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Issue #14-05,  Feb. 3, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Industry-Recommended Changes to RVSM Certification Process
NBAA welcomed changes enacted on Jan. 27 by the FAA that will streamline the process for operators seeking to receive a letter of authorization for operations in Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) airspace above 28,000 feet MSL. NBAA representatives, who first brought the challenges related to RVSM authorization to FAA officials' attention several years ago, have been among the participants on a joint industry/agency task force focused on ways to streamline the authorization process. Read more about the changes to the RVSM certification process .

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Navigating the Streamlined RVSM Authorization Process: An Overview
Operators wanting to learn more about the new RVSM authorization process may be interested to know what changes were made in the new FAA Inspector Guidance to streamline the process. NBAA has prepared an overview of the changes from the old process guidance to the new, streamlined process guidance. Read more about the streamlined RVSM authorization process .

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NBAA Opposes FAA Proposal Removing Average Weight Figures
NBAA last week submitted comments to the FAA on its draft version of Advisory Circular 120-27F, Aircraft Weight and Balance Control. This version of the advisory circular no longer contains provisions allowing operators the use of standard average passenger and baggage weights that the FAA has published in previous versions of this advisory circular, and which are used by business aviation operators. Learn more about NBAA's comments to the FAA proposal .

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FAA to Implement Climb/Descend Via Procedures; NBAA Website Has the Details
On April 3, FAA Air Traffic Control will implement "climb via" phraseology and procedures for departure operations consistent with existing "descend via" phraseology and procedures in FAA Order 7110.65U. Adherence to these procedures on the part of aircrews is critical, and non-compliance may result in pilot deviations being filed by the FAA. Concurrently, the FAA will amend speed assignment and termination phraseologies. Both "climb via" and "descend via" have been added to the pilot/controller glossary. Other than implementing the use of "climb via," there is no change in altitude clearance procedures. For more information, visit NBAA's Performance Based Navigation resource site .

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NBAA Members Contribute to Safety Recommendations for FAA Regarding Automated Cockpits
Emerging technologies and their associated automation in aircraft play an increasingly important role in the cockpits of transport-category aircraft, and a joint FAA/industry working group, which included NBAA Members, recently published a final report that includes recommendations designed to mitigate the risks associated with automated cockpits. The report, titled "Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems," makes 18 recommendations that address its 28 findings based on worldwide data from accidents, incidents, normal operations and interviews with manufacturers, operators and training organizations. Read more about the FAA report .

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Streamlined IS-BAO Certification Being Considered for Smaller Flight Departments
For many business aviation operations, the prospect of applying for registration in the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) program is an intimidating prospect. So, to counter that perception, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is considering streamlining the IS-BAO standard to make it more accessible to smaller flight departments, particularly for "single-plane, single-pilot" operations. John Sheehan, the IS-BAO audit manager at IBAC, said he and others at IBAC plan this year to put together a new set of IS-BAO templates that would simplify the process of creating a safety management system. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on streamlining IS-BAO for smaller flight departments .

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Safety Spotlight: NCR Corporation, Processing Safe Flight for Six Decades
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 NCR Corporation, a 60-year Safe Flying Achievement Award recipient. Georgia-based NCR is a global tech company, whose solutions portfolio of software and hardware services range from point-of-sales terminals and ATMs, to barcode scanning systems and mobile technologies. NCR has had a global presence for most of its existence, and takes a conservative, safe, professional approach to business aviation, with the support of the entire NCR family. Learn more about NBAA Member NCR Corp.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

No Plane No Gain Ad Highlights Importance of Business Aviation in California
"Business Aviation: Working for California" is the message of a prominent advertisement that the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign has placed in the annual government handbook of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), a group of influential and effective business leaders in Southern California. The ad, which shows an employee of Clay Lacy Aviation working on an aircraft engine, grabs the reader's attention by noting, "in the San Fernando Valley and across California, business aviation is a vital economic engine, accounting for $18 billion each year." Read more about the No Plane No Gain ad .

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FEATURED STORY

King Air Takes Care of Business for Two Michigan Companies
"My sales manager came in dragging one day," said Jon Bowers, chairman of Kalamazoo, MI based Bowers Manufacturing Company. "It had taken him two-and-a-half days just to visit a customer in Madison, what with having to drive around the lake." With much of the company's aluminum parts and anodized finishing business in the Midwest, technicians and sales teams had to drive around the Great Lakes or rely on limited regional airline service – until the company jointly invested in a business airplane with Schupan & Sons, an aluminum recycler and distributer also based in Kalamazoo. Read how the King Air saves both companies time and money in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

NBAA's International Operators Conference Presents Real-Life Operational Information
This year's International Operators Conference (IOC2014), which will be held from March 17 to 20 in Tampa, FL, will feature the industry's top training providers, handlers and operators who fly internationally, and will provide attendees with real-life information that is critical to anyone involved in business aircraft planning, operations or flying in the international arena. "The International Operators Conference, developed by NBAA's International Operations Committee, is the business aviation industry's single-best source for operational and regulatory information for anyone operating in the international aviation environment," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, regulatory and international affairs. Book your hotel room by Feb. 15 and save. Learn more about IOC2014 .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Bolen: Chicago Event Highlighted Importance of Gaining 'Outside the Beltway' Perspectives
Emphasizing the importance of speaking directly with state and local aviation groups around the country, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen traveled to Chicago, IL on Jan. 28 to discuss industry opportunities and concerns with members of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA). "Business aviation is about the ability to reach all markets, at all times, in order to connect with companies and clients where they are," Bolen said. "Chicago is obviously a very important city in the United States, not only as a major commercial airline hub, but also as an area with a very active business aviation community." Read more about Bolen's visit to CABAA .

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Sold-Out Boca Raton Event Kicked Off 2014 NBAA Regional Forum Series
Bringing together more than 1,400 people at Florida's Boca Raton Airport (BCT), NBAA's first Business Aviation Regional Forum of 2014 showcased the vitality of the local industry, while highlighting the legislative and regulatory issues for the year ahead. The Boca Raton event also featured 89 exhibitors and 19 aircraft on static display, including a Gulfstream G200 and Falcon 7X, reported NBAA Vice President, Conventions and Forums Administrative Affairs Cheryl Padilla. "The event definitely exceeded our expectations," she said. "I talked to many of the exhibitors, and they said it was a great show for them. A lot of them have already made plans to exhibit at our other forums this year." Read more about the Boca Raton Regional Forum .

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First-Ever NBAA 'Insights Connection' to Be Held in White Plains on May 15
Together with the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA), NBAA will host its first-ever NBAA Insights Connection event on May 15 at the Doral Arrowwood Conference Center in White Plains, NY. The new NBAA Insights Connection series is designed to encourage attendees to discuss industry issues in person with NBAA senior executives. At the White Plains event, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, along with NBAA Vice President of Regulatory and International Affairs Doug Carr, will talk about issues and concerns affecting the aviation community and what the Association is doing to advocate for the industry. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch immediately following. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected] .


REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Feb. 4, 2014
Ohio State University Aviation Career Night 
Columbus, OH 
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Feb. 5, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Daytona Beach, FL 
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Feb. 27, 2014
Southern California Aviation Assn. Safety SHARE Roundtable 
Long Beach, CA 
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Feb. 27, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Anaheim, CA
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March 1, 2014
New York-Area Annual IA Renewal ICS Training Course 
Flushing, NY 
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March 11, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Manchester, NH 
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NBAA NEWS

Longtime NBAA Regional Representative Houckes Receives Silk Scarf Award
NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award last week to Harry Houckes, the Association's longtime Southeast regional representative, who was influential in building the organization's regional representative program. Houckes, who is retiring this month, received the award in recognition of his 12 years of effective and dedicated advocacy work on behalf of NBAA Members and business aviation in the Southeastern U.S. "Harry has worked tirelessly to advance business aviation in his region and has successfully represented the interests of NBAA Members on a wide variety of issues, from aviation taxes to airport access," said Steve Hadley, NBAA director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. Read more about Houckes and the Silk Scarf Award .

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Ocean Explorer Brings Depth of Experience to CAM Board
For NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program to earn accreditation, it had to meet certain standards, including having a "public member" on the CAM Governing Board. The board actually has included a public member for the last several years, and Brad Baker, chairman of the board at Odyssey Marine Exploration, currently serves in that capacity. While he's not a business aviation professional, Baker is a pilot. He earned his private pilot's license at age 20 and is instrument-rated. In his first career, producing and selling computer software and equipment, he relied on business aviation to reach his customers. Read more about Baker and his role at the CAM Governing Board .

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Call for Proposals: 2015 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
This year, NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) set an all-time record for registration, with 2,600 people signed up to attend. The annual conference is the premier educational and networking event for professionals responsible for coordinating the use of business aircraft. With next year's conference scheduled for Feb. 3 to 6, 2015, in San Jose, CA, the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee has announced its call for education session proposals. The committee welcomes proposals for presentations on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance, flight operations, airspace and airport access, aircraft ownership and career development. All proposals are due by Feb. 28. Review the SDC2015 call for proposals .

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Several Association Positions
The Association is currently hiring for several positions. The regional representative for the Southeast U.S. oversees and implements initiatives focused on business aviation advocacy, influencing aviation policy, engaging with the aviation industry and working with Members at the state local and regional levels. The coordinator, professional development position supports NBAA's professional development, conference and seminar activities. Lastly, the spring paid intern position, which can be either full or part time for 10 weeks, provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain exposure to working in a trade association while learning about business aviation. Review the NBAA job descriptions .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Not Too Late: Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference Is This Week
Anyone who represents first-time buyers, owners looking to refinance or clients interested in selling a business airplane should not miss NBAA's Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, taking place this week, Feb. 5 to 7 in St. Pete Beach, FL. With the conference opening reception this Wednesday evening, it's still not too late to attend. The reception features the keynote, "Tales of Repo" by aircraft recovery specialist Nick Popovich, and the next two days of educational content will cover the Cape Town Convention, importing and exporting aircraft, structuring aircraft transactions and more. Register now .

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Free Webinar Shows Operators How to FileSmart
Join NBAA's Air Traffic Services Specialist Jim McClay on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. (EST) for a free webinar titled "Learn How to FileSmart," which will provide an overview of the new FileSmart initiative. FileSmart educates operators on how to proactively see and avoid delays, and give FAA the information it needs to more effectively manage the National Airspace System. Pre-registration is required. Register for the webinar .

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Flight Attendants Scholarship Application Now Online
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship offers cabin professionals opportunities to enhance their capabilities through education and training. This year, 24 companies have donated more than two dozen monetary and training awards that focus on using emergency equipment, food safety, CPR certification, open water survival as well as crew resource management in the cabin and many other safety and service skills. Now available online, applications are due by March 31. Download the scholarship application .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

IBAC Looking at Refining IS-BAO for Single-Plane, Single-Pilot Operations

The International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO), a comprehensive set of best practices for establishing a safety culture in flight departments, is useful for flight operations of all sizes. However, after talking with representatives of smaller flight departments, the International Business Aviation Council is now looking to put together a new set of IS-BAO templates that would simplify the process of creating a safety management system for these smaller operations. NBAA Flight Plan has the story.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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

Feb. 12, 2014
Webinar: Learn How to FileSmart
1:00 p.m. ET

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

June 19–21, 2014
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
West Palm Beach, FL






 

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