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2013 Articles

Security, Safety, Professionalism Remained in View for NBAA and Industry in 2013
Dec. 30, 2013
While the business aviation community faced significant challenges in 2013 – among them a controversial FAA plan for screening pilots for obstructive sleep apnea, a government shutdown and a sequester-driven proposal for shuttering contract air traffic control towers – the year also included some notable milestones. For example, the continuing work done by NBAA and its Member Companies to educate government security officials about the industry's unique operating needs and challenges resulted in a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rule regarding flights from south of the border into the United States. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on operations improvements in 2013.

Cirrus Founders Among Newest to Be Inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame
Dec. 24, 2013
Alan and Dale Klapmeier, founders of Cirrus Aircraft, are among the 2014 inductees announced recently by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Cirrus produces the SR20 and SR22 models, many of which are used in business aviation. The SR series – which features composite construction, all-electric instrumentation and whole-aircraft parachutes – has become popular for business applications due in part to its speed, well-equipped instrument panels and the turbocharged SR22T's maximum operating altitude of 25,000 feet. In the past decade, several on-demand air taxi start-ups have chosen the SR22 as an alternative to light jets. Read more about Cirrus.

Advocacy for Business Aviation Took Center Stage in 2013
Dec. 23, 2013
Business aviation was affected by a number of governmental issues in 2013 – among the most notable was the federal government shutdown in October that led to the closure of the FAA's Aircraft Registry. That spurred NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to issue a Call to Action, asking NBAA Members to use the Contact Congress tool on the NBAA website to make their feelings about the shutdown known to their lawmakers. The shutdown ended after 17 days, but not without a cost to business aviation: a report issued in November by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicates the delay in delivery of aircraft caused by the shutdown held up $1.9 billion worth of aviation assets. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more of issues that impacted business aviation in 2013.

Preparations Well Underway for NBAA's 2014 Business Aviation Regional Forums
Dec. 19, 2013
In 2014, NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are returning to three of their most popular locations, with the first Regional Forum set for Jan. 30 in Boca Raton, FL. This will be followed by two events in the summer, in Van Nuys, CA on June 26 and Dallas, TX on Sept. 18. "All of our locations are in really strong markets next year, and we expect them to be well-attended," said Joe Hart, NBAA director of static displays Hart said applications for both booth spaces and static display exhibits for the Boca forum are beating NBAA's expectations, and a sold-out event is expected. Read more about the 2014 Regional Forums.

Aviation Career Days Springing Up Around the Country
Dec. 16, 2013
Regional business aviation groups around the country are increasingly holding career days, and other mentoring events, underscoring the importance of letting young people know about the opportunities in business aviation. “From several recent highly successful events for students in California, to the long-standing expo at Westchester County Airport in New York, regional aviation groups are putting in the time, effort and funds to help educate our young people about careers in business aviation as well as the importance of aviation to our nation,” noted Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s regional representative for the Northwest. Read more about career days.

Aviation Law Firm Becomes Newest PDP Provider
Dec. 13, 2013
Shawnee, KS-based Jackson & Wade, LLC, a law firm specializing in aviation, is NBAA's newest approved Professional Development Program (PDP) provider. The firm's course, "Regulatory Compliance and Documentation," enables participants to develop the knowledge and understanding to establish a recordkeeping system to document regulatory compliance and initiate appropriate action. Specifically, the course will "give flight department personnel an overview of the various federal and state regulatory requirements facing aircraft owners and operators, and methods for compliance with those requirements," said Jackson & Wade attorney Lori Edwards-McGee, the course's organizer and instructor. Learn more about the new PDP course.

At Aviation Hearing, Bolen Reiterates Concerns Over Sleep Apnea Changes, EU-ETS
Dec. 12, 2013
A House committee hearing last week focused on aviation planning also provided a welcome opportunity for NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to acknowledge the need for continuing congressional engagement on two issues with serious potential ramifications for the general aviation community. In written testimony submitted for before the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee on "The State of American Aviation," Bolen pointed to the industry's alarm over the FAA's new plan to mandate obstructive sleep apnea screening for some pilots prior to receiving a medical certificate. He also highlighted continuing concerns over the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). Read more about Bolen's testimony.

OpenAirplane Makes Renting Business Aircraft Easier
Dec. 9, 2013
OpenAirplane is a Chicago-based company that combines the Internet, mobile apps and a growing network of aircraft providers to get more pilots into the air, regardless of where they are when they want to fly. Pilots can join OpenAirplane for free, but they must complete a universal pilot checkout (UPC). Designed to follow the FAA's Practical Test Standards, the UPC is administered to OpenAirplane pilots once every 12 months. Successful completion of the UPC enables pilots to rent aircraft at any one of the participating flight schools and FBOs. Currently, there are 30 participating aircraft providers in the continental U.S. and Alaska, and more than 4,000 pilots have joined OpenAirplane. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on OpenAirplane.

Bolen to Represent Business Aviation in Upcoming House Hearing
Dec. 6, 2013
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will represent the interests of the companies of all sizes using business aviation at a Dec. 12 hearing before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee on "The State of American Aviation" in the year ahead. Other scheduled participants include the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Airlines 4 America. Among the issues Bolen is expected to highlight is the state of the industry's continuing, though gradual, economic recovery and the upcoming challenges as another round of budget sequestration looms. Read more about Bolen's upcoming testimony.

2014 PDP Course Directory Now Available
Nov. 21, 2013
NBAA has released its 2014 Professional Development Program (PDP) Course Directory, which includes a wide range of learning opportunities from instructors with real-world experience in the business aviation industry. For 2014, a total of 15 NBAA-hosted PDP courses will be offered throughout the year, concluding with six being offered from Oct. 19 to 25 in conjunction with the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, FL. Read more about PDP courses for 2014].

NBAA Marks the Passing of Former Chairman E.E. Dunsworth
Nov. 18, 2013
NBAA marks the passing of former chairman E.E. "Dunny" Dunsworth, who served on the Association's Board of Directors from 1964 to 1973, and as board chairman from 1969 to 1971. Dunsworth passed away on Nov. 8 at age 88. In addition to serving in NBAA leadership positions from 1960-1978, Dunsworth helped found the Houston Aviation Association, and in 2004, was presented with NBAA’s Silk Scarf Award for his lifelong contribution to business aviation. Read more about Dunsworth.

Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Awards New Scholarship
Nov. 13, 2013
A $4,000 scholarship focused on air traffic control (ATC) was awarded for the first time this year by the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA), in memory of a long-time member. Lewis University senior Michael Indelli was presented the inaugural Ken Johnson Memorial ATC Scholarship. Indelli is working toward a degree in ATC management at Lewis University. The new award brings to more than $60,000 the amount of scholarship money presented annually by CABAA to help young people enter the aviation industry. Read more about CABAA's new scholarship.

New NBAA Program to Allow More Interaction Between Association Staff, Member Representatives
November 4, 2013
NBAA has launched a new regional program called Insights Connection to improve communication with its Members. “We had requests from Members for more personal interaction between Members and senior staff at NBAA,” said Stave Hadley, director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. “The idea is to form a two-way connection between NBAA staff and Members in their own backyard. That way, together we can focus on the issues that are important to all of us.” The first NBAA Insights Connection meeting is scheduled to be held in the Northeastern U.S. early next year. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more about Insights Connection.

Leader of U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Aviation Alliance Board
November 2, 2013
In a further demonstration of the significance of general aviation to communities across the United States, the Alliance for Aviation Across America recently announced that Mesa, AZ Mayor Scott Smith will join its Board of Directors. Smith also serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors, which is comprised of the leaders of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. "Mayor Smith understands the critical importance of general aviation and our aviation infrastructure to communities around the country, and he will bring a unique perspective to our organization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who also serves as president of the alliance’s board. "We look forward to working with Mayor Smith on issues impacting the general aviation industry and the communities around the country that depend on aviation." Read more about Smith and the Alliance for Aviation Across America.

NBAA Marks the Passing of Former Chairman David Woodrow
October 28, 2013
NBAA marks the passing of a former NBAA chairman and the first chairman of the International Business Aviation Council, David M. Woodrow, who died on Oct. 16 at age 88. Woodrow, whose involvement with NBAA spanned two decades, was a member of the Association’s Board of Directors from 1976 to 1989, and he served as chairman from 1981 to 1983. He was also an important figure in the 1981 launch of the International Business Aviation Council and served as the group's first chairman from 1981 to 1987. Read more about David Woodrow.

NBAA Representatives Share Goals, Expertise With State Aviation Officials
October 3, 2013
NBAA's regional representatives touted the benefits to business aviation to attendees at the annual National Association of State Aviation Officials Convention (NASAO) held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 in Sioux Falls, SD. All six of NBAA's regional reps participated in a special session at the invitation of NASAO President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski. "This presented a great opportunity for us to interact with state aviation officials and discuss our role as advocates for business aviation, as well as the work that we do regarding airports, airspace, legislation and many other aviation concerns in every state of the country," said Steve Hadley, NBAA's director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. Read more about NBAA's presentation at the NASAO Conventiom.

Barden, Whitman to Receive NAA's Distinguished Statesman Award
Sept. 30, 2013
Two individuals with ties to NBAA will be honored this fall by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). Janice Barden and Bruce Whitman will be among five recipients of NAA's 2013 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award, to be presented at the NAA fall awards dinner on Nov. 12 in Arlington, VA. "We congratulate Janice and Bruce on their selection for this prestigious award, for which they are both well deserving," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the award winners.

NBAA Can Help Members Support Their Airports
Sept. 30, 2013
Too often, when there's a public meeting on an airport issue, none of the tenants shows up, said John Dorcey, chairman of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and a retired airport executive. "So already, before the project is out of the gate, the deck is stacked against us because those who do show up are anti-airport or anti-spending," he added. But for those unsure of how to get involved, advocacy groups, such as NBAA can help by providing technical information, political expertise and contacts, both within government and within the industry. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast on advocating for your airport.

NBAA Staff, Local Leaders Tackle Regulatory Challenges at Seattle Town Hall
September 26, 2013
Regulatory and legislative issues – both at the national and state level – were on the agenda at last week’s informational town hall meeting at Boeing Field in Seattle, hosted jointly by NBAA and the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA). In addition to providing the latest regulatory and legislative updates for the NBAA and PNBAA members in attendance, the meeting attracted the leadership of a number of regional aviation groups, including the Washington Pilots Association and the Washington Airport Managers Association. State Senator Jim Honeyford, R-15th Legislative District, also attended the town hall and expressed his support of business aviation and his understanding of the importance of business aviation to the state of Washington. Read more about the town hall.

NBAA Highlights Need for Vigilance, Advocacy at Waukegan Forum
September 16, 2013
The value of business aviation in supporting jobs, economic activity and local investment in the Chicagoland area was highlighted by the strong turnout and high level of enthusiasm among Attendees and Exhibitors at NBAA's Sept.12 Business Aviation Regional Business Forum, held at Waukegan Regional Airport. More than 1,000 attendees were on hand at the event, which featured more than 80 exhibitors and 14 aircraft on static display. The Waukegan forum was NBAA's final regional forum of 2013. Read more about the Waukegan forum.

NBAA Resources Available to Match Business Aviation Job Seekers with Employers
September 10, 2013
Increasing worldwide demand for business aviation presents a number of potential avenues for those seeking to advance their careers in the industry. NBAA offers many tools for professionals seeking new career opportunities, including two important online resources to match employers with those seeking either long-term employment or short-term contract work: the NBAA Business Aviation Jobs site and NBAA Air Mail. Read more about NBAA resources for job seekers.

Whatever Your Experience, Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships Can Help You Grow Professionally
August 22, 2013
To promote education and training opportunities for schedulers and dispatchers, the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee, in conjunction with many industry donors, annually awards both monetary and training scholarships worth more than $40,000. Monetary awards can be used to attend the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference or other conferences, or attend courses as part of a college degree or certificate program. Awards can even facilitate obtaining a Certified Aviation Manager designation or attending a class in the NBAA Professional Development Program. Applications are due Sept. 27. Learn more about S&D scholarships.

At NBAA2013, M&O Sessions Offer Opportunity to Address Service Concerns Directly With Manufacturers
August 21, 2013
NBAA's annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) offers an unparalleled opportunity for aircraft operators, maintainers and support personnel to learn about the industry's latest service guidelines and repair procedures, and obtain valuable technical information firsthand from OEMs in one convenient location. Attendees will benefit from an extensive list of maintenance and operations (M&O) sessions throughout the three-day event, which takes place from Oct. 22 to 24 in Las Vegas, NV. "Although manufacturers typically resolve these issues through service bulletins, the M&O sessions at NBAA2013 provide the chance to communicate directly with users about the latest reliability improvements and product enhancements," said NBAA Technical Director Eli Cotti. Learn more about the M&O sessions.

Proposed FAA Rule Would Expand Operational Flexibility for EFVS-Equipped Aircraft
August 15, 2013
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would dramatically expand operational flexibility for operators of aircraft equipped with enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS), while simultaneously imposing new training and currency requirements for pilots of those aircraft. Under the proposal, all operations will require FAA authorization to ensure the airworthiness of vision systems, as well as pilot training and currency, with one exception for Part 91 (other than subpart K). Comments are due by Sept. 9. Learn more about the NPRM.

Piston and Turboprop Shipments Show Strong Growth, Jet Market Projects Upturn Next Year
August 14, 2013
General aviation (GA) shipments and billings worldwide showed strong but uneven increases throughout the first six months of 2013, according to new industry data, and revenue eclipsed $10 billion for the first time in five years. In the first half of 2013, global GA airplane shipments rose 8.9 percent over the same six-month period last year, from 931 aircraft to 1,014, according to data released by General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Also, industry research firm JETNET LLC statistics show demand for pre-owned business jets softened during the first half of the year, falling 7.8 percent. Sales of pre-owned business jets also are taking longer, on average, compared to last year. Read more about sales and shipment statistics for the first half of 2013.

Cessna Internship Offers Aviation Students Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunities
August 12, 2013
Middle Tennessee State University student Brian Simmons and five other interns from flight schools around the country were given a remarkable opportunity this summer. For six weeks, they fanned out across the country in new Cessna 172s, tasked with creating excitement for flying and volunteering with different charities. The Cessna Discover Flying Challenge, which just wrapped up its second year, was dreamed up by college students and Cessna staffers at Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, two years ago. The interns work with Cessna Pilot Centers and affiliates around the country and participate in their events, where they're trying to interest people in learning to fly, while also partnering with charity organizations. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the Cessna Discover Flying Challenge.

NBAA2013: Single-Pilot Safety Standdown Helps Prevent Accidents, Save Lives
August 5, 2013
Like any experienced pilot, Jeff Greenberg understands the ultimate value of aviation safety training and education is in the number of accidents prevented and lives saved. He took to the Internet this month to encourage members of the aviation groups to which he belongs, including the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association, to participate in this year's Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. The all-day seminar, jointly sponsored by Cessna, will be held on Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, the day prior to the official opening of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013). Read more about the Single-Pilot Safety Standdown.

What to Know about Service, Food When Flying Internationally
July 22, 2013
At a recent NBAA Flight Attendants Conference in Washington, DC, a seminar on international cuisine and customs entitled "Around the World in 20 Minutes" drew a standing-room only crowd. NBAA Member Companies are increasingly flying to the destinations covered in the seminar: Brazil, Russia, India and China – or "BRIC" countries – and the session provided an overview of what passengers from those countries might expect in terms of food offered and service provided. "You want to keep from being embarrassed with passengers who expect you to know different things about their culture," said Paula Kraft of Tastefully Yours Catering, who serves on NBAA's Flight Attendants Committee. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on service and food expectations on overseas flights.

House General Aviation Caucus Achieves Record Membership
July 15, 2013
The House General Aviation (GA) Caucus, comprised of U.S. congressional representatives who recognize the importance of all general aviation, including business aviation, in the United States, recently achieved an unprecedented 197 members. "The House GA Caucus is a powerful voice on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The continued growth of this caucus underscores the bipartisan recognition in Congress that general aviation creates jobs, provides a transportation lifeline to communities across the country, helps businesses succeed and supports people and communities in times of crisis."Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus – and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate – serves as an informal, bipartisan group that promotes the essential role that GA plays in local communities and the national economy. Read more about the House GA Caucus.

NBAA's Doubrava Urges GA Operators to Get Involved in Advocacy
July 15, 2013
NBAA's Dick Doubrava, director, legislative affairs, was a panelist at the General Aviation (GA) Issues and Security Conference, held July 9 to 11, and hosted by the Chicago Executive Airport. Attendees of the annual event largely consisted of general aviation airport managers. Doubrava joined a panel of speakers to discuss general aviation issues, and the importance of business aviation and regional airports to communities around the country. The panelists also discussed the future of the industry, current challenges and methods of attracting new, young talent to general aviation. Read more about the panel discussion.

Forecasts Predict Long-Term Positive Growth of New Business Jet Deliveries
July 3, 2013
Recent industry forecasts predict a sustained rebound in the business aviation market starting this year and extending into the next decade and beyond. Business aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace released its annual 20-year forecast for the business and commercial aircraft markets. The company’s Business Aircraft Market Forecast estimates deliveries of about 24,000 business jets, valued at $650 billion, from now until 2032. Aircraft services firm Zenith Jet estimates total deliveries of 9,234 business jets worth $255 billion between 2013 and 2022. Read more about projected growth for business aviation.

NBAA’s Bolen Urges Thoughtful Approach to ‘NextGen’ Aviation Funding
June 28, 2013
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told an aviation industry forum in Washington on June 27 that stakeholders should take a careful approach in recommending funding and other structural reforms to the world’s leading aviation system. Sponsored by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Airline Pilots Association International, panelists described the difficulties facing NextGen efforts in the uncertain funding environment created by the sequester (across-the-board cuts to federal agencies), including the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more about the forum.

Arizona Camp Engages Young Girls in Considering Aviation Careers
June 14, 2013
The Arizona Girl Scout Council’s Discover Aviation Camp, which ran June 9 to 14, offered a unique opportunity for girls ages 13 and up to learn about the thrills of aviation, as well as the career opportunities offered to women in the industry. Twenty-three girls took part in this year's camp, which was supported by NBAA, and held at the Prescott Municipal Airport in Prescott, AZ. The camp offered a broad overview of aviation, including ground school sessions on aerodynamics and flight planning, aircraft construction techniques, model building, aircraft engineering, accident investigation and air traffic control. Read more about the Discover Aviation camp.

Denver Regional Forum to Feature Session on Protecting Your Medical Certificate
June 13, 2013
Aviation medical expert Dr. Quay Snyder will present a session on "Protecting Your FAA Medical Certificate" at the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Denver, CO on July 11. Snyder, the president, CEO and co-founder of Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, will cover the latest developments regarding recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy changes affecting medical certification, including: expanded aviation medical examiner authority to issue certificates; shortening of wait times after cardiac procedures; possible changes to the driving while intoxicated limits and sleep apnea. Learn more about the Denver Regional Forum.

Minnesota Business Aviation Association Fundraiser to Help Wounded Soldier
June 13, 2013
The Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA), in conjunction with the Gary Sinise Foundation, will hold a Stars & Stripes Charity Gala on Friday, June 28, at the Signature Flight Support Facility on the St. Paul Downtown Airport, with proceeds going to support a wounded veteran. Funds raised will build a "smart home" in Duluth for U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mark Litynski, who on his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, lost both legs above the knee and his left forearm to an improvised explosive device. MBAA hopes that its Stars & Stripes Gala Committee serves as a blueprint for other NBAA regional organizations to help grow awareness of the foundation's work to support veterans. Learn more about the gala.

Modesto Residents Invited to 'Discover Aviation' at Airport Event
June 12, 2013
The first-ever "Discover Aviation" night was held on June 13 at Sky Trek Aviation at Modesto City-County Airport/Harry Sham Field (MOD). Invitations were sent to more than 4,500 households in Modesto and Stanislaus County identified as prime candidates for utilizing a general aviation (GA) airplane. Attendees met with local pilots and business owners, airport business management and control tower personnel. Copies of NBAA's Business Aviation Fact Book, a white paper on "How to Use Your Airplane for Business" and the May/June edition of Business Aviation Insider magazine were available for attendees to learn more about the industry. Read more about the Modesto GA event.

Proposed Wright Brothers Monument Moves Forward
June 12, 2013
A proposed monument to the Wright brothers, near Dayton, OH is one step closer to becoming a reality following the successful completion of wing tunnel tests of a model of the Wright Flyer III replica aircraft that would sit atop a 250-foot-high pedestal. The tests indicated that the replica aircraft would be able to withstand winds of 200-plus miles per hour. The Wright Image Group is now conducting wind tunnel tests with a larger model atop a pedestal. Once that milestone is achieved, the group could begin construction of the monument, if funding permits. The group has raised about $1 million in money, land and architectural services and needs to raise another $11 million to finish the project. Learn more about the monument..

White Plains Forum Highlights Importance of Business Aviation to Westchester County
June 10, 2013
Business aviation plays a key role in driving economic growth in areas like Westchester County, county Executive Rob Astorino told the audience at the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in White Plains, NY on June 6. At the forum, which drew more than 2,000 attendees, and featured more than 120 exhibitors and nearly 30 aircraft on Static Display, Astorino highlighted how business aviation supports $613 million annually in local economic activity, in sectors ranging from business, manufacturing and tourism, as well as provides approximately 6,300 jobs. Read more about the White Plains forum.

Three Steps to Starting an Internship Program
June 10, 2013
As the median age of business aviation workers continues to advance, many within the industry have grappled with the question of how to attract new talent. Increasingly, flight departments and service providers are turning to internships as a way to introduce college students to business aviation. NBAA Program Manager for Professional Development Sarah Wolf offers three steps to starting an internship program: Gather resources, ensure the internship reflects a real-life work experience and for those who had a successful internship, continue the relationship after it ends. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more about starting an internship program.

General Aviation Community Supports Oklahoma Tornado-Relief Efforts
May 24, 2013
When devastating tornados struck towns throughout south-central Oklahoma on May 20, the business aviation community stood ready to assist with the relief and rebuilding effort. While government officials have advised NBAA and industry-relief groups that a full-scale emergency response is not required at this time, NBAA Members and others in the general aviation community have still taken steps to assist storm victims. In the hours following the tornado's strike on the communities of Moore and Newcastle, OK, general. Learn more about business aviation's response to the relief efforts.

White Plains Regional Forum to Feature More Than 130 Exhibitors
May 17, 2013
NBAA's 2013 Business Aviation Regional Forum series continues on June 6 at Westchester Country Airport (HPN), Panorama Flight Services, in White Plains, NY. This second forum of 2013 will include 133 exhibitors, 19 aircraft on static display and a program agenda focused on important issues in business aviation, such as safety and aircraft acquisitions. Learn more about the White Plains Regional Forum.

Breadth of Europe's Business Aviation Industry to Be Represented at EBACE2013
May 16, 2013
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) is Europe's premier business aviation event, offering Attendees an outstanding opportunity to see the size and importance of the business aviation industry in the region. Jointly hosted by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association, the leading association for business aviation in Europe, EBACE2013 will take place from May 21 to 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. While EBACE has grown over the years to become a truly international event, the focus on the needs of the European business aviation industry remains at the forefront. Learn more about EBACE2013.

NBAA’s Air Mail Continues to Evolve, Adds New List Topics
May 13, 2013
NBAA's Air Mail – the Association's Members-only social network for collaboration and discussion on topics of interest to business aircraft operators – is one of the most popular and frequently used online resources offered by NBAA. Through Air Mail, NBAA Members can ask questions and get real-world answers from their fellow Members on business aviation issues. Launched in 1997, Air Mail continues to evolve to serve the business aviation community in the changing social media landscape, recently adding six new lists to meet the changing needs of Members. Read more about Air Mail.

Auburn Students, Alumni Contest Decision to 'Sunset' Aviation Program
May 13, 2013
Advocates fighting to preserve aviation-related curricula at Auburn University say they are in a "state of shock" following last week's announcement that the school intent to outsource Auburn's flight training program to a third-party. The university said it will "refer the existing degree in professional flight management to the University Senate's Academic Program Review Committee for review and if the program is discontinued will work with the enrolled students to ensure they are able to complete their degrees." Alumni, including NBAA representatives, and current students have been staging a grassroots effort to save the program and say they intend to keep fighting to preserve it. Read more about the aviation program at Auburn.

New and Pre-Owned Aircraft Markets Show Signs of Rebounding
May 13, 2013
Worldwide sales of new and pre-owned general aviation aircraft demonstrate that while the industry continues its gradual rebound, significant growth may still be years away. Last week, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced an encouraging upswing for deliveries of new general aviation (GA) aircraft, with first quarter billings improving 31.7 percent over the same period last year. Deliveries throughout all industry segments measured by GAMA improved over last year's quarterly totals. The pre-owned aircraft market also appears to be improving in 2013, with a report by JetNet LLC listing slightly fewer aircraft for sale worldwide in February 2013 than in February 2012. Also, the European market appears to be making slow, but steady, improvement, according to a report from Brian Foley Associates. Read more about the improving GA market.

Alumni, Students Rally to Save Auburn University Aviation Program
May 9, 2013
The aviation education program at Alabama's Auburn University is at risk following a review by Aviation Accreditation Board International that determined the program lacks qualified tenured professors. The problem escalated further when the program's senior tenured faculty member passed away last February, and the only other tenured aviation program professor has since announced his departure at the end of this semester. Founded in 1941, the aviation management program at Auburn University is the nation's oldest continuously operated aviation program, and many of its approximately 3,800 graduates, including several NBAA staffers, have gone on to careers in the industry. Read more about Auburn's aviation program.

IAWA Reception to Help Aviation Women Connect at EBACE2013
May 6, 2013
Women aviation professionals from around the world are invited to attend an International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) reception hosted by NBAA on May 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, and held in conjunction with the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013). The Geneva IAWA Connect event will be held at NBAA's booth No. 2011, in Hall 5 on the EBACE2013 exhibit floor. IAWA represents women who hold executive positions across the aviation and aerospace industry, and provides a networking platform for senior women to promote advancement in leadership, and encourage younger women to remain in and develop their careers in aviation. Read more about the IAWA Connect event at EBACE2013.

Applications for Scholarships Benefiting Students Now Online
May 6, 2013
NBAA offers a wide range of scholarships for current and aspiring business aviation professionals, and in the coming year will provide nearly $100,000 in cash awards for tomorrow’s industry leaders. Applications for five of these scholarships are now available online, with awards available for college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are preparing for a career in business aviation. Since NBAA's scholarship program was launched during its 1992 Convention, the Association has awarded several million dollars in monetary and training scholarships. Learn more about NBAA scholarships.

Webinar Offers Roadmap to Cabin Technology Issues and Solutions
April 22, 2013 Advances in the level of high-speed connectivity available in modern business aircraft cabins seem to outpace even the most timely discussions and training. A recent webinar titled, "The Modern Office in the Sky: Radar to a Roadmap," addresses this issue. This online presentation serves as a bridge between discussions on technology issues and sessions addressing high-speed data systems installation and usage to be held at the upcoming NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, set for April 30 to May 2 in Fort Worth, TX. Learn more about the webinar.

Leaders Share Ideas at Inaugural Regional Leadership Roundtable
April 15, 2013
Leaders from 22 regional business aviation groups discussed best practices and opportunities to be more collectively effective during the inaugural NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable, held on April 11 in Englewood, CO. The agenda, arranged by NBAA at the request of the regional leaders, featured six key topics: volunteer management, keeping meeting content fresh, expanding membership, advocacy and legislative issues, scholarships and leadership goals. Read more about the Regional Leadership roundtable.

Business Aviation Safety Seminar Focused on Collaborative Solutions
April 10, 2013
With the industry's safety record under renewed scrutiny in the wake of two high-profile accidents already this year, the annual Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS), held last week in Montreal, Canada, focused on finding collaborative solutions to safety issues affecting business aviation users, pilots and flight departments. The annual two-day event, which is hosted by the Flight Safety Foundation and co-sponsored by NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), underscores NBAA's long-standing and continuing commitment to improving business aviation safety. Read more about BASS.

NBAA Launches New Twitter-Based Advocacy Tool
April 8, 2013
It's one of the most exciting new developments in NBAA's ongoing government relations and advocacy program: Twitter messaging from the Association's Contact Congress web page, which enables users to 'tweet' their Congressional representatives with important advocacy messages on behalf of business aviation. "With our traditional Contact Congress process, advocacy messages are e-mailed to the elected officials or submitted directly through their websites," said Jason Wolf, NBAA director of Internet communications. "But with the new Twitter-based system, messages are sent as tweets that will be seen by Congressional staff, the media and even an activist's own Twitter followers. This new feature is one more example of how social media can help amplify an organization's advocacy efforts." Read more about NBAA's new Twitter advocacy tool.

EBACE Student Day Panel to Promote Careers in Business Aviation
April 5, 2013
Student Day at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) will feature a panel of industry leaders who will speak about career opportunities in business aviation. Students from aviation schools around Europe have been invited to attend "Business Aviation as a Career: Build Your Future Now," set for 9:30 a.m. on May 23. "We've organized this seminar so that students can get current and reliable information about our industry," said Belarmino Paradela, senior manager of economics and operational duties at the European Business Aviation Association, who will be moderating the event. "We want business aviation to be one of their top career choices." Read more about Student Day at EBACE2013.

Maintenance Management Conference: Not Just for Wrench Turners
April 5, 2013
With nearly two dozen education sessions and more than 125 Exhibitors, NBAA's annual Maintenance Management Conference – scheduled for April 30 – May 2 in Fort Worth, TX – has something for everyone with maintenance responsibilities, from flight department managers and chief pilots to maintenance directors and hands-on technicians. New this year is an outdoor static display area, which provides an opportunity for Exhibitors to showcase ground support equipment. MMC also offers education sessions covering management and technology issues. Learn more about MMC.

NBAA Members: Is the Sequester Impacting Your Customs Services?
April 1, 2013
NBAA wants to hear from Members about any effects from sequestration at Customs and Border Protection, as pilots entering the country may be the first to experience significant effects as the impact of across-the-board cuts to government agencies takes hold. For example, staffing reductions throughout that agency, including at U.S. ports of entry, may lead to longer processing times for aircraft flying into the United States. NBAA remains engaged in talks with multiple federal agencies on ways to mitigate the impact from the sequester on business aviation operations. NBAA Members may assist those efforts by reporting any delays or other unusual situations at U.S. entry points to the Association at ops@nbaa.org. Read more about the possible impact on Customs and Border Protection from sequestration.

Gain CAM Credit at Spring Safety Events in Columbus, Chicago, San Jose and Washington Areas
March 25, 2013
NBAA supports scores of regional business aviation groups in their ongoing efforts to bring educational and professional development opportunities to local communities. Members are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming regional safety events qualifying for Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit: the Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown on April 17 in Columbus, OH; Chicago Area Business Aviation Association's Safety Seminar on April 25 in Glenview, IL; Northern California Business Aviation Association's Safety Day on May 2 in San Jose, CA; and Greater Washington Business Aviation Association's Safety Standdown on May 16 in Ashburn, VA. For details about these and other regional events, view NBAA's regional event calendar, or register for one of these regional safety days.

Top European Transport Leaders Featured at EBACE2013
March 20, 2013
Europe's premier business aviation event, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013), will feature presentations by several of Europe's top transport leaders at the Opening General Session of the show, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21 to 23. "Business Aviation: Making the Difference in Europe" is the topic of the keynote session, which will feature Matthew Baldwin, director of air transport, European Commission DG for Mobility and Transport, and Jacek Krawczyk, vice president of the European Economic and Social Committee. Learn more about EBACE2013.

NBAA Member Avionics Technician Among 2013 National General Aviation Award Recipients
March 15, 2013
Four individuals, including Bruce Allen Lundquist, an avionics systems specialist for NBAA Member Pentastar Aviation, were recently named recipients of the 2013 National General Aviation Awards. The annual General Aviation Awards – a joint effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the industry – are a tradition that stretches back nearly 50 years. Presented at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture event in Oshkosh, WI, the awards recognize aviation professionals for their outstanding contributions to education and flight safety. Read more about the 2013 award winners.

Upcoming Regional Events Focus on Safety, Training
March 14, 2013
Regional aviation groups across the country are hosting a bevy of collaborative safety and training programs this spring to help business aircraft operators enhance their already-strong record of safe flying.. "While these safety events are often held by individual associations separate from NBAA, it's important for our Association to help promote these efforts that help improve safety, training, and efficiency of flight operations of all sizes," noted NBAA Southwest Regional Representative Steve Hadley. Learn more about upcoming regional events.

NBAA Letter to FAA Underscores Industry's Pressing Tower-Closure Concerns
March 13, 2013
As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalizes a plan for closing nearly 170 air traffic control towers and other facilities, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote the FAA to outline the business aviation community’s significant concerns with the plan, and offer proposals for mitigating the situation. In his letter, sent to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle, Bolen noted that NBAA Members are strongly supportive of the tower facilities, and that the industry wants to work with the agency to keep the largest number possible in operation. Learn more and read the letter.

Business Aviation Works to Mitigate Sequester's Impact
March 11, 2013
At the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 38th Forecast & Policy Summit, held March 6 in Washington, DC, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown reported on his work to represent the interests of business aviation in recent discussions between government leaders and aviation stakeholders focused on mitigating the impact of the sequester, or federal budget cuts that could impact vital air services. "We in the business aviation community recognize the unique and challenging nature of this situation, but we also want to ensure we have a seat at the table as FAA officials consider how best to continue aviation system operations in a safe and equitable manner," Brown told those in attendance at the opening panel for the FAA event. As a former associate FAA administrator himself, Brown is one of a handful of industry stakeholders working closely with government officials on sequester-related matters. Read more about NBAA's work with government officials on the sequester.

NBAA Thanks Retiring Sandy Wirtz for Tireless Service to Association, Industry
March 11, 2013
The Association announced today that Sandy Wirtz is retiring as NBAA director, seminars, effective March 15. Wirtz has been with NBAA for 17 years, and has led the overall logistics planning and execution for NBAA's seminars, conferences, workshops and committee meetings. "In countless cities and towns, Sandy Wirtz has worked hard to run NBAA events effectively and efficiently," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "She has long been a recognized and respected figure in the business aviation community, and her contributions to the Association and industry will be missed." Wirtz plans to return to her hometown of St. Louis, MO to spend time with her family and provide support to various volunteer projects. Read more about Wirtz's service with NBAA.

New Website Encourages Careers in Industry
A new jobs and career website for pilots, flight attendants, aviation technicians, aviation managers and other aviation professionals has been launched by a diversified industry group called Aviation Workforce Development, Inc. (AWD). Tara Harl, executive director of AWD and chair of NBAA's Professional Development Subcommittee, described AWD as the aviation industry’s support organization for entry, advancement, leadership development and issue resolution in aviation careers, including business aviation. AWD's web pages provide career information for airlines, the military, manufacturing, unmanned aircraft operations, air traffic control, government, airports and general aviation. Read more about AWD's new resource.

GAMA: Though 2012 Aircraft Shipments Mixed, Encouraging Signs Emerging
February 14, 2013
When NBAA and GAMA launched the No Plane No Gain campaign in 2009, on specifically stated objective for the program was to highlight the industry’s value through an ongoing media campaign, and GAMA’s February 12 press conference continued that tradition. Throughout the event, GAMA's Pete Bunce highlighted the importance of general aviation not only in helping businesses succeed, but also in supporting critical industries like agriculture and providing lift for humanitarian initiatives like Corporate Angel Network and Veterans Airlift Command. Bloomberg Businessweek News, the Associated Press and the Wichita Eagle covered the event, as did industry trade publications, including Aviation International News, AvWeb and others. Read more about the GAMA press conference.

S&D Committee Participation Offers Opportunities for Growth, Networking
January 28, 2013
With NBAA's annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference wrapping up last week, several positions are opening on the S&D Committee, offering professionals opportunities for development, networking and engaging with the industry. "It's a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, really challenge yourself and develop your interests," said Karen Steinkamp, reflecting on her service on NBAA's S&D Committee as chairwoman. Learn more about the S&D Committee.

Michigan Group Opposes Proposed GA User Fees
January 4, 2013
The Michigan Aeronautics Commission recently sent a letter to its congressional delegation opposing the proposed $100-per-flight user fee as a fund-raising mechanism. "We think that type of tax is a job killer," said Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) chairman and Michigan Aeronautics Commission member Roger Salo, who added that MBAA has been pursuing the user-fee issue since it came up at a recent meeting. "We thought there was some urgency to communicate that to our state representatives. We were pleased that [the commission] supported it." The letter emphasized strong ties between local job growth and the continued prosperity of the state’s general aviation industry. Read more about the letter..