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Issue #14-18, May 5, 2014

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TOP NEWS

NBAA Joins FAA in Alaska as Agency Unveils GA Weather-Education Initiative
On May 4, NBAA joined with other aviation groups and the FAA in kicking off an eight-month national safety initiative aimed at helping general aviation (GA) pilots better prepare for potential weather challenges. "Got Weather?" is an online initiative featuring information and resources for pilots about a range of weather phenomena. "While many of our members benefit from the experience of professional flight departments and the latest meteorological technology in preparing for adverse weather conditions, those using their aircraft for business should be aware of these additional resources as well," said NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown, a presenter at the forum, and a participant in FAA Administrator Michael Huerta's announcement about the FAA's new initiative. Read more about the new GA weather-education initiative .

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Federal Court: Mandatory Retirement Age for Pilots Is Not Age Discrimination
Since 1959, the FAA has set an age limit for pilots in FAR Part 121 operations. First known as the "Age 60 rule," Congress raised the limit to 65 in the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act in 2007. These limits, however, have only applied to Part 121 operations, leaving open the important question of whether a Part 91 operator or Part 135 carrier could legally require pilots to retire or cease their piloting duties upon reaching a certain age. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a decision that allowed a Part 91 operator to continue to apply the "Age 65 rule" to its operations. Attorney and NBAA Regulatory Issues Advisory Group member Gregory Ripple has written an article that explains the decision. Learn more about the ruling on mandatory retirement age for pilots .

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Environmental Groups Want Early Release of EPA Report on Leaded Fuels
Less than one month after a U.S. District Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must have sufficient time to prepare a report on the public health effects of lead emissions from general aviation (GA) aircraft, environmental groups have filed a petition seeking to overturn the decision and force the early release of that data. NBAA's Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown noted that the environmental groups' ultimate goal is to reverse the EPA's decision to maintain the availability of leaded aviation gasoline (100LL) while pursuing a safe and responsible process in seeking unleaded fuel alternatives, adding that the government and the industry are working together to find alternative fuels. Read more about the petition .

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NBAA Marks the Passing of Rep. Jim Oberstar
Former Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-8-MN), a top expert on transportation issues in the U.S. Congress, passed away on May 3 at age 79. "Few Americans have had a bigger impact on our nation's transportation system than Congressman Jim Oberstar," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "He was a true champion for general aviation, understanding and promoting its value to our economy and transportation system. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jean and the Oberstar family." Read the full statement .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Joins Other Groups in Supporting Two Security-Related Senate Bills
In a letter to Sens. John "Jay" D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD), NBAA and several other industry groups expressed strong support for S. 1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, and S.1804, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. The Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act would help streamline the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acquisition process and allow for better congressional oversight of TSA resources. The Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act, would permanently establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), and create a permanent general aviation security subcommittee within the ASAC. Versions of these bills have already passed the House of Representatives. Read more about NBAA's support of these two bills .

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FEATURED STORY

To Clear Customs Smoothly, Attention to Detail When Submitting APIS Data Essential
Each year, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents inspect some 130,000 general aviation aircraft flying from more than 80 countries to U.S. airports. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the process is uneventful. However, operators report it occasionally takes longer than anticipated, often because errors in Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) submissions force CBP officials to look closer at travel documents and examine the discrepancies. "We can't stress enough to NBAA Members that their e-APIS submission needs to be perfect," said Jim Kazin, vice chair of NBAA's Security Council. Now available online, the May/June issue of Business Aviation Insider has more on smoothing the process of clearing Customs. Printed copies are mailing to subscribers now, and all NBAA Members can log in to read the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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EBACE2014

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FAA Issues SFAR Prohibiting U.S. Flights in Airspace Over Crimea
Operators throughout Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation must heed a recent special federal aviation regulation (SFAR) issued by the FAA prohibiting most civil flight operations by United States pilots, and most N-numbered aircraft, in a section of the Simferopol flight information region (FIR) due to the ongoing situation in Crimea. The prohibited area, established following Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, encompasses Ukrainian airspace over the Crimea and the surrounding area. Learn more .

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EBACE2014 Is Only Two Weeks Away
There are only two weeks left to register for the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2014), to be held from May 20 to 22 in Geneva, Switzerland. EBACE2014 is the premier venue in Europe to see business aviation's latest offerings, share best practices with peers and get valuable face time with vendors – all in one place. And with more than 36,000 square meters of indoor exhibit space, and about 50 aircraft on static display, this year's event promises to be the most exciting and informative EBACE yet. Learn more and register for EBACE2014 in advance .

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EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Seminar Examines Trends, Challenges
On May 19, the day before the opening of EBACE2014, an International Aircraft Transactions Seminar will examine current trends, challenges and opportunities facing the business aviation marketplace today. "Regulations in Europe have changed significantly in the past year and it can be difficult for business aircraft operators and other aviation experts to stay current on regulatory requirements," said Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager of finance and policy. "This seminar is an excellent opportunity to make sure you are up to date with recent changes." Read more about the EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Seminar .

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REGIONAL NEWS


Leaders from business aviation groups across the country will meet at NBAA's second annual Regional Leadership Roundtable, set for June 5 in San Antonio, TX. "The objective of the roundtable is to connect the dots between aviation groups all over the country," said NBAA Access Committee Vice Chairman Don Hitch, whose group sponsors the Regional Leadership Roundtable. "They can share information on how to deal with their own challenges and, we think, learn very important lessons from each other." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on .

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White Plains Runway 16 Localizer Out of Service Until July 23
Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY will experience an outage of its Runway 16 localizer from May 5 to July 23. During this localizer outage, operators can expect the RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 16 approach to be treated as the primary approach when HPN is on a south configuration. Direct questions to NBAA Air Traffic Services at airtraffic@nbaa.org .

 

PDK Will Close on May 17 Due to Airshow
To accommodate the 2014 Good Neighbor Day Air Show and Open House at Atlanta's Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), the airport will be closed to aircraft not participating in the show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, May 17. A notice to airmen will be issued closer to the event. More information about the show can be found on the PDK website .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

May 6, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Paul, MN
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May 6, 2014
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
San Jose, CA 

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May 6 and 22, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
San Diego and Daytona Beach
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May 21, 2014
Utah Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit 
Salt Lake City, UT
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June 2–4, 2014
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training Safety Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
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June 2–3, 2014
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training Owner-Flown Symposium
San Antonio, TX
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Business Aviation Insider

 

NBAA NEWS

At NBAA Taxes Seminar, Financial and Legal Advisors Tout Working Together
More than 100 people attended NBAA's 2014 Business Aviation Taxes Seminar in San Francisco, CA on May 2 to discuss strategies for aircraft operators to minimize their state and federal tax burden, all while complying with overlapping and often contradictory FAA, IRS and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. "I'll tell you about our life in business aviation," said Kevin Austin, founder of Aero Law Group, "It's a giant whack-a-mole game. Once you get your head around FAA regulations, someone brings up federal income tax. You knock that mole down, another one pops up: state sales and use taxes. You solve that problem, you find out the IRS has a different set of rules regarding federal excise tax, and they're not congruent." Read more about the 2014 Business Aviation Taxes Seminar .

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Book Your Hotel for NBAA's Flight Attendants Conference
Now is the time to make room reservations at the West Palm Beach Marriott for NBAA's upcoming Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, to be held from June 19 to 21 in West Palm Beach, FL. The deadline to take advantage of the exclusive NBAA discounted room rate is May 26. During the conference's Minute Clinic Breakouts, attendees will learn all about the cuisine of the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America – just one of the many education sessions on this year's agenda. Learn more and book housing .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA's MMC2014 Continues as Premier Event for Maintenance Professionals
NBAA's 2014 Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2014), held recently in Tampa, FL, once again proved its value and staying power as the nation's premier event focusing on business aviation maintenance. Nearly 750 attendees took part in the three-day event, which featured 140 exhibits in the Tampa Convention Center. MMC2014 also featured 20 well-attended education sessions, as well as a closing general session devoted to a future changes coming in aviation. Learn more about MMC2014 .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Annual Roundtable Promotes Networking Among Regional Leaders

The value of connecting regional aviation group leaders at events like NBAA's Regional Leadership Roundtable is undeniable, said NBAA Access Committee Vice Chairman Don Hitch. And perhaps most important, he continued, is the ability of local leaders to their share experiences and knowledge of all phases of organizing and fostering a regional business aviation group. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

May 20–22, 2014
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Geneva, Switzerland

June 19–21, 2014
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
West Palm Beach, FL

June 26, 2014
NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum
Van Nuys, CA

Sept. 18, 2014
NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum
Dallas, TX

Oct. 19–20, 2014
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Orlando, FL

Oct. 21–23, 2014
Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014)
Orlando, FL






 

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