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Issue #14-31, Aug. 4, 2014

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TOP NEWS

NBAA Participates in Sen. Inhofe's Session on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2
NBAA's Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava participated in a "listening session" on the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2), hosted on Aug. 2 by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh. The new bill, which Inhofe plans to formally unveil this fall, would provide support for the general aviation community by expanding on the first Pilot's Bill of Rights, and more clearly defining the FAA's authority on a number of regulatory and legal issues of importance to general aviation operators. "We look forward to working with Sen. Inhofe as he moves to introduce this important legislation later this year," Doubrava said. Read more about PBOR2 .

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NBAA Sets the Record Straight With Newspaper on SMO
When a local opponent of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) penned an opinion piece to make a case against the airport, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was quick to respond with a letter of his own, which set the record straight on business aviation activity at the airport, and was published in the July 20 edition of the paper. "Aircraft activity at SMO is lower, quieter, cleaner and more economically beneficial to the community than it's ever been," Bolen wrote. Read Bolen's full letter to the editor .

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FAA, Industry Collaborative Decision Making Website Updated
For a number of years, the FAA and aviation industry stakeholders operated under the concept of collaborative decision making (CDM), designed to bring the FAA and industry together to solve problems and make enhancements to how the National Airspace System is managed. As a part of that initiative, several CDM subteams, each tasked with a specialty area, are working toward that goal, with NBAA Air Traffic Services staff being a key part of the process. Recently, the CDM website was updated, reflecting changes in what the subteams are working on and detailing the latest developments in traffic flow management. Learn more at NBAA's Concepts of Traffic Flow Management resource page .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Grassroots Advocacy Saves MA Aviation Education Program
After Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed $1.95 million in state funding for a proposed college-level course for aspiring airframe and powerplant (A&P) maintenance technicians at Cape Cod Community College, aviation advocates, including NBAA Members, sprang into action. Along with state Sen. Don Humason, Jr., leader of Massachusetts' General Aviation Caucus, they contacted lawmakers about overriding the governor's veto and were ultimately successful. Humason said the new 18-month A&P course will provide a big boost to the state's already robust aviation education programming, and he called the effort to override Patrick's veto the result of teamwork. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on advocacy efforts in Massachusetts .

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Wisconsin Governor Recognizes the Value of Aviation
In conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared July 28 through Aug. 3 "Aviation Week" in his state. More than half a million people, from more than 60 countries, were expected to attend AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport, which celebrates the past, present and future of flight. "Business aviation helps companies in Wisconsin operate in an increasingly competitive environment, and reach far-off customers, suppliers and markets," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We thank Gov. Walker for his proclamation and look forward to working with him to support business aviation." Learn more about aviation in Wisconsin .

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FEATURED STORY

NBAA's Work With FAA Leads to Improvements on RVSM Approvals
Until recently, business aircraft operators frequently encountered difficulties and delays when seeking a letter of authorization from the FAA for operations in reduced vertical separation minima airspace. Thanks to the work of a joint industry/agency task force, formed after NBAA representatives expressed these concerns, the FAA last January implemented a variety of changes to streamline the process. "FAA and industry came together, really listened to each other's concerns and then spent a great deal of time working on solutions," said aviation attorney David Norton, who co-chaired the task force. Read more about the NBAA-FAA collaboration in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Political Unrest Increases Challenges to Middle East Aviation Operations
Conducting business aviation operations into Israel can be challenging, since the entire region is facing political unrest and instability. "We understand the unique nature of the situation in Israel right now, when it comes to all transport modes," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, regulatory and international affairs. "As just one example, the FAA has intermittently halted airline flights into the country in recent days. We thought it would be best to share with NBAA Members some of the basic information we're getting from people familiar with aviation operations in that part of the world." Read more about unique requirements for operations to Israel .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Emphasis on Stakeholder Collaboration Ensures Successful VNY Runway Project
When the primary runway at a busy general aviation airport is scheduled for reconstruction for up to 17 weeks, it creates challenges. With the potential livelihood of FBOs and other airport businesses and operators on the line, the stakeholders at Southern California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY) got together and turned the closure of Runway 16R into a textbook case of cooperation and collaboration. This was the message conveyed by key VNY officials at a recent American Association of Airport Executives event, where airport officials watched an Emmy-award nominated video about the project's success. Learn more about the VNY runway project and view the video .

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Kansas Aviation Expo to Highlight Business Aviation
The second annual Kansas Aviation Expo, slated for Sept. 22 to 26, will include a career fair and three-day air tour of the state, with business aviation the primary focus at two of the tour's destinations. "Centered in Wichita, the Air Capital of the World, the second annual Kansas Air Expo is important to the general aviation industry and NBAA Members, who will benefit from the exposure of Kansas youth to the diverse careers and opportunities it has to offer," said Steve Hadley, director of NBAA's regional programs. Learn more about the Kansas Aviation Expo .

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South Carolina Airport's Rehabilitation to Close Runway at Night
South Carolina's Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) will be closed nightly, starting yesterday, Aug. 3 through late March 2015, for rehabilitation of Runway 18/36. "Our goal to have as little impact on business and other flights as possible, so runway closings will be only at night," said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports for Horry County, which manages MYR. "Business flights are a very important part of our operations." Learn more about runway closures at MYR .

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Martha's Vineyard TFR in Effect From Aug. 9 to 24
A presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) will be in effect for Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts from Aug. 9 to 24, restricting operations in and out of Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY). During the TFR, operators intending to fly to MVY can arrange for TSA screening in advance at one of three gateway airports during specific hours. Aircraft departing MVY will need to arrange for TSA screening prior to departure. While the TFR is in place, operators can expect some non-standard procedures at other area airports, including Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK). For more information, visit NBAA's VIP TFR resource page .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

Aug. 7, 2014
Utah Business Aviation Assn. Airspace Update Luncheon
Salt Lake City, UT
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Aug. 12, 2014
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Scottsdale, AZ
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Aug. 19, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Tukwila, WA
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Aug. 20, 2014
Nevada Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Location TBD
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Aug. 21, 2014
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Atlanta, GA
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Aug. 26, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Golf Classic & Scholarship Benefit
Blaine, MN
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Sept. 4, 2014
SONO Schedulers & Dispatchers Networking Event
Camarillo, CA
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Sept. 9–10, 2014
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. OSHA Training 
Oakland, CA
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Interns Get Hands-On Experience in Business Aviation
Three interns spent their summer working at NBAA headquarters in Washington, DC, and these college students did much more than basic administrative tasks – their work directly helped Members and the business aviation industry. As they worked on their various projects, the interns were able to talk with leaders in the business aviation industry, from sales executives at OEMs to flight department managers. Learn more about NBAA's internship program .

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Book Your Hotel for NBAA's Dallas Regional Forum
There are only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of NBAA's discounted room rate for the Sept. 18 Business Aviation Regional Forum in Dallas, TX. By booking through NBAA's hotel block, attendees can take advantage of exclusive rates. Held on Dallas Love Field, the forum features a full-day of education sessions, opportunities to network with more than 1,200 attendees, an exhibit floor with more than 100 vendors and nearly 20 business aircraft on static display. Rooms are beginning to sell out, so act now to book housing for the Dallas forum .

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Make Plans to Attend NBAA2014 in Orlando
Join 25,000 business aviation professionals from around the world at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), to be held from Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. Attendees will have access to more than 1,000 of the leading aviation products and services on the exhibit floor, nearly 100 aircraft on static display and dozens of education sessions. Register for NBAA2014 .

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In an Aircraft-Scheduling Role? Mark Your Calendar for SDC2015
Set for next Feb. 3 to 6 in San Jose, CA, NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015) will challenge attendees to "Soar to New Heights" as they connect with their peers and vendors in the industry and participate in relevant educational programming. SDC2015 hotel room blocks are filling up quickly, so book early through NBAA's discount to save at least $100 per night and get free in-room Wi-Fi. Learn to optimize the scheduling and dispatching function, while becoming a leader in the aviation operation. Complete conference details and registration will be live by mid-October. Learn more about SDC2015 .

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Applications Now Online
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee offer two scholarship programs that promote professional development for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. Generously supported by donor companies, the monetary scholarship program offers cash awards for amounts up to $10,000 per applicant, and the training scholarship program offers 17 awards on a variety of topics, including scheduler initial training, dispatcher training and certification, safety and security training, and more. Applications for both monetary and training awards are now available online, and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 26. Learn more and apply now .

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Applications Due This Month for Inaugural Eddie Queen Scholarship
NBAA Charities, in conjunction with Signature Flight Support, has created the Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship for undergraduate students. The scholarship honors the memory of Queen, a Signature line service technician who demonstrated a passion for aviation and customer service for more than 58 years. In Queen's honor, NBAA Charities and Signature will annually award $2,500 to an undergraduate student enrolled in an aviation management program at a University Aviation Association member school. Applications for the inaugural award are due by Aug. 22. Read more about the scholarship and apply now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

NBAA Members Assist in Fight to Save Aviation Program in Massachusetts

NBAA issued an alert to its Members in Massachusetts, urging them to contact their legislators about overriding the governor's veto of funding for an airframe and powerplant maintenance technician program on Cope Cod. The advocacy push resonated, and soon the phones were ringing in legislators' offices at the state house. Ultimately, state lawmakers voted unanimously to restore the funding. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

Aug. 12–14, 2014
Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition
São Paulo, Brazil

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

October 2014
Pre- and Post-Convention PDP Courses
Orlando, FL

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

Oct. 20, 2014
Single-Pilot Safety Standdown
Orlando, FL

Oct. 20, 2014
Inspection Authorization (IA) Renewal Course
Orlando, FL

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

Feb. 3–6, 2015
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015)
San Jose, CA

Feb. 24–26, 2015
Leadership Conference
Tucson, AZ






 

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