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Issue #13-50,  Dec. 16, 2013


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TOP NEWS

In Hearing Testimony, Bolen Underscores Guiding Principles for Future Aviation Planning
In testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on aviation policy last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reiterated the industry's commitment to preserving America's world-leadership role in aviation. "The general aviation community is committed to working with the FAA, Congress and others to explore ways to do more, and do it better, with regard to aviation safety, operations and technologies, despite flat or declining government resources," Bolen stated before the aviation subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. "We want to be a constructive party in this conversation." Read more about Bolen's testimony .

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At Aviation Hearing, Bolen Reiterates Concerns Over Sleep Apnea Changes, EU-ETS
Last week's House committee hearing on aviation policy provided a welcome opportunity for NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to acknowledge the need for continuing congressional engagement on two issues with serious potential ramifications for the general aviation community. In written testimony, Bolen pointed to the industry's alarm over the FAA's new plan to mandate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for some pilots prior to receiving a medical certificate. He also highlighted continuing concerns over the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). Read more about Bolen's written testimony .

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NBAA Further Troubled by FAA's Comments Last Week on Sleep-Apnea Controversy
Remarks made last week by an FAA official regarding the agency's intention to require some pilots to undergo new screening for OSA prior to receiving a medical certificate have increased the Association's alarm over the agency's plans. During a Dec. 12 webinar, Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Frederick Tilton appeared determined to push ahead with the requirements, without further industry input. "If Congress passes a law [forcing industry consultation], we'll be compliant with it," Tilton said during the webinar. "Until they do so, we will move forward with this." Tilton's insistence on moving ahead with the plan was clear, despite the concern, expressed by NBAA and other industry stakeholders, about the need for more transparency, including the provision of a means for industry input, regarding the new mandate. Read more about the webinar and the FAA's plan .

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National Accreditation Marks Major Milestone in NBAA's CAM Program
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program is now accredited by one of the premier U.S. organizations aimed at demonstrating the quality of professional training and commitment. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, granted the CAM program accreditation after a two-year vetting process, according to NBAA CAM Administrative Director Jay Evans. "It took us more than 10 years from the time we administered the first CAM test in 2003 to achieve this accreditation," he said. "It took us a while to evolve the CAM program to meet the NCCA standard. It is quite a process of documentation and support." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan for more about CAM's accreditation .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY


The weekly No Plane No Gain newsletter keeps the business aviation community up-to-date on the advocacy campaign and its efforts to promote business aviation. Launched in 2009, the No Plane No Gain campaign educates policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of business aviation to communities, companies and citizens across the United States. Over the years, the e-newsletter has highlighted several major initiatives undertaken by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in the campaign. "This weekly newsletter has continually been an important resource for ensuring that people are aware of, and engaged in, the campaign's activities," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. .

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FEATURED STORY

IRS Audits Can Be Taxing: How to Ensure You're Ready
For many business aircraft owners and operators, audits by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are a fact of life. Even with careful tax planning, complex and inconsistently interpreted IRS policies often lead to confusion and potential audits. To be prepared for an audit, "it's critical for the company to document legitimate business reasons for using the aircraft," explains Angel Houck, a CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Keep company meeting minutes mentioning the business purpose of the aircraft, approve a specific plan for using the aircraft in business and keep contemporaneous flight logs, advise aviation CPAs. For more tips on being prepared for an audit, see the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Europe's SESAR Program Now in Sync With Nextgen
With an eye toward the cost of complying with ADS-B requirements scheduled to take effect in December 2017, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and European operators have convinced Eurocontrol to expand the implementation timeline for its Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program (SESAR) by three years. EBAA and the other groups expressed their concerns over the current implementing regulation, in particular with respect to the costs of retrofitting both "old" and "new" aircraft that appear to be significantly higher than anticipated in the initial cost-benefit analysis, and the lack of binding requirements for air navigation service providers to synchronize the deployment of ADS-B ground stations, said EBAA's Senior Manager for Economics and Operational Activities Belarmino Gon�alves Paradela. Read more about SESAR implementation .

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Temporary Exemption for Australian ADS-B Formalized as Mandate Takes Effect
A Dec. 12 deadline was established by Australia's aviation authorities for all domestic and foreign aircraft to be ADS-B equipped and compliant for both private and commercial operations when flying at or above FL 290 within the Australian continent. Because of the complexity of obtaining certificates and installing the required equipment on aircraft, the authorities are allowing for temporary exemptions from the mandate in certain airspace. The exemption period runs from Dec. 12, 2013, through Dec. 11, 2015, and will not be extended under any circumstances. Learn more .

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Russian Entry Requirements for Sochi Olympic Athletes and Officials Published
The International Business Aviation Council has been asked by the organizing committee of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games to disseminate an information package regarding entry requirements for all athletes, officials and visitors to the Russian Federation. In addition to normal passport and visa requirements, participants must also obtain an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card or a Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card, which allows multiple entries during the period from Jan. 7 to April 16, 2014. More than 50,000 foreign participants are expected to travel to Sochi for the winter games this January and February. Learn more .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Aviation Career Days Springing Up Around the Country
Regional business aviation groups around the country are increasingly holding career days and other mentoring events, underscoring the importance of letting young people know about the opportunities in business aviation. "From several recent highly successful events for students in California, to the long-standing expo at Westchester County Airport in New York, regional aviation groups are putting in the time, effort and funds to help educate our young people about careers in business aviation as well as the importance of aviation to our nation," noted Kristi Ivey, NBAA's regional representative for the Northwest. Read more about career days .

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Delays Possible at Aspen, Eagle and Rifle Over Holidays
Increased demand at Aspen-Pitkin County (ASE), Eagle County Regional (EGE) and Rifle/Garfield County (RIL) this upcoming holiday period will likely result in air traffic delays in and out of these airports. This season, the FAA will not be using an air traffic slot reservation program, in favor of alternative air traffic management initiatives, such as ground delay programs (GDPs), miles-in-trail and possibly ground stops. Operators are strongly encouraged to file their flight plans as early as possible to avoid additional delays, and contact their FBO prior to departure to ensure parking availability. Get additional details at NBAA's winter holidays airspace web page .

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Delays and Surface Congestion Possible at Ft. Lauderdale International This Winter
Due to ongoing runway and taxiway construction, delays are possible in and out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) throughout the winter months. Congestion on the airport surface is also an issue as there are major taxiway infrastructure projects under way. For answers to any questions, contact NBAA's Dean Snell at dsnell@nbaa.org . Operators should also consult a taxi and departure procedures document for best practices, available on NBAA's airports website .

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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Presents Silk Scarf Award to Business Aviation Leader Jay Mesinger
NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Jay Mesinger, CEO and founder of Mesinger Jet Sales, in recognition of his exemplary efforts on behalf of NBAA and business aviation. In particular, the award honors Mesinger's grassroots advocacy work, his expertise in the international arena and his strong leadership as chairman of NBAA's Associate Member Advisory Council. Mesinger has 37 years of experience in the aviation industry; he founded Mesinger Jet Sales more than 23 years ago and has developed it into an international aircraft brokerage firm. Read more about Mesinger and the Silk Scarf Award .

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SDC2014 to Offer Global Entry Program Interviews With Customs and Border Protection
American business travelers seeking simplified entry back into the United States will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the upcoming NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014), to become enrolled in CBP's "Global Entry" program. Global Entry allows expedited clearance processing into the U.S. for pre-approved, low-risk travelers using automated kiosks available at 34 U.S. airports, eight pre-clearance airports in Canada and two pre-clearance sites in Ireland. Candidates must apply ahead of time, receive conditional approval and schedule an interview with CBP. Learn more about Global Entry at SDC2014 .

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Register This Week for SDC2014 and Save
From Jan. 14 to 17 in New Orleans, LA, NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference 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 flight crew on track, the learning and contacts participants gain will help them succeed. Book housing by Dec. 21 for housing discounts and additional hotel benefits. For an additional savings of $250, register by Dec. 21 for early-bird pricing at SDC2014 .

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Speaker Proposals for 2014 NBAA Regional Forums Due This Week
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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Aviation Law Firm Becomes Newest PDP Provider
Shawnee, KS-based Jackson & Wade, LLC, a law firm specializing in aviation, is NBAA's newest approved Professional Development Program (PDP) provider. The firm's course, "Regulatory Compliance and Documentation," enables participants to develop the knowledge and understanding to establish a recordkeeping system to document regulatory compliance and initiate appropriate action. Specifically, the course will "give flight department personnel an overview of the various federal and state regulatory requirements facing aircraft owners and operators, and methods for compliance with those requirements," said Jackson & Wade attorney Lori Edwards-McGee, the course's organizer and instructor. Learn more about the new PDP course .

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Fundamentals of IS-BAO Course Offered at S&D Conference
In conjunction with SDC2014, there will be a workshop on implementing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) presented on Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by Sonnie Bates from the International Business Aviation Council and offered through NBAA's PDP, the Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop is geared toward aviation personnel considering IS-BAO registration or interested in becoming involved in the audit process. Attendees will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how their role in the flight department fits within the IS-BAO framework. Register for the IS-BAO Workshop now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

'Exhaustive' Process Leads to CAM Accreditation

The NCCA accreditation recently attained by NBAA's CAM program is exhaustive, notes Anjali Weber, director of accreditation at ICE. There are 21 standards within the NCCA framework, she said, including requirements for governance, transparency, candidate rights, discipline and appeals. About 300 certification programs have so far received NCCA accreditation, and each must renew those credentials every five years. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more on the CAM accreditation process.

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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






 

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