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Issue #13-40,  Oct. 7, 2013

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TOP NEWS

The Government Shutdown: NBAA Website Details Industry Impact, Association's Actions, Advocacy Tools
Last week, as the government-wide shutdown prompted work furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal employees, and impacted agencies' services for the aviation industry, it became clear that business aviation would be significantly impacted, given that the industry is more regulated than others. NBAA's "Government Shutdown and Business Aviation" web page details what is known about the shutdown's impact on business aviation, what actions NBAA is taking to bring the situation to the attention of Washington policymakers and what steps NBAA Members can take to support NBAA's efforts in this regard. Review NBAA's Government Shutdown resource .

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Bolen Details for Congress Government Shutdown's 'Intense' Impact on Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, along with other general aviation leaders, last week voiced their concerns about the impact of the government shutdown on business aviation during a "roundtable" held by the House Small Business Committee to explore challenges facing general aviation. The roundtable, held on Capitol Hill, was chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO), who, in addition to serving as the Committee's chairman, is also co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus. "Business aviation is heavily regulated by the federal government, so the impact of the shutdown on our industry is particularly intense," Bolen said. "We can't produce, buy, sell, finance, register and in some cases even move an airplane without government involvement. With the FAA Aircraft Registry closed, and the FAA only doing life and safety work, companies are really struggling." Read more about the roundtable discussion .

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In Letter to President, Congress, Bolen Says Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leadership outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA) industry, including the business aviation segment. As just one example of the shutdown's impact on the industry, Bolen points out that the shutdown has resulted in a halt in the purchase, sale and production of all new general aviation airplane parts or aircraft, given that none of those things can occur without the written approval of the federal government, which operates out of the FAA's Aircraft Registry. Review letter to the president and congressional leaders in its entirety .

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Point of Impact: NBAA Member Discusses Government Shutdown's Effect on Aircraft Sales
Aircraft broker and NBAA Member Robin Eissler, of Georgetown, TX, contacted a local television station last week to alert the news organization to the hit that her business and a dozen other aircraft sales companies located in the area are taking from the government shutdown. Because of the shuttering of the FAA's Aircraft Registry office in Oklahoma City, OK, Eissler's company is unable to complete any U.S. aircraft sales. "That is where all liens are filed, all applications are submitted for registration, all titles are cleared – everything passes through the registry," said Eissler, whose company has three aircraft sales waiting to close. "Our revenues are at zero, and we will really be hurting if this lasts much longer." Read more about the government shutdown's impact on aircraft sales .

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Government Shutdown Hits Business Aviation Training
As a result of the FAA shutdown, dozens of training center evaluators' (TCE) qualifications for instructors at Part 142 training centers have already expired, and several hundred additional TCE's qualifications will expire this month, making it impossible for training centers to schedule or conduct training and checking activities. Additionally, certifications necessary to keep full-motion flight simulators operating will also expire, further reducing the capability for simulator-based flight training. NBAA, along with other aviation industry associations, has requested that the FAA allow qualified examiners, instructors and simulators that were current and qualified on Sept. 30, 2013, to retain their qualification status beyond the existing FAA approval expiration for at least a 60-day period following the end of the shutdown period. Read more about the government shutdown's impact on business aviation training .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Urges Members to Alert Congress About Shutdown's Toll on Business Aviation
Last week, as NBAA quickly alerted President Obama and Congress to the severe impact the government shutdown is having on business aviation, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent Association Members a call to action , asking the people in the industry to immediately contact their elected representatives and alert them to the situation. In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Bolen and representatives with NBAA Member Companies detail what the situation means for businesses in the industry. "I've heard from a number of dealers and brokers from around the country – small one- and two-person operations, minority-owned businesses – that are calling and saying, 'We have no revenue coming in the door unless and until that [FAA Aircraft] Registry in Oklahoma is reopened,'" Bolen commented during an interview for the podcast. Listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast and learn more about NBAA's call to action .

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Massachusetts, West Virginia Reaffirm Appreciation for General Aviation
Govs. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia both issued proclamations this month reaffirming their appreciation of general aviation and naming October as the month to recognize the industry's importance in their respective states. Nearly all U.S. states have officially recognized the value of GA, including business aviation, with all proclamations including at least some of the basic tenets of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which was launched in 2009 and is jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more about GA in Massachusetts and West Virginia .

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FEATURED STORY

Winter's Approaching: Make Sure You're Prepared to Deal With Contaminated Runways
Cold weather can create challenging conditions on runways, and different kinds of contaminants all affect takeoffs and landings differently. For example, wheels can freeze when slush accumulates during takeoff, causing them to freeze in the wheel wells. Frozen wheels won't turn, and the plane slides until they break free. To operate safely in cold weather, pilots "must know current runway conditions; understand the terms applied (slush, glaze, etc.); how to adjust for those conditions; and then fly to hit your marks," said J.R. Russell, a member of NBAA's Safety Committee. View the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider for tips on how to ensure safe takeoffs and landings on contaminated runways .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Outcome of ICAO Emissions Debate Reflects Concerns Over European Approach
A triennial meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last week concluded with the advancement of a framework for international aviation emissions policies, which pivots from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) in key ways. "NBAA and its Members have always been strongly opposed to the EU-ETS, and other onerous and unnecessary fees, taxes and regulations that severely harm the industry and limit the economic benefits it provides," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "The approach to international emissions-policy development approved last week breaks decidedly from the EU-ETS. Although far from perfect, and certainly not everything we have worked for, it promotes an international dialogue that is focused on simple, more workable measures for addressing aircraft emissions � measures that can be built around various types and sizes of operators." Learn more about the new framework approved by ICAO .

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Strong Demand Leads CBP to Extend Global Entry Interviews at NBAA2013
At NBAA's request, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has added a third day to its schedule for interviewing Global Entry program applicants at the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013). Upon arrival into the country, a participating traveler walks up to a Global Entry kiosk, presents a machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, has his or her fingertips read and completes a customs declaration. Those participating in the popular program are automatically enrolled in the domestic Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre-Check program, which provides expedited screening benefits at certain TSA locations. Learn more about the Global Entry program .

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REGIONAL NEWS


NBAA's regional representatives touted the benefits of business aviation to attendees at the annual National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Convention held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 in Sioux Falls, SD. All six of NBAA's regional reps participated in a special session at the invitation of NASAO President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski. "This presented a great opportunity for us to interact with state aviation officials and discuss our role as advocates for business aviation, as well as the work that we do regarding airports, airspace, legislation and many other aviation concerns in every state of the country," said Steve Hadley, NBAA's director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. .

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NBAA Participates in Regional Training Day in Colorado
Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of safety, security, operations & regulation, represented NBAA last week at the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Fall Industry Training Event in Denver, CO. Carr introduced attendees to the NBAA Safety Committee's Top 10 Safety Focus Areas, which the committee created to identify areas in need of additional attention from the business aviation community. "NBAA views local and regional organizations like CABA as critical to our safety efforts," said Carr. "Events like the CABA Annual Fall Industry Training Event provide the Association opportunities to interact with NBAA Members, which helps ensure the Association remains focused on issues that reflect the needs of business aviation." Read more about the Colorado-area training day .

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Submit Comments on Anchorage International Master Plan by Oct. 10
As part of the effort to update the master plan for future development at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) in Alaska, the airport is requesting public comments on the draft plan by Oct. 10. The Master Plan Update team will publish replies to public comments. For more information about the master plan update, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at [email protected] . To submit comments, email [email protected] or visit the Master Plan Update website .

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New Westbound Routings Out of Chicago Area Airports Effective Oct. 17
Effective Oct. 17, new westbound departure routings will be instituted for traffic departing the Chicago metropolitan area airports. The FAA released a letter to airmen last month outlining the new routings, which will be based on a flight's airport of departure. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) has posted details on the new routings online. For guidance on using the new westbound departures out of Chicago's satellite airports, see the CABAA website . Further details can be found on the Midwest region webpage .

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Before Flying to Vegas for NBAA2013, Review Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM
The FAA has released a special air traffic procedures NOTAM for NBAA2013 in Las Vegas, NV this month. These procedures will be in effect from Oct. 17 to 24. Complete details � including the NOTAM, parking reservation requirements, required routings, as well as a downloadable quick-reference guide on arrival and departure procedures for Henderson Executive (HND) and North Las Vegas (VGT) airports � can be found on the NBAA2013 Air Traffic Information web page .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Oct. 8, 2013
Carolina Aviation Professionals Assn. Inaugural Fundraiser 
Concord, NC 
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Oct. 8, 2013
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Irving, TX 
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Oct. 9, 2013
Kansas City Business Aviation Assn. Charity Benefit 
Lenexa, KS 
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Oct. 10, 2013
Midwest Business Aviation Showcase
Kansas City, MO
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Nov. 5, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Phoenix, AZ 
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Nov. 7, 2013
Wisconsin Business Aviation Assn. Fundraiser
Brillion, WI 
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NBAA NEWS

Actor, Pilot Harrison Ford to Receive Humanitarian Award at NBAA2013
Acclaimed actor and accomplished pilot Harrison Ford will receive NBAA's Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership on Oct. 22 at the Opening General Session of NBAA2013 in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to his extensive work as an outspoken champion for general aviation, Ford also regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes. "Harrison Ford is an enthusiastic and compassionate representative for general aviation," said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. "In addition to utilizing a diverse number of aircraft types in support of his career and business endeavors, he also channels his passion for flight into demonstrating the vital humanitarian role that general aviation provides every day, in places all around the world." Learn more about Harrison Ford's work with aviation .

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Available On-Demand: NBAA Briefing on ICAO Assembly and Environmental Issues
During the 38th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, which came to a close last week, NBAA held a live online briefing on Sept. 27 for Members on the ongoing debate about controlling carbon emissions – including those from aircraft. The interactive briefing featured NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown, as well as representatives from several NBAA Member Companies. Proposals for controlling carbon emissions, including carbon trading systems, were a key part of the two-week agenda during the ICAO assembly. Access the full ICAO environmental issues briefing on-demand .

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Before Heading to Vegas for NBAA2013, Download the Mobile App
Those planning to attend NBAA2013 in Las Vegas are encouraged to download this year's mobile app for the show, which can help guide their planning for the event. The NBAA2013 mobile app is available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones, as well as for iPad tablets. With a full, up-to-date map of the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit areas, the free app will enable users to easily find exhibit booths, descriptions of products and services by category, and a wealth of other information related to the show. Download the NBAA2013 mobile app .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Registration Open for 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
Registration is now open for NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014), to be held from Jan. 14 to 17 in New Orleans, LA. Professionals responsible for scheduling or dispatching business aircraft have this once-a-year opportunity to gain highly relevant educational training, benchmark with peers in the industry and meet vendors face-to-face. Learn more and register for SDC2014 .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

NBAA Issues Call to Action for Members Regarding Government Shutdown

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is asking Members to tell lawmakers their concerns about the shutdown of the FAA's Aircraft Registry. Without the registry, no one can buy or sell an airplane, and "aircraft transactions are the lifeblood of general aviation," Bolen noted. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has an interview with Bolen providing the latest on the situation.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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