NBAA Welcomes FAA Delay for ATC Tower Closures
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the news last Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would delay the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers until June 15, in order to provide time to further examine considerations related to the closures. "As we have said, air traffic control towers play an integral role in ensuring that America's aviation system remains the safest, largest and most efficient in the world, and we want to see as many towers remain open as possible. We welcome this decision from the FAA, which will give the agency time to take further input from airport officials and others, and to carefully examine all aspects involved in the closure of each tower." The FAA had planned to begin closing the 149 contract towers on April 7. Read more of Bolen's statement.
U.S. House Lawmakers Send Clear Message to President Obama: No User Fees
NBAA today applauded the 223 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – a majority of Congress – who recently delivered a resounding, bipartisan message to President Obama in opposition to his repeated calls for aviation user fees. A staple of the administration's past two budget proposals, a $100 per-flight fee on general aviation aircraft is considered likely to again be part of its fiscal year 2014 budget, to be unveiled later this week. In an April 5 letter to the president, House lawmakers termed imposition of aviation user fees "the wrong approach" for reducing the deficit, and called on the president to "abandon this idea once and for all. Read the lawmakers' letter to the president.
NBAA Opposes FCC's Renewed Call to Ban 121.5 MHz ELTs
NBAA on April 1 submitted comments opposing the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) renewed call to prohibit the manufacture, sale, importation or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). In a Jan. 30 proposed rule, the FCC again provided notice of its desire to prohibit the use of ELTs that transmit only on 121.5 MHz, favoring instead the use of ELTs that transmit on 406 MHz. NBAA advocated that operators be able to use installed 121.5 MHz ELTs until the end of the equipment's useful life and be able to make the decision to upgrade their aircraft's ELT when it makes sense for the operator to do so. To learn more about NBAA's comments, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBAA Testifies at IRS Public Hearing on New Medicare Tax
NBAA Tax Committee member John Hoover testified on behalf of the Association at an IRS public hearing regarding proposed regulations on a new 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on net investment income. The tax becomes effective this year as part of President Obama's healthcare reforms. The tax on investment income would apply to rental income, unless the income is earned in the ordinary course of a trade or business. Therefore, the tax could apply to companies that hold an aircraft in one entity and lease it to a related entity. Hoover's comments covered the standard IRS will use to define a trade or business, and the ability of taxpayers to change their activity grouping for the purposes of passive loss rules as well as the 3.8 percent tax. Review the testimony.
FAA Changes Policy on the Use of GPS for Alternate Airports
In a recent policy statement, the FAA announced a change to restrictions placed on GPS navigation systems with respect to alternate airport planning. Effective April 4, operators are now permitted to file a flight plan for a GPS approach at either the destination or an alternate, but not both. Previous policy only allowed the use of a GPS approach at the destination airport. Due to sequestration cuts and the likelihood that VORs may be out of service for long periods of time, allowing operators to plan for GPS approaches at alternate airports provides more flexibility and will help alleviate delays. After a review, the FAA determined that the policy change will not adversely affect operational safety in the National Airspace System. Review the GPS policy change.
Court: EPA Cannot Be Forced to Issue Report on 100LL Effects
Efforts to find a safe and cost-effective alternative to leaded aviation gasoline were bolstered by a March 27 U.S. District Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should not be forced to rush the issuance of its report on the public health effects of lead emissions from general aviation aircraft. The ruling came in response to a March 2012 lawsuit filed by environmental group Friends of the Earth that sought to force the EPA to issue an accelerated endangerment finding on GA emissions. Read more about the lawsuit.
NBAA Rejects Off-Base 'HuffPost' Story on Business Aviation
Last week, NBAA strongly challenged a highly misleading story about business aviation, published on the Huffington Post website. "Huffington Post readers deserve to know the truth about the value of business aviation, and of having a robust aviation network in promoting economic growth and supporting jobs," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in a post he added to the "Comment" section accompanying the website story. "It's unfortunate this write up instead relied on anonymous sources, a sensationalist narrative thread, and readily apparent biases." Read Bolen's Huffington Post response in its entirety.
It's one of the most exciting new developments in NBAA's ongoing government relations and advocacy program – Twitter messaging from the Association's Contact Congress web page, which enables users to "tweet" their congressional representatives with important advocacy messages on behalf of business aviation. "With our traditional Contact Congress process, advocacy messages are emailed to the elected officials or submitted directly through their websites," said Jason Wolf, NBAA director of Internet communications. "But with the new Twitter-based system, messages are sent as tweets that will be seen by congressional staff, the media and the activist's own Twitter followers." This new feature is one more example of how social media can help amplify an organization's advocacy efforts. .
Yuba City, CA Declares GA Appreciation Month
Mayor John Buckland proclaimed March 2013 as "General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month" in Yuba City, CA. His proclamation marks at least the third time a California public official has spoken up for the value of GA, including business aviation. The mayor noted that GA is vital for access to economic opportunity, disaster relief and a wide range of critical resources and services. Read more about the importance of GA to Yuba City.
Climbing Toward Safer Flying: New Approaches to Training and Safety
In recent years, business aviation drove accident rates down to a new low, but now, industry leaders observe with frustration, "We have hit a plateau in improving our accident rate." To reduce accidents further, the NBAA Safety Committee two years ago launched the Business Pilot Training Project. Led by Safety Committee Vice Chairman Steve Carbonneau, the group unveiled a new fatigue-management tool at NBAA's Convention last fall in Orlando, and it will release two more resources on pilot training at this year's NBAA2013 show in Las Vegas. Carbonneau also will also discuss many of these issues with fellow safety experts at this week's Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS), being held on April 10 and 11, in Montreal, Canada. Read more about the multi-year NBAA safety project in Business Aviation Insider.
Top Asian-Region Officials to Participate in ABACE2013 Sessions
Building on a successful, similar presentation in 2012, the second-day Opening General Session for ABACE2013 will feature remarks from top officials throughout China and the Asia-Pacific. Directors general from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have been invited to participate in the session, scheduled for April 17. Also at ABACE2013, a robust slate of education sessions will be available for attendees of ABACE2013, featuring presentations from some of the industry's most notable and well-regarded experts in their fields. Read more about the industry experts who will speak at ABACE2013 education sessions.
EBACE Student Day Panel to Promote Careers in Business Aviation
Student Day at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) will feature a panel of industry leaders who will speak about career opportunities in business aviation. Students from aviation schools around Europe have been invited to attend "Business Aviation as a Career: Build Your Future Now," set for 9:30 a.m. on May 23. "We've organized this seminar so that students can get current and reliable information about our industry," said Belarmino Paradela, senior manager of economics and operational duties at the European Business Aviation Association, who will be moderating the event. "We want business aviation to be one of their top career choices." Read more about Student Day at EBACE2013.
Idaho Governor Signs Legislation to Modify Aircraft and Pilot Registration Fees
In an effort to secure funding for the important work done by the Idaho Aeronautics Division, the Governor has signed legislation restructuring the state's aircraft and pilot registration fees. Effective July 1, the pilot registration fee of $6 per year will be eliminated. Also effective on July 1, the annual aircraft registration fee will increase from one cent per pound of aircraft gross weight to 3 cents per pound. The maximum aircraft registration fee will increase from $200 to $600. Without these modest fee increases, the Idaho Aeronautics Division reports it would face significant challenges in achieving its mission to provide a safe and efficient airport system. Learn more about the fee change.
Report: Maryland's Community Airports Generate Millions in Income, Support Jobs
A just-released study of the economic impact of Maryland's 35 community airports shows $550.7 million in income for businesses dependent on those airports, up almost 15 percent compared with a similar 2006 study. In addition, the report, titled "Maryland: Economic Impact of Airports," found the airports supported 6,274 jobs. Read more about GA in Maryland.
April 11, 2013
NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable With CABA Meeting
April 16, 2013
Carolina Aviation Professionals Assn. Meeting
April 17, 2013
Northeast Dispatchers and Schedulers Meeting
Windsor Locks, CT
April 17, 2013
Ohio Business Aviation Training Standdown
April 17, 2013
Tampa Bay Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
April 25, 2013
Chicago Area Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
April 27, 2013
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit
April 29, 2013
Southern California Aviation Assn. Annual Benefit
MassDOT CEO Davey Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award
NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard Davey in recognition of his exemplary efforts on behalf of regional business aviation community in the commonwealth. Davey was appointed to his position in September 2011 by Gov. Deval Patrick. He leads a 10,000-person organization that operates with a mission to provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system for the citizens of Massachusetts. Read more about Davey.
Call for Nominations: CAM Governing Board
The CAM Governing Board is seeking nominations for Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) interested in serving on the board as a director. Any CAM in good standing may be nominated for a director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at this year's October Governing Board meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing by May 15 to NBAA's Jay Evans, governing board administrative director, at email@example.com. Learn more about the CAM Governing Board nomination process.
Reserve Housing Now for NBAA2013 in Las Vegas
The housing reservation system for NBAA's 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV, from Oct. 22 to 24 is now open. No prepayment is required for those who book through Travel Planners, the official housing provider for NBAA2013, 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 NBAA2013.
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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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