Urgent Action Required to Help Pass Pennsylvania Tax Exemption
As reported earlier this year, Pennsylvania is considering legislation (HB 1100) to exempt fixed-wing aircraft, as well as aircraft maintenance and parts, from the state's sales and use tax. This bill has reached a critical point in the legislative process: the second consideration phase where much of the debate is likely to occur. NBAA strongly encourages Members in Pennsylvania to contact their elected officials in support of the measure, explaining its potential to create jobs, grow local businesses and stimulate the economy. Learn more about the proposed Pennsylvania tax exemption.
FAA Addresses Pilot Confusion Regarding New Memphis RNAV Departures
The FAA has published several new RNAV departure procedures for Memphis International Airport (MEM). The many new fixes that were created to support these procedures have names that are not intuitively pronounceable, and as a result, some confusion is being reported by pilots. Unfortunately, neither FAA nor Jeppesen charts contain guidance on the pronunciations. That concern will be addressed in the next publication cycle, but in the meantime, the FAA has provided a "translation" document. Direct questions to NBAA's Bob Lamond at firstname.lastname@example.org. View the FAA guidance.
Closures Announced at New Orleans Lakefront Airport for Air Show This Week
A U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial will be held in the New Orleans area from April 19 to 22 and will shut down operations at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) during specified times. The closure is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local on April 19, 12:45 to 4:00 p.m. local on April 20 and 21, and 1:15 to 4:00 p.m. local on April 22. Operators should check the NOTAMs for NEW prior to operation to confirm the closure dates and times. There will be several additional air shows associated with the War of 1812 commemoration over the next few months. View event locations and dates.
Reminder: Nantucket Runway Closures This Month
Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) will be closing two of its three runways for resurfacing work on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. local (1300z). Runways 6/24 and 15/33 will be closed through Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. local (1600z). The ILS also will be shut down during this time period. The only available runway will be 12/30 with a length of 2,696 feet. During this four-day closure, only VFR operations will be permitted to Runway 12/30 and only during daylight hours. Direct questions to the NBAA GA Desk at email@example.com.
Manassas Airport Runway Extension Begins in July
A project to extend Runway 16L/34R at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia will begin in July and last through the end of November. The runway is going to be extended from 5,700 feet to 6,200 feet. For the duration of most of the project, there will be a displaced threshold in use, reducing the runway length to 5,000 feet. Due to likelihood of sporadic runway closures, operators should be sure to check NOTAMs routinely if operating into Manassas. For more information, contact HEF Airport Director Juan Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Manassas Airport site.
Wyoming Plans First New Airport in Eight Years
The community of Thermopolis, WY is currently served by an airport with a 4,800-foot runway, extremely short safe overrun areas and no room to grow. Sixty years ago, when it was built, it was adequate for piston aircraft, but it can't accommodate many of today's larger, heavier aircraft. Finally, after years of planning, Thermopolis is ready to break ground this year on Wyoming's first brand new airport since 2004. The new airport will be built on 482 acres of ranch land about 12 miles northwest of Thermopolis, offering space for a 6,300-foot runway. Read more about Wyoming's new airport.
Chicago Group to Receive Illinois' Spirit of Flight Award
At an induction ceremony next month, the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will be awarded the 2012 Spirit of Flight award by the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame (IAHF). The annual honor is given for the year's most substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois. "We found CABAA's generous contributions supporting students by way of scholarships to be particularly laudable," said IAHF President Charles Rodriguez. CABAA will also be recognized for its mentoring and training programs, annual safety standdown and active involvement with the FAA in the redesign of the Chicago Class B airspace. Read more about CABAA's achievements.
April 16–19, 2012
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Safety Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
April 18, 2012
South Florida Business Aviation Assn. Pilot Breakfast
Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 26, 2012
Chicago Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
April 26, 2012
Houston Regional Aviation Professionals Meeting
May 1, 2012
Westchester Aviation Assn. Runway Safety Forum
White Plains, NY
May 4, 2012
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting
Stone Mountain, GA
Maintenance Management Conference Coming to Nashville Next Month
Bringing together aircraft technicians, maintenance managers, owner/operators and pilots to focus on maintaining aircraft safely and effectively, NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) will be held from May 1 to 3 in Nashville, TN. This year's conference will feature sessions on new technologies, asset management, an aviation security update from NBAA's Doug Carr and a keynote presentation by noted speaker Steve Gilliland. Learn more and register for the Maintenance Management Conference.
Register Now for Nashville PDP Course on Value of Business Aviation
Offered on May 4 in conjunction with NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference, this course, "Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation," will cover a variety of methods to demonstrate your flight department's value to company personnel through presentations, proposals, internal marketing and more. The Professional Development Program (PDP) course will also explore travel analysis methods, options for lift, business plans and company culture. Learn more about documenting business aviation value and register for this PDP course online.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
EASA Licensing Changes Shouldn't Impact NBAA Members
According to international industry advocates, the new flightcrew licensing regulations announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week should have little or no impact on aircraft registered outside the European Union. "As far as business aviation is concerned, it's a non-issue," said Ray Rohr of the International Business Aviation Council. "The majority of people who are U.S. operators going to Europe and who are not based in Europe will see no impact." Learn more about the new EASA licensing regulations in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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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)
NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
Take Advantage of NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption
Did you know that if you operate a piston, turboprop or single engine turbojet aircraft under 12,500 pounds or a helicopter, you can access the small aircraft exemption NBAA has obtained for its Members? This exemption provides the full range of economic and operational options extended to large aircraft operators in FAR 91.501. From carrying passengers or property and seeking reimbursement for the flight, to entering into timesharing, interchange or joint ownership agreements, this Members-only exemption will save you time and money and allow you to fully operate your business aircraft with ease.
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