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Issue #14-07,  Feb. 17, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Thanks House for Supporting Transparency on FAA's Controversial Sleep Apnea Proposal
NBAA last week welcomed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R.3578, bipartisan legislation to compel the FAA to follow the long-established rulemaking process before implementing any mandatory pilot-screening requirement for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as a condition for getting a medical certificate. Similar legislation (S.1941) was introduced in the Senate last month. Read more about the bill and the FAA's controversial sleep apnea proposal .

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NBAA Lauds Latest Court Decision Preserving Access to Santa Monica Airport
NBAA last week praised a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which halts the most recent effort by the city of Santa Monica, CA, to close down a vital local airfield for general aviation. On Feb. 13, a federal judge ruled in favor of the position advocated by the FAA, namely that the city's challenge to the requirement that Santa Monica Airport (SMO) continue to be a publicly-accessible airport was untimely. "While we cheer this latest victory in preserving a valuable Southern California airfield, we know that we must remain vigilant and focused in our work to preserve access to this airport, and all airfields in our nation's aviation system," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the court's latest ruling on Santa Monica .

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FAA Streamlines Angle of Attack Indicator Certification, Enhancing Safety
The FAA this month streamlined procedures for certification of angle of attack (AOA) indicators, a move safety advocates hailed as a significant step forward in combating accidents caused by departure from controlled flight. The new policy reduces the cost of installing an AOA indicator in general aviation aircraft. Listen to the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the FAA's new AOA policy change .

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NBAA Works With FAA to Modernize Letter to Airmen Dissemination Process
NBAA has for some time been working the FAA to modernize the agency's distribution of letters to airmen (LTAs), and starting on Feb. 18, the FAA will disseminate LTAs via its website, rather than via the U.S. Postal Service, email or bulletin board postings, as it had been doing. Bob Lamond, NBAA's director, air traffic services and infrastructure, said: "This is a tremendous step forward in providing NBAA Members with this critical information so they can be fully prepared for all conditions impacting their flights." Read more about the new LTA dissemination process .

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DOT Releases SIFL Rates for First Half of 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2014. These rates are necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. Operators interested in learning strategies for tracking and reporting non-business use of aircraft should consider attending the NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Seminar on May 2 in San Francisco, CA. Review the updated SIFL rates .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY


Today, on its fifth anniversary, the No Plane No Gain campaign continues to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of business aviation to communities, companies and citizens across the United States. In turn, the weekly No Plane No Gain Report keeps the business aviation community up-to-date on the advocacy campaign and its efforts to promote business aviation. Over the years, the e-newsletter has highlighted several major initiatives undertaken by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in the campaign. .

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FEATURED STORY

Prepared Pilots Will Ace Any Ramp Check
What should you expect during a typical ramp check by an FAA inspector? At minimum, an inspection of the aircraft's registration, airworthiness certificate and maintenance logbook. By FAA order, inspectors cannot detain a flight or disrupt an operator who has just landed to pick up passengers, unless there is an immediate and dire safety issue. If time permits, the inspector will check fire extinguishers, seat belts, exterior corrosion, oil leaks, low tire pressure and other risks. Find out what else to expect from an FAA ramp check in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ABACE2014 Session Will Address Business Aviation Growth, Opportunities
As the need for reliable access to destinations throughout China and the Asia-Pacific region has driven growth of business aviation, it has also raised a broad range of questions from operators seeking to establish a business aviation operation in the region. An education session on April 15 at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014), titled "Business Aviation Growth and Opportunities," will provide valuable information not only to newcomers to the industry, but also experienced worldwide operators seeking to understand the nuances of operating in the region. Read more about the ABACE2014 education session .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Texas Group to Offer New Owner-Pilot Safety Training
The Texas-based Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT) is introducing a new training program this year: a day-long Owner-Flown Symposium. To be held in San Antonio, TX on June 3 in conjunction with the three-day Safety Smackdown, the new workshop will focus specifically on the training needs of the owner-pilot. "Overall, our Safety Smackdown provides efficient and effective training for flight departments, and we wanted to include the owner-pilot as well," said Shelly deZevallos, president of PCAT. Read more about the PCAT Owner-Flown Symposium .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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March 11, 2014
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training IA Renewal  
San Antonio, TX 
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June 2–4, 2014
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training Safety Smackdown  
San Antonio, TX 
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NBAA NEWS

California Airport Official Receives NBAA's Silk Scarf Award
NBAA recently presented its Silk Scarf Award to Curt Castagna, president of the Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA) and a champion for business aviation in Southern California. "We wanted to recognize Curt for his outstanding leadership and service to business aviation," said Stacy Howard, NBAA's Western regional representative, who presented the award at the Feb. 4 meeting of the VNAA. Read more about NBAA's Silk Scarf Award .

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Association Positions
The Association is currently hiring for several positions, including the coordinator, professional development, which supports NBAA's professional development, conference and seminar activities, and a paid spring internship, which provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain exposure to working in a trade association while learning about business aviation. For full job descriptions and more, visit the Careers With NBAA resource site .

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One Week Left to Save $250 on NBAA's International Operators Conference
From seasoned international aviators and international trip planners to pilots just beginning to fly overseas, NBAA's International Operators Conference is the can't-miss event for anyone involved in operations across borders. This year's conference offers four valuable days of programming, from March 17 to 20 in Tampa, FL. To save $250 with early-bird pricing, register by Feb. 24 .

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Registration Open for NBAA's 2014 Maintenance Management Conference
Join fellow professionals responsible for business aircraft maintenance at NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2014), April 22 to 24, in Tampa, FL. MMC2014 features education sessions to sharpen skills, offers opportunities to network with peers and is the best venue to meet face-to-face with the vendors. Learn more and register for MMC2014 .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

IS-BAO Course Offered at International Operators Conference in Tampa
NBAA 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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Archived 'FileSmart' Webinar Now Available
Did you miss the live Jeppesen-sponsored FileSmart webinar presented last week by NBAA Air Traffic Services? Nearly 200 NBAA Members tuned in for this free, interactive event. An archived recording is available on-demand to learn more about FileSmart, a public awareness initiative, designed to educate aircraft operators of the importance of filing timely and accurate flight plans, helping them to avoid air traffic delays and operate more efficiently in the National Airspace System. Review the FileSmart webinar .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

All Pilots Should Become Familiar With AOA Indicator

Now that the FAA has streamlined the procedures for certification of angle of attack (AOA) indicators, the next step is to gain greater awareness of what information can be derived from them, said Tim Short, a flight instructor and former military pilot who now flies for ExpressJet. Instruction in AOA indicator use generally requires three to five hours in the cockpit, as well as some ground instruction. NBAA Flight Plan has the story.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Use NBAA's Flight Ops Manual Template for Light Business Airplanes


If you're a single-pilot or light business airplane (LBA) owner/operator, creating a flight operations manual can be daunting, but you don't have to start from scratch. To help NBAA Members with the process, the Association developed a template specifically for LBA operators creating or updating a flight operations manual. The NBAA Light Business Airplane Flight Operations Manual Template provides guidance on areas like safety management systems (SMS), standard operating procedures, qualifications and training, and includes a risk assessment tool specifically for LBA operators.

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