Kansas Senator Tells Obama Administration: Stop Targeting Business Aviation
At a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing held last week to review the Treasury Department's annual budget proposal, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) called upon Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to ask the White House to tone down the negative rhetoric about business aviation. Following the hearing, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "We thank Senator Moran for taking a stand for business aviation." Moran is a member of the Senate GA Caucus. View a video from the hearing.
NBAA Member Testifies Before Congress on Opposition to EU-ETS
A representative from Gulfstream Aerospace appeared before the House Aviation Subcommittee last week to convey the industry's firm opposition to the European Union's proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). "The companies of all sizes that rely on business aviation are unified with the rest of the aviation community in our alarm over the proposed scheme," said Leo McStravick, a senior pilot and technical specialist with Gulfstream. "The proposal is unfair, intrusive, administratively burdensome and fails any reasonable cost-benefit test for the environment." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked McStravick for his leadership and members of Congress for advancing legislation to address EU-ETS. Read more about McStravick's testimony.
NBAA Urges Senate to Confirm Huerta as FAA Administrator
After President Obama nominated acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Michael Huerta to a full five-year term as agency administrator, NBAA urged the Senate to quickly confirm his nomination. "In his work at the FAA, Michael Huerta has demonstrated strong leadership and a solid understanding of the industry's priorities, including the need for continued transformation to a Next Generation Air Traffic Control System," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Before serving as acting FAA administrator, Huerta served as deputy administrator under then-Administrator Randy Babbitt. Read more about Huerta's nomination.
Digital Chart Fee Proposal Not Yet Finalized
The FAA continues to work on a final proposal for recovering $5 million annually in digital navigation chart production costs. Following the original rollout date, which was yesterday, April 1, the agency is taking more time to gather data and verify costs before issuing a pricing plan and implementation schedule. Forced by budgetary constraints, the FAA will eventually begin collecting fees for use of its digital navigation products. Since the initial FAA meeting in December attended by vendors and industry groups, NBAA has worked with the agency to develop an affordable and transparent pricing system while ensuring the utmost safety in the distribution of navigation charts. Review NBAA's December 2011 story about proposed FAA pricing for digital charts.
FAA Holds Public Meeting on 'Best Equipped-Best Served'
Last month the FAA took another step forward on the "Best Equipped-Best Served" (BE-BS) concept of air traffic services. At a public meeting, the FAA hosted an initial discussion about technical considerations of BE-BS, the umbrella term given to proposed policies and systems that could establish priority handling for aircraft equipped with certain navigation and communications technology. The discussion covered scenarios involving RNAV charted visual flight procedures combined with RNP/AR. NBAA participated in the meeting and has submitted comments highlighting the interests of the business aviation community regarding implementation of BE-BS. Learn more about BE-BS issues.
Take Survey on Pilot Experiences With Modern Primary Flight Displays
The FAA is sponsoring an anonymous survey conducted by the University of Michigan focusing on the evaluation and certification of modern primary flight displays (PFDs). The survey aims to ascertain the effects of added new information to PFDs and to what degree the amount, location and addition of such material affects the operational experience of pilots monitoring aircraft performance. Results of the survey will help university heads identify both positive and challenging aspects of PFD designs in an effort to improve display interfaces. NBAA Members are encouraged to participate in the PFD survey.
New Hampshire Operators Promote Local GA Airport's Value
Two industry advocates in New Hampshire, Rick Dyment and Greg Soho, appeared on an evening TV broadcast last month to explain the value of business aviation at their local airport, Lebanon Municipal (LEB). Dyment is the Lebanon Municipal airport manager and Soho is vice president of the airport's Signal Aviation FBO. "A lot of businesspeople use this airport to support the operations that they have in this area," said Soho on the newscast, noting Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is located just minutes from the airport. Read more about these industry advocates speaking up for business aviation.
Bolen Writes to Correct WSJ's Mischaracterization of Personal Flying
When the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published an article commenting on the death of Micron CEO Steve Appleton in an aviation accident by claiming that "corporate boards wish they could ground their highflying chief executives," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote to call out the paper for "suggesting that all personal flying is the same and equally dangerous." To say that "flying in stunt planes, ex-military jets or in wilderness areas is the same as flying a certified airplane on a business mission is the equivalent to trying to convince us that all automobile driving is the same," wrote Bolen, noting that most forms of flying are safer than driving a car. Read Bolen's full response to the WSJ article.
Missouri Reaffirms Business Aviation's Value
As he did last year, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon again proclaimed March "General Aviation Appreciation Month" in the Show Me State. Governor Nixon's first proclamation in 2011 made Missouri the 21st state to officially recognize the value of general aviation, including business aviation, since the launch of the No Plane No Gain campaign. In his proclamation, Governor Nixon said business aircraft have a critical role in responding to emergencies or natural disasters. In fact, in the first three weeks of this year's GA Appreciation Month alone, medical evacuation helicopters rescued at least three people in the state. Read the full Missouri proclamation.
Podcast: What to Know When Overflying Mexico and Venezuela
Are you overflying the airspace of Mexico or Venezuela anytime soon? If so, it might be a good idea to find out whether you're on a list of operators who are in arrears on their overflight fees. In at least one case, an aircraft attempting to overfly Venezuela was recently denied permission while in flight. NBAA also has received reports of the same thing happening to aircraft attempting to overfly Mexico, as that country is likewise publishing a list of aircraft whose operators owe overflight fees. Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast or learn more about what to know when overflying Mexico and Venezuela.
New EASA Rules in Europe Delayed
For the past six years the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been working to develop a new set of regulations covering all flight operations throughout the European Union. The rules were expected to be finalized this month, but completion of the non-commercial rules has now been delayed until the end of 2012. The rules of most interest to NBAA Members are those pertaining to "complex motor-powered aircraft" used in non-commercial operations. This covers all aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight; turbojet powered aircraft; or multi-engine turboprop aircraft. These rules will contain a number of new requirements for operators, such as the need to implement a safety management system. Learn more about the EASA rules under development.
TCAS II Requirements Coming to European Union
Eurocontrol has announced that all aircraft equipped with TCAS II version 7.0 must upgrade to version 7.1 by December 1, 2015, to conduct flights in European airspace. Aircraft manufactured after March 1, 2012, must now be equipped with version 7.1. The major change with version 7.1 is a modification to the "adjust vertical speed, adjust" resolution advisory (RA). Eurocontrol found that pilots were confused by this RA and often increased their vertical speed rather than decreasing it as required. With version 7.1, that RA has been replaced with a new "level off, level off" RA that is designed to eliminate any confusion. Learn more about the TCAS changes.
Van Nuys Forum Is Next Week
California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY) will host next week's NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum on Thursday, April 12. The day-long learning and networking event is like NBAA's annual Convention, only in miniature, with Exhibitors showcasing the latest aviation products and services, business aircraft on static display and a full education program. The Van Nuys Regional Forum is expected to draw more than 1,000 business aviation operators and local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. Register for NBAA's Van Nuys event now.
NBAA Urges Maryland Legislators to Drop Onerous Proposal
When Maryland state legislators proposed a bill to add a 1 to 2 percent tax on the purchase of certain motor vehicles, boats or airplanes (HB1345), NBAA quickly responded. At a Maryland House Ways and Means Committee hearing last week, NBAA provided written comments explaining that the proposed tax would likely cost jobs and cause purchasers to base their aircraft in neighboring states with a lower tax burden. The tax would also harm Maryland's 37 airports by driving business away from the state's FBOs, repair facilities and other small aviation businesses. Learn more about the proposed MD legislation.
Spring Regional Group Events Focus on Safety
Spring is a time when aviation organizations often hold events to underscore the importance of safety in the industry. This year is no different and many regional business aviation groups are holding safety days or standdowns over the next few months. The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association and the Tampa Business Aviation Association are holding their events this week, on April 4 in Seattle and April 5 in Tampa. From April 16 to 19, the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training will hold its annual Safety Smackdown in San Antonio; on April 26, the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association will hold its annual Safety Standdown in Oakbrook Terrace, IL; and on May 16, the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association will hold its event in Ashburn, VA. Learn more about upcoming safety events.
Missouri Aviation Day Underscores Advocacy Successes
Already in its sixth year, Missouri Aviation Day has become an important annual venue for industry groups in the state to advocate for the interests of business aviation. This year's event, on March 27, brought together more than 300 participants from four different industry groups, representing pilots, airports, aviation service companies and flight departments. The groups' highest legislative priority this year was protecting Missouri's aviation trust fund. "The advocacy work of these groups has really paid off," said NBAA Central Regional Representative Bob Quinn. "Because the business aviation community has come together around this event, they've really influenced the policy environment." Read more about Missouri Aviation Day.
April 4, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
April 5, 2012
Tampa Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
April 10, 2012
Connecticut Business Aviation Group Meeting
April 12, 2012
Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown
April 16–19, 2012
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Safety Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
April 26, 2012
Chicago Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
ABACE2012 Show in Shanghai an Outstanding Success
As the show closed, NBAA reported that this year's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012) was the largest and most successful business aviation event in Asia and a catalyst for the industry in the region. "ABACE2012 met all of our estimates and expectations, as well as those for the Exhibitors and Attendees," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. With all exhibit space sold out two months in advance, the event drew 156 Exhibitors, including all major aircraft manufacturers, and 27 business aircraft. Nearly 100 reporters attended a press luncheon held before the event, and the show was attended by high-level government officials from the U.S., China and elsewhere. ABACE2012 was co-hosted by NBAA, the Shanghai Airport Authority, the Asian Business Aviation Association and the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Read more about the success of ABACE2012.
Deadline Extended for Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The extended deadline for participation in the 2012 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is April 13. NBAA encourages companies to participate in this annual survey so the results are as comprehensive and accurate as possible. This is an indispensable business tool to help NBAA Members create and run the most effective and efficient flight departments. All data will be held strictly confidential and only NBAA Member Representatives from Member Companies that operate aircraft, or those designated by the Member Representative, may enter survey data. Participants will receive free online access to survey results once compiled. Survey responses are due by April 13. Learn more and take the survey.
Presentations from International Operators Conference Now Online
Presentations from NBAA's 39th Annual International Operators Conference, held last month in San Diego, CA, are now available for download. This annual event brings together a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operational issues and new technologies in both the cockpit and cabin. Send questions about the presentations to NBAA's Operations Service Group at firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the presentations now.
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Overflying Mexico or Venezuela? Ensure Your Account Is in Good Standing
Recently, both Mexico and Venezuela have implemented the practice of denying overflight privileges for operators with overdue fees. "This is not something where people were receiving a bill and electing not to pay it," explained NBAA Operations Service Group Project Manager Scott O'Brien. "These operators had not even received a bill." NBAA has been investigating this issue on behalf of Members who were previously unaware that they had unpaid balances in these countries. Find out what your company needs to know about overflying these countries in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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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
May 1–3, 2012
27th Annual Maintenance Management Conference
May 4, 2012
PDP Course: Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation
May 4, 2012
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 14–16, 2012
12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2012)