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Issue #14-10,  March 10, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA: President Should Ditch Latest Aviation User Fee Attempt
NBAA last week said the latest attempt from the White House to impose a per-flight user fee on general aviation ignores the message sent from Congress, mayors, governors and industry stakeholders that user fees are not the right approach to aviation system funding and modernization. Per-flight user fees are a part of President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending plan, which sets budgets for government agencies." NBAA will continue to work to defeat user fees and support the aviation fuel tax mechanism as the most effective way for us to contribute to the system," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the user-fee proposal .

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NBAA is calling on its Members to use a newly enhanced Contact Congress resource on the Association's website to oppose the proposed aviation user fee in President Obama's budget plan for FY 2015. NBAA has provided a new Contact Congress email, pertaining specifically to the president's proposal, so that Members can submit personalized messages directly to their lawmakers. The online resource also provides a Twitter-based message option, which creates randomized tweets for users to send with the hashtag #NoUserFees. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more about how Members can voice their opposition by .

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NBAA, Others Call for Swift Passage of Senate's Sleep Apnea Bill
NBAA joined a coalition of aviation groups last week in calling for swift passage of U.S. Senate legislation aimed at bringing transparency to any decision by the FAA to implement mandatory testing of pilots and air traffic controllers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate. "As aviation community stakeholders, we are writing to express our support for S.1941, commonsense bipartisan legislation to address the sweeping [FAA] proposal to change the policy on sleep apnea for pilots and air traffic controllers without the benefit of a rulemaking process," reads the March 4 letter to senators. Learn more about the industry stance on the sleep apnea bill .

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FAA Issues Final Part 121 Rule on Personal Use of Electronic Devices
The FAA has issued a final rule, effective April 14, which prohibits FAR Part 121 flight crews from using "a personal wireless communications device or laptop computer for personal use while at their duty station on the flight deck while the aircraft is being operated." Though the FAA's rule does not directly impact business aircraft operations, NBAA and its Safety Committee remain strong advocates for better management of personal distractions and the elimination or reduction of associated risks. Read more about the FAA's final rule .

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New Helicopter Regulations Aimed at Reducing Accidents
Focusing on factors common to helicopter accidents, the FAA recently published a final rule establishing new operational, training and equipment requirements among FAR Part 91, 120 and 135 specialized medical operations. The new requirements, which become effective on April 22, establish flight rules and enhance communication, training and on-board safety equipment requirements for helicopters. Air ambulance operations have come under increased public scrutiny from government officials, in the wake of 62 accidents and 125 fatalities between 1991 and 2010. Read more about the FAA's new regulations .

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Once-Threatened Auburn Aviation Program Now Looks Toward Future
After a veritable roller coaster of developments affecting the Auburn University Aviation Program over the past year, including the threatened closure of Alabama's only collegiate-level aviation school, supporters cheered when the Aviation Accreditation Board International re-accredited the school's resurgent aviation management curriculum last month. NBAA Northwest Regional Representative – and Auburn Aviation Program graduate Kristi Ivey – has been actively involved in efforts to preserve the program, and she also praised efforts by former and current students – including their use of social media – in getting the word out about the program's value. Learn more about Auburn Aviation .

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Business Aviation Community Marks Passing of Former ICAO Council President Kotaite
NBAA joins with others in the international business aviation community in marking the passing and life-long contributions of Dr. Assad Kotaite, member and former council president to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), who passed away on Feb. 27 at age 89. Kotaite was instrumental in ensuring the International Business Aviation Council, which represents business aviation associations from around the world, was recognized with official observer status to ICAO. Learn more about Kotaite .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Corrects Newspaper's Mischaracterization of Business Aircraft Depreciation
In a letter to the editor published on March 9 in the Los Angeles Times, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen corrected a Feb. 27 story that mischaracterized the depreciation deduction for business aircraft as a "loophole" and a "symbol of special treatment." Responding to the article titled "Top House Republican Proposes Tax Overhaul," Bolen said, "The depreciation system that applies to the purchase of a business aircraft has been on the books for decades, and also applies to the purchase of delivery vehicles, trucks and forklifts. Unfortunately, each time someone mischaracterizes business aviation, they are really taking aim at an industry that generates more than 1 million American jobs and is responsible for more than $150 billion in economic impact." Read Bolen's response to the Los Angeles Times in its entirety .

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No Plane No Gain 'Top Ten' Booklet Continues to Prove a Valuable Advocacy Tool
The No Plane No Gain Top Ten booklet, featuring testimonials from 10 CEOs from 10 companies discussing reasons for using business aviation, continues to be a frequently requested advocacy resource, and a highly effective one for illustrating for policymakers and opinion leaders the value of business aviation to respected companies. "I'm excited to have this important tool that not only connects with lawmakers, who see the opportunity the industry represents to their communities and constituents, but also with other company leaders who have their own stories to tell about how business aviation has helped their companies grow and flourish," said NBAA Western Regional Representative Stacy Howard. Read more about the No Plane No Gain Top Ten publication .

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FEATURED STORY

No Compromise Leads to Six Decades of Safe Flying
In 1883, Barney Kroger invested his life savings to establish a grocery store in downtown Cincinnati. Today, The Kroger Co. has more than 2,400 stores across the country, and five business aircraft across three bases in Ohio, Oregon and Kansas. With its multiples bases and more than a dozen personnel, Kroger has operated its aircraft safely for more than 60 years "by never compromising on safety and maintaining the highest standards in maintenance and training," said Bob Smyth, Kroger's director of aviation. Read more about how Kroger manages its diverse aircraft and flies safely in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

EBACE2014 to Build on Success of 2013 Show
This year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is shaping up to be a successful event, with organizers reporting exhibitor space sales and the number of exhibiting companies to date both outpacing the final totals for last year's EBACE. Currently, 2,204 spaces have been sold compared to 2,180 spaces sold in total for last year's show. With about three months until EBACE2014 opens, 320 companies have signed up to exhibit, compared to 294 at the same time in 2013. Learn more about EBACE2014 .

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Pre-EBACE2014 Seminars Boost Overall Show Experience
Prior to the opening of this year's EBACE, three separate day-long seminars have been scheduled, which are designed to enhance value for attendees at Europe's premier business aviation event. On Monday, May 19, organizers are offering an EBACE Safety Workshop, EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Seminar and EBACE Cabin Crew Conference. "These three pre-convention seminars are designed to augment the education program taking place during EBACE2014," said Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, operational excellence and professional development. Read more about the EBACE2014 pre-show seminars .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Call to Action: Support New York GA Aircraft Tax Exemption
NBAA strongly encourages Members in New York to support the Aviation Jobs Act (Assembly Bill 3677 and Senate Bill 273), which would exempt general aviation aircraft purchased in New York from sales and use tax, as is done in neighboring states. It is critical that Members contact their elected officials now and request that the aircraft sales tax exemption be included in New York's final 2014 budget. Since this legislation was introduced, NBAA and the New York Aviation Management Association have been working directly to build support for the exemption; however, legislators must hear directly from their constituents. Learn how to support the Aviation Jobs Act .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

March 11, 2014
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training IA Renewal  
San Antonio, TX 
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March 11, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Manchester, NH 
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March 11–12, 2014
New York Aviation Management Assn. Advocacy Day  
Albany, NY 
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March 19, 2014
Idaho Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Boise, ID
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April 2, 2014
Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Assn. Meeting
Seattle, WA 
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April 3, 2014
North Texas Business Aviation Assn. Safety Showdown
Dallas, TX 
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April 3, 2014
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Seattle, WA 
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April 22, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop 
Atlanta, GA
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Safety Committee Identifies Top Safety Focus Areas for 2014
For the second consecutive year, NBAA's Safety Committee has published a list of recommended safety priorities for the business aviation industry. The list, which includes topics such as professionalism, airport safety and single-pilot safety, is intended to promote safety-focused discussion and advocacy among NBAA Members and the business aviation industry. "We want to start having discussions in our various spheres of influence on what each of these topics means on a personal basis," said NBAA Safety Committee Chairman Eric Barfield. "But perhaps more importantly, we want to provoke a meaningful discussion among colleagues within the flight department and with the corporate office." Learn more about NBAA's Top Safety Focus Areas for 2014 .

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Operating a business aircraft in the international arena presents significant challenges. It's critical for operators to stay on top of the latest issues to ensure they complete overseas trips safely, securely and efficiently. NBAA's International Operators Conference (IOC2014) is the only event dedicated to overseas operations, and it delivers new developments and critical information needed by business aviation professionals and international trip planners. There's still time to sign up for next week's IOC2014, being held from March 17 to 20 in Tampa, FL. .

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Association Seeks Candidates for Several Positions and Internships
NBAA is currently hiring for many positions, including managing editor, communications editor, senior manager of marketing and coordinator of professional development. Additionally, three paid internships are available for the spring and summer periods. Learn more about applying for these openings, find out more about business aviation and why NBAA is a great place to work, and review employee testimonials on the Careers With NBAA resource page .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Register for PDP-Approved Emergency Response Planning Workshop in San Diego
Every flight department should be able to implement its emergency response plan at a moment's notice. To help flight departments prepare for a worst-case scenario, the Association is offering an Emergency Response Planning Workshop in San Diego, CA from April 14 to 15, in conjunction with the NBAA-sponsored Business Aviation Safety Summit. Led by The VanAllen Group, this NBAA Professional Development Program-approved workshop simulates an accident scenario and identifies key actions to take at each stage in the events. Register for the Emergency Response Planning Workshop .

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Apply Now for Flight Attendants Scholarship, With New Awards Added
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship offers cabin professionals opportunities to enhance their capabilities through education and training. Scholarship recipients use the awards to learn about emergency equipment, food safety, CPR certification, open water survival, crew resource management in the cabin and many other safety and service skills. New monetary and training awards have recently been added to this year's application, bringing the number of companies donating awards to 29. Review the latest application and apply by the March 31 deadline .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Administration Again Attempts to Impose Aviation User Fees

To help the business aviation community mobilize in opposition to President Obama's latest aviation user fee proposal, NBAA provides a Contact Congress advocacy tool with two ways for Members to take action, through the use of  email or Twitter. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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