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Issue #14-35, Sept. 1, 2014

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TOP NEWS

NBAA: FAA Should Turn Back Santa Monica's Latest Attempt to Avoid Grant-Assurance Obligations
On Aug. 28, NBAA and several other parties joined in calling upon the FAA to deny the latest move by the city of Santa Monica to side-step grant-assurance obligations involved with the operation of embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The parties' Aug. 28 filing follows a recent request by the city that the FAA dismiss a July 2014 "Part 16" petition from NBAA and other parties for the FAA to clarify that the airport must continue to abide by its grant assurances through August 2023, to ensure vital aviation services and facilities remain intact, given the city's allegations that its grant-assurance obligations expired in June 2014. The Aug. 28 filing notes that because the city of Santa Monica is maintaining that the airport is now free of its grant-assurance obligations, business aircraft operators and others who rely on the airport's services and facilities, "have been, are, and will continue to be impacted" by the situation. Review the Aug. 28 filing from NBAA and others in its entirety .

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FAA Supports Angle-of-Attack Indicators in General Aviation Aircraft
A recent Information for Operators bulletin issued by the FAA emphasized the agency's support for the voluntary installation of angle-of-attack (AOA) indicators onboard general aviation aircraft, in conjunction with airspeed indicators and stall warning systems, as an important step toward reducing fatal inflight loss-of-control accidents caused by aerodynamic stalls. Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president for regulatory and international affairs, welcomed the availability of AOA indicators across a wider spectrum of general aviation. "It is our strongly held belief that greater available information, and the proper training for pilots to disseminate that information, will help pilots to avoid stalls," he said. Learn more about the FAA's bulletin on AOA indicators .

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IRS Tightens Scrutiny of Worker Misclassification
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to step up audits of companies for improperly classifying employees as independent contractors, and the agency is promoting its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) for taxpayers to voluntarily change the classification of their workers. According to the IRS, if a taxpayer agrees to prospectively treat any misclassified workers as employees, "in exchange the taxpayer will pay 10 percent of the employment tax liability that would have been due on compensation paid to the workers for the most recent tax year." Learn more about the IRS's VCSP, and download an NBAA resource about utilizing independent contractors .

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FAA Offers New Weather-Reporting Tool for Pilots
The FAA is encouraging the use of a new tool for electronic submission of pilot weather reports (PIREPs), which will allow operators to enter real-time turbulence and icing PIREPs electronically, along with other weather observations, which will then be displayed graphically and distributed nationwide. "There are a number of benefits to this new system," noted NBAA Air Traffic Management Specialist John Kosak. "The information can be immediately distributed to others throughout the aviation community, as well as to dispatchers and schedulers who can use it for flight planning. Also, air traffic managers will hear of the areas where weather is constraining the system, and pilots can plan their routes to travel as safely and efficiently as possible." Learn more .

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Sixth and Final UAS Test Program Now Operational
The FAA recently announced the start of operations at its sixth and final unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The FAA granted seven certificates of waiver or authorization for Virginia Tech to conduct tests utilizing several small and micro-sized aerial observation and filming platforms, including the Smart Road Flyer, eSPAARO and Sig Rascal. "The information yielded from these test locations will be instrumental in fully, safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and ensuring that their operation does not interfere with business aircraft flights or other aviation operations," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation. Read more about the newest UAS testing site .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Five-Year Milestones: 'One Industry' Ad Launched No Plane No Gain's Media Efforts
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, and a landmark 2009 advertisement for print and television dubbed "One Industry" was pivotal in helping turn around the perception of business aviation by policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, DC. The ads provided a reminder that business aviation is not only important, but essential to the nation's transportation system and economy, said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen at the time. No Plane No Gain is a joint effort of NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Read more about, and view, the ad that helped launch No Plane No Gain .

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FEATURED STORY

Preparing for a New Business Aviation Mission
It usually starts with a question from the CEO, says Brad Stancil of Holstein Aviation, such as, "'Could we run a helicopter?' or 'Should we start a corporate shuttle?' or even 'Can I fly my own aircraft on company business?'" A new mission can arise for a variety of reasons, including the growth of the company or a change in its leadership, placing demands on aircraft or aviation personnel beyond what was the flight department was set up to do. Now available online, the September/October issue of Business Aviation Insider explores all the considerations in preparing for a new mission. Printed copies are mailing to Member subscribers now, and only NBAA Members can access full content online. Read the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

International Operators Encouraged to Monitor Volcanic Activity
In recent weeks, two European volcanoes -- Bardarbunga in Iceland and Stromboli in Italy -- have seen increasing seismic activity and other signs of potential eruption, leading the European Aviation Safety Agency to issue guidance on how to safely operate in areas of volcanic activity. The 2011 eruption of Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano, which followed the 2010 eruption of the same country's Eyjafjallajokul volcano, led aviation authorities and industry stakeholders to strengthen preparations for volcanic eruptions. Read more about the importance of monitoring volcanic activity, and access resources available on NBAA's website .

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Ebola-Related Flight Restrictions Affecting African Air Travel
Business aircraft operators should be aware that concern about the Ebola virus is beginning to affect air travel in a number of African countries. Flight restrictions of varying kinds are in place for Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Cape Verde, and the nations of Chad and Zambia are also beginning to close their borders to certain aircraft and/or passengers. "We strongly urge any business aircraft operators to check ahead when flying to the countries currently being affected by the Ebola virus," said Susan Mashibe, founder and CEO of VIA Aviation Ltd., an East African FBO with headquarters at Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Learn more about flight restrictions in Africa .

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REGIONAL NEWS

New NBAA Committee Focusing On Local and Regional Groups
NBAA has recognized the growth and effectiveness of business aviation groups at the local level by establishing a new Local and Regional Group Strategic Focus Team and related committee. "NBAA is pleased to further support the volunteer efforts of the many local and regional business aviation groups, as they advocate for business aviation across the country," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. "The formation of an NBAA strategic focus team specifically for local and regional groups, and the new Local and Regional Group Committee, underscores the importance of the advocacy efforts that these groups are involved in, and the close working relationship that they have with NBAA's regional representatives and staff." Learn more about NBAA's newest strategic focus team and committee .

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Napa Airport Provides Staging Area for Earthquake Response
When the largest quake to hit Northern California since 1989 struck just south of Napa in the early morning of Aug. 24, its epicenter was less than 2 miles from Napa County Airport (APC), but the airfield stayed open and provided a critical staging area for disaster response. "It was a busy weekend, and the ramp and hangars were full, but we had triple-chocked the aircraft and luckily none moved or sustained damage," said Mark Willey, CEO of Napa Jet Center, the FBO on the airfield. "Everyone, including our charter flights, was able to fly out on schedule." The earthquake shattered the windows in the tower, putting it temporarily out of service, but operations are continuing with radio clearances from nearby Oakland Center. Read more about the quake's impact on APC .

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NBAA Member Promotes Aviation Businesses in North Carolina
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed 18 people to an Aviation Development Task Force charged with providing recommendations to the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation on how to grow the state's aviation industry, which pumps more than $25 billion into the economy, and employs more than 100,000 people statewide. Among the task force's appointees is the incoming chairman of the NBAA Domestic Operations Committee, W. Ashley Smith, Jr. "I view this task force as my conduit to…the key decision-makers in state government," Smith said. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the new Aviation Development Task Force .

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Dallas Forum Exhibitors: Register Staff and Guests Today
NBAA's Dallas Regional Forum is only a few weeks away, set for Sept. 18 at Dallas Love Field (DAL), and the Association is anticipating more than 1,200 attendees. Exhibitors may use their badge allotment for either exhibit staff or company guests. All attendees, including booth staff, are required to have badges to access the exhibit hall and static display of aircraft. Save time and avoid the lines by registering early .

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REGIONAL EVENTS
 
 

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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Sept. 10, 2014
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Meeting 
St. Paul, MN
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Sept. 11, 2014
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Charity Tournament 
Dulles, VA
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Sept. 16, 2014
Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Assn. Meeting 
Seattle, WA
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Sept. 16, 2014
Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop
Atlanta, GA
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Releases 2014 Edition of Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide
NBAA has released the 2014 edition of its Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide, which provides an overview of new light business airplanes currently in production, and is a valuable tool in helping business people who rely on or are looking to invest in light airplanes. Available exclusively to NBAA Members, the guide is a convenient reference that enables users to make apples-to-apples comparisons of the various types of new light business airplanes all in one place. "NBAA is committed to serving those who rely on light business airplanes to meet their travel needs, as well as those who are considering how to use these airplanes to support their businesses," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, regulatory and international affairs. Learn more about the 2014 Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide .

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Register for the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown at NBAA2014
Held in conjunction with the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), on Monday, Oct. 20 in Orlando, FL, the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown emphasizes peer-to-peer learning and expert advice on single-pilot flying. Sponsored by Textron Aviation, the program features experts from the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aviation Performance Solutions and AvWxWorkshops.com. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, the program will cover runway incursions and excursions, loss of control, bad weather and more. Space is limited, so register in advance .

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Limited NBAA2014 Exhibit Spaces Available
NBAA2014 is less than two months away, more than 4,000 exhibit spaces have already been reserved and only a few spaces remain. With 25,000 attendees from around the world, NBAA2014 is the perfect venue to showcase aviation products and services. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to network with aviation peers and reinforce existing customer relationships. NBAA2014 is Oct. 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. Reserve booth space today .

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NBAA Headquarters Closed for Labor Day
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters is closed on Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of the national Labor Day holiday. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Register for NBAA's Emergency Response Planning Workshop in Orlando
Every flight department should be prepared with an emergency response plan. To help operators plan for the possibility of an accident or incident, NBAA will hold a two-day Emergency Response Planning Workshop on Oct. 19 and 20, in conjunction with NBAA2014. Offered through the Professional Development Program (PDP), this interactive workshop simulates an accident scenario, identifying key issues and actions through the flow of events. Register for this PDP course .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Business Aviation Has a Voice in North Carolina

As a member of his state's new Aviation Development Task Force, W. Ashley Smith, Jr. hopes to address the disparity between how established businesses are treated, compared to those the state is trying to lure to North Carolina. Smith said it would be easier for him to grow his existing aviation companies, which employ more than 70 people in North Carolina, if he were able to enjoy some of the incentives offered to companies looking to relocate. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

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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