Excitement High as NBAA's Convention Returns to Las Vegas
The business aviation community gathered in Las Vegas, NV this morning as the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011) officially opened its doors for a three-day show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The day began with an Opening General Session and ribbon cutting, with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined on stage by business and government leaders, including Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and others. As the show opened with 1,106 Exhibitors, a total of 25,168 Attendees were registered, surpassing last year's final total of 24,306. View show highlights throughout the week – including articles, videos, podcasts and photo galleries – at the NBAA2011 Online News Bureau.
At NBAA2011, Government, Business Leaders Highlight Business Aviation Value
"Every state benefits from general aviation," Senator Joe Manchin told the Attendees gathered for the NBAA2011 Opening General Session this morning. "This industry provides 1.2 million manufacturing and service jobs." The senator's message was delivered by each of the policymakers and businesspeople sharing the stage in Las Vegas this morning with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. View a photo gallery and more Opening General Session details.
Alaska Senator Speaks Out Against User Fees
In a statement on the Senate floor on October 6, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) opposed the Obama administration's proposed $100 per-flight user fee as a way to generate funds to address the nation's jobs and deficit crises. The user fee "is not a wise or even cost-effective way to administer a tax," said Begich. "General aviation is not a luxury in Alaska; it is a necessity." As for user fees, "general aviation users pay their fair share now," said Begich. "They pay for the aviation system through a per-gallon tax on their aviation fuel." Read more and view Begich's statement.
Bolen Tells House Lawmakers: Industry Supports NextGen, Not User Fees
In a House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee hearing last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized the industry's steadfast support for modernizing the nation's air traffic control system, while underscoring its strong opposition to funding the transformation through user fees. "We are prepared to do our part to help our country realize the benefits of NextGen," Bolen said. "Please understand, however, that our ability to support NextGen is currently at risk because of the proposed $100 per-flight fee that is threatening our industry." Read more of Bolen's testimony.
Union Leader Blasts Administration Proposal for Altering Business Aircraft Tax Policy
The president of a manufacturers union is raising alarm over President Obama's targeting of business aviation with a plan for changing the depreciation schedules for business airplanes. In a guest editorial published on October 4 in the Philadelphia Inquirer, union leader Tom Buffenbarger points out that such a plan could adversely impact an entire industry. Learn more.
NBAA2011 App Gets Rave Reviews by Industry Users
For the first time, NBAA Convention Attendees can use their smartphones to navigate the exhibit floor, plan out their schedule throughout the show and keep up with the latest event news. It's now possible with the official NBAA2011 mobile app for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and all web-enabled smartphones, and it's been fueling excitement among aviation and tech bloggers even before the show opened. Read the bloggers' rave reviews.
Well-Rounded NBAA2011 Schedule to Include Corporate Shuttle Panel
In a Tuesday afternoon education session at NBAA2011, FAA representatives and NBAA committee members will discuss Part 125 and best practices for starting and operating a corporate shuttle service. The presentation will be made by representatives from the FAA Commercial Operations Branch (AFS-820) and the NBAA Domestic Operations Committee Corporate Shuttle Working Group. The session, "Best Practices in Corporate Shuttle Operations," will be held October 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room N237 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, contact NBAA's Mark Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this and other education sessions being offered, view the NBAA2011 program schedule.
No Plane No Gain Momentum Continues at NBAA2011
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association today continued the tradition of rolling out new No Plane No Gain resources to help underscore the fact that business aviation is not only good for business, but is also an essential American industry. A new series of ads featuring No Plane No Gain spokesperson Warren Buffett are being prominently displayed at the Convention, including larger-than-life banners visible inside and outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more about new No Plane No Gain resources.
New Advocacy Video Debuts: 'We Are Business Aviation'
NBAA2011 opened today with a new No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign video emphasizing that business aviation provides over a million jobs, is a lifeline to communities and serves as a productivity tool for thousands of businesses. With scenes of mechanics maintaining aircraft engines, light business airplanes bringing humanitarian relief to Haiti, companies of all sizes relying on their aircraft and more, the video emphasizes how deeply integrated business aviation is into America's communities and economy. View the No Plane No Gain video.
NBAA Thanks Retiring Illinois Representative for Supporting General Aviation
Shortly after Representative Jerry Costello (D-12-IL) announced last week that he would retire after his current term in office, NBAA issued a statement thanking the congressman for his tireless support for the entire general aviation community, including business aviation. "Congressman Costello has been a highly effective advocate for general aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "He has always demonstrated a readiness to work with all of his colleagues to promote policies that help foster general aviation, so that it can continue to create jobs, connect cities and towns and optimize the mobility and efficiency of travel." Read more about Costello's work in Congress.
Bolen Welcomes Exhibitor Commitments for ABACE2012
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen yesterday provided a first look at some of the companies officially committed to exhibit at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012) in Shanghai, from March 27 to 29, 2012. Bolen detailed the progress for the show alongside international business aviation leaders and representatives from the Shanghai Airport Authority. In addition to manufacturers like Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, and Hawker Beechcraft, other business aviation companies have signed Exhibitor agreements for ABACE2012, and Asia-based product and service providers have also signed on, including Hong Kong Jet, Metrojet and Sino Jet Management. Read more about plans for ABACE2012 in Shanghai.
New Canadian ADS-B Requirements for Hudson Bay Airspace
Beginning November 17, aircraft flying in certain airspace over the Hudson Bay that are not equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out), and included on NavCanada's ADS-B Out eligibility list, will be required to file flight plans on published routes. The requirement applies to aircraft flying through the Hudson and Minto sectors of Canadian airspace between FL 350 and 400 (inclusive). ADS-B eligible aircraft will be permitted to continue to file and fly non-structured routings. Aircraft transiting the Hudson and Minto sectors at FL 340 and below or at FL 410 and above will continue to be permitted to file and fly non-structured routings without being ADS-B Out equipped. Learn more.
Regional Group Leaders to Meet at NBAA Convention
During NBAA2011 on Tuesday, October 11, a networking session will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to bring together leaders from regional business aviation associations based nationwide. Speakers will share tips and best practices for setting up and managing a successful group in local communities. Convention Attendees are invited to attend this session to meet the designated NBAA regional representative for their state. The session will take place in Room N243. Learn more about existing groups and other regional resources for NBAA Members.
Uncertain Future for Ohio State University's Airport
As Ohio State University faces funding cuts, and community members express concerns about noise, university officials are again considering the university airport's (OSU's) future. Neighbors are concerned that an airport intended for student training has seen increased traffic from turbine-powered aircraft, and higher education funding was cut more than 11 percent in Ohio last year. University officials could be considering selling fixed base operator rights, selling hangar properties, redeveloping some airport land or even an outright sale of the airport itself. Learn more about the challenges facing OSU airport.
October 22, 2011
Texas Aviation Assn. Safety Day
October 26, 2011
Southern California Aviation Assn. Networking Reception
Santa Ana, CA
October 29, 2011
South Carolina Aviation Assn. Southeast Aviation Show
October 29, 2011
Waco Aviation Alliance Freedom Ball
November 12, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Fundraiser
November 18, 2011
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event and Dinner
Boca Raton, FL
Association to Produce Daily, Convention-Focused Editions of NBAA Update
To keep Members informed about the happenings at the world's largest civil aviation trade show this week, NBAA will produce daily, special editions of the NBAA Update e-newsletter and NBAA Flight Plan podcasts during each day of the show. In conjunction with the Online News Bureau, the special Convention editions of each publication will provide daily reports of event news and highlights. For all of NBAA's on-site show coverage, including video, podcasts, photo galleries and more, visit the official NBAA2011 Online News Bureau site.
New Business Aviation Fact Book Now Online
Today at NBAA2011, the Association released a new edition of the NBAA Business Aviation Fact Book, a comprehensive profile of the industry that provides real-world information and data about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country. Included in the new edition are updates to data tables and company profiles, as well as new information about the value of general aviation airports to the nation's economy and air transportation system. Order a copy of the 2011 NBAA Business Aviation Fact Book.
New LBA Flight Operations Resource Released at Safety Standdown
Yesterday, NBAA and Cessna co-hosted a well-attended Single-Pilot Safety Standdown that drew upon the actual experiences of single pilots when exploring topics such as emerging technologies, operational best practices to improve safety, and international flight planning. Introduced during the seminar was a new Association publication designed to help light business airplane (LBA) operators create or update their flight operational manual by offering an easy-to-use template. Learn more and view the LBA Flight Operations Manual Template.
NBAA Recognizes Members for Safe Flying Achievement
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards recognize Member Companies for achievement in safe flying operations through years and hours of accident-free service. The awards are endorsed by the National Safety Council and bring national attention to the high degree of professionalism in business aircraft operations. A booklet listing the 2011 Flying Safety Award recipients is now mailing to those companies and individuals receiving this year's awards. Winners of the 50 and 60 Year Safe Flying Achievement Awards also were acknowledged at today's awards luncheon at the NBAA Convention. View the 2011 Flying Safety Awards booklet.
Gold and Platinum Wing Awards Given to Aviation Journalists
NBAA announced the recipients of the Association's 2011 Gold Wing and David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Awards this morning at the No Plane No Gain Media Kickoff Breakfast in Las Vegas, NV. Jeff Burger, editor of Business Jet Traveler, received the Gold Wing Award, presented annually for excellent and insightful reporting on the most important issues impacting business aviation. Fred George, senior editor of Business & Commercial Aviation, received the Platinum Wing Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in journalism. Read more about the award recipients.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Three Questions for Ed Bolen
As NBAA kicks off its 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011) – being held this week from October 10 to 12 in Las Vegas, NV – President and CEO Ed Bolen talks about the industry's challenges, and how this Convention will help Members engage effectively on issues that range from user fees to the BARR program. This podcast is part of a series of special Convention edition podcasts being produced in conjunction with this week's show.
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October 10–12, 2011
64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011)
Las Vegas, NV
October 11, 2011
International Operators Regional Review Webinar Series, Week 3
1:00 p.m. ET
October 11, 2011
NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit
Las Vegas, NV
October 13–14, 2011
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Las Vegas, NV
October 13–14, 2011
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Las Vegas, NV
NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
Membership Applies to the Entire Company
Once a company joins, all employees have access to NBAA's full suite of benefits and services. So if your company is a Member – or if you think it might be and would like to check – stop by NBAA's Headquarters Booth #N2504 this week during the Convention and ask for a Membership representative. NBAA's staff will walk you through all the benefits available to you for free, and show you how easy it is to set up your web site username and password. If you're not in Las Vegas for the Convention this week, you can go online to set up your username and password yourself, and start taking advantage of all the benefits that come with your company's NBAA Membership.
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