NBAA Members Assist in Sandy Relief Efforts
The business aviation community quickly took action after Hurricane Sandy tore through New Jersey, New York, New England and other part of the U.S., flooding and destroying homes and leaving millions in the dark. As recovery and cleanup efforts continue two weeks after the storm, NBAA Members are using their aircraft and expertise to bring supplies, food and clothes to those in need. Learn how to help in the Sandy relief effort.
Companies Work Together to Fly Supplies Into Areas Devastated by Sandy
What started as a request to help collect donated items for the victims of “Superstorm” Sandy evolved into an airlift of badly needed supplies into the stricken area. A post from Jo Damato, NBAA’s director, operations and education development, to NBAA’s Air Mail message board last Friday convinced those at many NBAA Member Companies to come together to bring relief to those impacted by the storm. To learn more about how Members helped those affected by Sandy, listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Be Prepared for ICAO Flight Plan Filing Changes Starting Wednesday
Effective Nov. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET (0000z on Nov. 15), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will require the use of the new filed flight plan (FPL) for all international flights. There will be two main changes to the ICAO flight plan. First, there will be numerous changes to the alphanumeric qualifiers for Item 10, which details Equipment and Capabilities. Second, there will be significant changes to Item 18, which details Other Information. Additional changes include the Delay, Change, Cancel and Arrival message formats. Finally, operators now have the ability to file a flight plan up to 120 hours in advance. Learn more about flight plan filing requirements.
NBAA Air Traffic Services Handles Remarkable Number of VIP TFRs
Since May 1, NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) has processed 410 VIP TFRs. Of those, 209 were presidential, requiring ATS to develop statements delineating the impact those restrictions had on nearby airports and airspace. Through Election Day on Nov. 6, there were 190 days when presidential movement required more than one TFR in a single day. If it all sounds extraordinary, it is in fact decidedly routine, according to NBAA’s ATS Manager Ernie Stellings. Read more about VIP TFRs during the campaign.
GA Aircraft Facilitate Treatment for Face Transplant Patient
A Hillsville, VA man named Richard Norris, who was disfigured in a 1997 gun accident, received a face transplant earlier this year, thanks to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a group of volunteer pilots who flew the man from his home to the hospital, not once, but 78 times. It was the 13th face transplant in the world, according to transplant team leader Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who said the groundbreaking operation would not have been possible without Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic’s volunteer flights. Learn how Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic helped make the surgery possible.
FAA to Hold Miami Briefing on Snowbird Operations This Winter
Personnel from FAA Miami Center are offering a one-hour briefing on Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. at the Miami International Airport (MIA) North Terminal Auditorium on business aviation operations during the upcoming Snowbird season. NBAA Members in the region are highly encouraged to send representatives to the briefing to better understand how to most efficiently operate to and from northeast airports this winter. Following the briefing, at 10 a.m., the FAA will hold a more general meeting open to airline and GA operators, with facility updates for Florida District airports; a discussion of the Command Center’s airspace flow program (AFP); the seasonal outlook for the Miami ZMA and San Juan ZSU; and Q&A. For more information, and to RSVP (requested but not required), contact NBAA’s Bob Lamond at email@example.com.
North Dakota County Breaks Ground for New Airport
North Dakota’s Bowman County is building a new, larger airport to support the state’s economic boom. Located in the state’s southwestern corner, Bowman County plans to close the current airport, which has a 4,800-foot runway, and replace it several miles away with a new facility that will have a 5,700-foot runway. The extra runway length will enable a wider variety of aircraft to utilize the facility. Kyle Wanner, airport planner for the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, said, “This updated Bowman Airport will provide a breath of fresh air to the infrastructure needs of airports in western North Dakota and will aid as an economic engine for the entire region.” It is expected to open in 2015. Read more about the new North Dakota airport.
North Carolina Conducting Pilot Survey on Airport Improvements
The North Carolina Division of Aviation is conducting a pilot survey as part of efforts to improve the state’s airports under the 2012 Airports System Plan Update. Feedback from the survey will be used to help guide future decisions on services, technology and facility improvements. The survey is open from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. Operators in the state are encouraged to complete the survey and share what changes could improve their flight experience, help the community and support local businesses. Direct questions to the survey project manager, Mark Kuttrus of Parsons Brinckerhoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or NCDOT’s Bobby Walston at email@example.com. For more information, access the survey now.
FAA Conducting Survey on Business Aviation in New England
The six New England states are collaborating in an FAA-funded study to deepen the understanding of the role and requirements of business aviation users and formulate a plan to guide future airport capital investment decisions. A confidential survey of business aviation professionals is being conducted to plan and advocate for the regional airport system that best serves user needs. The survey will collect information on how companies use general aviation to conduct business in New England and identify the airport facilities and services important to business aviation users. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey.
Slot Requirements in Effect for Colorado Airports at Holidays
The FAA will issue a special traffic management program (STMP) requiring slot reservations for three Colorado airports this upcoming holiday season. Arrival slot reservations will be required at Aspen-Pitkin County (ASE), Eagle County Regional (EGE) and Rifle/Garfield County (RIL) airports on Dec. 22, 26 and 27 as well as Jan. 2, 5 and 6. The total number of days for which reservations will be required has been reduced from past years, but ground delay programs are possible on dates when slots are not required. The FAA will once again use the web based e-STMP system to allocate reservations. NBAA will release more information as soon as the FAA publishes the Special Procedures NOTAM later this month. For more information contact NBAA ATS’s Dean Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Video to Educate on Value of Business Aviation
The Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) is developing a video to help educate people unfamiliar with the industry on the value of business aviation. The organization plans to complete the video by Dec. 31 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Additionally, FATA Executive Director Paula Raeburn will be speaking at the 2013 Women in Aviation Conference, held from March 14 to 16 in Nashville, TN. For more information about either of these efforts, contact FATA's Raeburn at email@example.com.
Nov. 13, 2012
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Nov. 13, 2012
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Meeting
Mountain View, CA
Nov. 13–14, 2012
North Carolina Pilot and Maintenance Safety Events
Nov. 14, 2012
Idaho Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit Reception
Dec. 6, 2012
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Annual Meeting
Applications Soon Due for Several NBAA Scholarships
NBAA’s scholarship program, generously supported through Member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. The following applications are due in the coming weeks: Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, Nov. 15; International Operators Scholarship, Nov. 30; and Leadership Conference Scholarship, Nov. 30. Apply now for NBAA scholarships.
Human Factors PDP Course Offered at S&D Conference
In conjunction with the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in San Antonio, TX, NBAA will offer a Professional Development Program (PDP) course on Human Factors in Corporate Aviation on Jan. 21 and 22. Presented by Global Jet Services, this two-day course reviews recent aircraft accidents to identify common risk factors. In aviation accidents, often a series of events were allowed to develop before the actual event. This course will focus on increasing awareness to help aviation personnel break that "chain of events" and develop safety nets. Sign up for the PDP course today.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Hurricane Sandy Brings Out Best in NBAA Members
Jo Damato, NBAA's director, operations & education development, said she's thrilled, but not surprised, by the business aviation community's humanitarian response to Sandy. Damato encourages Members to continue to sign up for NBAA's Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database. The HERO database gives relief efforts a head start by identifying those in the business aviation community who might be able to help when called upon. Learn more about how NBAA Members are helping those affected by Sandy, in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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Dec. 6–7, 2012
Cross-Border Issues Conference
Jan. 22–25, 2013
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
San Antonio, TX
Feb. 7–8, 2013
Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
Bonita Springs, FL
Feb. 12–13, 2013
Feb. 28, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Long Beach, CA
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