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Issue #14-03,  Jan. 20, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Positive Senate, FAA Developments on Sleep Apnea-Screening Policy
NBAA last week reported that the FAA's controversial proposal for mandating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for some pilots has taken center stage in Washington, with welcome developments in the U.S. Senate and at the FAA. On Capitol Hill, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a measure (S. 1941) to require the FAA to follow the established rulemaking process as the agency seeks to implement its OSA-screening requirement. The Senate legislation is similar to a bill (H.R. 3578) introduced last November by House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ). At an FAA meeting attended by Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of regulatory and international affairs, FAA officials said that, in response to the concerns raised by NBAA and other aviation stakeholders, the agency is planning to draft a revised version of the OSA-screening plan, accounting for elements of industry's concern. Read more about the latest developments on the sleep apnea-screening policy .

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NTSB's 2014 'Most Wanted' List Includes Items That Apply to Business Aviation
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its "Most Wanted" list of the top 10 transportation safety improvement areas for 2014, with three of them having application to business aviation. Two of the priorities on the 2014 list – eliminating distractions caused by personal electronic devices and identifying and communicating hazardous weather to general aviation pilots – are areas addressed by NBAA's Safety Committee in its Top 10 safety focus areas, noted Committee Chairman Eric Barfield. "The Safety Committee has worked hard to communicate the importance of incorporating these safety practices into the goals and mission statements of Member Company flight departments," he added. Learn more about the NTSB's 2014 'Most Wanted' list .

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Congressional Appropriations Bill Reflects Key GA Priorities
An "omnibus" appropriations bill passed by Congress last week includes provisions for some of the general aviation community's highest priorities. Included in the spending package for the remainder of the government's fiscal year is language prohibiting aviation user fees, funding for moving forward on modernization through continued ADS-B implementation, a provision preserving the ability of aircraft owners to "opt out" from having their flights tracked in real time online, and language providing funding for research to transition from 100 octane low-lead avgas toward an unleaded aviation fuel for piston aircraft. For more information on the appropriations measure, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at rdoubrava@nbaa.org .

 

Operations Tip: Resolving Connectivity Issues at 30,000 Feet
The customers in the cabin of business aircraft increasingly expect to be able to continue doing business while in flight. That means in addition to their normal duties, pilots and flight attendants, as well as maintenance technicians, now must be versed in Internet and voice networking. "More passengers are demanding the ability to connect to their email, make phone calls, even work on their companies' virtual private networks while in flight," said Mark Mata, a field support representative and North American training leader for SATCOM Direct, based in Satellite Beach, FL. "The passenger doesn't care how it happens – he or she just wants to connect." A session on networking in the business aircraft cabin will take place at NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum on Jan. 30 in Boca Raton, FL. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on networking in the cabin .

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NBAA Salutes Retiring Regional Representative Harry Houckes
Harry Houckes, NBAA's Southeastern regional representative and one of the founding leaders of the Association's regional representative program, has announced his decision to retire on Feb. 12, after more than 12 years of distinguished service to the Association and its members. "For more than a decade, NBAA Members have relied on Harry Houckes as a go-to source for effective representation on the issues in their states and regions, and he has always delivered," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We wish him well in his future endeavors." NBAA has launched a candidate search for Houckes' successor . Learn more about Houckes and his contributions to NBAA .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Let Lawmakers Know You Support Congressional Legislation Requiring Public Input for FAA's Sleep Apnea Requirements
NBAA has been urging people in the business aviation community to weigh in on the FAA's controversial proposal for mandating obstructive sleep apnea screening for some pilots. Association Members are encouraged to use NBAA's Contact Congress resource to alert their House lawmakers to the issue, and urge them to support H.R. 3578., which would to require the FAA to follow the established rulemaking process as the agency seeks to implement its OSA-screening requirement. Review the letter NBAA Members can personalize and send to their congressional representatives regarding the FAA's planned OSA policy .

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FEATURED STORY

New Policy Trends Could Change How You Fly
As always, NBAA has been deeply engaged this year in several federal, state and international regulations that could impact business aircraft operators. At the state level, four legislatures – Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Pennsylvania – changed their tax laws in 2013 to welcome business aviation. "States seems to be more interested in tax reform than in implementing new tax regimens, said Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager of finance & tax policy. Meanwhile, at the federal level, the FAA implemented the final version of the "1,500-hour rule" last July, while sequestration cuts at the agency may delay some NextGen programs. Read more about all these trends in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ABACE2014 to Build on Success of 2013 Show
For the past two years, the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) has grown by leaps and bounds, and organizers anticipate this year's event, scheduled for April 15 to 17 in Shanghai, China, will continue the success of previous shows. With exhibitor registration outpacing last year, the organizers have expanded the exhibit hall and pavilion to allow for more booths at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre. Already, 91 companies have signed up to exhibit at ABACE2014, including 31 from the Asia-Pacific region. ABACE is produced through a partnership between the Shanghai Airport Authority and NBAA, and co-hosted by NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association and the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Read more about ABACE2014 .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Battle Over SMO Continues as City Officials Petition Court to Let Case Proceed
Officials with the city of Santa Monica responded January 17 to a motion filed by the FAA, requesting that a court allow the city to continue to pursue efforts to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). In a lawsuit filed last October, Santa Monica officials asserted that the city never relinquished its title to the airport land when it leased the property to the U.S. 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. Earlier this month, the FAA requested that the court dismiss the claim for several reasons, including that it was untimely. In its Jan. 17 submission, Santa Monica officials contested that assessment; the FAA will have an opportunity to reply to the submission from SMO officials. Read more about the latest in the legal battle over SMO, and NBAA's work to preserve access to the airport .

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Study Finds Florida First for U.S. Aviation Manufacturing Attractiveness
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is trumpeting the results of a new report showing that Florida is ranked the top state for U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness. The study ranked Florida's talent first, its industry ninth and its cost sixth for an overall ranking of first in the nation. The report, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, used a weighted average of variables including costs, workforce and number of aerospace companies. NBAA and the business aviation community have long had a significant presence in Florida, and policymakers there have repeatedly recognized the industry's value in the state. Read more about the industry's benefits to Florida's economy .

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FAA Issues Air Traffic Advisory 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. This year, the Super Bowl will be held on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The FAA last week issued an advisory for the New York/New Jersey region for Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. As previously reported, 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. The advisory, which emphasizes the high volume of traffic expected Sunday night through Monday night, will be reissued daily through Feb. 3. Review the latest information as it becomes available on NBAA's Super Bowl resources page .

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NBAA Regional Forum to Feature Business Aviation Safety Session and FBO Reception 

A session taking a look back at the advances in business aviation safety over the decades is sure to be a highlight of the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on Jan. 30 at Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in Florida. Titled, "Milestones in Business Aviation Safety," the session spans Doolittle's flight to the present day. Additionally, BCT's Signature Flight Support and Silver Lining InFlight Catering will co-host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Signature's main hangar among the indoor exhibit booths. The reception is open to all exhibitors, their guests and attendees who register in advance . Read more about the Boca Raton Regional Forum .

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NBAA NEWS

NBAA's 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Breaks All Records
As the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) officially closed in New Orleans, LA, last week, NBAA reported the number of registrants and exhibitors had both reached an all-time high-water mark. A record 2,671 attended the four-day event, and a record 495 exhibitors participated in the event. "We are thrilled by the momentum this show has gained through the years," said Mike Nichols, NBAA's vice president, operational excellence and professional development. "This conference is always high-energy, and this year's exhibitors and attendees were clearly excited to be in New Orleans to get down to business, share ideas and learn from one another." Nichols noted that next year's conference is set for Feb. 3 to 6, 2015, in San Jose, CA. Read more about SDC2014 .

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Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Applications Due Jan. 24
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is accepting applications for new members through Jan. 24. Experienced individuals interested in sharing their ideas for advancing the scheduler and dispatcher profession are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the work of the committee and access the NBAA standing committee application online .

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Carr Leading Expanded Team of Staff Focusing on International, Regulatory Issues
Following the recent retirement of Bill Stine, NBAA's long-time director of international operations, the Association has adjusted some staff responsibilities, to ensure NBAA continues to provide Members with the kind of expertise and support on international and regulatory matters that Stine was legendary for. Doug Carr, previously vice president of safety, security and operations, will become vice president of regulatory and international affairs, assuming Stine's day-to-day focus on the issues and trends affecting business aviation in the international arena. As part of his new responsibilities, Carr will also lead a regulatory team focused on safety, security and flight operations. Read more about NBAA's expanded international and regulatory affairs team .

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Last Chance to Save $250 at the Leadership Conference
Members are encouraged to register by Jan. 27 to take advantage of early-bird pricing for NBAA's 2014 Leadership Conference, to be held from Feb 18 to 20 in Atlanta, GA. This year's conference will give attendees the tools and inspiration to take full ownership of their leadership role within their organization; better motivate and mentor their staff; and equip their team to handle whatever uncertainties lie ahead. Register for the NBAA Leadership Conference .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA Announces Recipients of Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships
Numerous monetary and training scholarship awards were given at last week's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in New Orleans. The S&D Committee announced that $49,480 in scholarship funds has been awarded to nine individuals seeking to advance their aviation careers through continuing education. The committee also announced 12 recipients of the Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship , which promotes the career development of current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers through donated training courses. Read more about this year's scholarship recipients .

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Fundamentals of IS-BAO Course Offered at International Operators Conference in Tampa
The Association will offer a Professional Development Program course on implementing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) on March 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the 2014 NBAA International Operators Conference in Tampa, FL. Presented by the International Business Aviation Council, 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 .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Boca Raton Forum to Feature Session on Networking in the Cabin

Increasingly companies are putting networking technicians on board business aircraft to ensure connectivity is maintained and to troubleshoot any problems that may arise, and flight attendants as well as other flight crew members are becoming versed in network diagnostics. An education session at NBAA's upcoming Regional Forum in Boca Raton, FL, titled "Networking in the Business Aircraft Cabin" will look at the issue of staying connected while in the air. NBAA's Flight Plan podcast has the full story, including tips for keeping your onboard connection intact.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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