Bolen Renounces Obama Budget as Another Attack on Business Aviation
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week opposed renewed calls for general aviation (GA) user fees, included in President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2014. In its budget plan, the Obama administration claims the $100 per-flight fee is needed to help reduce the nation's deficit. "We agree with the administration that deficit-reduction is a top priority, and welcome an honest debate on the subject," Bolen added. "But it is clear that this unwarranted user fee could significantly harm an essential American industry." The new budget also calls for unwanted changes to business aircraft tax-depreciation schedules, and the proposal comes as the industry has already been expressing concerns over the administration's planned closure of 149 air traffic control towers and the potential curtailment of Customs and Border Protection services under the government's sequester. Read more about the White House budget and Bolen's response.
NBAA Welcomes Congressional Leaders' Bipartisan Call to Keep Towers Open
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed a letter to the Obama administration from House and Senate transportation leaders voicing strong concerns over the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) recent decision to close 149 air traffic control contract towers. "NBAA welcomes this letter from a bipartisan coalition of leaders from the committees of jurisdiction in the Senate and House, who support what NBAA and other general aviation organizations have long stated: air traffic control towers are integral to the nation's aviation system, and central to the FAA's ability to support the safest, largest and most efficient aviation system in the world," Bolen said. Read more about the bipartisan letter.
News Outlets Again Challenge White House's Business Aviation Tax Claims
News organizations are not letting the White House's business aviation rhetoric and policy proposals go unchallenged. Already, The Washington Post and Politico have run articles or blog posts sternly questioning the Obama administration's budget proposals targeting business aviation. The latest outlets to renew such questions are The Washington Times and Newsweek/The Daily Beast. For example, in an April 8 story, The Washington Times points out a simple fiscal reality about the president's proposal to change general aviation aircraft tax policies that NBAA has long made clear: The revenue produced by changing the policy "would amount to only a drop in the nation's deficit-reduction bucket." Learn more about national and local news outlets' investigations into the Obama administration's claims about business aviation.
NBAA Asks FCC to 'Grandfather' Use of 121.5 MHz ELTs
NBAA on April 1 submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing its latest proposal to ban the manufacture, sale, importation and use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). A prime motivator for the proposed ban is the discontinued satellite monitoring of 121.5 MHz, which had relayed these distress signals to search-and-rescue organizations. The Cospas-Sarsat constellation now monitors signals from 406 MHz emergency location devices. While there are many benefits to a 406 MHz ELT, "a significant number of business aviation aircraft are operated solely within the United States, where there is good radar and communications coverage with air traffic control to provide timely notification of an emergency situation" and requiring the installation of a 406 MHz ELT would adversely affect them, NBAA said in its comments to the FCC. Read more about NBAA's comments on the latest FCC proposal.
Traffic Flow Management Changes for Northeast Severe Weather Events
The FAA is changing how it manages severe weather events in the Northeast this year. The primary focus will be implementing traffic management initiatives early in the day for those days when significant convective impact is expected in and around New York City airspace. These initiatives are likely to include ground delay programs, airspace flow programs, required routes and planned escape routes. Read more about the FAA's changes.
Excitement High, Momentum Strong for ABACE2013, Starting Tomorrow
As the clock winds down on a ribbon-cutting that will officially open ABACE2013 on April 16 in Shanghai, the show's momentum continues to grow. This week's event will feature 180 Exhibitors and 38 aircraft on static display, both show records. Adding to the excitement is a recent announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of China that its officials will host the China Business Aviation Symposium on the exhibit floor on the show's opening day. The symposium will bring together top-level regional, national and international officials to discuss a wide range of matters, including the continuing development of China's emerging business aviation industry, policies affecting operations in the region and more. Read more about the symposium at ABACE2013.
Two IS-BAO Workshops to Be Featured at ABACE2013
In its ongoing effort to promote safety, the International Business Aviation Council is presenting two full-day workshops on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) in conjunction with the ABACE2013. The Fundamentals of IS-BAO Workshop will be held on April 19, followed by the Auditor Accreditation Workshop on April 20. IS-BAO is a voluntary multi-step process that raises the level of operator safety. Learn more about IS-BAO workshops.
China Prepares to Open Its Skies to GA
The Chinese government is preparing to open up the airspace under 1,000 meters to general aviation traffic in May, right after ABACE2013 concludes. That milestone precedes the planned opening of airspace under 3,000 meters within the next two years, according to Jason Liao, NBAA's chief representative in Asia and chairman and CEO of the China Business Aviation Group. "China is building 10 to 15 new airports a year," Liao said. The country also is spending money renovating existing airports and building new business-aviation facilities, and as the nation rapidly builds GA infrastructure, China's manufacturers continue to gear up for an expected general aviation boom, Liao said. Listen to this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast to learn more about general aviation in China.
Safety Tops Agenda for EBACE2013 Cabin Crew Symposium
Safety will be the focus of an EBACE Cabin Crew Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21 to 23. Presented for the third year in a row by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee and the European Business Aviation Association, the symposium will take place on Monday, May 20, just before EBACE2013 officially opens its doors for business. Learn more about the cabin crew symposium.
Leaders Share Ideas at Inaugural Regional Leadership Roundtable
Leaders from 22 regional business aviation groups discussed best practices and opportunities to be more collectively effective during the inaugural NBAA Regional Leadership Roundtable, held on April 11 in Englewood, CO. The agenda, arranged by NBAA at the request of the regional leaders, featured six key topics: volunteer management, keeping meeting content fresh, expanding membership, advocacy and legislative issues, scholarships and leadership goals. Read more about the Regional Leadership Roundtable.
FAA's New York-Area Business Aviation Forum Set for May 16
The FAA is hosting a New York-area Business Aviation Forum on May 16 at the agency's Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY from 8:30 a.m. to noon. FAA representatives from all local air traffic control facilities will be on hand to answer questions about operating in the New York Metropolitan Airspace. Officials will present updates on traffic flow management changes associated with the upcoming severe weather season, as well as specific ground and airspace issues at New York satellite airports. Attendees must RSVP to be added to the approved security list to enter the FAA facility. RSVP by May 10 to NBAA Air Traffic Services' Dean Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 18, 2013
SONO Schedulers & Dispatchers Networking Event
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
Business Aviation Safety Seminar Focused on Collaborative Solutions
With the industry's safety record under renewed scrutiny in the wake of two high-profile accidents already this year, the annual Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS), held last week in Montreal, Canada, focused on finding collaborative solutions to safety issues affecting business aviation users, pilots and flight departments. The two-day event, annually hosted by Flight Safety Foundation and NBAA, underscores NBAA's long-standing and continuing commitment to improving business aviation safety. Read more about BASS.
Emergency First Aid Available at ABACE2013
Should anyone attending ABACE2013 in Shanghai have a medical issue at this week's show, being held from April 16 to 18, a fire truck and ambulance will be on site during the show days to respond to emergencies. For medical emergencies or immediate medical attention, contact SAA Security's Capt. Huang at +86 137 0166 3276. For more information about plans for this week's show, visit the ABACE2013 website.
Last Day for Early Bird Discount at Maintenance Management Conference
Today is the last day to register at the early-bird rate for NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference and save $200. This year's conference will be held in Fort Worth, TX from April 30 to May 2. The industry's only event dedicated to professionals managing the maintenance function of business aircraft, the conference provides an invaluable opportunity to network and share best practices, as well as meet face-to-face with vendors. Attendees also earn credit toward CAM certification and FAA IA renewal. Register at the early-bird rate.
CAM Governing Board Calls for Nominations
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board is seeking nominations for CAMs interested in serving on the board as directors. Any CAM in good standing may be nominated for a director position. The three-year term for new directors will begin at this October's 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.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
Business Aviation Boom Expected in China
As the Chinese government prepares next month to open airspace under 1,000 meters to general aviation traffic, business aviation in China is expected to grow 20 to 25 percent over the next decade, according to Jason Liao, NBAA’s chief representative in Asia. Learn more in this week’s edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
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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)
June 6, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
White Plains, NY
June 17–18, 2013
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 19–20, 2013
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 21–22, 2013
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
July 11, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT
Take Advantage of NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption
If you operate a piston, turboprop or single-engine turbojet aircraft under 12,500 pounds or a helicopter, you can use NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption to access the full range of economic and operational options extended to large aircraft operators in FAR 91.501. Available only to NBAA Members, this exemption was just renewed until March 2015. From carrying passengers or property and seeking reimbursement for the flight, to entering into timesharing, interchange or joint ownership agreements, the exemption saves you time and money and allow you to fully operate your business aircraft with ease.
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