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Issue #14-15,  April 14, 2014


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TOP NEWS

Bolen Corrects New York Times' Negative Caricature of Business Aviation
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen again challenged a major newspaper's negative portrayal of business aviation, this time in a recent opinion piece from a New York Times columnist. Promptly responding to the claims made in the column, Bolen said: "Communities across the country and millions of workers depend for their livelihoods on business aviation…These realities may not resonate with people living in urban areas, but they are a fact of life in business, particularly for companies based in remote, rural areas of the country." Bolen's letter, published on April 7, comes on the heels of others in which he has championed the industry, recently published in The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times and elsewhere. Read NBAA's responses to The New York Times and other media outlets .

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NBAA, Flight Safety Foundation to Again Team Up on Annual Business Aviation Safety Event
Everyone agrees that safety is business aviation's number-one priority, and how to further improve business aviation's admirable safety record will be the focus of discussions at this week's Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) in San Diego, CA, on April 16 and 17. BASS – which is hosted by the Flight Safety Foundation, and sponsored in part by NBAA – will examine a variety of topics, from aeromedical issues, fatigue management and flight risk-assessment tools to safety leadership and training and how to influence safety attitudes and decisions. "NBAA remains dedicated to providing its Members with the resources needed to continually enhance the industry's outstanding safety record and foster the adoption of safety best practices industry-wide," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in his President's Perspective in the March/April issue of Business Aviation Insider. Read more of Bolen's thoughts on advocating for safety .

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ABACE2014 Set to Open Tomorrow
April 15 marks the official opening day for the 2014 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2014), and the show is poised to build on the success of last year's event. The exhibitor and aircraft counts are both up from last year's show: ABACE2014 will welcome more than 180 exhibitors, including a host of companies based in the Asia-Pacific region, and nearly 40 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters will be on static display. More than 300 representatives with media organizations from around the world will attend and cover the show, getting a first-hand look at the potential for business aviation in China and across Asia. In recent weeks, NBAA has detailed the anticipated highlights of ABACE2014 in a series of special reports. Read more about ABACE2014 .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Governors of Florida, Missouri Proclaim Importance of General Aviation
Governors in Florida and Missouri have recently reaffirmed their states' ongoing commitment to general aviation (GA). In separate proclamations, Missouri Gov. Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon and Florida Gov. Rick Scott highlighted the importance of GA to job creation, economic activity and community connectivity in their states. "We are grateful for these proclamations recognizing the value of all general aviation, including business aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To date, 49 states have officially recognized the value of the industry through proclamations. Read more about the Missouri and Florida proclamations .

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FEATURED STORY

Fitness for Duty Vital to Successful Business Aviation Operations
Ensuring fitness for duty – physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively – is one of the most important aspects of a pilot's job, and so crucial that NBAA's Safety Committee has listed it among its Top Safety Focus Areas. Committee members, working closely with the NTSB, FAA, safety experts and Members, will focus intently on various issues that fall under the term "fitness for duty," providing the industry with information and guidelines for avoiding or mitigating the myriad of issues that can impact duty fitness. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on what it means to be fit for duty .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

New Aircraft, Aviation Products Expected to Debut at EBACE2014
The 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014), set for May 20 to 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, is a must-attend show for business aviation professionals, featuring new aircraft and product announcements. In the past few years alone, several manufacturers have looked to EBACE as an important venue for making significant new-aircraft announcements. In addition to announcements from airframe manufacturers, EBACE traditionally features product announcements from a wide variety of companies, including avionics manufacturers, maintenance companies, engine manufacturers and more. Read more about who is exhibiting at EBACE2014 .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Wisconsin Passes Sales-Tax Exemption for Aircraft Parts and Labor
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month signed new legislation that exempts sales tax on aircraft parts, maintenance and repairs for aircraft used in non-commercial operations. "This new exemption provides Wisconsin aviation businesses a level playing field with aviation businesses in nearby states that already have a similar exemption," said Bob Quinn, NBAA's central regional representative. "NBAA applauds the Wisconsin legislature and Gov. Walker for their commitment to a thriving aviation industry in their state." The new exemption becomes effective on July 1, 2014. Read more about the new exemption in Wisconsin .

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Northwest Is Busy With Business Aviation Group Activity
Fueled in part by the recent resurgence of some business aviation groups in the Northwest, a number of high-profile and well-attended industry events have recently been held in the region. "It's great to see so much focus and interest on business aviation advocacy and educational opportunities," said Kristi Ivey, NBAA's Northwest regional representative. "NBAA has been pleased to be involved with all these terrific events and to work closely with the many active and effective business aviation groups in the Northwest." Read more about business aviation events in the Northwest .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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 17, 2014
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Wheeling, IL 
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April 22, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Atlanta, GA
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April 22, 2014
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
Chesterfield, MO 
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April 23, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Paul, MN
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Van Nuys Regional Forum June 2014

 

NBAA NEWS

NBAA Exhibits Team Seeks Administrative Assistant
The Association is recruiting for a key support member to the exhibits team. The administrative assistant, exhibits, working in conjunction with the exhibits coordinator, supports the team with a variety of administrative, accounting and customer service tasks in preparation for NBAA's annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The successful candidate will demonstrate attention to detail, outstanding verbal and written communications skills and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Review the full NBAA job description .

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NBAA Headquarters Closed on Friday, April 18
NBAA will be closed on Friday, April 18 for a spring holiday. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 21.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Last Chance to Register for NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference
Attend NBAA's 2014 Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2014) to take advantage of education opportunities, benchmark with peers in the industry and meet face-to-face with vendors. Held April 22 to 24 in Tampa, FL, this is business aviation's only dedicated event for professionals in aircraft maintenance and facility management. The education program features high-quality presentations by experts on asset management, certification procedures, recordkeeping, hangar modernization and much more. This year's event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before – join your peers in Tampa for MMC2014. Register today .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Education Is Key to Ensuring Pilots' Fitness for Duty

The NBAA Safety Committee has listed "fitness for duty" among its Top Safety Focus Areas, and says educating pilots is the key to success. Educating people about resources and talking about issues like depression, substance abuse or life-altering physical changes is critical to overcoming barriers to fitness for duty, said Leigh White, president of Alertness Solutions, who heads the NBAA Safety Committee working group on fatigue. Learn more in the latest installation of the 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






 

NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Take Advantage of NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption


If you operate a piston, turboprop or single-engine turbojet aircraft under 12,500 pounds or a helicopter, you can use NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption to access the full range of economic and operational options extended to large aircraft operators in FAR 91.501. Available only to NBAA Members, this exemption was just renewed until March 2015. From carrying passengers or property and seeking reimbursement for the flight, to entering into timesharing, interchange or joint ownership agreements, the exemption saves you time and money and allows you to fully operate your business aircraft with ease.

Learn how to utilize the exemption.


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