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Issue #13-48,  Dec. 2, 2013


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Comments on DOT Air Charter Broker NPRM
NBAA submitted comments last week to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the proposed regulations impacting air charter brokers. "The Association has been advocating for improved regulations and guidance that appropriately governs the way respected air charter brokers do business while enhancing consumer protections," said NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president of operational excellence & professional development. While NBAA generally supports DOT's proposed regulations, the Association found 12 primary areas that must be strengthened in order for these new rules to add significant value. Read NBAA's comments on this NPRM .

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NBAA Welcomes Enactment of Small Aircraft Revitalization Act Into Law
NBAA welcomed President Barack Obama's signature into law of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, formally enacting valuable legislation to dramatically enhance the certification process for new light general aviation (GA) aircraft, avionics and other equipment. The president signed the bill into law on Nov. 27. "This bipartisan legislation removes the arbitrary hurdles in place under the old certification standards, establishing in its place a deliberative and collaborative method to ensure that the latest operational and safety advances are available to the companies relying on business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act .

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E-STMP is Gone, But Winter Demand at Colorado Airports Remains
This year, the FAA is not utilizing the electronic special traffic management program the agency did have in place at three Colorado airports, but NBAA air traffic specialists warn that decision will not mitigate demand at those popular destinations. After consultations with NBAA, FAA instead opted to use a ground-delay program to manage traffic at ASE, EGE and RIL during the 2013-14 winter season. "This is something controllers and air crews are used to seeing," according to Dean Snell, assistant manager of NBAA’s Air Traffic Services. "It's much more efficient, but there will still be delays because demand still outpaces capacity." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on flying to Colorado this winter .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

New Indianapolis Customs Facility a Local Advocacy Success Story
Indianapolis International Airport has opened a new general aviation Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility. NBAA Member Company Cummins Inc. was the leader of the two-year long initiative to convince CBP to rebuild the existing facility. Several other Member Companies in the Indianapolis area, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and NBAA's Security Council also participated in the effort. "This new facility is the result of over two years of discussion and collaborative efforts among many stakeholders of the greater Indianapolis area," said Jason Mowrey, captain of corporate aviation at Cummins Inc., who believes that the facility addresses many safety and efficiency concerns. Read more about the new Indianapolis Customs facility .

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FEATURED STORY

For New Flight Departments, Financial Reporting Can Be Taxing
Companies with relatively new flight departments facing their first financial reporting period – or perhaps an audit – may be daunted by the documentation required to comply with federal and state regulations. "Smaller companies often don't have a grasp of the financial management side of their flight operations," said Dave Weil, a former chairman of the NBAA Tax Committee. "That may quickly lead to problems with the IRS, especially since aircraft operations may be reviewed carefully during audits." From direct operating costs and fixed costs to personal use, learn what to track for financial reporting in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Flying to Sochi, Russia During the 2014 Olympics? Start Planning Now
If your business plans will take you to Sochi, Russia at the same time the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are getting underway, it's critical to start making arrangements well in advance, according to NBAA's Air Traffic Services. The Olympic Games are scheduled there for Feb. 7 to 23, and the Paralympic Games are slated for March 7 to 16. Many special procedures will be in effect for the entire winter season, beginning on Jan. 1 and continuing through April 30. As a result, the majority of business aircraft flights to Sochi International during the Games will be drop-and-go operations. Read more about flying to the Sochi Olympics .

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REGIONAL NEWS

New Aviation Caucus Formed in Washington State Legislature   
GA advocates in the Northwest are applauding the formation of the region’s first state aviation caucus, which was formally launched in the Washington legislature on Nov. 22 by state Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside). "Our goals will include the promotion of general aviation in Washington and support for smaller airports in the state," said Honeyford. "I also would like to try to make sure that the tax on avgas, which currently helps fund all of transportation, not necessarily general aviation – goes back to enhance general aviation." Read more about Washington state's new aviation caucus .

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Texas City Embraces GA Airport as Economic Driver
Officials in McKinney, TX recently finalized a deal to invest $25 million to buy the former Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) and expand its business aircraft services. The newly renamed McKinney National Airport has a 7,000-foot-long runway, new control tower and instrument approach. "Economic development by business aviation, that's the ticket," said Ken Wiegand, Collin County's airport director. "The McKinney City Council understands we're ideally situated for attracting businesses that use aircraft, so they want TKI to be the best general aviation airport in the region." Read more about TKI .

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Operators Reminded of Speed Restrictions on Northwest RNAV STARs
A recent surge in sudden, unexpected overtakes of turbojet aircraft descending on RNAV STARs into Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Portland International (PDX) has caused the FAA's Seattle Center to issue a reminder of speed restrictions in place at these airports. Displayed on each procedure is the reminder: "Turbojet aircraft descend via Mach number until intercepting 280 nautical miles per hour (kts). Maintain 280 kts until slowed by the STAR." Direct questions on this reminder to the FAA's Leon Fullner at Seattle Center at [email protected] .

 

REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Dec. 3, 2013
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Holiday Event 
Dulles, VA 
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Dec. 3, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Atlanta, GA 
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Dec. 10, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Holiday Event 
Santa Ana, CA 
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Dec. 10, 2013
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Manchester, NH
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Dec. 12, 2013
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Holiday Event 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 
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Dec. 16, 2013
Tampa Bay Aviation Assn. Holiday Event
Tampa, FL 
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NBAA NEWS

Nominations for Meritorious Service, Doswell Awards Due Jan. 31
NBAA is now accepting nominations for its two highest awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation. The Doswell Award honors lifelong individual achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. The 2014 award recipients will be officially recognized at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) next October in Orlando, FL. Learn more about these NBAA awards .

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Register for Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference by Dec. 21 and Save
At NBAA's 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014), to be held from Jan. 14 to 17 in New Orleans, LA, participants will learn the skills to take the lead in their organizations. Whether managing a fleet of service vehicles, handling an unexpected change in weather or keeping a flightcrew on track, the learning and contacts participants gain will help them succeed. Sign up by Dec. 21 to take advantage of early bird pricing and save $250 on registration. Register today .

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ABACE and EBACE Exhibitor Deadlines Extended
For companies seeking exposure to global leaders in business aviation, NBAA has extended the exhibitor application deadline for two of its flagship international events. The application deadline for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014) has been extended to this Friday, Dec. 6. The deadline for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014) has been extended to Dec. 13. ABACE2014 will be held in Shanghai, China from April 15 to 17. EBACE2014 will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20 to 22. Access the exhibitor applications for ABACE2014 and EBACE2014 .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PDP Course on Leadership Offered at SDC2014
In conjunction with the SDC2014, NBAA will offer a Professional Development Program (PDP) course titled "Strategic Leadership." Through the use of case studies and interactive team activities, this course is designed to help Part 91 and 135 aviation professionals develop their leadership skills. To be held on Jan. 14, the course emphasizes making sound decisions, being a role model, clear communication and teamwork to achieve the company's transportation goals. Register for the PDP course .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Operators Flying to Colorado This Winter Should Plan Ahead

Pilots flying into Colorado destinations – Aspen-Pitkin County (ASE), Eagle County Regional (EGE) and Garfield County Regional “Rifle” (RIL) – need to plan ahead to make sure they have a smooth trip. The best advice is to file your flight plan as soon as you possibly can – at least the night before, according to NBAA Air Traffic Management Specialist John Kosak.

Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more information.

 


NBAA EVENTS

 

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

April 16–17, 2014
Business Aviation Safety Seminar
San Diego, CA

April 22–24, 2014
Maintenance Management Conference
Tampa, FL

May 2, 2014
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
San Francisco, CA

May 20–22, 2014
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Geneva, Switzerland






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT


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