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Issue #13-45,  Nov. 11, 2013

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TOP NEWS

NBAA Tops 10,000 Members for First Time
NBAA has reached an historic milestone, with 10,000 Member Companies for the first time in the association's more than 60-year history. "The past several years have been challenging for business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The fact that NBAA has reached this membership total in difficult economic times is testimony to the continued value of business aviation, and NBAA's important role in representing and advocating for this essential industry." NBAA's 10,000th Member is TCB Air, LLC, which operates a Beechcraft King Air C90A about 300 hours a year out of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan. Two Midwestern manufacturing companies own the plane and use it to transport sales, engineering and other staff throughout the U.S. Read more about NBAA's 10,000th Member .

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FAA Changing Flight Plan Requirements for PBN Routes
The FAA has removed six suffixes from use with the domestic flight plan form, replacing them with three new ones. This change will assist controllers with some routing decisions by identifying the GNSS capabilities of an aircraft. Operators requiring PBN routing (e.g., RNAV SIDs and RNAV STARs) must use the FAA ICAO flight plan form, must place an "R" in Field 10 and are now required to add specific "PBN/" data in Field 18. These requirements had not been previously enforced, but failure to follow them now will result in rejected flight plans. Additionally, including "NAV/" in Item 18 is no longer required; however, operators can use NAV/ to omit specific PBN procedures. NBAA's Air Traffic Services and Access Committee worked with the FAA to help provide clarity on this situation for Members. For more information, visit NBAA's Flight Plan Filing resource page .

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In Business Aviation, Early Face-to-Face Connections Are Essential When Hiring
The online application process is a mainstay in the initial hiring process for many companies. But at a time when business aviation is looking for new ways of attracting talent, some flight operations are considering more personalized ways to attract talent. Companies like Flightworks in Kennesaw, GA have found that personal outreach to job-seekers is crucial and have implemented new steps, such as company-specific job fairs, to bring candidates in for face-to-face interviews earlier in the process. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast shares more about Flightworks' approach to giving job-seekers more face time earlier in the hiring process .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Bolen: In Uncertain Times, Advocacy Must Remain Front and Center
In the November/December issue of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discusses the challenges faced by the industry in 2013, including sequestration and the federal government shutdown, which underscore the important role vigilance and mobilization will have in the coming year. Challenges like the sequester and shutdown "aren't likely to lessen; instead, they're probably going to increase," Bolen notes, adding that NBAA and industry must redouble efforts to ensure lawmakers know about the importance of business aviation to the nation's economy. "We have a great story to tell, and we know it resonates with decision makers in Washington," Bolen concludes. " "It's as important as ever that we do our part to tell that story." Read Bolen's full column .

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FEATURED STORY

Business Aviation Helps This NBAA Member Create Customer Connections
Based in the Greater Chicago Area, Plitek designs and fabricates precision components from plastics, adhesives and foams for a broad range of applications across many different industries. The key to the company's success has been its ability to work with customers on engineering new products from the concept to the final component. That kind of collaboration, especially with customers in remote destinations, makes Plitek's TBM 850 single-engine turboprop invaluable. "You can't replace a face-to-face meeting with a phone call," said Plitek manager of new product development Rob Larsen. "In our highly technical business, we need to not only see what we will be making, but how it will used." Read how Plitek's airplane has won customers in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

International Regulations in Focus at Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
International aviation regulations have become increasingly relevant to business aviation, as many companies are expanding their operations overseas. Regulations are constantly changing, and it can be challenging for those involved in flight operations to keep up the multitude of regulatory requirements. An education session titled "Understanding International Regulations" will be held on Jan. 17 during the 25th NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) in New Orleans to address these important issues. Learn more about the SDC2014 international regulations session .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Minnesota Aviation Champion Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award
NBAA recently presented its Silk Scarf Award to Gordon Hoff, executive director of the Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA), for his work on behalf of the association, and his dedication to educating others about the value of aviation in the state. Hoff has been executive director of the MBAA since 2010, and joined the group in 2005 as its government liaison. Recently, he was instrumental in helping get passed an omnibus tax bill that makes the first substantive changes to the state's aviation fees and taxes since they were conceived in 1945. Read more about Hoff and the Silk Scarf Award .

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Runway Project Increases Safety at Massachusetts' Harlow Field
Officials broke ground in late October on a $15.34 million runway safety improvement project at the non-towered George Harlow Field (GHG) in Marshfield, MA. Scheduled for completion in August 2014, the project will replace the 3,000-by-75-foot Runway 6/24 with 3,900-by-100 feet of new pavement that includes 300-foot paved runway safety areas at both ends, said Airport Manager Dave Dinneen. Read more about GHG .

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Parking Reservations Required at NJ Airports for Super Bowl
Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation to and from the Super Bowl's host city including all types of aviation traffic. Next year, the Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, and accordingly, parking reservations will be required at both Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU) airports. The FAA has no plans to implement an air traffic slot program through the electronic special traffic management program (e-STMP) system. NBAA will post the latest information as it becomes available on its Super Bowl resources page .

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FAA's New York-Area Forum Rescheduled for Nov. 21
Following an earlier cancellation due to the government shutdown, the FAA has rescheduled its New York-area Business Aviation Forum on Nov. 21 at the agency's Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY from 8:30 a.m. to noon. FAA representatives from all local air traffic control facilities will be on-hand to answer questions about operating in the New York Metropolitan Airspace. Officials will present updates on traffic flow management plans associated with the upcoming Super Bowl, as well as specific ground and airspace issues at New York satellite airports. Advance registration is required by Nov. 18 to NBAA's Dean Snell at [email protected] .


Glare From Solar Farm Near CA-NV Border Creates Pilot Hazard
A six-square-mile solar farm facility located in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas is reportedly causing safety concerns for pilots overflying the area. In recent accounts submitted via the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), pilots are experiencing intense sunlight glare reflecting off ground-based mirrors located near Primm, NV. At times these reflections can fill portions of the windshield, preventing pilots from effectively scanning the surrounding airspace for traffic. ASRS reports also indicate hazardous blinding effects of the concentrated light beams that point toward the sky. NBAA urges pilots who operate in this area to exercise caution and submit feedback to both ASRS and NBAA's Bob Lamond at [email protected] .


 

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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Thanks Lisa Piccione for Nine Years of Industry-Leading Advocacy
Lisa Piccione, who has served as NBAA senior vice president, government affairs during an eventful nine years in business aviation, has informed the association she will be stepping down at the end of the year to move to Brussels with her spouse, who has accepted an overseas position. "Lisa has been extremely effective at both raising the profile of business aviation among policymakers and opinion leaders, and helping them understand the tremendous benefits of our industry provides to companies, communities and our country," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about Piccione's work to support NBAA Member Companies .

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Call for Speakers: 2014 NBAA Regional Forums
NBAA has issued a call for speakers for education sessions at the 2014 Business Aviation Regional Forums. Proposals for presentations are welcome on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership, and career and leadership development. Proposals are due to NBAA by Dec. 20. Review and complete the 2014 Regional Forum Call for Speakers .

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Exhibit Space Still Available at Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
Exhibitor applications are still being accepted for the 25th NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, to be held from Jan. 14 to 17 in New Orleans, LA. With the original floor plan already full, the exhibit hall is expanding to accommodate more displays. The conference offers unmatched networking opportunities with customers and more than 2,500 professionals in the industry. The deadline to be included in the SDC2014 Conference Program and Directory of Exhibiting Companies is Nov. 11. Learn more about SDC2014 .

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Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications for NBAA Maintenance Conference
The NBAA Maintenance Management Conference draws decision-makers responsible for aircraft maintenance from all sectors of business aviation and next year's event, MMC2014, will be held in Tampa, FL from April 22 to 24. Directors of maintenance, flight department managers, technicians, aircraft owners and others return year after year for the professional development and networking opportunities at this unique event. NBAA is now accepting exhibitor applications for MMC2014. See booth pricing and submit an application now .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA Webinar Provides Free Dispatcher Recurrent Training, Nov. 13
For both licensed dispatchers and advanced schedulers, NBAA is offering a free webinar on Nov. 13 at noon EST. Sponsored by Jeppesen, this webinar will provide schedulers and dispatchers with the latest information on aeronautical charting, airport familiarization and meteorology. Offering a unique and convenient opportunity for these professionals to update their skills, the webinar will be presented by Jeppesen's Joel Brouhle and Jeremy Vincent, both approved FAA-designated dispatch examiners. Pre-registration is required. Register for the free dispatch webinar now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Georgia Program Helps Fill Business Aviation Jobs

Recently, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) offered to set up a unique, company-specific job fair for Kennesaw, GA-based charter and freight operator Flightworks, with great results. Representatives from both the GDOL and Flightworks said that taking the step to personally reach out to job seekers was crucial, because it provided an initial screening step in the application process. As a result, the company got qualified applicants, and the applicants got a chance for a rare face-to-face initial interview. Learn more tips about creating a more personalized hiring approach in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

Nov. 13, 201 3
Webinar: Dispatch Recurrent Training Considerations
12:00 ET

Jan. 14–17, 2014
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
New Orleans, LA

Jan. 30, 2014
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Boca Raton, FL

Feb. 5–7, 2014
Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
St. Pete Beach, FL

Feb. 18–20, 2014
Leadership Conference
Atlanta, GA

March 17–20, 2014
International Operators Conference
Tampa, FL

April 15–17, 2014
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition
Shanghai, China






 

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