NBAA Applauds DOT's Decision to Preserve Sequester-Targeted ATC Towers
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed last week's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that 149 contract air traffic control towers, slated for closure next month, will instead remain open throughout the federal government's 2013 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. "We applaud the decision by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to leave these towers open," Bolen said. "As we have long said, these tower facilities are integral components in the world's safest, largest, most diverse and most efficient aviation system." The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) announcement comes following significant concerns about the tower closures that have been raised by elected officials at all levels of government. Read more about the decision to keep the towers open.
New Legislation Would Smooth Certification for General Aviation Aircraft
NBAA last week welcomed new legislation that would dramatically enhance the certification process for new light general aviation aircraft. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) the "Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013" (H.R. 1848) calls on the FAA to implement recommendations from the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to adopt consensus-based, design-specific performance requirements to achieve FAA certification. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Sam Graves (R-6-MO), Dan Lipinski (D-3-IL), Rick Nolan (D-8-MN) and Todd Rokita (R-4-IN). Current Part 23 certification standards are largely based on aircraft weight and propulsion method. Read more about the proposed legislation.
New and Pre-Owned Aircraft Markets Show Signs of Rebounding
Worldwide sales of new and pre-owned general aviation aircraft demonstrate that while the industry continues its gradual rebound, significant growth may still be years away. Last week, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced an encouraging upswing for deliveries of new general aviation (GA) aircraft, with first quarter billings improving 31.7 percent over the same period last year. Deliveries throughout all industry segments measured by GAMA improved over last year's quarterly totals. The pre-owned aircraft market also appears to be improving in 2013, with a report by JetNet LLC listing slightly fewer aircraft for sale worldwide in February 2013 than in February 2012. Also, the European market appears to be making slow, but steady, improvement, according to a report from Brian Foley Associates. Read more about the improving GA market.
Newest Certified Aviation Managers Say Credential Is Worth Pursuing
NBAA recently added four new Members to the ranks of its Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, bringing the number of people who have successfully mastered the challenging course and exam to more than 200. The CAM program is a highly focused development course for business aviation managers, and those who aspire to manage in fields that range from flight department operations to maintenance, from schedulers and dispatchers to flight attendants and FBO managers. "The credential has been respected in the industry for many years," said NBAA Director of Professional Development Jay Evans, "but now we're reaching a point of 'critical mass,' and the CAM is becoming a standard that is often expected." This week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more about the newest CAMs.
Now on Air Mail: When Should Aging 'Baby Boomer' Pilots Retire?
Now on NBAA's Flight Department Managers' Air Mail list, Association Members are discussing best practices for determining when a pilot should retire and if that decision should be based on age, health or some other set of criteria. Air Mail is NBAA's Members-only social network for the discussion of business aviation topics. Members may review the full discussion by logging in to Air Mail Forums.
Auburn Students, Alumni Contest Decision to 'Sunset' Aviation Program
Advocates fighting to preserve aviation-related curricula at Auburn University say they are in a "state of shock" following last week's announcement that the school intends to outsource Auburn's flight training program to a third-party. The university said it will "refer the existing degree in professional flight management to the University Senate's Academic Program Review Committee for review and if the program is discontinued, will work with the enrolled students to ensure they are able to complete their degrees." Alumni, including NBAA representatives, and current students have been staging a grassroots effort to save the program and say they intend to keep fighting to preserve it. Read more about the aviation program at Auburn.
New York Declares May Aviation Appreciation Month
Citing more than $50 billion in annual economic benefit and jobs for almost 400,000 New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared May 2013 "Aviation Appreciation Month" in the Empire State. "Business aviation is a critical tool for companies in New York to improve efficiency, save money and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment and jobs to all areas of the state," Cuomo said in his proclamation, which was similar to one he also made in 2012. Read more about general aviation in New York.
Business Aviation Brings Electricity to Rural Customers
Based outside of Portland, OR, Wilson Construction builds electrical lines in rural communities across America. To reach its far-flung customers and work sites, the company relies on two King Airs, a Challenger 300 and a fleet of helicopters. "When I first started in the business, I drove 60,000 miles in one year in Oregon and Washington," said President Don Wilson, "so I got my pilot's license." In the beginning, he did virtually all the company flying. In 2008, the company hired a full-time chief pilot, and today Wilson's daughter, Stacy, vice president of finance, flies the King Air C90. Read how the aircraft give Wilson Construction "a big-time competitive advantage" in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider.
EBACE Seminar Addresses Complex Questions About Aircraft Purchases
The EBACE International Aircraft Transactions Seminar, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on May 20, the day before the opening of the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013), will address the challenging issues about the aircraft sales process. Featuring presentations by aircraft purchasers, brokers, financiers, lawyers and other advisors, the one-day EBACE seminar will also examine current trends, challenges and opportunities facing the business aviation marketplace today, particularly in consideration of ongoing global economic concerns. Learn more about the seminar.
IAWA Reception to Help Aviation Women Connect at EBACE2013
Women aviation professionals from around the world are invited to attend an International Aviation Womens' Association (IAWA) reception hosted by NBAA on May 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, and held in conjunction with EBACE2013. The Geneva IAWA Connect event will be held at NBAA's booth, No. 2011, in Hall 5 on the EBACE2013 exhibit floor. IAWA represents women who hold executive positions across the aviation and aerospace industry, and provides a networking platform for senior women to promote advancement in leadership, and encourage younger women to remain in and develop their careers in aviation. Read more about the IAWA Connect event at EBACE2013.
FAA Changes Wake Turbulence Separation Minima for Certain Parallel Runway Operations
Starting on May 15, the FAA will roll out a one-year demonstration of the Wake Turbulence Mitigation for Departures (WTMD) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), followed by Houston International (IAH) on May 20 and then Memphis International (MEM) in August. WTMD use will be broadcast over the ATIS, and pilots will have the option to request longer separation times if needed. The FAA has been working since 2006 to develop a safe wake mitigation procedure that allows reduced wake turbulence separation during certain operations from closely-spaced parallel runways. Learn more.
Call to Action: Oppose Proposal to Repeal Massachusetts Aircraft Tax Exemption
Legislators in Massachusetts are considering a bill to repeal the sales tax exemption on aircraft. Similar legislation has been proposed in prior years, but NBAA and a coalition of general aviation groups have been able to preserve the exemption. Under the proposal, opposed by NBAA, sales of aircraft in Massachusetts would be subject to the 6.25-percent sales tax. Since many surrounding states provide sales tax exemptions on aircraft or parts, it is likely that aircraft owners will decide to purchase or base their aircraft elsewhere if Massachusetts repeals the exemption. Tomorrow, May 14, at 10:30 a.m., the Joint Committee on Revenue will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposal, and NBAA Members are encouraged to attend this hearing and register their opposition to House Bill 2490. Learn more.
New York Business Aviation Forum Set for May 16; RSVP Required Today
The New York Area Business Aviation Forum is scheduled for May 16 at the FAA Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY. The forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. FAA representatives from all of the New York ATC facilities will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to operating in the New York metropolitan airspace. Presentations will include changes to the FAA's traffic flow management practices associated with the upcoming severe weather season, as well as specific airport and airspace issues at the New York satellites. As the forum will be held in an FAA facility, attendees must RSVP so they may be added to the approved security list. Please RSVP to NBAA's Dean Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than today.
Northeast Operators: Sign Up for a Fatigue-Management Seminar Next Month
NBAA and regional associations in the Northeast are hosting several fatigue- management seminars this June to help business aviation professionals mitigate the risks from fatigue. The first program will be held on June 17 at Signature Flight Support on Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey, followed by one on June 18 at Volo Aviation on Sikorsy Airport (BDR) in Bridgeport, CT and a third on June 20 at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Seminar attendance qualifies for NBAA Certified Aviation Manager qualification and recertification credit. All seminars are from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at email@example.com.
NBAA's Doug Carr to Speak at St. Louis Group Event May 21
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. at the Emerson Aviation hangar, located at18444 Edison Ave., Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, MO. Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, safety, security, operations & regulation, will make a presentation on "hot topic" issues. The event is sponsored by Dassault Falcon, and includes a presentation and tour of the Falcon 2000S by Charlie McLoughlin. Please RSVP by May 29 to (314) 845-3102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15, 2013
Utah Business Aviation Association Scholarship Benefit
West Valley City, UT
May 16, 2013
Greater Washington Business Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
May 1718, 2013
Idaho Falls Aviation Expo
Idaho Falls, ID
May 25, 2013
Greenville Downtown Airport Take Flight 5k Charity Event
May 31, 2013
Tampa Business Aviation Association Charity Tournament
June Fatigue Workshops in the Northeast U.S.
NBAA's Air Mail Continues to Evolve, With New List Topics Added
NBAA's Air Mail the Association's Members-only social network for collaboration and discussion on topics of interest to business aircraft operators is one of the most popular and frequently used online resources offered by NBAA. Through Air Mail, NBAA Members can ask questions and get real-world answers from their fellow Members on business aviation issues. Launched in 1997, Air Mail continues to evolve to serve the business aviation community in the changing social media landscape, recently adding six new lists to meet the changing needs of Members Read more about Air Mail.
CAM Governing Board Calls for Nominations
The 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.
Flight Attendants Seeking Excellence in Cabin Safety, Security and Service
Reaching for new heights in safety, service and professionalism is a critical part of the flight attendant's and flight technician's job. At NBAA's Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, to be held from June 20 to 22 in Washington, DC, attendees will hone their skills to achieve new levels of success, network with peers, meet with vendors and participate in high-quality education sessions. "Beyond All Limits" is this year's conference theme, and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will deliver a presentation on the importance of being engaged with the industry. Register now for the conference.
Flight Operations Workshop Offered in Conjunction With Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA is presenting a Flight Operations Manual Workshop on June 17 and 18 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with its Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference. This two-day Professional Development Program (PDP) course draws from participants' experiences to provide a deeper understanding of how flight departments really work. The workshop will cover all the essentials for drafting a successful flight operations manual: standard operating procedures, the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), safety management systems and more. Register for the workshop now.
Management PDP Workshop Offered at Flight Attendants Conference
NBAA is presenting two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses in conjunction with next month's Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in Washington, DC, including the Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on June 19 and 20. This two-day workshop covers leadership skills, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, team building and many other skills for running a flight department. Sign up for the PDP workshop.
NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST
CAM Certification: A Pathway to Professional Growth
The four newest Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) say their new CAM credential will help them advance professionally. "I was looking for a way to expand my knowledge and open up new opportunities. CAM seemed a great path to continued professional development and career enhancement," explained Troy Ladue, executive flight coordinator for Mass Mutual. This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast has more on the newest CAMs.
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May 2123, 2013
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013)
June 6, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
White Plains, NY
June 1718, 2013
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 1920, 2013
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 2122, 2013
Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference
July 11, 2013
Business Aviation Regional Forum
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