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Issue #13-35,  Sept. 2, 2013

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TOP NEWS

NBAA Analyzing OSHA's Final Flight Attendant Workplace Regulations
The FAA on Aug. 26 issued a final policy on the application of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to aircraft flight attendants. When the rule was proposed in December 2012, NBAA, along with the Flight Attendants Committee, submitted comments raising several concerns and suggesting a more systemic and workable approach for business aircraft operators to respond to OSHA regarding workplace safety in the cabin. The ramifications of the final rule are unclear, but operators have six months to develop programs for complying with OSHA regulations, for conditions including noise and bloodborne pathogens. NBAA is studying the policy and will provide guidance to Members on meeting this timeframe. Learn more about OSHA regulation of flight attendant safety and view NBAA's comments .

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Efforts Underway to Explain, Enhance and Expand Pilot's Bill of Rights
Even though it was just signed into law by President Barack Obama last year, the Pilot's Bill of Rights (PBR) is already being targeted for improvement by members of Congress and aviation advocates around the country. The PBR lays out in federal code the rights of flightcrews under investigation by the FAA. Those rights include access to all FAA – and FAA contractor – data used by the agency to build an enforcement case against them, as well as the right of crew members to decline requests for information from FAA inspectors. Attorney Alan Farkas, with the Chicago law firm SmithAmundsen, will lead a seminar on the Pilot's Bill of Rights at the NBAA Chicago Regional Forum on Sept. 12. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about the Pilot's Bill of Rights .

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SEC Disclosures: Is Your Company Following Best Practices?
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires public companies to report the value of certain perquisites (benefits other than salary) provided to named executive officers, which can include non-business use of aircraft. Companies must report the actual incremental cost of providing non-business transportation to the executive, which generally includes the variable costs of operating the flight. In an updated article, NBAA Tax Committee member Alvaro Pascotto provides strategies for complying with the SEC rules. If you're interested in learning more about best practices for aviation related SEC disclosures, consider attending the NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference on Oct. 20 to 21 in Las Vegas, NV. Review the updated article on SEC disclosure .

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FAA Warns of Runway Incursions When Taxiing on Intersecting or Active Runways
In an effort to reduce the risk of runway incursions, the FAA issued SAFO 13007 warning pilots to exercise extra caution when taxiing on intersecting or active runways. For various reasons related to airport geometry, construction or taxiway restrictions, it is common for air traffic control to issue grounds instructions to flightcrews that include taxiing on active runways. In order to conduct these operations safely, pilots and operators are urged to minimize distractions and heads-down time, maintain a higher level of situational awareness, and include realistic runway incursion prevention scenarios in training events. Learn more .

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Companies often focus on social media as a marketing tool, but applications like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter present unique challenges for business aviation, especially to corporate and personal security. Many social media applications let users set security or privacy settings, but these methods might not be 100 percent effective, cautioned Charlie LeBlanc, vice president of security services at FrontierMEDEX and chairman of NBAA's Security Council. "As a society we have become familiar with sharing ourselves on social media and feeling as though we are protected, when in reality it takes a third grader with basic hacking abilities to break through the privacy settings of most social media applications. We have an unfounded presumption of privacy." .

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Business Aviation Regional Forums Coming to Florida, California, Texas in 2014
The 2014 editions of NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums will be held at airports in Florida, California and Texas. On Jan. 29, 2014, Signature Flight Support will host a Business Aviation Regional Forum at Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in Boca Raton, FL. A second forum, co-hosted by Maguire Aviation and TWC Aviation, will be held at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Van Nuys, CA on June 26, and a third forum will come to Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Dallas, TX on Sept. 18. "These three cities have been popular locations for past forums, given their access to robust airline service, variety of lodging options and other benefits. We're confident that these venues will again be well received in 2014," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the 2014 Business Aviation Regional Forums .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Raises Industry's Concerns With New Hampshire Leaders at Aviation Forum
The need to preserve and promote all general aviation jobs, including those in business aviation, resonated strongly throughout an Aug. 28 forum at Port City Air, a fixed base operator on New Hampshire's Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM). The event also provided an opportunity for NBAA Director of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava and NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier to engage in an important discussion with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) about issues of concern to the business aviation community. As congressional leaders have traveled home to visit their constituents during the summer recess, NBAA has actively engaged in similar conversations across the country regarding the importance of business aviation. Read more about the NH aviation forum .

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Mayors Support Arkansas Governor's Proclamation Supporting General Aviation
Mayors of three Arkansas cities with small community airports have supported Gov. Mike Beebe's proclamation of General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month in August 2013 by releasing their own proclamations. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh of Batesville, Mayor Bob McCaslin of Bentonville and Mayor Stewart Nelson of Morrilton, all issued official statements of their own, affirming the value of general aviation – including business aviation – in their communities. Batesville, Bentonville and Morrilton all have GA airports within two miles of their cities' central business districts and together handle more than 65,000 takeoffs and landings a year. Read more about GA in Arkansas .

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FEATURED STORY

As Winter Approaches, Learn Lessons From Past Accidents
In the coming weeks, cold weather conditions will return to much of the U.S. As flight departments plan their operations, crew training and individual flights this winter, they should consider the lessons learned from past aviation accidents that occurred during the takeoff, inflight and landing phases of several different flights. NBAA offers several useful examples in the September/October issue of Business Aviation Insider, mailing to NBAA Members now. Members may also enter their website password to read the digital edition online .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bolen, Other GA Leaders to Welcome New APEC Guidelines for Industry Growth in Asia
NBAA has always fostered the growth of business aviation in the U.S. and around the world, and that tradition will continue when NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joins Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers in Tokyo on Sept. 6 to unveil new guidelines designed to catalyze the growth of business aviation in the region. Joining Bolen will be U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari and other national government transportation leaders, as well as a host of news organizations. On Sept. 9, Bolen will host a press conference in Beijing with leaders from the Asian Business Aviation Association, the International Business Aviation Council and the General Manufacturers Association to discuss what the guidelines mean for the industry's growth in Asia. Review a background paper detailing the guidelines, and NBAA's involvement with their development .

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What's the Cape Town Registry? NBAA Offers a Refresher
A question often fielded by NBAA staff and on Air Mail is: "What is the Cape Town International Registry?" The registry was designed by an international treaty to protect financial interests in aircraft and engines, explained Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager of finance and tax policy. In 2001, to make consistent sense of different nations' and territories' laws and regulations, representatives from many countries and international organizations met in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. As of May 2013, 56 states and the European Union have ratified its Aviation Protocol, which took effect in March 2006. In ratifying it, the contracting states, which include the U.S., amended their commercial code and aviation regulations to conform to standards set by the treaty for aircraft transactions. Learn more about the Cape Town International Registry .

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REGIONAL NEWS

VNY Reopens Primary Runway Following Maintenance Project
Tenants and operators at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) celebrated on Aug. 29 the formal reopening of the Southern California airfield's primary runway, 16R/34L, capping a successful seven-month, $20.5 million rehabilitation effort. "Collaborating with key stakeholders early in the process enabled us to develop a mutually beneficial solution and successfully execute the project," said Laddie Irion, senior vice president of project manager HNTB Corp. Read more about the work done at VNY .

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Trenton Mercer Airport Runway Construction Begins Sept. 9
A runway construction project at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) will begin on Sept. 9 and is expected to continue until Nov. 8. The project includes the installation of engineered material arresting systems at both ends of Runway 6/24. During the construction, the useable length of the runway will be shortened, certain approach and lighting equipment will be unavailable, and restrictions will be imposed on aircraft using the runway, related to approach speed, aircraft weight, and wingspan. Learn more .

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Ralph Wien Memorial Airport's RWY 9 Glideslope to Temporarily Close Sept. 4
Alaska's Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (OTZ) glideslope for Runway 9 is scheduled to be out of service from Sept. 4 through Oct. 1. The airport will be undergoing excavations and the placement of fill material will render the glideslope critical area unusable. The ILS or LOC/DME RWY 9 approach will not have glideslope, and the minimums will be raised from 263/40 to 300/50 impacting low IFR conditions. For more information, contact the FAA's Anchorage ARTCC TMU at (907) 269-1108 or [email protected] .

 

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 Announces ABACE2014 Call for Speakers
NBAA has issued a call for entries for education presentations at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014), which will be held from April 15 to 17 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre. Education session proposals must provide content relevant to business aircraft ownership and operations, and presenters must have proven business aviation experience/expertise in the Asian marketplace. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 30. Learn more about the ABACE2014 call for entries .

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NBAA2013: Henderson Aircraft Parking Reservations Required
Las Vegas's Henderson Airport (HND) will require reservations for all parking, drop/pick up and go reservations from Oct.18 to 26. The reservation system was developed for NBAA2013 for the airport's planning and ramp management program. The online reservation system aids in preparing for daily aircraft operations, efficient ramp parking, and pre-planned aircraft servicing. Operators planning on using HND during these dates should complete reservations as soon as plans are known to ensure accommodations are secure at HND by calling the FBO at (702) 261-480, or visiting HND's NBAA2013 website .

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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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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. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Applications Due This Month
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

Revisions May Be Coming to Pilot's Bill of Rights

Attorney Alan Farkas, with the Chicago law firm SmithAmundsen, said he and congressional backers of the Pilot's Bill of Rights are now formulating possible revisions to the measure, hoping to clear up some of its ambiguities and further its protections beyond the cockpit. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more on this issue.

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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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