Business Aviation Works to Mitigate Sequester's Impact
At the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) 38th Forecast & Policy Summit, held March 6 in Washington, DC, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown reported on his work to represent the interests of business aviation in recent discussions between government leaders and aviation stakeholders focused on mitigating the impact of the sequester, or federal budget cuts that could impact aviation services. "We in the business aviation community recognize the unique and challenging nature of this situation, but we also want to ensure we have a seat at the table as FAA officials consider how best to continue aviation system operations in a safe and equitable manner," Brown told those in attendance at the opening panel for the FAA event. As a former associate FAA administrator himself, Brown is one of a handful of industry stakeholders working closely with government officials on sequester-related matters. Read more about NBAA's work with government officials on the sequester.
What Will Sequestration Mean for Your Next Mission? NBAA's Airspace Alerts Will Have the Latest
With sequestration now in effect, government leaders predict that, potentially starting in early to mid-April, staffing, airports and infrastructure will all be impacted in some way. Although NBAA is actively engaged with the FAA on the sequester's potential impact on business aviation, the situation is fluid and changes could occur with minimal notice. NBAA Airspace Alerts will serve as a real-time notification tool that keeps Association Members current on the latest operational developments within the aviation system. The information can help Members identify potential delays, inform fueling decisions and make alternate destination planning, if needed. Learn more or sign up for NBAA Airspace Alerts.
NBAA Provides New Article on IRS 'Entertainment Use' Regulations
Although final regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2012 on "entertainment use" of business aircraft are similar to proposed regulations issued in 2007, there are some notable changes. In a new article, NBAA Tax Committee Members Ruth Wimer and John Hoover explain that changes regarding depreciation method election, interest expense and deadhead calculations should be reviewed by taxpayers. Most importantly, now that the regulations are final, they should be regarded as applicable law, and carefully reviewed by taxpayers and their advisors. Review the article.
Solar Activity Peak in Mid-2013 Could Impact Aviation
Experts say solar activity could reach its cyclical peak in the second half of 2013, causing a possible increase in space-weather-related events. Solar activity like geomagnetic or solar radiation storms can affect the performance of certain aerial navigation systems, including ground stations and satellites. Solar activity runs in 11- to 14-year cycles, and "space-weather forecasting is still in its infancy, so we don't always have much warning for specific events," said Emilien Robert, an expert on space weather with Eurocontrol, the European organization for the safety of air navigation. "But we do know that the probability of a special event happening is higher during this period." Read more about the coming solar activity peak.
For the Gorman-Rupp company, Airplane Is Ultimate Sales Tool
Headquartered in Mansfield, OH, the Gorman-Rupp company manufactures 4,000 different kinds of pumps – the largest used in municipal water and flood control systems. Because Gorman-Rupp can't take these large pumps on the road, "the best way to sell our product is to get the customer in front of it [and] show him what it can do," said Jeffrey Gorman, president and CEO. Almost every week, the company's King Air 350 flies in distributors and customers, usually mayors and civil engineers. As Gorman said, "Most of our facilities are located outside of major metro areas, so we rely heavily on regional airports." Read more about how Gorman-Rupp uses its airplane in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider.
Podcast: San Antonio Partnership a Model for Local Safety Training
Dozens of flight department personnel from around the country will be in San Antonio, TX, from March 18 to 20 for one of the fastest-growing safety events in business aviation: the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training's annual Safety Smackdown. "The smackdown started as sort of a cost-cutting measure by our company back in 2008," explained Tripp Riedel, director of aviation at Valero Energy. From that one-day event five years ago, the Safety Smackdown has grown into a six-day event that encompasses 26 topics, as well as IS-BAO training for both flight department and auditor candidates and other events. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more information about the Safety Smackdown.
NBAA to Host Regional Leadership Roundtable Next Month in Denver
NBAA is hosting its first Regional Leadership Roundtable on April 11 at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, near Centennial Airport in Englewood, CO. The event is an opportunity for group leader peers to discuss issues faced by all regional groups, including legislative advocacy, succession planning for group leadership and how to keep meeting content fresh. The event is being planned by NBAA's regional representatives, Access Committee and Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Groups Subcommittee, and will be hosted by the Colorado Aviation Business Association, in conjunction with its annual meeting. Direct questions to NBAA's Kristi Ivey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserve your room now using the promo code NBAA and review NBAA's regional resources.
Customs Facility on Ft. Lauderdale Executive Reducing Hours
Effective today, March 11, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) will reduce its operating hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to noon to 8 p.m. daily. For more information contact FXE noise abatement officer Florence Straugh at email@example.com.
March 12, 2013
Michigan Business Aviation Assn. Legislative Day
March 12, 2013
Northern California Aircraft Tax Planning Event
San Jose, CA
March 13, 2013
Utah Business Aviation Assn. Safety Luncheon
Salt Lake City, UT
March 14, 2013
Tampa Bay Aviation Association Meeting
March 15, 2013
Chicago Area Luncheon and Airport Panel Discussion
West Chicago, IL
March 18–20, 2013
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training Safety Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
March 19, 2013
Minnesota Business Aviation Assn. Runway Excursion Safety Forum
Eden Prairie, MN
March 19, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Evening Networking Event
NBAA Thanks Retiring Sandy Wirtz for Outstanding Service to Association, Industry
NBAA announced today that Sandy Wirtz is retiring as NBAA director, seminars, effective March 15. Wirtz has been with NBAA for 17 years, and has led the overall logistics planning and execution for NBAA's seminars, conferences, workshops and committee meetings. "In countless cities and towns, Sandy Wirtz has worked hard to run NBAA events effectively and efficiently," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "She has long been a recognized and respected figure in the business aviation community, and her contributions to the Association and industry will be missed." Wirtz plans to return to her hometown of St. Louis, MO to spend time with her family and provide support to various volunteer projects. Read more about Wirtz's service with NBAA.
Housing for BACE2013 in Las Vegas Now Open
Housing reservations for NBAA's 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE2013) in Las Vegas, NV from Oct. 22 to 24 are now open. No prepayment is required when you book through Travel Planners, the official housing provider for BACE2013, and there are no fees for changes or cancellations. Participating hotels include Aria, the Mirage, the Wynn and others. Book early to reserve the best rooms at BACE2013.
You Put a Premium on Flight Safety - Be Recognized For It
The deadline for the 2013 NBAA Flying Safety Award applications has been extended to this Friday, March 15. The NBAA Flying Safety Awards recognize Member Companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Please note that hard copy applications should be sent by mail/overnight delivery to NBAA's new mailing address: 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20004. Also, for the first time, Flying Safety Award applications may be submitted online to make the process faster and easier. Visit the NBAA Flying Safety Awards website.
Entrepreneur, Author, Leadership Expert to Keynote Maintenance Management Conference
The keynote address at NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), set for April 30 to May 2 in Fort Worth, TX, will be "The Enlightened Aviation Professional – Five Key Strategies to Elevate Your Career and Life," presented by Jim Garland, president and CEO of Sharp Details. With humor, lessons and action items Attendees can put to use, Garland will offer simple steps for taking one's professional and personal life to the next level. The conference offers an opportunity to network with peers, share best practices and meet face-to-face with vendors. Register for the MMC now.
SMS Webinar Offers Guidance to Small Operators
Through the use of safety management systems (SMS), business aircraft operators can proactively identify and manage risks. Join NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee on Wednesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. ET for a webinar that will show examples of SMS in action as well as simple approaches to implementation. The webinar will also feature Jim Cannon, IBAC's director of IS-BAO programs. Register now.
NBAA Announces Recipients of 2013 International Operators Committee Scholarship
The Association announced the selection of two recipients of the 2013 International Operators Committee Scholarship: Chris Stuntebeck and Tamara Collum. The International Operators Committee Scholarship is valued at $9,000, and designated for use by the recipients for professional development toward careers in business aviation that are related to international operations. The scholarship is sponsored by UAS International Trip Support and Air Training International, LTD. Learn more about the IOC scholarship recipients.
Training Awards Provide Professional Development for Flight Attendants
The NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship offers cabin professionals opportunities to enhance their capabilities through education and training. This year, 22 companies have donated more than two dozen monetary and training awards focusing on CPR certification, cabin fire suppression, unplanned ditching and sea survival as well as business protocol and service procedures and many other safety and service skills. Now available online, applications are due April 1. Download the scholarship application.
Register Now for Technical Operations Manual Course on May 3
In conjunction with the Maintenance Management Conference in Fort Worth, TX from Apr. 30 to May 3, NBAA is offering a Professional Development Program (PDP) course for creating a technical operations manual. An effective manual clearly states responsibilities and procedures for aircraft maintenance, ground and hangar operations. Held on May 3, the Technical Operations Manual Workshop covers FAA regulatory requirements, industry best practices and integrating the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Register for the PDP course now.
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Safety Smackdown Provides Cost-Effective Training
For $100, attendees of the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training's annual Safety Smackdown get three days of training, eight hours each day. For smaller flight departments without the financial resources for a comprehensive training program, it’s a valuable resource. Learn more about the Safety Smackdown in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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April 8–9, 2013
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 10–11, 2013
58th Annual Business Aviation Safety Seminar
April 16–18, 2013
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013)
April 30 – May 2, 2013
Maintenance Management Conference
Fort Worth, TX
May 3, 2013
PDP Course: Technical Operations Manual Workshop
Fort Worth, TX
May 3, 2013
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 21–23, 2013
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013)
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