President Signs FAA Reauthorization Into Law
Five years of negotiation in Congress came to an end last week as President Barack Obama signed H.R. 658, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, into law. The bill, which keeps the fuel tax at existing levels and does not include user fees, provides $63.4 billion to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2015, including approximately $11 billion towards the FAA's proposed Next Generation air traffic control system. It also keeps the fuel tax as general aviation’s means of paying for the system. “NBAA is pleased the FAA will at last have the necessary, long-term authorization in place to ensure the U.S. air transportation system remains the largest, safest and most efficient in the world,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We thank the president, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate, in working to bring this measure to a successful resolution.” Read more about the reauthorization bill.
Kansas Lawmaker Criticizes User Fees in President's Budget, Defends GA
President Obama’s annual budget proposal, issued February 13, sounded a renewed call for per-flight user fees for general aviation (GA), prompting Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) to take to the House floor to speak out against user fees, explain the harm they would do and highlight the importance of all general aviation, including business aviation. The airplanes produced by GA manufacturers are “a tool that increases productivity, and ultimately the success of businesses all across our country,” Pompeo said. Learn more about Pompeo’s defense of GA.
FCC Rejects LightSquared Network, Protecting GPS
NBAA last week commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for rejecting broadband startup LightSquared's plans for a nationwide wireless network, due to concerns over interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) signals. FCC spokesperson Tammy Sun acknowledged the recommendation from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to put LightSquared’s plans on indefinite hold. "NTIA, the federal agency that coordinates spectrum uses for the military and other federal government entities, has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time," read a statement from Sun, who added the FCC intended to vacate the conditional waiver for LightSquared's application issued in January 2011. Read more about the FCC’s LightSquared decision.
Aviation Leaders: 'Fuel-Fraud' Law Depletes Aviation-Improvement Funds
NBAA was among a number of aviation groups that recently signed two letters calling upon Congress to sunset a provision in the 2005 Highway Bill that drains needed revenue for investments to strengthen the nation's aviation system. The letters sent by the organizations call upon House lawmakers to enact a provision that would repeal language in the Highway Bill requirement that nearly all taxes collected on fuel for general aviation aircraft be deposited in the Highway Trust Fund. Prior to the Highway Bill's passage, those tax revenues were deposited into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which supports programs to strengthen the nation's aviation infrastructure. Review the letters in NBAA’s Advocacy Letters archive.
FAA Requests Feedback on Oceanic NOTAMs
The Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center is evaluating whether to continue producing plain language NOTAMs on the availability of oceanic control extensions. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division schedules airspace that consists of 11 warning areas and four control extensions. FAA personnel have made a preliminary determination that issuing plain language NOTAMs to non-military users on the availability of control extensions is redundant. When certain airspace is “hot,” the FAA will continue to issue NOTAMs and provide standard guidance on the availability of control extensions. Operators that have feedback on this issue should contact FAA by February 29. Learn more.
The Association has submitted comments supporting a recent FAA rule change that would permit eligible Part 135 operators to conduct IFR operations at foreign and military airports with lower than standard weather minima. Currently, FAR Part 135.225 prohibits takeoffs at foreign and military airports when the visibility is less than 1 mile and approaches when the visibility is less than .5 mile. Once in effect, Part 135 operators that have been issued Operations Specification C079 will be able to take off with lower weather minima at foreign and military airports, just as they are permitted to at U.S. civil airports. .
DOT Releases SIFL Rates for First Half of 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1 to June 30. This data is necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. Review the new SIFL rates.
Bolen Represents Business Aviation at Major Aviation Events
In the coming weeks, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will participate in a series of major industry forums, providing an opportunity to highlight the value of business aviation for Washington policymakers. For example, on March 8, Bolen will serve on an executive panel discussion about aviation’s role in the global economy, at the annual FAA Forecast Conference in Washington. The following week, Bolen will participate in an annual aviation conference held just steps from Capitol Hill, hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives and Airports Council International-North America. In early April, Bolen will participate in the 11th Annual Aviation Summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; read Bolen’s remarks from a previous Chamber Summit. The Washington forums complement outside-the-Beltway industry events Bolen has recently participated in, including a February 13 panel discussion among general aviation association leaders at Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli Expo 2012. Direct questions to NBAA’s Dan Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JSSI Advocates for Business Aviation With Free No Plane No Gain Materials
Lou Seno, chairman and CEO of Jet Support Services Inc., (JSSI), recently ordered more than 150 copies of the NBAA Business Aviation Fact Book and a just-issued NBAA pocket brochure on business flying featuring No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign spokesperson Warren Buffet. When the advocacy documents arrived at the firm’s Chicago headquarters, Seno made sure each of JSSI’s 120 employees had their own hard copies. Seno has long advocated wider distribution of materials detailing the facts about business aviation. “It’s important that our people get behind the industry. They do, and they’re embracing it. They get it. They realize it’s about jobs and their livelihood is based on it.” Learn more about JSSI’s advocacy efforts.
Analysts: Growth Expected in Asia’s Pre-Owned Aircraft Market
Asia’s market for pre-owned business aircraft is expected to grow in three to five years as today’s buyers of new business jets put their aircraft on the market and trade up to newer models, according to several consultants who operate in the region. “Southeast Asia, outside of China, I view to already be a good marketplace for five years and younger aircraft,” said Chad Anderson, president of Jetcraft Corporation, which handles sales of new and used business aircraft worldwide. Learn more.
ABACE2012 Exhibitor Chalets Sold Out as Show's Opening Day Draws Near
Exhibitor chalets for next month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012) are now sold out, another sign that the event – to be held March 27 to 29 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport – is shaping up to be the premier business aviation event and meeting venue in the region. "Due to limited space on the ramp, NBAA offered for the first time a standardized structure and layout for OEM exhibitors at ABACE2012," explained NBAA Senior Manager, Regional Forums & Static Displays Joe Hart. "Aircraft manufacturers have reserved these chalets to provide hospitality to their prospective customers, in close proximity to their aircraft on display." Learn more about ABACE2012.
Next Week: Free Webinar on DCA Access
To highlight upcoming improvements to the Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), NBAA will present a free webinar on February 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on NBAA and the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) efforts to expand the number of gateway airports and FBOs, as well as offer best practices for flying into DCA from the perspective of the operator, FBO and TSA. Register for the DASSP webinar.
NBAA Regional Forum Returns to Van Nuys
The last time NBAA held its Business Aviation Regional Forum on Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in 2010, the event was an exciting success. This year, on April 12, the day-long learning and networking event will return to Van Nuys. In addition to featuring dozens of exhibits and aircraft on static display, the educational program will cover aircraft taxes, insurance, digital charts and more. Sign up for the Van Nuys Regional Forum now.
Regional Groups Focus on Safety This Spring
Over the next few months, about half a dozen regional business aviation associations across the country will hold events focused on safety. On March 5, the Southern California Aviation Association will hold its first event in the Los Angeles area, with a safety seminar in Van Nuys. In April, regional groups will hold safety events from Seattle to Tampa, including the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training’s Safety Smackdown in San Antonio, where NBAA’s Doug Carr will speak. The event qualifies toward Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) recertification. National Transportation Safety Board members and FAA Safety Team (FAAST) officials will be participating at other regional safety events. Check NBAA’s regional events list for an upcoming safety day near you.
February 29, 2012
Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
St. Louis, MO
March 1–3, 2012
Montana Aviation Conference
March 4–6, 2012
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
March 5, 2012
Southern California Aviation Assn. Safety Seminar
Van Nuys, CA
March 13, 2012
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
March 14, 2012
Idaho Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Open
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey provides in-depth data on aviation department salaries and operations, including ownership structures, international trip reports, fuel saving methods and more. Every year, the survey elicits responses from hundreds of aviation departments, providing compensation data on thousands of employees. Only NBAA Member Representative at companies that operate aircraft are eligible to take the survey. Survey respondents will have free online access to the results. All submissions are kept confidential and no individual results are posted. The 2012 survey will be open until April 2. Learn more and take the survey.
Last Week to Submit NBAA2012 Speaker Proposals
The deadline to submit proposals for education sessions at the NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) is Wednesday, February 29. NBAA invites proposals on any topic relevant to business aircraft owners and operators. Sessions must contain relevant educational content and may not be specific company updates, marketing presentations or commercial in nature. This year’s Convention will be held from October 30 to November 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Review the NBAA2012 call for speakers.
Flying Safety Awards Deadline Approaching on Mar. 1
If your company has flown aircraft for two or more consecutive years accident-free, you’re eligible for the NBAA Flying Safety Awards. The awards recognize Member Companies and individual employees for exceptional achievement in safe flying operations and are a testimony to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations. Awards are presented to flight departments as well as pilots, maintenance technicians and support personnel. Applications are due March 1. Apply for the Flying Safety Awards today.
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February 21, 2012
PDP Course: Effective Leadership in Aviation
San Diego, CA
February 22–23, 2012
20th Annual Leadership Conference
San Diego, CA
February 29, 2012
Webinar: Operating Into DCA: Improved Process Increases Activity
1:00 p.m. ET
March 6, 2012
Webinar: RVSM Authorizations: Requirements, Best Practices and Industry Update
1:00 p.m. ET
March 12–15, 2012
39th Annual International Operators Conference
San Diego, CA
March 23, 2012
Part 91 Flight Department Tax & Regulatory Issues Workshop
March 27–29, 2012
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012)
April 12, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Van Nuys, CA
April 16–17, 2012
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
San Antonio, TX
April 17–19, 2012
57th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
San Antonio, TX
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