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Issue #14-13,  March 31, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Opposes Latest Attempt to Restrict Santa Monica Airport Activity; City Residents Want Airport Preserved
Debate over Santa Monica Airport's (SMO's) future was renewed last week, as the Santa Monica, CA City Council voted on March 25 to pursue further restrictions at the airport – a move opposed by NBAA – following a city-led report on options intended to severely curtail the airport's use. The report offered several options to restrict operations at SMO after a 30-year land-use agreement with the federal government expires on July 1, 2015. "For decades, NBAA and others in the general aviation community have fought to preserve access to this airport, in the face of ongoing opposition by the city council," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This is a battle we must and will continue to fight." Also last week, a group of Santa Monica citizens filed paperwork calling for an amendment to the city's charter requiring voter approval of any non-aviation redevelopment of the land on which the airport currently sits. Read more about the latest attempts to close SMO .

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Bolen Notes Industry's Importance in Seattle Times Op-Ed
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen took the Seattle Times to task for its March 1 news story that cast a negative light on business aviation without mentioning any of its benefits to companies. In a letter to the newspaper's editor, published the following day, Bolen noted: "Having a business aircraft means the ability to quickly fly nonstop to virtually any destination in the country or the world, as well as reach multiple locations in much shorter periods of time." He added that "owning and operating a business aircraft is more about competitiveness than mere convenience." Bolen also called attention to industry studies demonstrating that companies utilizing business aircraft "outperform those that don't." Read Bolen's response to the Seattle Times .

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Bolen, Other Aviation Leaders Address FAA Funding, NextGen at NATCA Event
While aviation has faced challenging times, including last year's government shutdown and sequestration cuts, these events cannot be allowed to impact the future of funding FAA activities, including continued transition to a Next Generation Air Transportation system (NextGen), said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen during a panel discussion at the National Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA)'s Communicating for Safety event on March 26. "We have the largest, most diverse, most complex, most efficient and safest air transportation system in the world," Bolen said. "We have to be the best going forward." Read more of Bolen's comments at the NATCA event .

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FAA to Upgrade, Migrate RAIM-Prediction Website
In order to better serve operators, the FAA is introducing the ADS-B Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT), which is being implemented to meet the agency's receiver autonomous integrity monitoring requirement (RAIM) check requirement. The new FAA ADS-B SAPT website is scheduled to be updated by the end of April 2014, after which the new services will be available and the new SAPT 2.0 web service definition language will be published and available for use. Flight-planning service providers will need to update their software programs as a result of this migration. With the migration and resulting interface change, RAIM queries made by flight operators or service providers will begin to fail in October unless the new site is used. Learn more about the ADS-B SAPT website .

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Climb Via Phraseology Changes Coming on April 3
Business aviation operators should be aware of the new "Climb Via" and "Descend Via" phraseology going into effect later this week on April 3. The FAA issued this revised guidance following extensive consultation with its Performance-Based Navigation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC), on which the NBAA Access Committee participated. The Access Committee in turn developed an extensive training presentation to foster better understanding of the new instructions. Learn more and view the presentation on NBAA's Climb/Descend Via and Speed Adjustment Clearances resource page .

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Report: Business Aviation Helps Drive Growth in Avionics Sales
Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) President Paula Derks said AEA's 2013 year-end Avionics Market Report indicates that business aviation is partly responsible for the recent growth in avionics sales, which in turn has had positive impacts on employment and the general economy. The association's annual report shows that in the business and general aviation sectors, 2013 sales exceeded $2.4 billion, up 6.9 percent from 2012. "A year ago, shops were having trouble keeping their existing staff busy," Derks said, noting that the data available through AEA's report helps demonstrate business aviation's role as an economic driver, "whether we're on Capitol Hill, Wall Street or talking to local media." Read more about AEA's market report .

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FAA Releases Job Aid to Help Expand Use of Passenger PEDs
Last year, the FAA released guidance allowing passengers to have expanded use of personal electronic devices (PEDs). Operators must conduct interference testing and receive training to get the approval required for their passengers to take advantage of the new rule. The FAA recently released a new job aid to help operators get the required approval. Operators will be able to conduct a single evaluation for their entire fleet. Contact NBAA's Brian Koester for further information at (202) 783-9454 or [email protected] .

 

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Illinois Airport Manager: NBAA Advocacy Resources Highlight Industry's Contributions
With small general aviation airports around the country often facing a wide scope of challenges, many airport managers have broadened their efforts to relay the contributions that their airports bring to the surrounding communities. Clayton Stambaugh, manager of Pekin Municipal Airport (C15) in Pekin, IL, recently ordered multiple copies of NBAA's Airport Advocate Guide, Airports Handbook and Business Aviation Fact Book for airport users and visitors to review and take with them. "These publications are very useful for airport managers looking to inform their surrounding community and/or region about the significant benefits aviation provides," Stambaugh said. Learn more about NBAA's advocacy resources .

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FEATURED STORY

CTOP, Introduced This Month, Could Help Minimize Delays
For several years, NBAA has worked with the FAA to develop a new kind of traffic management initiative, which was introduced earlier this month: the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). While airspace flow programs, in use for years now, typically require operators to accept a ground delay, CTOP gives operators more options to try to route around a constrained area, such as thunderstorms. To participate in a CTOP, an operator submits a list of route options that they would be willing to fly, ranked in order of preference, before sending their flight plan to ATC. Read how FAA air traffic managers can use these route options to minimize delays for operators in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

U.K. Departure Duty to Rise, Long-Haul Penalty to Be Eliminated
The United Kingdom announced reforms to its air passenger duty (APD), which will increase the departure tax on most business aircraft flights from the U.K. to the United States, but will likely reduce the rate for longer flights from the U.K. to Asia, Latin America and Australia. The APD, which has been in place for airlines since 1994 and was first applied to business aircraft in 2013, is charged per passenger and has always varied based on the flight's destination and the seat configuration of the aircraft. Read more about changes to the APD .

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Before Flying to ABACE, Understand the Requirements
International operators preparing to fly to Shanghai, China for the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014) should review operational procedures in the region, especially airport slot procedures and sanctioned arrival and departure times and routes, according to Universal Weather & Aviation. Shanghai features two primary commercial airports, Hongqiao and Pudong. Given Hongqiao's role as host facility for ABACE2014, traffic into the airport will be limited primarily to static display exhibitors. Pudong's emphasis on international traffic makes it the more attractive choice for operators flying into China for the show, wrote Jimmy Young, country manager for Universal Aviation China, in a recent ABACE-related column posted to the company's "Operational Insight" blog. Read more about flying to ABACE2014 .

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ABACE Session to Focus on Developing Regional Helicopter Industry
An education session focusing on methods to encourage the development of a viable, capable and safe helicopter industry throughout the Asia-Pacific region will take place at ABACE2014. Today, China is home to just over 400 civil-use rotorcraft, and among the topics slated for discussion at the session are policies for easing restrictions that today hinder more widespread use of helicopters throughout China. This education session is one of many sessions covering various aspects of the business aviation industry to be offered at ABACE2014. Read more about the helicopter industry in China .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Supporting Advocacy at the State Level? Let NBAA Know
One initiative that can have powerful positive results for a regional business aviation association and its members is participation in a local advocacy day. A few examples of regional groups supporting advocacy events this spring include the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association , which will participate in an advocacy luncheon and other activities in conjunction with Missouri State Aviation Day on April 8 in Jefferson City, MO. The Michigan Business Aviation Association also recently supported its annual State Legislative Day on March 18, and the Minnesota Business Aviation Association supported its Minnesota Aviation Day on March 5. Is your regional group hosting an advocacy day this year? Let NBAA know at [email protected] . For details about upcoming activities, view all upcoming regional events .

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Regional Groups Add Value With Spring Safety Programs
NBAA encourages Members to support their regional groups and advance their professional development by attending regional safety events. Upcoming safety events include: North Texas Safety Show-Down, April 3, Dallas, TX; Pacific Northwest Safety Day, April 3, Seattle, WA; Chicago-Area Safety Day, April 24, Glenview, IL; Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown, April 24, Columbus, OH; Greater Washington Safety Standdown, May 1, Ashburn, VA; Northern California Safety Day, May 6, San Jose, CA; and PCAT Safety Smackdown, June 2 to 4, San Antonio, TX. Review full details about upcoming regional safety days .

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San Antonio International Airport Closing One ILS Runway Through June 27
Runway 12R/30L at San Antonio International (SAT) is currently closed for a runway improvement project and will not reopen until after June 27. The closure leaves Runway 4/22 as the only runway with instrument approaches. While there is an ILS approach for Runway 4, the only approaches available for Runway 22 are the RNAV (GPS) or RNAV (RNP). Operators will need to be RNAV capable if weather conditions require the use of instrument approaches to Runway 22 at San Antonio International. Operators should check NOTAMs for the exact return-to-service date and time for Runway 12R/30L. For more information, contact NBAA's Air Traffic Services at [email protected] .

 

Nightly Runway Closure at Westchester County Begins April 7
Runway 16/34 at Westchester County/White Plains Airport (HPN) will be closed nightly between midnight and 6 a.m. (EDT) from Monday, April 7 to Monday, May 5, in order to complete an airport rehabilitation project. During the nightly runway closure, there will be no precision approaches available into HPN. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Snell at [email protected] .

 

REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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 8, 2014
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Activities for Missouri State Aviation Day 
Jefferson City, MO
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April 8, 2014
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Mountain View, CA
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April 10, 2014
Southern and Northern California Schedulers & Dispatchers Group Networking Dinner 
Hawthorne, CA 
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April 12, 2014
New England Aviation Safety Expo
Nashua, NH
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April 16, 2014
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Spring Networking Event 
Kennesaw, GA 
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Welcomes New Southeast Regional Representative
NBAA announced the appointment of business aviation veteran Greg Voos as NBAA's regional representative for the Southeast U.S. region effective today. His territory includes the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. He replaces Harry Houckes, who retired in February. "NBAA is pleased to welcome Greg to the regional program team," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We know with his extensive background in aviation he will be an asset to the Association and to the Members we serve in the Southeast region." Read more about Voos and NBAA's regional representatives .

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NBAA Safety Committee Sets Sights on New Focus Areas
Following the announcement earlier this year of the NBAA Safety Committee's 2014 Top Safety Focus Areas, the committee and its associated working groups are working to develop products, resources and tools to help Member Companies elevate safety standards and best practices within their operations. These efforts are being carefully designed within the construct of the 10 identified focus areas – issues within business aviation that committee members believe require greater attention and increased vigilance across all aspects of flight operations. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the series of podcasts and articles that will highlight each of the safety focus areas .

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Early-Bird Discount for San Francisco Taxes Seminar Ends April 10
NBAA's Business Aviation Taxes Seminar will be held on May 2 in San Francisco, CA. The last day to sign up at the early-bird rate and save $250 on registration is April 10. This seminar explores the latest tax and regulatory issues for business aviation at an intermediate to advanced level. Anyone who represents first-time buyers, in-house flight departments or owner/operators interested in using their airplane for business cannot afford to miss this event. Register for the taxes seminar .

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Free Safety Roundtable at Business Aviation Safety Summit in San Diego
Safety managers and pilots are encouraged to participate in a free, open-invitation Safety Roundtable on April 15 at 8 a.m., just prior to this year's 2014 Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS) in San Diego, CA. The forum, hosted by regional roundtable members with support from the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), provides an opportunity for aviation professionals to share safety-related ideas and collaborate on advancing safety best practices. To participate or request more information, contact Lisa Sasse at [email protected] . BASS is co-sponsored by FSF and NBAA. Register for BASS .

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NBAA Hiring for Several Positions
NBAA is seeking candidates for a member service representative, an operations intern and a marketing and member services intern. The member service representative serves as the primary communications link between the Association and Members, providing the highest standard of customer service while handling day-to-day issues such as updating Member profile information. The summer internships are open to undergraduate students. To learn more about each position, review the NBAA job descriptions .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Emergency Response PDP Workshop Presented With BASS 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, NBAA is offering an Emergency Response Planning Workshop in San Diego, CA from April 14 to 15, in conjunction with the Business Aviation Safety Summit. Led by The VanAllen Group, this NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) course 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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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

New Podcast Series to Focus on Top Safety Focus Areas for 2014

Between now and October, the Association will cover each of the NBAA Safety Committee's Top Safety Focus Areas in an NBAA Flight Plan podcast series, which will examine in further detail not only the identified safety risks but also the efforts of the committee's dedicated working groups in addressing these risks. "These are important areas of concern for our industry," said NBAA Operations Specialist Peter Korns. "Our goal with this series is to keep the conversation going and to continue to place valuable tools and capabilities at operators' fingertips throughout the year." Learn more in the first installation of this new NBAA Flight Plan safety series.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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