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Issue #14-14,  April 7, 2014


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Encouraged by FAA Outreach on Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal
NBAA last week welcomed a step taken by the FAA to open dialogue with industry stakeholders about the agency's controversial pilot-screening proposal for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). "While we are still reviewing the documents circulated by the FAA, we are encouraged by the agency's decision to have a meaningful exchange about its OSA-screening proposal," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As we have stated all along, one of our chief concerns when the initial plan was introduced was that the FAA appeared ready to move to full implementation without the benefit of industry input from the people in the aviation community who would be most impacted by the change." Read more about the OSA proposal .

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NBAA: DOT's Proposed Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls Should Not Apply to Business Aviation
In response to a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal, NBAA said a ban on in-flight voice communications through passenger mobile wireless devices would strip business aviation users of a key advantage when traveling onboard business aircraft. "There are considerable benefits to allowing customers the freedom to make an in-flight voice call if they deem it necessary and are willing to pay any applicable service fees," NBAA noted. Read more of NBAA's written comments .

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FAA to Consider Third-Class Medical Exemptions
FAA officials last week said the agency will begin a formal rulemaking project to consider whether to allow private pilots, in certain instances, to use a driver's license in lieu of an FAA medical certificate. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "We are pleased to hear the FAA is considering alternatives to an FAA medical certificate for certain pilots. Included in NBAA's membership are pilot-businessmen, especially light business aircraft owners, who fly themselves in furtherance of their business needs and could benefit from relief from FAA third-class medical certification requirements. Read more about the third-class medical exemption issue .

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NBAA Welcomes Senate Action to Renew Tax Incentive on Business Aircraft Purchase
NBAA last week welcomed the Senate Finance Committee's completion of work on legislation that would restore for two more years a host of tax incentives that expired in 2013, including a commonly recognized incentive – "bonus depreciation" – on the purchase of aircraft and other assets used by businesses. "When applied to business aircraft purchase, bonus depreciation gives companies immediate access to the efficiency productivity, competitive and other benefits that come with the asset's use, while also helping to preserve jobs in a key American manufacturing sector," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. Read more about the legislation .

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Bolen Tells Industry Gathering: NextGen Concerns Don't Justify Rush to Privatization
At a major industry forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on April 3, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a forceful reminder that concerns and critiques about the work being done to continue implementation of aviation modernization don't justify a rush to privatize the world's best aviation system. Bolen participated in a chamber forum panel discussion focused on the provocative Next Generation question: "Why don't we get it done?" When the panelists' discussion touched upon the matter of whether privatizing the aviation system would be best for accelerating NextGen, Bolen said: "We all agree that NextGen is one of the most important things we can do as a country for our future. In the business aviation community, we've been enormously forward-leaning in trying to accomplish NextGen – I think where we diverge is in thinking that in order to get NextGen we have to privatize." Read more of Bolen's comments .

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Bolen, Others Discuss Aviation's Future at Sun 'n Fun
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other industry leaders talked how to promote all aviation, including general aviation, during a panel discussion titled "Building Interest in the Future of Aviation," held on April 1 at the annual Sun 'n Fun event in Lakeland, FL. Bolen said one of the biggest things the industry struggles with is positive promotion. "This is a great industry and people need to know that," Bolen said. Read more about the Sun 'n Fun panel discussion .

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Taking Accelerated Depreciation? 'Leasing Company Trap' Can Cause Audit Problems
For companies using business aircraft, an audit by the Internal Revenue Service is not unexpected. Getting a large tax bill after an audit, however, is both unexpected and a serious financial risk – especially for operators taking accelerated, or "bonus" depreciation. Operators holding their aircraft in a separate "leasing company" could find themselves with such a tax bill because of complex limitations in Section 280F of the Internal Revenue Code that involve personal use. The issue will be among the topics covered at the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Seminar on May 2 in San Francisco, CA. Learn more about the leasing company trap .

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NTSB Urges Pilots to Check, Confirm Destination Airports
Following two well-publicized incidents within two months, the latest National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety alert urges pilots to check and confirm their destination airport before committing to landing. NBAA encourages Members to review the recommendations presented in the alert and to review and amend as necessary their standard operating procedures to incorporate the NTSB recommendations. Read more about the safety alert .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

New Jersey Aviation Association Asks Obama to Drop User-Fee Proposal
The New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) has added its voice to the chorus of protests, including from NBAA, against the Obama administration's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal to impose a $100 per-flight fee on aircraft operators. In a letter to the president, NJAA Chairman Jack McNamara wrote that increasing tax burdens on the aviation industry "is bad for all Americans. It is especially bad for people in New Jersey." Read more of NJAA's letter to President Obama .

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FEATURED STORY

Does Your Aircraft Need a Flight Data Recorder?
Primarily known for their use in accident investigations, flight data recorders (FDRs) also play an important role in accident prevention. Through programs such as flight operations quality assurance, operators can download data monitored by the FDR – including airspeed, attitude, flight path, engine power and configuration – for use in safety risk-assessment analysis. FDRs also contribute to airplane design improvements and can help maintenance personnel anticipate problems as the aircraft ages, like engine performance degradation. Find out when FAA and international regulations require FDR equipage in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Significant Changes Made to Airspace Over Balkans, Ukraine
Authorities have issued two separate notices regarding airspace over the Balkans and the Ukraine. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has issued new regulations for general (civil) air traffic operating in the Balkans, essentially re-opening airspace over Kosovo to civil air traffic for the first time since 1999. Meanwhile, the FAA has issued a special notice regarding a potentially hazardous situation in Ukrainian airspace, particularly over Crimea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Read more about flying over the Balkans and Ukraine .

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Indian Business Aviation Group Hoping New Government Brings Change in Policy
Business aircraft operators in India are "cautiously optimistic" about the coming of a new government in June, which may bring with it major changes in that country's policies toward general aviation. Representatives of India's Business Aircraft Operators Association met recently with senior officials from the office of the Director General of Civil Aviation to discuss topics ranging from tax relief for maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, to a new government policy that would allow commercial carriers to team up with non-scheduled operators to provide regional air service throughout India. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on efforts to reform general aviation policy in India .

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IBAC Applauds Japan's Regulatory Changes
Changes in Japanese aviation regulations, which benefit business aviation both at home and aboard, are a positive step, according to Kurt Edwards, director general of the International Business Aviation Council. One change implemented by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau over the past year allows international on-demand charter operators to fly between domestic destinations within Japan so long as they meet certain criteria. Chief among them, the flights must have the same passengers on the domestic legs as they do on international legs of the trip. "That's a big step for the Japanese," said Edwards. Read more about regulatory changes in Japan .

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REGIONAL NEWS

DuPage Airport Widening Main Runway to Accommodate Larger Aircraft
Following a $4.2 million face-lift to its passenger and crew facilities, West Chicago's DuPage Airport (DPA) is prepping for the next phase of its development plan: an $11.2 million project to widen its 7,570-foot-long primary runway from 100 feet to 150 feet. Construction is slated to begin in mid-May for completion by Dec. 1, said David Bird, executive director of the DuPage Airport Authority. The primary runway at DuPage Airport, which sees 80,000 operations annually, is the longest in the area outside of O'Hare International Airport. DuPage is home to several business flight departments, and the widened runway is designed to handle the largest business jets. Read more about the project at DPA .

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Reservations Limited at Augusta for Masters
Major sporting events always place high demand on host cities' transportation systems, often requiring temporary changes to aviation procedures. With the Masters Tournament held this week, parking reservations are currently required at all Augusta, GA area airports through April 14. There is limited reservation availability left at Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) but ample availability at other area airports, including Aiken Municipal (AIK), Daniel Field (DNL) and Thomson McDuffie County (HQU). Reservations can be obtained through the Augusta Inbound website . Additional details are available on NBAA's Masters Tournament web page .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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April 17, 2014
Connecticut Business Aviation Group Meeting 
Hartford, CT 
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April 22, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Atlanta, GA
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April 24, 2014
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day 
Glenview, IL 
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Van Nuys Regional Forum June 2014

 

NBAA NEWS

Deadline Extended for NBAA's Updated, Improved Compensation Survey
The deadline for NBAA's 2014 Compensation Survey has been extended until Monday, April 21. This indispensable business tool to help NBAA Members create and run the most effective and efficient flight departments has been updated to improve the usability and presentation of the salary data. This shorter, more focused survey asks Members to provide salary and benefit information only to help companies better evaluate their operation. NBAA strongly encourages companies to participate so the results are as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Learn more and take the Compensation Survey .

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Register by April 10 to Save $250 on NBAA Taxes Seminar
Don't miss out on a chance to discuss the most current topics in tax and regulation with the industry's leading experts at NBAA's Business Aviation Taxes Seminar in San Francisco, CA on May 2. Designed for anyone who represents first-time buyers, an in-house flight department, or existing owners involved in business aviation, the seminar explores tax issues at an intermediate to advanced level. Register by April 10 to take advantage of early-bird pricing and save $250 .

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Association Seeks Candidates for Summer Internships
NBAA is currently hiring for two paid summer internships. The operations intern should have an interest in business aviation, issues faced by flight departments and how aviation associations work with federal regulators. The marketing and member services intern should be pursuing a career in marketing and demonstrate an interest in trade associations and the business aviation industry. Review the full NBAA job descriptions .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Technical Operations Manual Workshop Offered at MMC2014
NBAA will offer a Technical Operations Manual Workshop in conjunction with NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2014), to be held from April 22 to 24 in Tampa, FL. This NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP)-approved course shows participants how to create a document detailing a flight department's aircraft maintenance, ground and hangar operations. A well-crafted technical operations manual ensures clarity for maintenance responsibilities and accountabilities. Presented by AeroTechna Solution's Len Beauchemin on April 25, the workshop will cover FAA requirements and integration with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Register for the PDP course .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Optimism Prevails for Growth of Business Aviation in India

While business aviation in India has its challenges, industry officials in that country remain optimistic that a new, incoming government could help alleviate some issues, such as high taxes and difficulty in getting visas for crew members. "General aviation has no choice but to grow, given the size of our population," said Rajesh Bali, secretary of India's Business Aircraft Operators Association. "The road ahead is difficult, but we are determined to surmount all these problems." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.

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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






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Create a World-Class Safety Management System


NBAA offers several Members-only resources to help develop a safety management system (SMS) at your operation. Members get a $450 discount when ordering the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Manual, which includes a comprehensive SMS Toolkit. In addition, NBAA provides online access to an SMS e-learning course, a safety program manual template and answers to frequently asked questions about implementing an SMS.

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