NBAA, Others Call on FAA to Fund Avgas Replacement Efforts
A coalition of leading U.S. general aviation (GA) associations, including NBAA, recently called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support additional funding for research into a feasible, drop-in replacement for leaded aviation fuel. The letter, signed by the leaders of five GA advocacy groups, followed an earlier meeting between industry representatives and FAA officials at EAA AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh, WI, to discuss the results of a UAT ARC final report on possible replacements for 100LL avgas. That report, released June 28, included recommendations on how to expedite development and deployment of an alternative fuel for the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet by 2018. Read more about this issue.
Huerta's Nomination Moves Forward in Senate
Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee approved the nomination of FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta for a five-year term as administrator of the agency. When President Obama nominated Huerta, NBAA urged the Senate to confirm him. "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, which will produce safety and efficiency gains in America's aviation system," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said at the time. Huerta's nomination still needs the full Senate's approval, and the timing for that remains unclear. For more information, contact NBAA Director, Government Affairs Dick Doubrava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA Welcomes President's Signature for 'Pilot's Bill of Rights'
NBAA commended President Obama for signing into law the "Pilot's Bill of Rights" legislation intended to provide greater protections and transparency for pilots facing federal enforcement action. The measure (S.1335) was first introduced in the Senate in July 2011 by Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Mark Begich (D-AK). Similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year by Missouri Republican Sam Graves and Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski. The Senate bill was unanimously passed in late June; the House took up the Senate measure and approved it late last month. Read more about the Pilot's Bill of Rights.
FAA Releases NextGen Plan Electronically
The FAA has released the 2012 version of the NextGen Implementation Plan as a PDF, and, for the first time, as an e-book on the NextGen website. The plan details the progress towards the transformation of the U.S. airspace system, supported by strong collaboration between the FAA and the entire aviation community. NBAA continues to play a key role in fostering further industry-agency collaboration. Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer, serves as co-chair of the Aviation Rulemaking Committee focused on Next Gen planning. The FAA's 2012 update details the benefit of aviation system transformation and accomplishments to date, and outlines the agency's strategy for moving forward. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at email@example.com. View the FAA's NextGen Implementation Plan.
IRS Publishes Final 'Entertainment Use' Regulations
On Aug. 1, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations that implement provisions contained in the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to disallow certain deductions for what the IRS defines as "entertainment use" of business aircraft. Despite NBAA's efforts to meet with the IRS and offer substantive comments to improve the proposed regulations, first published in 2007, the final regulations continue to be administratively burdensome and produce unfairly skewed disallowances for many taxpayers. In the final regulations, the IRS did make changes dealing with the treatment of depreciation and interest expenses. NBAA Members should be aware that these regulations are the formal position of the IRS and must be followed. The NBAA Tax, Regulatory and Risk Management Conference on Oct. 28 and 29 in Orlando, FL will provide detailed strategies for implementing the final rules and minimizing deduction disallowances. Register for NBAA's Tax Conference or learn more about the final regulations.
Coalition Calls on Clinton, LaHood to Take Further Action in Opposition to EU-ETS
Last week, as representatives from several countries met in the U.S. to coordinate opposition to the EU-ETS, NBAA and other industry groups sent a letter to two top government officials requesting that the Obama administration take further action against the carbon-trading scheme. Specifically, the coalition's letter urges the administration to file suit against the European Union under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention, which governs worldwide civil aviation. Learn more and read the letter in its entirety.
'No Plane, No Gain' Message Shared with Florida Aviation Leaders
NBAA brought the message of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign to the Sunshine State recently, informing attendees at a Florida aviation conference how they could make their voices heard in promoting the benefits of business aviation. Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president, government affairs, spoke with attendees at the Florida Airports Council's 43rd Annual Conference and Exposition, held July 22 to 25 in Naples. "It is extremely important that NBAA partners with other aviation organizations across the country to amplify our voices and convey the importance of business aviation at the local, state and federal levels," Piccione said. Read more about Piccione’s message.
TFRs to Be Issued for Republican and Democratic National Conventions
The FAA has released flight advisories outlining the temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will be in place for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, in Tampa, FL and Charlotte, NC, respectively. The TFRs will prohibit general aviation operations at specific times in the regions impacted by both events. An official NOTAM will be published just prior to the conventions, providing more details on the TFRs, including dates and times for Transportation Security Administration screening procedures at gateway airports. Learn more about the convention TFRs.
New RNAV Departure Procedures Implemented at Bozeman/Gallatin Field
To increase operational efficiency at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport/Gallatin Field (BZN) in Montana, the FAA has implemented several new RNAV departure procedures. Effective immediately, the new adapted departure routes (ADRs) and adapted departure arrival routes (ADARs), including the BOBKT and TEERX procedures, will be assigned to all aircraft capable of flying them. Get more details on the new ADRs and ADARs.
Midwest States Collaborate to Host Airports Conference
Aviation and airport supporters in four Midwestern states – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska – are working together to host the annual 4 States Airport Conference from Sept. 24 to 26 in Kansas City, MO. The aviation community in the Central Region came forward to organize the event following the cancellation of several annual regional airport conferences by the FAA. "This is one of those conferences that is a great place for airport managers, consultants, contractors, vendors and others to come together, interact and learn," said Ronnie Mitchell, director of Nebraska's Department of Aeronautics, in explaining the value of the event to the region. Read more about the upcoming conference.
Chandler Municipal Airport Wants Your Business
For a "good news" story on how an airport can reinvent itself, attract new businesses, create jobs and welcome aviation operators of all kinds, look no further than Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) in the Phoenix, AZ metroplex. Located 18 miles southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Chandler is a busy community airport that is working hard to attract more based and transient business aviation operators, as well as entice more businesses to locate at the airport. Read more about the work going on at CHD.
August 9, 2012
Pittsburgh Aviation Safety Day With Runway Safety Seminar
August 23, 2012
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
September 12, 2012
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event
September 19, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event
September 28–29, 2012
South Carolina Aviation Assn. Southeast Aviation Expo
NBAA Reaches 9,000-Company Membership Milestone
NBAA membership recently topped 9,000 companies, a new record reflecting a growth rate of 25 percent in recent years. "Our Membership growth is testimony to the value of business aviation and NBAA's role in representing this essential industry," said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. "Now more than ever, businesses depend on the use of aircraft to remain nimble, competitive and successful in a highly challenging global marketplace, and we are proud to advocate for their interests." NBAA was established in 1947 with 19 charter Members. Today, the Association represents a diverse composite of 9,103 companies. Read more about the NBAA's Membership milestone.
Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship Applications Now Online
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee offer two scholarship programs that promote professional and career development for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers. Applications for both monetary and training awards are now available online, and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 28. Learn more and apply.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Tips for Flying to Africa
North American aircraft operators often take it for granted that the facilities they enjoy at home will be available worldwide, said NBAA Senior Manager, Finance & Tax Policy Scott O'Brien, but that may not be the case. "If you're planning a trip to Africa right now, start a few months ahead of time, if possible." Hear O'Brien’s specific suggestions for flying to Africa on this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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September 20, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
October 2–4, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
October 28, 2012
PDP Course: Principles of Aviation Leadership
October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 28–29, 2012
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Human Factors in Corporate Aviation
October 29, 2012
PDP Course: Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development
October 30 – November 1, 2012
65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012)
November 2–3, 2012
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
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