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Issue #14-23, June 9, 2014

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TOP NEWS

Bolen Tells DC Policymakers: Aviation's Diversity Among America's Strengths
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week moderated a high-profile gathering of aviation professionals focused on implementation of a Next Generation (NextGen) air transportation system, reminding policy experts of the importance of preserving America's leadership position in aviation. "One of the greatest strengths is the diversity of our aviation system, despite the system shocks of recent years, from the economic meltdown, high fuel prices and even a government shutdown." Read more about the NextGen panel discussion .

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NBAA's Steve Brown Represents Business Aviation at RTCA Symposium
In addition to the representation of the business aviation community provided by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen at last week's RTCA symposium, the association's chief operating officer, Steve Brown, participated in a session focused on the challenges related to aviation modernization, and the need to emphasize industry input to address those challenges. Brown, who served as a top official with the FAA, told participants: "From the external as well as internal perspective, I have to say, the FAA generally does a good job of consulting with industry and seeking input, but then it will suddenly get amnesia and forget to consult with us," Brown said. "The two most-recent examples are on the sleep apnea issue and the contract tower closures," he added. Read more of Brown's comments at the RTCA symposium .

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Second Leadership Roundtable Underscores Association's Support for Regional Groups
Regional business aviation leaders met last week in San Antonio, TX for the second NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable, a forum for exchanging ideas and sharing experiences on how to further business aviation interests at the local level. While NBAA is able to bring legislative and operational support to regional groups, those same local organizations are the eyes and ears of NBAA in every city hall, county commission and state house in America, noted Don Hitch, chairman of the NBAA Access Committee's Local and Regional Subcommittee. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NBAA's work with regional business aviation groups .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Top Ten Booklet Shares No Plane No Gain Themes With Washington Symposium Attendees
Key messages from the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign were highlighted last week at the RTCA Symposium in Washington, DC, where influential aviation officials and policymakers received complimentary copies of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign's Top Ten booklet. Approximately 360 symposium attendees received a conference tote containing the Top Ten booklet, which features commentary from some of the country's most dynamic and widely known corporate leaders about the value of business aviation to their companies and communities. Read more about the symposium and the Top Ten booklet .

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FEATURED STORY

What to Know About an FBO Before a First Visit
When flying to a new destination for the first time, most operators' first considerations for choosing a fixed- base operator (FBO) are the line services available, and the price of fuel. But, it's also critical to ask the right questions about safety, insurance coverage and other considerations. "Just being aware of the risks FBOs are exposed to and how they mitigate them is an important first step," said Brint Smith, vice president for aviation at insurance broker John F. Throne & Co. Learn what to ask about fuel testing, ramp conditions and more in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Flying to Argentina? Be Aware of Strict Customs, Airport Requirements
Conducting business aviation operations internationally can be challenging, and Argentina has some unique requirements When it comes to Argentina, that country's customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) clearance procedures are rather strict. Specifically, all items – including any luggage or other passenger and crew belongings, but not including flight-related items – must be removed from upon arrival from business aircraft, scanned by a CIQ officer and stored off the aircraft during one's entire stay in Argentina. Passengers and crew members are cleared through biometric measures, including photos and fingerprints. Being prepared to deal with Argentina's requirements can help avoid unnecessary delays. Learn more about flying to Argentina .

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REGIONAL NEWS

New Runway Safety Enhancement, 'eFAROS,' to be Tested at Logan Airport
The FAA will soon conduct an operational evaluation of the enhanced final approach runway occupancy signal (eFAROS), a runway safety system developed and adapted for Logan International Airport (BOS) by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The evaluation will begin later this month, at a date to be determined, and continue for at least three months. MIT Lincoln Lab has developed training materials so pilots will be aware of the operational concept and protocol when eFAROS indicates that the runway is (or is soon to be) occupied. The existing PAPI lights have been modified to flash if runways 15R/33L, 4R/22L, 4L/22R, 27 or 32 are occupied, and there is arriving traffic. Learn more about the evaluation of eFAROS at Logan .

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Dulles Meeting Emphasizes Need to Curb GA Runway Violations
Business aviation stakeholders at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) were among those in attendance at a recent Runway Safety Action Team meeting, where FAA officials reviewed issues affecting safe operations at the Washington DC-area airport. In addition to substantial commercial airline traffic, Dulles has also seen a rise in business aircraft operations in recent years, as business aircraft operators have been hard-pressed to comply with the extensive security protocols that have been added to facilitate their flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Read more about curbing runway violations at IAD .

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Houston Metroplex Charting Errors Identified
Some charting errors have been identified in the Houston Metroplex project, which was implemented on May 29. Many of the new ILS and RNAV approaches have transitions connecting them to the arrivals. The approach transitions enable a seamless path from the end of the arrival onto the specific ILS or RNAV approach. However, there was an error found in the initial charts and navigation database for some of these transitions. Crews should ensure that if they load an approach transition, the altitude and speed restriction on the waypoint at the end of the STAR should match the altitude and speed on the waypoint on the LEGS page of the FMC. Read more about the metroplex charting error .

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New Wind-Reporting Procedures Announced at ASE in Colorado
New wind-reporting procedures have been implemented at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) as of May 15. Due to the unique geographical location and associated weather fluctuations at ASE, these new procedures are designed to better disseminate information about wind conditions in real time. A main component of these changes mandates the issuance of a new ATIS, and an updated aviation routine weather report/aviation special weather report (METAR/SPECI) if specific criteria is met after the regular hourly METAR has been issued. These changes should mitigate future instances of discrepancies between METAR-reported weather and real-time wind information. Learn more about new procedures at ASE .

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Teterboro Pilot Webinar Set for June 10
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, along with Teterboro Airport (TEB) officials, will host a pilot webinar on Tuesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. to cover operational issues, including planned construction projects and air-traffic procedures currently in use at the airport. Operators interested in participating in the one-hour webinar should contact the Port Authority's Pam Philips at pwalden@panynj.gov .

 

 

REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

June 9–10, 2014
Florida Aviation Business Assn. Conference and Trade Show
Kissimmee, FL
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June 11, 2014
Massachusetts Business Aviation Assn. Aviation Day
Bedford, MA
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June 11, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Paul, MN
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June 19, 2014
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. NextGen Maintenance Seminar
Glenview, IL
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June 27, 2014
Ohio Regional Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit
Powell, OH
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June 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshops
San Antonio, TX; New Castle, DE
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Van Nuys Regional Forum

 

NBAA NEWS

Celebrate Business Aviation With NBAA's June Photo Contest
NBAA this month is hosting a photo contest to highlight the value business aviation brings to companies, communities and individuals throughout the country. Send us your best picture showing first-hand the benefits of business aviation. Enter via Twitter or Instagram, and tag your photo: #BizAvInAction. NBAA will pick three winners, with the top prize a $250 gift card. Photos will be shared on the Association's website, and social media sites. The deadline to enter photos is Monday, July 7. Read the contest rules and enter now .

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NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee has new leaders at the helm, and NBAA recently caught up with incoming Chairman Amber Finchum, of State Farm Insurance, and Vice Chairman Eve Gregory, of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., to get their thoughts on the committee's goals and plans for educational content specific to schedulers and dispatchers. The S&D Committee, in addition to furthering the professional growth and heightening the awareness of the contributions of schedulers and dispatchers, also plans the educational content for NBAA's annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. .

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NBAA's 2014 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, set for June 19 to 21 in West Palm Beach, FL, is specifically designed to give business aviation cabin crews an opportunity to network with peers, meet vendors and participate in high-quality education sessions. The agenda will cover emergency preparedness, fatigue management, new OSHA regulations and a presentation on service excellence by veterans of Air Force One. For anyone with responsibility as a flight attendant or flight technician, this is key event to attend. .

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Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Fatigue Survey Due June 12
NBAA is conducting a Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Fatigue Survey from now through June 12. The results of this survey will facilitate the improvement of safety standards and help the industry anticipate, respond to and prevent fatigue among flight attendants and flight technicians. Results will be presented at the NBAA 2014 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in West Palm Beach, FL. Responses received after June 12 cannot be used. Take the survey .

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Van Nuys Forum Exhibitors: Register Staff and Guests in Advance
Exhibitors at NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forum in Van Nuys, CA on June 26 may use their badge allotment for either exhibit staff or company guests. All attendees, including booth staff, are required to have exhibitor badges to access the exhibit hall and static display of aircraft. Hosted by TWC Aviation and Signature Flight Support on Van Nuys Airport (VNY), the forum will bring together nearly 1,500 attendees and feature more than 95 exhibit booths. Register prior to the forum to avoid lines .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


NBAA is offering a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 16 and 17 in West Palm Beach, FL, which draws upon the experiences of class participants to explore how flight departments really operate. Offered through the Professional Development Program (PDP), this interactive, two-day workshop covers safety management systems, standard operating procedures, flight operations, maintenance, administration and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Participants will leave the workshop equipped to develop an IS-BAO-compliant manual back at home base. .

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Limited Space Available for NBAA's June 17 Leadership Webinar
Professor Emeritus Jim Clawson, of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, will lead an NBAA webinar on June 17, titled "Leadership: Getting Below the Surface." Exploring themes in leadership that apply to flight departments, the webinar counts for Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) qualification or recertification credit. "We will cover issues of how we act and think strategically about the current state and future of the flight department, including such issues as how to lead teams and lead change," said Clawson. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register .

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FAA Representative Discussing Runway Excursions on NBAA Webinar, June 24
NBAA is hosting a webinar on June 24 titled "Runway Excursions: The Business Aviation Perspective." Presented by Al Gorthy, assistant manager of the FAA's Central Region Runway Safety Office, the webinar will focus on risks such as human factors that can contribute to runway excursions. Gorthy will use scenarios to demonstrate how performance parameters affect pilots' ability to avoid runway excursions and other incidents. The webinar is free. Register through NBAA's On-Demand Education site .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

NBAA, Regional Groups Work Together on Business Aviation Issues

Don Hitch, chairman of the NBAA Access Committee’s Local and Regional Subcommittee, remembers well the battle over Washington state’s proposed aviation use tax. “Business aircraft operators around the state were considering leaving because of that,” he said, “but I recall the regional representative from NBAA testifying in Olympia on behalf of aviation entities.” The result? A policy solution that Hitch said protected the financial interests of aircraft operators – something he believes may not have happened without the assistance of NBAA. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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