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Issue #14-06,  Feb. 10, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Member to Congress: 'Business Aviation a Big Asset for Small Businesses'
NBAA lauded entrepreneur Jamail Larkins, CEO of NBAA Member Ascension Aircraft, for last week highlighting to Congress the importance of business aviation to his small business and outlining ways the FAA can better work with companies like his. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, Larkins explained: "The airplane enables me to meet face-to-face with potential clients. That level of service and accountability helps me get a leg up on my competition and build my company. Simply put, business aviation is a big asset for small businesses � it's the tool that makes a business model work." View video highlights from the hearing and read more about Larkins's testimony to the committee .

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FAA, DOT at Odds Over Revised Guidance for Aircraft Held in Non-Citizen Trusts
A recent memo issued by the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Transportation (DOT) outlined several misgivings about guidance issued by the FAA last year regarding oversight of aircraft held by non-citizen trusts (NCTs). Registering an aircraft through an NCT allows owners to register on the United States aircraft registry under an N number, even if they are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident, through use of a U.S. citizen trustee. At the recently concluded 2014 NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, FAA deputy chief counsel Marc Warren told attendees the agency has "a fundamental difference" in opinion with the DOT on the matter of NCTs. Read more about this issue .

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Safety Spotlight: Duke Energy � Safety Unites Diverse Operations
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 Duke Energy, a 60-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award recipient. The company has six jets and five helicopters, which serve the company's transportation needs. Learn more about NBAA Member Duke Energy .

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Renowned 'Gentleman Pilot' Bob Hoover to Be Honored for Lifelong Excellence in Aviation
The legacy of famed World War II aviator, accomplished test pilot and renowned air show performer Robert "Bob" Hoover will be celebrated on Feb. 21 at the Paramount Studios Theater in Los Angeles, CA. "A Tribute to Bob Hoover: A Lifetime of Excellence" will also feature the introduction of the first nine honorees to the Hoover Hall of Honor. Hoover is a familiar presence at aviation events including NBAA's annual Convention. He is perhaps best known for his amazing demonstrations of aerobatic capability and energy management in his Shrike Commander light twin-engine business aircraft. Learn more about Hoover's contributions to aviation .

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NASA to Rename Dryden Center in Memory of Neil Armstrong
NASA plans to rename its Dryden Flight Research Center in California in honor of the late aerospace pioneer Neil Armstrong, who is best known for his historic feats in space, but who was also an outspoken advocate for general aviation. Besides serving as a Dryden test pilot from 1955 to 1962, and becoming the first person to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Armstrong was a longtime business aircraft pilot who set five world records in business jets, including the highest altitude flown in a business jet. Read more about Neil Armstrong .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

General Aviation Advocate Rep. Graves Profiled in Air & Space Magazine
Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO), who co-chairs the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus, has been recognized in the Smithsonian Institution's Air & Space magazine for his ardent advocacy of general aviation. An article titled "Aviation's Man in Washington" highlights Graves's work to promote recognition of the industry's value and to champion its interests in Congress. "Congressman Sam Graves represents two groups: the citizens of Missouri's 6th District and private pilots," wrote Air & Space. Rep. Graves was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV. Read more about Graves .

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FEATURED STORY

In a Still-Recovering Aircraft Market, Refurbishment Takes Off
With shipments of new airplanes still off their 2007 peak, companies are holding on to their aircraft longer, fueling a boom in refurbishment. "More operators are either acquiring or holding on to and upgrading a used aircraft," said Tracey Boesch, a sales expert with Duncan Aviation. Refurbishment can provide five to 10 more years of operating life at the fraction the cost of a new airplane, but there are tradeoffs, in maintenance cost and resale value. Find out what you need, and what you don't, in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

NBAA, Others Urge DOT's Foxx to Press EU for Continued Stand-down on Enforcement of ETS Outside EU
NBAA joined other aviation associations last week in thanking U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for his support � demonstrated during a recent Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) � for internationally agreed upon, market-based measures for reducing aircraft emissions, as opposed to controversial, unilateral aviation emissions policies, like the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The associations' letter requested that Foxx press his European counterparts to continue the stay currently in place for extraterritorial application of the EU-ETS, while policymakers consider legislation to extend the existing "stop the clock" mechanism on EU-ETS enforcement, to give ICAO representatives time to develop an international, market-based framework for emissions reduction. Read the full letter to Foxx .

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Global Nature of Business Aviation Marketplace Brings New Transaction Challenges
Obtaining an FAA airworthiness certificate, ensuring a clean title and paying any applicable customs duties are just a few difficulties unique to importing an aircraft. Attorney James Meyer, an NBAA Tax Committee member, specializes in aircraft transactions and strongly urges buyers to carefully plan the aircraft importation process and assemble a team of experts. Learn more about importing an aircraft .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Aircraft Tax Exemption Again Moving in New York Legislature
NBAA is encouraging Members in New York to support legislation proposed in Albany to exempt general aviation from state sales and use tax. Two measures are currently moving through committee: Senate Bill 273 and Assembly Bill 3677, sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), who chairs the New York Legislative Aviation Caucus. Last year, a similar tax exemption passed the Senate but failed in the Assembly. NBAA and local groups are actively supporting the legislation, but advocacy messages are more powerful when lawmakers hear directly from their own constituents. To learn more about the proposed tax exemption, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org and find out how to reach elected officials in New York .

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Scottsdale Airport Announces Expanded Customs Service Hours
Scottsdale Airport (SDL) recently announced expanded hours for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services. The expanded hours for customs and immigration processing will began on Feb. 9, with services available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The expanded hours are the result of increased demand from business travelers. Scottsdale Airport representatives expect the extended hours to generate more international airport activity. Read more about expanded customs service hours at SDL .

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Pilots Should Be Prepared for Unique Challenges at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport
Located in a scenic mountain valley, Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in western Wyoming is a unique and challenging airport that requires in-bound operators to utilize thorough pre-flight planning, make smart in-flight decisions and pay meticulous attention to procedures on landing. The only U.S. airport with commercial service that lies entirely within a national park � Grand Teton � and by far the busiest airport in Wyoming, Jackson Hole's abundance of unique features have earned the airport its own FAA safety alert for operators. Read more about Jackson Hole Airport .

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New Procedures Implemented at Richmond and Midway International Airports
Effective on Feb. 6, the FAA implemented a new RNAV departure for Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Virginia, and a new RNAV approach for Runway 22L � RNAV (GPS) Z RWY 22L � at Chicago's Midway International Airport (MDW). At RIC, the new procedure, LUCYL ONE, was developed as part of a joint effort between the FAA and industry for Washington, DC-area airspace. Operators of RNAV-equipped aircraft should file and expect to receive the appropriate RNAV SID for their route of flight. At MDW, pilots should note that when this new approach is active, the North Satellite arrivals that are used to going over the BOILER VORTAC (BVT) up the lake shore will now be sent around the west side of the city. Learn more at the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association site and FAA Instrument Flight Procedures site .

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Incorrect Airport Diagram for Fort Lauderdale Airport in Directory
The airport diagram for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which was printed in the Feb. 6 edition of the Airport Facility Directory, has some incorrect information concerning airport taxiways that may cause some confusion to flight crews. These errors are: Taxiway Delta incorrectly shows closed between Taxiway Charlie and Taxiway Quebec; Taxiway Delta is open between these two taxiways; Taxiway Delta was incorrectly changed to Taxiway November between Taxiway Quebec and Connector T8. The taxiway remains Taxiway Delta in this area. Two NOTAMs were filed to address these errors, and the airport diagram will be corrected in the April 3 Airport Facility Directory. Review the NOTAM website .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Feb. 11, 2014
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Luncheon 
Hayward, CA 
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Feb. 11, 2014
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Grapevine, TX 
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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

Free Webinar This Week Shows How to 'File Smart'
Join NBAA 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 avoid delays and give the 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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NBAA2014 Website Now Online; Exhibitor Lottery Deadline Is March 10
The official website of NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), set for Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL, is now online, including important exhibitor information. One of the largest trade shows in the U.S., NBAA2014 is the can't-miss business aviation event of the year. The exhibitor priority lottery deadline is March 10, and for the first time, exhibitors who submit their applications and payments in full by that date will select their exhibit space through a live exhibit space lottery placement. To learn more or to sign up to exhibit your aviation products and services at NBAA2014, visit the official NBAA2014 website .

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NBAA Wraps Up Successful Gathering on Business Aviation Registration, Finance
This year's NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, which ran from Feb. 5 to 7 in St. Pete Beach, FL, provided attendees with valuable guidance about closing aircraft transactions in uncertain economic times. "We had more than 170 registered attendees, including the biggest names in aircraft finance, business aviation law and international aircraft registration," noted Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, operational excellence and professional development. "Most importantly, the conference provided ample opportunities for networking and discussion of industry concerns." Read more about the conference .

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NBAA Headquarters Closed on Feb. 17 for Presidents Day
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents Day. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


With more than 300 attendees already registered, this is an invaluable event for managers and those looking to advance in their organizations – regardless if you operate aircraft or have a flight department. The event offers unmatched peer-to-peer networking and access to participation in exceptional and highly focused educational sessions led by a dynamic line-up of speakers. .

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NBAA Announces Recipients of 2014 Leadership Conference Scholarships
Three individuals have been selected by NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee as recipients of the 2014 Leadership Conference Scholarship. Each scholarship covers expenses associated with attendance at next week's NBAA Leadership Conference. Read more about the scholarship recipients .

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Register Today for Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
Join industry leaders and members of the NBAA Tax Committee for an in-depth seminar on the latest tax, legal and regulatory topics for business aviation, at this year's Business Aviation Taxes Seminar, which will be held on May 2 in San Francisco, CA. The full-day seminar is the premier educational and networking event for accountants, attorneys, advisors and flight department personnel. Industry experts will provide an intermediate to advanced look at key issues from state planning to preparation for IRS audits and more. Register for the seminar .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

European Officials Hope to Open Up More Airport Slots to Business Aviation

At many European airports, the number of slots available to business aviation has dropped, but officials are hoping to reverse the trend. This year, the European Union (EU) is taking a fresh look at its regulation of arrival and departure slots, noted European Business Aviation Association CEO Fabio Gamba, and that could lead to a more business friendly environment. NBAA Flight Plan has the story.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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