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NBAA Flight Plan provides a weekly overview of important developments affecting NBAA members and the association's work to advocate for their interests. These informative podcasts help members stay connected with operational trends and key industry issues. Subscribe to NBAA Flight Plan on iTunes or Google Play Music, or listen to past reports by clicking on the links below.

Recent Issues

April 24, 2017
Navigating State Tax Considerations When Purchasing Business Aircraft
Due to the complex interrelationship between federal tax planning, state tax planning and planning for regulatory compliance, "considering the state tax early in the transaction allows the buyer to make the most informed decisions about their ultimate tax cost," said Jordan Miller, tax attorney at CenterPoint Aviation Law PLLC in Seattle, WA. Learn more about state aviation tax planning considerations, as well as NBAA state tax resources for members, in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
April 17, 2017
Business Owner Says ATC Privatization Would Hurt His Company
Scott Stevens, president of Glenville, NY-based Dimension Fabricators Inc., uses business aviation whenever practical to help customers quickly and efficiently. He is against privatizing the ATC system, noting that, "There are just some things that industry does well, and things that government does well. I think our current ATC system is incredibly effective [and] remarkably well managed." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
April 10, 2017
A Different Way for Business Aviators to Manage Risk
Bob Gould, of Bravo Golf Aviation, has developed a practical way to look at risk management, and it starts with a simple question: "What would happen if...?" In other words, he said, aviation personnel can ask themselves if they did or didn’t perform a certain function, what would the outcome be? Gould will speak on this topic next month at a Professional Development Program course on risk management. Learn more.
April 3, 2017
NBAA Committee Issues New List of Business Aviation Safety Priorities
The way we think about business aviation safety continues to evolve, and the NBAA Safety Committee has again put together its list of Top Safety Focus Areas. For 2017, there are eight items on list, including loss of control inflight, runway excursions, distractions and risk-based training. "This is the list of things that really, truly challenge the industry from a safety perspective," said Safety Committee Chairman David Ryan. The committee also created "five foundations of safety," to complement the Top Safety Focus Areas. These include: professionalism, risk management and fitness for duty. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
March 27, 2017
Preparing for the Next Generation of Aircraft Maintenance Specialists
The NBAA Maintenance Committee wants to develop the next generation business aircraft technician, and its scholarship program is an important part of that process, said committee member Steve King. Though the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) program, the committee awards dozens of training opportunities each year to help business aviation maintenance technicians enhance their careers. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
March 20, 2017
Podcast: Regional Business Aviation Safety Events Growing in Popularity
Increasingly, local and regional business aviation groups are staging safety events as a service to members and stakeholders in the area. The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA), for example, is hosting its 2017 Safety and Security Day on April 6. The key to success, said PNBAA Director Brett Palmiero, is appealing to a diverse audience with topics of current interest in the industry. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
March 13, 2017
Podcast: NBAA Maintenance Conference Offers Prime Networking Opportunities
With more than 900 attendees expected at this year's NBAA Maintenance Conference, set for May 2-4 in West Palm Beach, FL, there will be ample opportunities for networking, which industry leaders say is vital for those who work in maintenance of business aircraft. When looking for aircraft parts, or needing assistance with new techniques, the people one meets at the NBAA Maintenance Conference are often the first to help, said Maintenance Committee member Steve King. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
March 6, 2017
Podcast: NBAA's PDP Courses Help Industry Professionals Ascend in Their Careers
NBAA hosts more than a dozen Professional Development Program (PDP) courses each year, with the next one set for March 17 in Atlanta, GA, focusing on aviation security. The workshops are a must for anyone looking to attain management roles, said NBAA PDP Project Manager Tyler Austin. "To attend a face-to-face course, that's invaluable," he said. "When you're face-to-face you can ask those important questions, and get incredible feedback right then and there." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Feb. 27, 2017
Podcast: NBAA Members – Ask Lawmakers to Join the Congressional GA Caucuses
A new congressional session is underway, and with it, efforts will be underway to reform or add new members to the House and Senate Caucuses. That’s where NBAA members can help, by using the association’s online Contact Congress resource to send a message to their lawmakers asking them to join the caucus, which is critical for educating policy leaders about the importance of general aviation to citizens, companies and communities across America. “The General Aviation Caucus provides the building blocks for educating members of Congress about our industry’s concerns and policy priorities,” said NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava. NBAA members can use the association’s online Contact Congress tool to send an automated letter to their legislator about joining the caucus. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the GA Caucus.
Feb. 16, 2017
Podcast: Majority of Voters Against ATC Privatization, Survey Shows
A majority of registered voters are against privatizing the ATC system, according to a new survey conducted for the Alliance for Aviation Across America, the Air Care Alliance and the League of Rural Voters. The survey of 800 registered voters found that 62 percent are against privatization, noted Selena Shilad, executive director of Alliance. "People generally feel that the FAA should be running air traffic control," Shilad said. "That's a public government function, and that should reside within the FAA." Lean more about the survey in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Feb. 6, 2017
Podcast: What Does the Situation at Santa Monica Airport Mean for NBAA Members?
NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown was in Santa Monica, CA last week to talk with stakeholders about the recent agreement to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) in 2028, and shorten the runway in the near future. "Everyone's concerned about the future of the airport," he said, adding that the runway shortening would impact NBAA members with larger to mid-sized turbine aircraft. The association, Brown said, is examining legal options with regard to SMO. "We're looking at it as a unique case. We don't think it has any spillover effects to any other airports around the country, but we are very focused on making sure that this airport is as available, open and accessible to the aviation community as possible in the future," he said. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Jan. 30, 2017
Podcast: NBAA Celebrates 70 Years Advocating for Business Aviation
NBAA's 70th anniversary provides the business aviation community with an opportunity to celebrate the past, and recognize the industry's responsibility to continue advocating for business aviation in the years ahead, said President and CEO Ed Bolen. "The 70th anniversary of NBAA is an opportunity to look back at the wisdom and foresight of those 19 members that met together when NBAA was incorporated in 1947, Bolen noted, adding that NBAA and its members will continue to "take the torch and carry it forward to new generations." Listen to more of Bolen's comments in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Jan. 23, 2017
Podcast: NBAA Access Committee Looks to Update Airports Handbook
NBAA's Access Committee works to ensure that members have access to the National Airspace System, airports and to political processes at the local level that impact business aviation. Committee Chairman Gabe Andino said updating the popular NBAA Airports Handbook is one of the committee's main goals for 2017. For example, he said, "What we'll be updating is some of those case studies to make them a little more current." Learn more about the NBAA Access Committee in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Jan. 9, 2017
Podcast: Battle Over ATC Privatization, User Fees Expected in 2017, Says Bolen
A new administration takes over in Washington, DC this month, but NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said business aviation leaders are expecting another push for ATC privatization funded by user fees, and are preparing to once again fight against it. "What really is at stake here is a fundamental question about who's going to control the public's air space," Bolen said. "Is it going to be the public's elected representatives or are we going to turn our air traffic control monopoly over to a private board dominated by airlines who may not have business aviation's best interest at heart?" Other NBAA priorities for 2017 include support of certification reform and a push to move forward with NextGen implementation. Hear more of Bolen's comments in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Dec. 19, 2016
Podcast: NBAA Continued Advocacy Efforts in 2016
This year was one that saw a battle over proposals for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees – a concept that NBAA opposed, given the potential impact on the towns and communities that rely on business aviation. NBAA also continued its work to keep airports such as California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) and New York's East Hampton Airport (HTO) open to the entrepreneurs and companies relying on business aviation. The industry also paid tribute to Bob Hoover, Arnold Palmer and John Glenn, for their many contributions to aviation. Relive more moments from 2016 in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Dec. 12, 2016
Podcast: Updated NBAA CAM Exam Will Increase Leadership, Safety Emphasis
NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program improves careers of business aviation professionals and, in turn, the companies they work for. In 2017, an updated version of the CAM certification exam, which places additional emphasis on leadership and safety, will be introduced, said CAM Governing Board Chairman Jim Buchanan. Learn more about coming changes to NBAA’s CAM exam, and how you can start preparing for it, in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Dec. 5, 2016
A New Leader for the NBAA Safety Committee
The NBAA Safety Committee will continue to focus on its goal of continually enhancing business aviation safety, said new committee Chairman Dave Ryan. Two areas that will receive special focus are single-pilot safety and reducing loss-of-control accidents, he said. The group also is looking at many multi-year projects, such as developing a safety manager micro certificate. Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Nov. 21, 2016
NBAA Scholarships Assist the Next Generation of Industry Professionals
One of NBAA’s top priorities is bringing people into industry, and scholarships are a part of that process. With about a quarter of a million dollars awarded each year to students and working professionals, NBAA’s Tyler Austin said, "There’s no age limit, at any point in your career you can apply for any of these awards." Applications for several scholarships are due Nov. 30. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more.
Nov. 14, 2016
SDC2017 Continues the Show's Tradition of Giving Back
Attendees of NBAA's annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC) have a tradition of supporting a charity in the event's host city, and Feb. 7-10 in Fort Worth, TX, they will be raise money for, and pack "Ana's Baskets," to benefit Safe Haven of Tarrant County, said committee Chairwoman Danielle Gordon. The baskets are filled with cleaning supplies to help survivors of domestic abuse begin new lives. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more.
Nov. 7, 2016
ICAO’s Aviation-Carbon Plan Exempts ‘Small Emitters’ In Business Aviation
The International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) recently formalized a new international framework for regulating global aircraft emissions, known as Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA. The regulation is voluntary for about the first six years, said NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown, adding that if it is implemented as currently proposed, the plan recognizes “that it’s not efficient or necessary to include all operators, so there’s an exemption for small emitters,” including most NBAA members. Learn more in this week’s NBAA's Flight Plan podcast.
Oct. 31, 2016
UAS Sessions Take Center Stage at NBAA-BACE
At its annual convention, NBAA is offering three education sessions on the policies and regulations surrounding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including a session on protecting airport traffic from errant drones at 4:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Innovation Zone, sponsored by Business Aviation Insider magazine. Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure, said the industry can expect a 'rapid acceleration' in the use of the technology in the coming years, and these sessions address some of the major issues surrounding UAS use. Learn more about the UAS sessions held this week at NBAA-BACE in this edition of NBAA's Flight Plan podcast.
Oct. 24, 2016
Meet the Future of Business Aviation at NBAA-BACE
Careers in Business Aviation Day is an annual highlight of the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), and this year is no exception. Held on Thursday, Nov. 3, this year’s event which is free to students, teachers and chaperones – features Lyndse Constabile and Shaesta Waiz from Dreams Soar, an organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals, as well as Taylor Butterfield, an unmanned aircraft pilot and co-founder of SkyTap. The speakers hope to show aspiring industry professionals that through educational scholarships, internships, mentorships and other means, a career in business aviation can be theirs. Learn more about Career Day in this week's edition of NBAA's Flight Plan podcast.
Oct. 17, 2016
Business Aviation Champion Arnold Palmer: In His Own Words
Arnold Palmer was the quintessential golfer, bringing the game to the masses. And he did the same for business aviation – championing the industry since he began flying in the 1950s. Palmer took his first lesson in 1956 in Latrobe, PA, and a short time later flew to an exhibition in Akron, OH. "When I went to the exhibition, I was thinking golf and flying, and when I came back home, I was thinking flying," Palmer told NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen shortly before his passing on Sept. 25 at age 87. NBAA is dedicating its 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) to Palmer, and paying tribute to his lasting legacy to the industry. For more of Palmer’s thoughts on business aviation, listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Sept. 26, 2016
Antaya Counts on Business Aviation to Keep High-Tech Equipment Safe
Antaya Science & Technology is developing a particle accelerator for proton beam therapy that delivers targeted doses of radiation to cancer cells. This work requires transporting a delicate electromagnet to vendors that make specialty components. This equipment can’t just travel by truck or commercial airline – only business aviation can ensure it gets to where it needs to go, said Dr. Timothy Antaya. Learn more about Antaya Science & Technology in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Sept. 19, 2016
Filing PIREPs Can Improve Safety
Pilot reports – or PIREPs – are vital for safe operations, said John Kosak, program manager, weather, NBAA Air Traffic Services. The real-time weather updates are, “A fantastic way to get weather [information] out,” he said. “It really is the best way while we’re in the air to communicate information.” The NTSB has said improving PIREPs is on its list of most wanted safety improvements, and “it really is potentially a matter of life or death,” Kosak said. Learn more about the importance of PIREPs in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Sept. 12, 2016
Clearing Up Misconceptions About Flying to Cuba
Though U.S.-Cuba relations have improved, there is still much for business aviation operators to take into account before planning a flight. "There is a misnomer that Cuba is wide open," said Kathy Self, director of corporate compliance at Universal Weather and Aviation. "It is still an embargoed country, and making sure that you have a proper license to travel to Cuba is important." Attorney Jonathan Epstein said the rules of who can fly to Cuba can be complex. For example, if an aircraft is leased, financed or owned by third party, it may be prohibited from operating to Cuba even if it's not a violation of law. "The concern of a financer may go beyond what the law requires," he said. For more information on flying to Cuba, listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Aug. 29, 2016
Part 107 UAS Regulations Take Effect Aug. 29
Following years of collaboration between regulators and industry representatives, including NBAA, the FAA's rules for the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) will take effect on Aug. 29. "The implementation of Part 107 is a milestone toward the sensible introduction of small UAS into the national airspace system," said Bob Lamond, NBAA director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Learn more about the rules for sUAS in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest.
Aug. 22, 2016
RWSL Designed to Eliminate Runway Confusion, Improve Safety
The Runway Status Lights (RWSL) system is likely coming to an airport near you soon, with 17 airports across the country scheduled to have RWSL by the end of 2017. RWSL is a fully automatic advisory safety system designed to reduce the number and severity of runway incursions, and prevent runway accidents while not interfering with airport operations. “This whole system runs in the background as an additional layer of safety,” noted Bridget Gee, from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. But it can also lead to confusion for pilots, who may receive instructions from ATC that are inconsistent with the lighting system. Gee advises, “If the lights are in conflict with ATC instruction, just don’t go.” Learn more about RWSL in NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest.
Aug. 15, 2016
NBAA Highlights Election-Related TFR Information
As the presidential race comes down to a November finish, NBAA has made it easier to find information members need on election-related temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). “The information we present comes directly from FAA security, and we think it gives our members a much clearer and concise picture of the situation,” said Dean Snell, NBAA manager of air traffic services. Read more about presidential TFRs.
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Aug. 8, 2016
NBAA Young Professionals Group Introduces New Advisory Council
NBAA’s Young Professionals in Business Aviation (YoPro) announced the formation of its inaugural YoPro Council, a leadership team tasked with overseeing the group’s efforts to build relationships between emerging leaders in the industry. The 25 young professionals on the council will be responsible for planning YoPro events and initiatives. “Our goal with YoPro is to provide a community for young professionals looking to make their mark on business aviation, and the experience and enthusiasm our new council members bring will be crucial to that effort,” said Sierra Grimes, YoPro founder and NBAA’s manager of registration. Learn more about the new leadership team in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Aug. 1, 2016
Tips for Flying Into Rio During the Olympics
Brazil has instituted special rules for aviators flying to Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games, to be held from Aug. 5 to 21. Cynthia Oliveira, director of operations at Lider Aviation, discusses the hot topics that will affect business aircraft operators during the games, including visa requirements, airport slot systems, hours of operation and what you should know about the Zika virus. Learn more about preparing to fly to Rio in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
July 25, 2016
NBAA Safety Committee Cultivates Safety Leadership
With more than 60 members and an industry-wide reputation for leadership in promoting safe operations, the NBAA Safety Committee plans to step up its efforts to identify individuals who will serve on the front-line in supporting safety in the years to come. Anyone can be a safety leader, noted committee Vice Chairman David Ryan. “Safety transcends an entire organization,” he said. “Our values for our Safety Committee, and the ones that we promote in future safety leaders, are values such as professionalism, leadership, engagement. These individuals need to be innovative, they need to be progressive thinkers and we always need to try to stay ahead in developing pools for these people to succeed.” Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest, for more on developing safety leaders.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
July 18, 2016
What’s the Latest on Drone Policies?
New regulations that apply to small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will go into effect Aug. 27. However, rules that apply to the operation of UAS weighing more than 55 pounds will generally be covered under FAR Part 91-57A, according to Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "While s-UAS rules go into effect at the end of next month, rules governing standard UAS – those weighing more than 55 pounds – really won't differ from those covering manned aircraft," said Lamond, who serves on the FAA's UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest, for more on new s-UAS regulations.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
July 11, 2016
NBAA Keeps Connected With Local, Regional Groups
In 2014, NBAA created the Local and Regional Group Committee to act as a conduit of information between local groups and NBAA, and provide these groups an opportunity to work together and share best practices. This week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by jet Quest, examines the committee and its work. .NBAA Flight Plan podcast
June 27, 2016
Meet Alex Gertsen, NBAA's Expert on Airports and Access
Since Jeff Gilley retired from NBAA in 2015, Alex Gertsen has served as the association's director of airports and ground infrastructure. He comes to NBAA from the American Association of Airport Executives, and his love of aviation goes back to standing on the flight line with his grandfather, an Air Force veteran. A pilot himself, Gertsen works with the NBAA Access Committee to ensure access at airports across the country. "Alex's role is to monitor the situation [at important airports such as] Santa Monica Municipal (SMO) and East Hampton (HTO)," said Access Committee Chairman Gabriel Andino, "to keep an eye on the situation and provide feedback."
Learn more about Gertsen and the Access Committee in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
June 20, 2016
Three Takeaways From Recent Mental-Fitness Recommendations for Pilots
The FAA has released recommendations from an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) tasked with providing the agency input on how to assess and improve flight crew members' mental fitness for duty. The committee's recommendations include enhanced aviation medical examiner (AME) training and pilot assistance programs designed to help pilots who are experiencing emotional issues that could affect flight deck performance. "There has to be trust between the pilot; the FAA, and its designated representative, the AME; and the pilot's employer," said Dr. Quay Snyder, ARC member and president and CEO of the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service. Learn more about the recommendations.
Learn more about this topic in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
June 13, 2016
Keep Your Data Secure in the Air and on the Ground
It's easy these days for even cyber-savvy people to fall victim to internet security threats, noted Josh Wheeler, manager, training operations with Satcom Direct. For example, he said, an FBO advertises free wifi, and you connect – without a password – to what looks like a network with a name similar to the FBOs. But the unprotected network isn't connected with the FBO, and the user's data is compromised.
Wheeler shares three tips for keeping data secure in the air and on the ground in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
June 6, 2016
Breaking Patterns is Key to Preventing Pilot Human Error
In business aviation, pilots have to be smart, so how could two trained instructors flying together run out of gas mid-flight? Pat Daily, from Convergent Performance, attributes it to a person's "error fingerprint," something he says we all have. "Sometimes, even if they have that sense of unease, they will kind of bluster their way through it saying it's never going to happen, because it hasn't happened to them before." Daily will address this issue at an NBAA Professional Development Program course, Sept. 12 and 13 in Washington, DC.
Learn more about FET in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
May 23, 2016
NBAA Has Answers to Your Federal Excise Tax Questions
For Part 135 air charter operators, and some Part 91 flight departments, federal excise tax (FET) on commercial transportation of passengers generates challenging questions on an almost daily basis. "I see people getting tripped up on the international flights where they're stopping someplace before they travel on," said Mark Dennen, chief financial officer at Solairus Aviation and a member of NBAA's Tax Committee. "If you're flying the 48 [continental] states, which is the majority of charter trips, it's a pretty straight forward calculation. But it's when you're going different places outside the country, or Alaska and Hawaii, where most people have issues."
Learn more about FET in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
May 16, 2016
Meet CAN's New Executive Director, Gina Russo
Gina Russo recently took over as executive director of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which provides flights for cancer patients and their families on business aircraft – free of charge. Russo comes to CAN from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she ran its patient services programs. "I think we've got the right person here. I think she knows what she's doing and she's going to be a natural for this," said Peter Fleiss, CAN's executive director emeritus. "CAN is going to move forward as a result."
Learn more about Gina Russo and CAN in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
May 9, 2016
Flight Management Systems Can Help, or Challenge Single-Pilot Operators
While a flight management system (FMS) is designed to make things easier for a pilot, it can also make flying more difficult. An FMS helps a pilot keep track of where they are, fuel burn, weather and traffic conditions and more, but, "if you're so overly focused on how to do the FMS, it takes away a lot of your time from flying the airplane and managing it," said pilot Long Nguyen. Also, he said, FMS can vary from airplane to airplane, so pilots must take the time to familiarize themselves with a system before take-off.
Learn more about FMS in this week's NBAA Flight Plan, sponsored by Jet Quest.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
May 2, 2016
Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions
Disaster can strike quickly in an aircraft, and solid training can be the key to avoiding disaster – especially when it comes to takeoffs. "The decision to go is almost always the correct decision to make versus the abort decision," said Dann Runik, executive director of Advanced Training Programs at FlightSafety International. "The survivability data is on the side of those who decide to go." NBAA Safety Committee member Ben Kohler, who heads up the Technical Excellence Working Group, added that most emergencies will happens so fast there's no time to think. "When you do make the decision to continue the take off or reject, muscle memory is critical, and that comes from good training," he said.
Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by JetQuest, for more on avoiding runway excursions.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
April 25, 2016
New Study Documents Substantial Business Aviation Benefits for Europe
European business aviation employs 371,000 Europeans either directly or indirectly, contributing a total of €146 billion ($165 billion) to the European Union economy, according to a new study about the benefits the industry brings to Europe. The study, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton in collaboration with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR), was commissioned by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). The study also confirmed that business aviation has a significant induced effect on the EU economy, said Arthur Thomas, EBAA’s liaison with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest, for more on the study.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
April 18, 2016
Podcast: Ensure You Are Mentally Fit to Fly
Being "fit to fly" is more than just a physical condition, it's also a mental one. "We're talking about having both the cognitive ability to process information, as well as the emotional stability," said Dr. Dan Danzyck, a fellow in aerospace medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Danzyck said issues such as inability to sleep and difficulty concentrating on day-to-day tasks could be two signs that help is needed.
This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by Jet Quest, looks at the issue of mental fitness, and provides suggestions on where to turn for help.NBAA Flight Plan podcast
April 11, 2016
Podcast: AsBAA Working to Grow Business Aviation in Asia
As ABACE2016 kicks off this week in Shanghai, China, Charlie Mularski, chairman of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) discusses opportunities for the industry in Asia. Though China may be experiencing challenges, other countries in the region "are helping out with diversification of the market and a lot more activity that we didn't see in the past," he said.
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April 4, 2016
Local Aviation Groups Answer NBAA’s Call to Support Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill
Local and regional aviation groups have answered NBAA’s Call to Action in support the Senate’s version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which does not include provisions for a privatized ATC system, and that support is making a difference. “We support the Senate version of the FAA reauthorization bill,” said Jeff Smith, vice president for operations at the Eastern Regional Helicopter Council. “I can easily imagine that if we didn’t own the airspace through the FAA, and had to go hat-in-hand to the managers of a privately run ATC system, helicopter operations in the Northeast wouldn’t be taken into consideration at all.” Read more about groups that have answered the Call to Action and listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by jet Quest, about the issue.
March 28, 2016
Contact Congress Tool Gets NBAA Members' Voices Heard in FAA Reauthorization
With the full Senate expected to vote on its version of the FAA reauthorization bill in early April, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said now is the time for NBAA members to contact senators in the support of the legislation. "We have an opportunity to let all of the senators know before they vote on the legislation that this is a good bill and it deserves to be passed," he said. NBAA's Contact Congress tool is an easy and effective way to contact the Senate, he added, and since NBAA issued it's first call to action – asking members to oppose the House version of the bill – "we have seen a response from our members that has been off the charts."
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March 14, 2016
Podcast: Let Congress Know ATC Privatization Would be a Mistake
The Alliance for Aviation Across America has posted a petition on asking for support in the fight against ATC privatization. "It is basically telling people join us in sending a message to Congress that we do not want to privatize our air traffic control system," Executive Director Selena Shilad said. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast and learn how to join the fight against ATC privatization.
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March 7, 2016
Podcast: Court Battle Over SMO Continues This Week
It's a big week in ongoing battle over Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), as the decades-old fight between airport users and city leaders heads to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 11 for oral arguments on the city's claim that the document transferring SMO from federal hands to the city was faulty. Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure said, "The court has already ruled, the city appealed and we're continuing to argue about this." NBAA's Western Regional Representatives Stacy Howard said the city continues to make it difficult for association members and holders of master leases at the airport to stay in business. However, NBAA remains steadfast in its support for SMO, and will continue to fight to keep SMO open. Get the latest on SMO in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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Feb. 29, 2016
The Battle Against Privatized ATC Continues: Get Involved
Although U.S. House and Senate leaders will consider a short-term extension for FAA funding authority beyond the existing March 31 deadline, the reality is that the industry must remain vigilant against FAA reauthorization proposals for privatizing air traffic control, as contained in H.R. 4441. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said there's still a critical need for industry stakeholders to let their representatives know that such a scenario would hurt business aviation. "The House is still working to find a path to the floor for H.R. 4441, and the Senate is expected to introduce its own FAA reauthorization measure soon," noted Bolen. Hear Bolen explain how people can take action today in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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Feb. 22, 2016
Taking a Look at ICAO's Effort to Reduce Aircraft Carbon Emissions
For the first time, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has come up with proposed standards to reduce aircraft carbon emissions worldwide. "The very smallest of the business aviation aircraft would be exempt, so that would be generally aircraft under 12,500 pounds," noted NBAA's Chief Operating Office Steve Brown. "It's only when you get to larger aircraft, where you have larger fuel burns and therefore more emissions, that its useful to try and measure emissions and apply technology to make significant reductions in the future that are beneficial." ICAO will vote on the plan later this year, and Browns said he is "cautiously optimistic" it will pass. Learn more about the ICAO proposal in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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Feb. 8, 2016
Leadership in a Time of Crisis
Every day could be a day when your leadership skills could be tested to the limit, said leadership expert Dr. Tony Kern, who is speaking at NBAA's Leadership Conference, Feb. 22 to 24 in San Antonio, TX. "Aviation is dynamic, and it can quickly evolve from simple decisions to incredible complexity," he said. "When it seems overwhelming, Kern suggested, find the one thing you do understand, deal with that and then look at the problem again. Learn more on Kern's thoughts on leadership in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Feb. 1, 2016
FAA Reauthorization Battle Intensifies
The most significant change in U.S. aviation history is being proposed – a privatized ATC system funded by user fees – and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen urges members to act now and make their voices heard. "We have seen privatized systems in other parts of the world that have restricted access, that have given priority to commercial operations over non-commercial operations, that have effectively eroded small-town access to major finance centers," Bolen said, adding that such a system in this country, "has the potential to be devastating for business aviation." Bolen again urged stakeholders to use NBAA's Contact Congress online resource and ask lawmakers to oppose any proposal for privatization. Get more information about the threat of ATC privatization in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Jan. 25, 2016
Engaged Employees Lead to Satisfied Customers
Fostering employee engagement represents a revolution in corporate philosophy, according to Mark Fernandes, chief leadership officer at Luck Companies, who oversees the flight department. It used to be "customers first." But now, he said, it is "employees first." "Engage them and they in turn will treat the customer well," said Fernandes, who will present on this topic at NBAA's 2016 Leadership Conference, Feb. 22 to 24 in San Antonio, TX. Learn more about engagement in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Jan. 11, 2016
Discussions with CBP Key to Alleviating Customs Issues for Members
Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation said, "The dialogue that has been going on between CBP and NBAA has opened up new lines of communication. Having more access to [CBP's General Aviation Program Manager] Eric [Rodriguez] at events, working with the GA working group that CBP has put together to try and focus on specific GA and business aviation products to help the members have a more seamless inbound/outbound experience when they're dealing with customs" are all examples of how keeping the lines of communication open can help members. Learn more on NBAA's efforts to form a closer relationship with CBP in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Jan. 4, 2016
Contact Congress To Tell Lawmakers No To Privatized ATC Funded With User Fees
With a fight against ATC privatization funded through user fees looming in Washington, DC, NBAA members are encouraged to use the online Contact Congress tool to let lawmakers know the detrimental impact such a plan would have on the industry. "Our community is politically aware and understands that we may need to reach out to elected officials on a sustained, continuous basis to make sure before they vote they know how it will effect their constituents," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about the upcoming fight against ATC privatization in this week's NBAA Flight Plan.
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Archived Issues

Dec. 28, 2015
FAA Reauthorization, UAS and Maintaining Access Dominated Headlines in 2015
Dec. 21, 2015
Industry Stakeholders Urged to Contact Congress About Opposing Privatized ATC Funded Through User Fees
Dec. 14, 2015
SDC2016 a Must-Attend Event for Schedulers, Dispatchers
Dec. 7, 2015
Experts Discuss Importance of Aircraft Use Policies
Nov. 23, 2015
Schedulers and Dispatchers Give Back at SDC2016
Nov. 16, 2015
NBAA2015 Has Landed in Las Vegas
Nov. 9, 2015
Networking Session at NBAA2015 to Highlight Grassroots Advocacy
Nov. 2, 2015
NBAA2015 Looks to the Future of Unmanned Flight
Oct. 26, 2015
Eye-Opening Information About Sleep
Oct. 19, 2015
Why Should Your Company Help Corporate Angel Network?
Oct. 5, 2015
At NBAA2015: A Soiree to Save Lives
Sept. 28, 2015
Local, Regional Groups Gear Up for NBAA2015
Sept. 21, 2015
NBAA Subcommittee to Address Needs of Smaller Operations
Sept. 14, 2015
NBAA's Strategic Focus Teams Boost Effectiveness of Association Committees
Aug. 31, 2015
NBAA Scholarships: Easier Than Ever to Apply
Aug. 24, 2015
NBAA Members Active in Support of SoCal Metroplex
Aug. 17, 2015
Ask Your Legislator to Join the GA Caucus
Aug. 10, 2015
NBAA Advocates for Airport Access On Both Coasts
Aug. 3, 2015
Personal Stories Best Illustrate Business Aviation's Importance
July 27, 2015
Interested in Weather? Join NBAA's Weather Subcommittee
July 20, 2015
NBAA Member Benefits Abound This Week at AirVenture
July 13, 2015
Regional, Local Business Aviation Groups Answer NBAA's 'Call to Action'
July 6, 2015
New AsBAA Chair Hopes to Address Hot Spots in Region
June 25, 2015
Use NBAA's Contact Congress Tools, Make Your Voice Heard
June 22, 2015
Sources of Global Security Information to be Discussed at NBAA2015
June 15, 2015
Cultural, Procedural Differences Need to be Considered in International Flying
June 8, 2015
NBAA Offering PDP Courses in Washington, DC
June 1, 2015
NBAA Keeps Members Informed During Hurricanes
May 18, 2015
Chicago Vertiport Has Budding Partnership With DuPage Airport
May 11, 2015
NBAA Tailors Safety Program to Meet Needs of Alaskan Operators
May 4, 2015
Fitness for Duty, Safety Trends, Among Topics at BASS
April 27, 2015
Auburn University to Operate First UAS School in the Country
April 20, 2015
NBAA's Maintenance Conference Offers Leadership, Technical Training
April 13, 2015
NBAA Supports FAA Proposal for Scenario-Based Go-Around Training
April 6, 2015
NBAA to Lead Campaign Against Proposed Slot Restrictions at NY-Area Airports
March 30, 2015
NBAA Gathers Regional Leaders Together to Discuss Issues
March 23, 2015
Kathy Perfetti rejoins IBAC
March 16, 2015
There's a New Way to Spot Troublesome Aviation Weather
March 9, 2015
New Business Aviation Group Forms in Alabama
March 2, 2015
Tip: Talk With A Doctor Before Flying to These Three Places
Feb. 19, 2015
NBAA Cautions: FAA's Final UAS Rules Still Some Time Off
Feb. 9, 2015
NBAA Continues to Monitor Updates on Use of UAS
Feb. 2, 2015
FAA, NBAA Remind Operators to File Correct Flight Plans
Jan. 26, 2015
NBAA Represents Members in NextGen Planning Meetings
Jan. 19, 2015
NBAA Supports Business Aviation Safety Summit
Jan. 12, 2015
CAN Continues Its Life-Saving Missions in 2015
Dec. 29, 2014
Podcast Looks to Year Ahead For Business Aviation
Dec. 22, 2014
NBAA Advocacy Efforts Took Center Stage in 2014
Dec. 15, 2014
NBAA's New Connectivity Subcommittee Begins Work on Standards
Dec. 8, 2014
NBAA Offers More Resources to Help With Winter-Weather Flying
Nov. 24, 2014
NBAA Continues Work on ADS-B Mandate
Nov. 17, 2014
Aviation Security Summit Offers Glimpse at New, High-Tech Solutions
Nov. 10, 2014
Operators Need to Be Aware of Coming Airspace Changes
Nov. 3, 2014
New Weather-Related Tools Will Allow for Greater Accuracy in Forecasts
Oct. 20, 2014
Events Geared Toward Future of Business Aviation at NBAA2014
Oct. 13, 2014
Earhart Hopes More Women Will Aim for Careers in Aviation
Oct. 6, 2014
NBAA Has Resources to Assist Single-Pilots’ Operations
Sept. 29, 2014
‘Climb Via’ Causing Confusion
Sept. 22, 2014
Industry Needs to Be Competitive to Keep Talented Employees
Sept. 15, 2014
5China Planning All-General Aviation Town
Sept. 8, 2014
More Airports Seeing Need for General Aviation Customs Facilities
Sept. 1, 2014
Business Aviation Has a Voice in North Carolina
Aug. 25, 2014
Engaging with Lawmakers is Key to Resolving Safety Issues
Aug. 18, 2014
IS-BAO Improved Annually Through Operator Input
Aug. 11, 2014
Operator Training Leads to Increased Safety
Aug. 4, 2014
NBAA Members Assist in Fight to Save Aviation Program in Massachusetts
July 28, 2014
NBAA Takes Weather Planning to the Next Level
July 21, 2014
NBAA Takes Part in GA Issues, Security Conference
July 14, 2014
Risk Assessment of Airports an Important Tool in Safe Operations
July 7, 2014
New Aircraft Transactions Guide a Useful Tool for Smaller Operations
June 30, 2014
Regional Business Aviation Leaders Learn From Peers at Second Annual Roundtable
June 23, 2014
NBAA Keeps Members Up-to-Date on Sleep-Apnea Proposals
June 16, 2014
Instruction Needed to Master New Cockpit Technology
June 9, 2014
NBAA, Regional Groups Work Together on Business Aviation Issues
June 2, 2014
NBAA Conducting Flight Department Manager Job Analysis Review Process
May 26, 2014
The Fight to Keep East Hampton Airport Open Escalates
May 19, 2014
Trust Is Key in Developing a Positive Safety Culture
May 12, 2014
NBAA Can Help Graduates Get Ahead in Business Aviation
May 5, 2014
Annual Roundtable Promotes Networking Among Regional Leaders
April 28, 2014
Professionalism Among NBAA Committee's Top Safety Focus Areas
April 21, 2014
New 'Climb Via,' 'Descend Via' Phraseology Makes Communication Easier
April 14, 2014
Education Is Key to Ensuring Pilots' Fitness for Duty
April 7, 2014
Optimism Prevails for Growth of Business Aviation in India
March 31, 2014
Podcast Series to Focus on Safety Areas
March 24, 2014
IBAC Looks to Continue Forging Relationships with Asian Operators
March 17, 2014
More Safety Programs Lead to Increased Cooperation
March 10, 2014
Administration Again Attempts to Impose Aviation User Fees
March 3, 2014
Challenges Remain Before Viable Supersonic Jet Comes to Market
Feb. 24, 2014
Air Traffic Services Subscribers to Benefit From New App
Feb. 12, 2014
All Pilots Should Become Familiar With AOA Indicator
Feb. 10, 2014
European Officials Hope to Open Up More Airport Slots to Business Aviation
Feb. 3, 2014
IBAC Looking at Refining IS-BAO for Single-Plane, Single-Pilot Operations
Jan. 27, 2014
Flying to Sochi During the Olympics? NBAA Has Six Tips for Successful Travel
Jan. 20, 2014
Boca Raton Forum to Feature Session on Networking in the Cabin
Jan. 13, 2014
Global Entry Program Highlighted at SDC2014
Jan. 6, 2014
Getting to Tokyo Gradually Getting Easier