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Issue #13-41,  Oct. 14, 2013

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TOP NEWS

NBAA, Other Aviation Groups Rally Congress for Restoration of FAA Funding
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined other industry leaders last week in a rally on Capitol Hill to encourage Washington policymakers to quickly find a path for reopening the FAA, so that vital aviation services can resume. "Imagine if no citizen of the United States could buy or sell a car, purchase or re-finance a home, or if the sale of any other critical goods came to a complete and grinding halt – that's what has basically happened in business aviation," Bolen said at the rally. "Because business aviation is more regulated than other industries, the shutdown has had a far more dire impact on business aviation than for other industries." View a video from Bolen's speech at the rally and read more about the event .

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GA Associations: DOT Urgently Needs to Exercise Legal Authority to Reopen Aircraft Registry
In an Oct. 8 letter sent to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx, NBAA and a group of general aviation leaders made a forceful argument for reopening the FAA's United States Aircraft Registry on the grounds that it is necessary for the FAA to provide "essential services" to ensure aviation safety, protect security and to fulfill U.S. international obligations. "We respectfully submit that DOT has authority under the Anti-deficiency Act to staff the U.S. Registry, as it is vital to protection of human life and property, and necessary for the U.S. to fulfill its ongoing international legal obligations," the letter reads. Read more of the letter sent to the DOT .

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NBAA Emphasizing Shutdown's Toll on Business Aviation With National, Local Media Outlets
NBAA's message about the devastating impact of the federal government shutdown on business aviation is being chronicled by print, broadcast and online media, including leading national media organizations. National news outlets such as USA Today, Business Week and Reuters, as well as local outlets like the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis and Wichita Business Journals, have reported on the situation, and quoted NBAA sources as part of their coverage. Read more about NBAA's outreach to news organizations about the shutdown's impact on business aviation .

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NBAA Lauds Senate Letter Calling for Reopening of FAA Registry
Last week, NBAA welcomed an Oct. 9 letter sent from Senate lawmakers to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, imploring the administrator to review the agency's determination that the FAA Aircraft Registry office is "non-essential" under government-shutdown guidelines. "The closure of the Aircraft Registry office has a serious impact on American aircraft manufacturers and related industries, because it prevents the delivery of newly manufactured aircraft," the letter reads. Read more of the senators' letter .

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NTSB Calls on FAA to Release Investigation Report for Emergency Appeals
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently published a final rule that amends portions of the board's rules of practice regarding certificate enforcement actions, but already, the board is concerned the original rule did not go far enough to ensure pilots have a fair appeals process, especially during emergency proceedings. Therefore, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published on Sept. 19 to close the remaining loophole. The NTSB's final rule and new NPRM are in response to the Pilot's Bill of Rights, which was signed into law in 2012, and efforts of NBAA's Regulatory Issues Advisory Group, which approached the NTSB regarding more transparency. Learn more about the NPRM .

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NBAA Commends Senate Passage of Small Aircraft Revitalization Act
NBAA hailed the U.S. Senate's Oct. 4 passage of S. 1072, better known as the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, to revamp and enhance Part 23 light aircraft certification standards of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The reconciled bill will now return to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it passed unanimously earlier this year. Read NBAA statements about the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Contact Congress to Urge an End to the Shutdown
NBAA and fellow aviation organizations are working tirelessly to urge Congress and the administration to reopen the U.S. Aircraft Registry and end the government shutdown, but as always, the voices of constituents are even more powerful. The Association is making its email and social media resources available to help people in the industry tell their members of Congress about the damage the shutdown is doing to business aviation. Through Contact Congress, you can send messages to your representatives via Twitter and email, calling on the administration and Congress to "move forward and end the shutdown quickly." Learn more and Contact Congress today .

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NBAA Supports Annual Safety Standdown; Association Member Honored
NBAA once again showed its support for Bombardier's Safety Standdown USA, which was recently held in Wichita, KS, with the participation of Doug Carr, the Association's vice president of safety, security, operations & regulation. "Safety Standdown is one of the must-attend business aviation safety events that NBAA supports every year," said Carr. During this year's event, NBAA Member Company CommScope was presented with the Eugene Cernan Safety Award for its professionalism and dedication to aviation safety. Read more about the safety standdown .

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FEATURED STORY

Government Shutdown Spurs Grassroots Business Aviation Advocacy Response
With the closure of the FAA Aircraft Registry, no aircraft can be bought or sold, leaving thousands of incomes at stake. That's why NBAA Members are urging their colleagues to look to the Association's online "government shutdown" resource to learn more and alert elected officials to the shutdown's dire consequences. "The most important thing for us is to make sure we're communicating with our elected officials about the need for FAA to reopen the Aircraft Registry and the dire circumstances that make it so necessary," said Jay Mesinger, president of Mesinger Jet Sales in Boulder, CO. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the shutdown and how NBAA Members are mobilizing to alert Congress to the crisis .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

An International Show, NBAA's Convention Draws Exhibitors, Attendees From Around the World
The NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), coming to Las Vegas, NV next week, will once again serve as a premier international event for the business aviation community. The show will feature 134 exhibiting companies from outside the U.S., representing 23 different countries, and more than 2,000 people from outside the U.S. have already made their reservations to attend the event. Read more about the NBAA Convention's role as an international business aviation show .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Business Aviation Regional Groups Respond to Shutdown
From New York to Nevada, and many places in between, regional business aviation groups nationwide are mobilizing their members in response to the government shutdown. "The regional business aviation group response to the government shutdown has been phenomenal, and it proves what important partners they are to NBAA's efforts at the national level," said Steve Hadley, NBAA�s director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. "By reaching out to their members, who in turn are making their concerns known to their legislators, as well as the news media, the regional groups are complementing and enhancing the response of NBAA to the disastrous effects of the shutdown." Read more about grassroots efforts by regional groups .

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FAA Cancels New York-Area Business Aviation Forum Scheduled for Oct. 17
Due to the federal government shutdown, the New York-area Business Aviation Forum scheduled for Oct. 17 at the FAA Eastern Region Office has been cancelled. NBAA will provide details on the next New York Business Aviation Forum as soon as details are confirmed. Contact NBAA's Dean Snell with any questions at [email protected] .


Morristown Municipal Will Close Briefly Oct. 26 for Emergency Exercise
An emergency response exercise at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) will close the airport to fixed-wing operations on Oct. 26 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. For the following hour and a half, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, prior permission will be required to utilize Runway 5/23. Prior permission must be obtained no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 25 by contacting Airport Operations at (973) 538-3366, ext. 116. For more information, contact MMU's Peter Gilchrist at (973) 538-6400, ext. 146, or [email protected] .


REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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Nov. 8, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Charity Benefit 
Hallandale Beach, FL 
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Nov. 12, 2013
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. 2nd Annual Safety Day
Scottsdale, AZ
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Nov. 19, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Houston, TX 
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Dec. 3, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Atlanta, GA 
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA2013 Security Review Will Outline Continuing Progress Made on Security Concerns
Careful relationship building between NBAA, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Patrol has resulted in a number of improvements in business aviation access during the past year, and the leader of the NBAA Security Council said the stage is set for more progress in the coming year. "The relationship we've developed has become one of cooperation with our public sector. Folks at DHS are engaging with us. They consider our viewpoint, we consider theirs," said Security Council Chairman Greg Kulis. NBAA Members will have an opportunity to receive an extensive, interactive briefing on these and other security and border issues on Oct. 22 at NBAA2013. Read more about improvements in business aviation access .

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NBAA Releases Revised and Improved Federal Excise Taxes Guide
To keep NBAA Members current on evolving federal excise tax (FET) issues for business aircraft owners and operators, NBAA has a released a revised and improved Federal Excise Taxes Guide. Revised with significant input from the NBAA Tax Committee, the guide covers key concepts such as possession, command and control; available FET exemptions; charter broker obligations for air transportation excise taxes; and more. Learn more and download the new FET guide .

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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 for Columbus Day
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters is closed today, Monday Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Numerous Certified Aviation Manager Events Set for NBAA2013
NBAA2013 will offer a number of events and education sessions both for those thinking about becoming a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) and for those already involved with the program. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the session "Roadmap to CAM" will provide a useful overview of the program and answer attendee questions. Additionally, a wide variety of education sessions have been selected as eligible for CAM points toward recertification or the initial CAM application. Learn more about CAM-related events at NBAA2013 .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Use Contact Congress Resource to Ask for an End to the Shutdown

The Contact Congress button on NBAA's home page leads to an online resource where anyone – not just NBAA Members – can locate their congressional representatives either through Twitter or email, and tell them they want to see the government shutdown end. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has the story.

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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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