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In this Issue: Battle over ATC privatization, user fees expected in 2017 and more.
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 Jan. 9, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

Podcast: Battle Over ATC Privatization, User Fees Expected in 2017, Says Bolen
A new administration takes over in Washington, DC this month, but NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said business aviation leaders are expecting another push for ATC privatization funded by user fees, and are preparing to once again fight against it. “What really is at stake here is a fundamental question about who’s going to control the public’s airspace,” Bolen said. “Is it going to be the public’s elected representatives or are we going to turn our air traffic control monopoly over to a private board dominated by airlines who may not have business aviation’s best interest at heart?” Other NBAA priorities for 2017 include support of certification reform and a push to move forward with NextGen implementation. Hear more of Bolen’s comments in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

NBAA 2017 Security Conference

New NBAA Resource Offers Guidance on Properly Responding to PRIA Requests
The Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 (PRIA) provides employers with transparency about potential employees’ performance history, but how much information should former employers divulge? NBAA's Regulatory Issues Advisory Group (RIAG) has developed a new resource – the Pilot Records Improvement Act Guide – that outlines a process for requesting and providing employee records. “It’s really important for operators who are making disclosures pursuant to PRIA to understand where those boundaries are, because one can easily find themselves outside of them,” said RIAG member Alison Squiccimarro. Learn more.

Aviation Students Examine Industry Issues at NBAA HQ
A dozen aviation students from across the country spent time Jan. 5 with NBAA staff, at the association’s Washington, DC headquarters, discussing issues of importance to the industry, and learning more about career opportunities in business aviation. “This is where we put to practice some of the theory that we learn about in the classroom,” said faculty facilitator Orestes Gooden. “I’ve been studying this industry, now here are its real-life applications,” added Destry Jacobs, a junior at Arizona State University. “There’s so much in this industry.” Read more about the UAA visit to NBAA.

West Palm Beach Regional Forum

NBAA Marks the Passing of Association Veteran John A. Pope
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today saluted John A. Pope, a key figure in the development of NBAA and the business aviation industry, who passed away Jan. 8. “For more than 20 years, John Pope tirelessly championed the priorities of the business aviation community in his service to NBAA,” Bolen said. “His countless contributions to the association and the industry will long be remembered.”

Need to Negotiate Through a Situation? Here Are Three Tips
Almost every interaction between humans is a negotiation and almost every negotiation can be an act of courage, according to author Misha Glouberman. Glouberman will expand on this idea during a session at the 2017 NBAA Leadership Conference, set for Feb. 14-16 in Miami, FL. With “Strength and Courage” as the theme of the event, education sessions will focus on leadership courage as a way of life and much more.

ABACE2017 Primed for Success
Organizers of the 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2017), set for April 11-13 in Shanghai, China, report that the upcoming event will be at least as large and dynamic, and perhaps more so, than previous editions of the show. "Our exhibitor commitments are considerably ahead of pace compared with last year, which marked the largest-ever show footprint for the event," said Chris Strong, NBAA senior vice president of conventions and membership.

Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference

Flying Into Hong Kong? Here Are Six Tips to Keep in MindFlying Into Hong Kong?
Here Are Six Tips to Keep in Mind

With only two runways and limited parking, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) presents substantial operational challenges to business aircraft operators. In a newly produced article, experts on business aviation in the Asian region detail six tips for mitigating the challenges involved with operations involving HKIA. Read NBAA’s tips for flying into Hong Kong.

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