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Issue #14-02,  Jan. 13, 2014


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TOP NEWS

Bolen Thanks LoBiondo for Work to Bring Transparency to FAA's Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal
The ongoing effort to bring greater transparency to a controversial FAA measure requiring mandatory screening of some pilots for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was a key topic of conversation in a Jan. 8 meeting between Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ) and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in the congressman's Capitol Hill office. LoBiondo sponsored H.R. 3578, a bipartisan measure requiring the FAA to follow established rulemaking processes before implementing any OSA screening requirement. "With Congress returning to Washington for the start of a new session last week, one of my first priorities was to express the business aviation community's appreciation for the efforts by Congressman LoBiondo and his colleagues to ensure that industry input is considered in any new OSA-screening requirement," Bolen said following the meeting. Learn more about NBAA's meeting with LoBiondo .

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NBAA Cautious About New TSA Repair Station Rule
Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a long-awaited final rule on aircraft repair station security. The rule, which covers Part 145 repair stations located on or adjacent to specific types of airports, requires compliance with a number of new security requirements outlined in the notice, published today in the Federal Register. TSA suggests that the number of repair stations covered by this final rule would drop from approximately 4,800 world wide to just over 650. NBAA submitted comments to the proposal, and the Association's submission suggested a number of modifications. NBAA remains cautious about the new requirement as it remains unclear if the new rule would apply to a limited-repair station certificate, often found within a flight department setting used to conduct testing and repairs to only limited parts of the aircraft. The new rule takes effect on Feb. 27, 2014. For additional information, contact NBAA's Sarah Wolf at [email protected] . Read the rule as published in the Federal Register .

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Bolen, Others Meet With Rep. Holmes Norton on Reopening DC Heliport
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined with leaders of other general aviation (GA) associations in a meeting last week on Capitol Hill with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to discuss reopening the South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) in Washington, DC to civil rotorcraft operations. Once home to 41 based operators, the heliport played a vital support role in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. However, in part because of its proximity to the nation's capital, the facility was closed to most civil helicopter operations in 2005. Those setbacks have not prevented GA advocates from continuing their efforts to reopen the facility. Read more about efforts to reopen the South Capitol Street Heliport .

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IRS Adjusts 2014 Air Transportation Federal Excise Tax Rates
The IRS has announced inflation adjustments to the federal excise tax (FET) rates on air transportation for 2014. The new rates took effect on Jan. 1 and are valid for air transportation provided in calendar year 2014. The domestic segment fee is now $4.00, the international arrival/departure fee is $17.50 and the Hawaii/Alaska flight fee is $8.70. The 7.5-percent tax on amounts paid for air transportation of persons did not change as a result of these inflation adjustments. For more information, review the 2014 edition of NBAA's Federal Excise Taxes Guide .

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NBAA Thanks William H. Stine II for More Than Three Decades of Service
William H. "Bill" Stine II, longtime director of international operations for NBAA, retired from the Association on Jan. 10 after nearly 35 years of service. Since joining NBAA in 1979, Stine has been the Association's resident expert on international business aviation communications, navigation and surveillance issues. He has served as staff liaison to the NBAA International Operators Committee and Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, and helped set the agenda for the Association's International Operators Conference, as well as for education sessions on overseas operations at NBAA's flagship annual event, the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE). Read more about Stine's contributions to NBAA and the industry .

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SC Aviation: Focusing on the Fundamentals of Safety and Service
In conjunction with the 2014 NBAA Flying Safety Awards application period, NBAA is profiling a series of 2013 recipients of the Safe Flying Achievement Awards, which honor those companies reaching the safety milestone of flying for many decades without an aviation accident. This week's safety profile subject is SC Aviation, Inc., a 60-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award recipient. A charter and aircraft management operation based in Janesville, WI, SC Aviation works hard to get the job done right by hiring the right people with the right experience, personality and work ethic, and training them to become one with the company's safety culture. Learn more about SC Aviation, Inc .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Bolen: Five Years On, No Plane No Gain Message Important as Ever
Since 2009 � just a couple of months after the world economy took a nosedive and the business aviation industry was subjected to unwarranted attacks for the automakers' flights to Washington, DC � NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have been setting the record straight through the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. "Business aviation is vital to the national economic interest, generating over a million jobs," writes NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider. "NBAA and GAMA have been taking this positive message about business aviation directly to Capitol Hill [and the states] every day." Get Bolen's outlook on advocacy for the next year .

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FEATURED STORY

Schedulers: How Best to Make Decisions Without Top-Down Authority?
Here's a scenario familiar to any scheduler or dispatcher: The flight department manager is unavailable and a sudden thunderstorm requires modifying an itinerary in real-time and notifying the passengers and crew. Assuming a leadership role without explicit leadership authority is so common for schedulers that the theme of this week's NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) in New Orleans is "Take the Lead." Schedulers and dispatchers need to "hold the big picture in mind while coordinating the needs of many different stakeholders," explains SDC2014 keynote speaker Betty Shotton, CEO of Liftoff Leadership, in the latest issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine. To learn decision-making tips for schedulers, register for SDC2014 and review the Dispatch section of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Recent Terrorist Activity in Russia Highlights Need for Security Vigilance During Sochi Olympics
A recent spate of attacks throughout southwestern Russia, attributed by the Russian government to extremist groups in the North Caucasus region, has underscored the need for security vigilance for those planning to be in Sochi during next month's 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which run from Feb. 7 to 23. According to Jerri Banks, team manager for the Echo, Large Aircraft and Team Europe teams at Universal Weather and Aviation: "Our primary focus ahead of the games has been with providing our clients with the proper security briefings for the region. Since the attacks, however, many of our clients have inquired about significantly upgraded security arrangements." Read more about increased security ahead of the Sochi Olympics .

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Registration Open for International Operators Conference
Delivering the latest developments and critical information that business aviation pilots and international trip planners need to know, NBAA's International Operators Conference (IOC2014) will be held in Tampa, FL from March 17 to 20. Plan to attend this year's conference to take advantage of high-quality programming designed for all companies that operate in the international environment, whether across a border or to the far corners of the globe. Learn more about IOC2014 and register now .

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REGIONAL NEWS

FAA Asks Court to Dismiss Santa Monica Closure Attempt
The U.S. government last week filed a motion on behalf of the FAA to dismiss the city of Santa Monica's latest effort to shutter Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). In a lawsuit filed last October, Santa Monica officials maintained that the city never relinquished its title to the airport land when it leased the property to the United States government ahead of World War II. As a result, the lawsuit claimed, any conditions in subsequent agreements with the FAA requiring the city to maintain the land as a civilian airport are essentially void. The FAA motion rebuts the city's position, saying that any questions over title ownership to the airport should be settled under the terms of the Quiet Title Act, which requires any such lawsuits to be filed within 12 years after a claimant learns of the federal government's interest in the property. Read more about the latest in the legal battle over SMO .

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Reno-Tahoe Airport Is Taking a 'New Approach' to General Aviation
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) � operator of Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airport (RTS) � is making plans for the future by placing significant emphasis on serving the general aviation (GA) community at RNO. New RTAA CEO Marily Mora is championing the effort, called "A New Approach," which is part of the recently released five-year strategic plan. "We went from virtually no relationship with RTAA to them asking, 'How can we help you?'" said Bob Meurer, president of the Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group (RTAG), an organization that includes pilots, based businesses and other members of the local business aviation community. "It's a 180-degree turn from our previous relationship, and we're tickled pink about it." Read more about growing GA at RNO .

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Bolen to Speak at Chicago Group's Annual Meeting
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual meeting on Jan. 28 at Drury Lane Theater & Conference Center. The meeting starts with networking at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, then a presentation by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the business aviation community in 2014. The conference center is located at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. For more information and to register, visit the CABAA website .

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NBAA NEWS

New Corporate Angel Network Director Appreciates NBAA's Support
As Dick Koenig, former Flying magazine publisher, assumes the role of executive director for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) this month, he says the organization will continue to foster its long-standing, productive collaboration with NBAA. CAN helps cancer patients access treatment by arranging free travel to facilities across the country using empty seats on business aircraft. Koenig succeeds Peter H. Fleiss, whose 14-year leadership at CAN concludes on Jan. 20. "We thank Peter for his effective work with NBAA over the years, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We also look forward to working with our long-time friend Dick as he takes on his new role with the organization." Read more about Corporate Angel Network .

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This Week's Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference to Offer Global Entry Program Interviews
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is conducting interviews for Global Entry program applicants at this week's SDC2014 in New Orleans. 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. The cost of the program is $100 for four years, and those participating are automatically enrolled in the domestic Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre-Check program, which provides expedited screening benefits at certain TSA locations.The interview is the last step in a process that can take up to two weeks. Interviews at SDC2014 will take place on Jan. 15 and 16. Register for SDC2014 .

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Reserve Your Hotel at Discounted Rates for NBAA's Leadership Conference
Now is the time to book housing for the 2014 Leadership Conference, to be held from Feb. 18 to 20 in Atlanta, GA. This year's conference, focusing on the theme of Accountability in Action, will help aviation leaders learn how to make personal accountability a core value and lift their organization to its peak performance. The dynamic lineup of speakers includes acclaimed football coach Lou Holtz and David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge. Book hotel rooms in advance to receive exclusive housing discounts .

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Manager, Static Displays
The Association is currently hiring for critical position managing overall static display planning and logistics at NBAA events around the world. The manager, static displays is responsible for assisting in the success of all static displays at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Regional Forums across the country, as well as EBACE in Europe and ABACE in Asia. View the complete job description .

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NBAA Closed for MLK, Jr. Holiday on Jan. 20
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PDP Course in Atlanta: Principles of Aviation Leadership
This one-day NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) course is for those who want to improve their own capabilities and rise to new levels of expertise. The course covers the fundamental traits, tools and actions of leaders, offering a solid foundation of "enabling tools," examples and exercises to build basic skills. Areas of special interest include vision, mission and values statements, strategic planning, team building and goal development. The course takes place on Feb. 18 in conjunction with the NBAA Leadership Conference. Register today .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Global Entry Program Highlighted at This Week's SDC2014

Those attending this week's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) in New Orleans, LA, have the opportunity to interview for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry program, which is an international trusted traveler program that allows pre-approved, low-risk individuals expedited entry into the U.S. using Global Entry kiosks. Interviews at SDC2014 will take place on Jan. 15 and 16. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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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






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Save the Date for NBAA Events in 2014


Now is the time to plan for the year ahead. Explore NBAA's high-quality education and networking opportunities in 2014, designed specifically for business aviation professionals like you. There are a wide range of programs available to meet your needs, including education and professional development opportunities, networking forums to share industry best practices, and venues to find the latest products and services for your operation. Plus, NBAA Members get discounted prices on registration.

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