NBAA Joins in Urging Congress to Support FAA's Contract Tower Program
The FAA’s Contract Tower Program provides essential air traffic control (ATC) services and enhanced safety at smaller airports that otherwise would not have a tower. The program has been in place since 1982 and currently 249 smaller airports in 46 states participate in the program. In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-5-KY), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined nearly a dozen industry association leaders in urging Congress to support full funding for the Contract Tower Program in 2013. “Absent this highly successful federal program,” the association leaders wrote, “many local communities and smaller airports would not receive the significant safety benefits of ATC services.” Read the full letter to the Appropriations Committee.
TSA Clarifies Operator Security Responsibilities for Federal Office Candidates
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued guidance for Part 125 and Part 135 certificate holders conducting operations under the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) and the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) and carrying candidates for federal elected office. In these cases, the U.S. Secret Service assumes responsibility for all security related to the flight and directs which security measures the operator must follow. The operator is not required to comply with the passenger and baggage screening requirements of their respective programs for these flights.
To receive a copy of the letter, please contact NBAA's Doug Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org
IRS Issues FET Legal Opinion on Aircraft Management Fees
The IRS chief counsel’s office has advised the agency that federal air transportation excise tax applies to management fees and other amounts paid by an aircraft owner to an aircraft management company in Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 2012-10026, dated March 9. The management company provided pilot services, maintenance services, scheduling services and other aircraft management services for the owner’s own operation of the aircraft. A CCA does not constitute binding precedent, but it represents the opinion of IRS counsel. This CCA suggests that the IRS intends to aggressively assert excise taxes on payments to aircraft management companies, even where there is no Part 135 charter use of the aircraft by the manager. Read the CCA and related Tax Committee articles.
With Oil Prices High, Fuel Planning More Important Than Ever
In many parts of the country Jet A and 100LL are now over $6 a gallon. Driving aviation fuel costs is the steadily rising price of oil – now well over $100 a barrel – forcing business aircraft operators to adjust their operations and focus on fuel planning. “We might be in a new reality, where the prices we’re seeing now won’t go down much,” said Neil Brackin, director of General Mills' flight department. “Using fuel programs to make your variable costs more predictable is just part of the job now.” Read more about operations and fuel planning in the new reality.
Last Chance to Register in Advance for ABACE2012
Avoid the lines in Shanghai and register online for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012) coming next week from March 27 to 29. Registration provides access to exhibits, static aircraft and education sessions for all three days of the show. Attendees also may purchase tickets for the ABACE2012 Gala to be held Tuesday evening, March 27, featuring a keynote address by publisher and commentator Steve Forbes. Register for ABACE2012.
Exhibitions Outpace Economy; NBAA Convention Reflects Value
A recent survey conducted by the highly respected Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), confirms what NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Exhibitors and Attendees long have known – that important trade shows deliver even greater value in challenging times. In its CEIR Index, the exhibition industry research group found that overall exhibition industry activity increased by 2.7 percent between 2010 and 2011, and grew by an even larger 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. The report also found that “the [exhibition] industry’s performance continued to surpass real GDP, which only grew by 1.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the final quarter of 2010.” Learn more about the CEIR survey.
Teterboro Runway 19 Departure Procedure to Be Revised Apr. 5
A revision to the VFR Dalton departure procedure off Runway 19 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) will be published on April 5. The procedure will remain the same except for the elimination of the requirement to climb to 800 feet prior to starting the turn to heading 280. The revised procedure will allow pilots to start the turn prior to reaching 800 feet, but the turn must still be completed within 2 nautical miles (nm) DME from the airport. Pilots should still use caution, as there are two towers within 4 nm DME of Teterboro, to the south, 510 feet high, and southwest, 695 feet high. FAA advises pilots to familiarize themselves with the altitude and heading requirements for the procedure before requesting it. Review complete details on the Dalton departure procedure.
Missouri Groups Coming Together for Aviation Day on Mar. 27
Once again this year, groups representing the many aviation communities in Missouri are joining together for Missouri State Aviation Day, set for March 27. In conjunction with the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) and the Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA), NBAA is supporting the advocacy day, which is sponsored by the Missouri Pilot’s Association. Participants will gather in the morning at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO, share information about pending legislation affecting aviation and then meet with their legislators. A luncheon will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the third floor rotunda. Read about last year’s advocacy day and get more information about this year’s event by contacting NBAA’s Bob Quinn at email@example.com.
Ohio Group Holding Training Standdown on Apr. 12
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA), in conjunction with Global Aerospace, will host its annual Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown (OBATS) on April 12 in Columbus, OH. The program will feature presentations by Pat Daily and Dr. Dan Boedigheimer from Convergent Performance on fatigue risk management and "Level III Professionalism." The standdown begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center, located at 2110 Tuttle Park Place. To register visit the ORBAA web site.
Session on iPads in the Cockpit Offered at Van Nuys
One of the most popular education sessions at NBAA’s Convention last fall and at the Regional Forum in New Orleans last month was an interactive session on iPads in the cockpit. In the session, “Best Practices for Transitioning from Paper to Digital Charts,” presented by Jeppesen, participants will learn best practices for safely transitioning to a paperless flight deck. If you missed the session at earlier events, it will be offered again at the next Business Aviation Regional Forum in Van Nuys, CA on April 12. Review the full agenda and sign up for the Van Nuys Regional Forum today.
March 21, 2012
Michigan Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
March 23, 2012
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
March 23, 2012
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council Fly-in
March 23, 2012
NBAA/Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Part 91 Tax Workshop
March 27, 2012
Missouri State Aviation Day
Jefferson City, MO
March 29, 2012
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Boca Raton, FL
EBACE2012 Registration Now Open
Online registration is now available online for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), to be held May 14 to 16 in Geneva, Switzerland. Jointly hosted each year by NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), EBACE is the premier annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. Members of NBAA and EBAA qualify for discounted rates, and students and members of the press are encouraged to register in advance. Learn more about EBACE2012.
Three Pilots Receive NBAA’s International Operators Scholarship
NBAA’s International Operators Scholarship provides financial support for professional development toward careers in business aviation related to international operations. This year’s recipients are Nikolas Bray, Gregory Frister and Basham Johnson, who were recognized during the International Operators Conference in San Diego, CA on March 14. Learn more about the scholarship recipients.
Submit Your Course for PDP Approval
NBAA is seeking new courses for the Professional Development Program (PDP). Training organizations and educational institutions provide PDP Courses through a variety of convenient and flexible delivery methods, including Internet courses, video instruction and on-site seminars. Courses should cover at least one of the five PDP objectives. The deadline for course submissions is April 13. Anyone interested in becoming a PDP-approved provider or receiving a list of current PDP objectives should contact Sarah Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review the PDP request for proposals.
Compensation & Benchmark Survey Open for Participation
Did you know? Members who take NBAA’s Compensation & Benchmark Survey receive free online access to the results. This industry survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department salaries and operational data to help NBAA Member Companies run the most effective and efficient flight departments. All data will be held strictly confidential and only NBAA Member Representatives, or their designees, from Member Companies that operate aircraft may enter survey data. Survey responses are due by April 2. Learn more and take the survey.
Webinar This Week Emphasizes Passenger Safety Education
This Wednesday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET, NBAA cabin safety experts will present a live webinar on how and why clients should be continually educated on cabin safety. The webinar, “Educating the Client Enhances Cabin Safety,” will explain why it’s important for everyone from brokers to operators to ensure the client has the safest experience. NBAA Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) are eligible to receive CAM re-certification credit for participating. Preregistration is required; sign up for this safety webinar now.
New Eight-Week Online Tax Seminar Series Starting Apr. 23
An essential part of the business aviation professional’s job is understanding complex federal and state tax issues in order to balance tax considerations with FAA regulations and company budgets. Beginning April 23, NBAA will offer an eight-week interactive online classroom and webinar series titled “Business Aviation Taxes.” Through webinars and live online discussion with presenters, this course will examine tax issues in-depth for flight departments, charter operations and aircraft management companies. The course counts toward NBAA CAM qualification and recertification credit. Register for this online tax course today.
Nashville PDP Course Focuses on Value of Business Aviation
Learn how to communicate the value of your flight operation within your company at this upcoming PDP course in Nashville, TN on May 4. The course, “Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation,” will cover a variety of methods to demonstrate your value to corporate-side personnel through presentations, proposals, internal marketing and more. The interactive discussion will also explore travel analysis methods, options for lift, business plans and corporate culture. Learn more about documenting business aviation value and register for this PDP course online.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Operators Struggle With Complexity of EU-ETS Compliance
Many U.S. operators are finding the process of complying with new European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) requirements, such as the establishment of a carbon registry account, to be difficult. Aircraft operators who fly into and out of EU countries must open carbon registry accounts within their member states. The carbon registry account is very much like a bank account, with deposits and withdrawals, but instead of cash, the currency is carbon credits, purchased on the open market. More information about setting up a carbon registry account is covered in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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March 21, 2012
Webinar: Educating the Client Enhances Cabin Safety
1:00 p.m. ET
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