washington to their home states and districts – to communicate the value of general aviation, including business aviation, with columns in their local newspapers. Since Aug. 11, at least three newspapers – in Idaho, South Dakota and New Jersey – have published opinion pieces by individuals from the business aviation community testifying as to how use of an aircraft is vital to their success. Read about the importance of business aviation to a company's success .

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FEATURED STORY

Regional Groups Take on International Training
As overseas flights are becoming ever-more common missions for business aircraft and crews, regional groups across the country are increasingly offering training in international operations at their events. "Our members are definitely interested in international operations," said Marj Rose, president of the North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA). "The subject attracts a variety of aviation professionals, including flightcrews, schedulers, flight attendants and others." Groups like NTBAA have recently presented sessions on international terminal procedures, regional deep-dives into destinations such as Mexico or Africa and other regulatory or safety related topics. Read more about how regional groups are focusing on international operations in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Business Aviation Emergence Continues Across Latin America
The Latin American region continues to experience an economic shift away from traditionally dominant markets and toward previously underdeveloped areas such as Argentina and Venezuela – that was the clear takeaway from a business aviation event recently held in São Paulo, Brazil. According to business aviation market research firm AMSTAT, the business jet fleet grew 6 percent in 2012, driven by increases throughout all fleet types, and in locations beyond Brazil. Read more about the growth of business aviation in Latin America .

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REGIONAL NEWS


Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey is undertaking a multi-year rehabilitation project of Runway 5/23 that will result in a planned 13-day closure beginning next month. Runway 5/23, the primary runway at MMU, is scheduled to close on Sept. 23 at 7 a.m. and reopen on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The exact times and dates are subject to change, depending on weather conditions. The closure will leave Runway 13/31 – 3,997 feet long by 150 feet wide – as the only available runway on the airfield. For answers to any questions, contact NBAA's Dean Snell at dsnell@nbaa.org .


REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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Sept. 17, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Memphis, TN 
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Sept. 18, 2013
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament  
Seattle, WA 
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Sept. 18, 2013
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Minneapolis, MN  

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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Headquarters Relocates to New Address in Washington, DC
NBAA today announced that the location of its Washington, DC headquarters has moved to a new address in the nation's capital. All postal correspondence and shipments should be immediately redirected to the new address: 1200 G Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. The Association's office front-desk phone number remains the same, (202) 783-9000. General email inquiries may continue to be directed to NBAA at info@nbaa.org . Read more about the office move .

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At NBAA2013, M&O Sessions Offer Opportunity to Address Service Concerns Directly With Manufacturers
NBAA's Convention offers an unparalleled opportunity for aircraft operators, maintenance specialists and support personnel to learn about the industry's latest service guidelines and repair procedures, and obtain valuable technical information firsthand from OEMs in one convenient location. Attendees will benefit from an extensive list of maintenance and operations (M&O) sessions throughout the three-day event. "Although manufacturers typically resolve these issues through service bulletins, the M&O sessions at NBAA2013 provide the chance to communicate directly with users about the latest reliability improvements and product enhancements," said NBAA Technical Director Eli Cotti. Learn more about the M&O sessions .

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FET and Management Fees: Learn the Latest at 2013 Tax Conference
The IRS recently made providing guidance on the application of federal excise taxes (FET) to aircraft management fees a key item on its priority guidance plan. To learn what this important development means for management companies and charter operators, plan to attend NBAA's Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference from Oct. 20 to 21 in Las Vegas, NV, in conjunction with NBAA2013. Learn more about the Tax Conference .

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NBAA Closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Whatever Your Experience, Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships Help Boost Your Career
To promote education and training opportunities for schedulers and dispatchers, the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee, in conjunction with many industry donors, annually awards both monetary and training scholarships worth more than $40,000. Monetary awards can be used to attend the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference or other conferences, or attend courses as part of a college degree or certificate program. Awards can even facilitate obtaining a Certified Aviation Manager designation or attending an NBAA Professional Development Program course. Applications are due Sept. 27. Learn more about S&D scholarships .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

NBAA's ATS Guides the Way During Storms

When U.S. interests are threatened by a tropical weather event, the FAA begins two-a-day teleconferences. With this information, NBAA's Air Traffic Services will build a hurricane-specific page on the Association's website, said NBAA Air Traffic Services Specialist John Kosak. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more information on ATS guidance during hurricanes.

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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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