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In this Issue: Around the country, NBAA, local groups push for pro-growth aviation tax policies and more.
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 Jan. 23, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

Around the Country, NBAA, Local Groups Push for Pro-Growth Aviation Tax Policies

Around the Country, NBAA, Local Groups Push for Pro-Growth Aviation Tax Policies
As the legislative calendar begins in statehouses across the U.S., NBAA and regional groups are building support for tax reforms to promote growth in business aviation. “We have efforts going on in about a dozen states to seek new, common-sense tax policies that foster the growth of business aviation,” said Scott O’Brien, NBAA’s senior manager of finance and tax policy. Groups are organizing to support tax initiatives in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin and other areas. Read more about efforts to push for pro-growth aviation tax policies.

NBAA 2017 Security Conference

Government Works to Accommodate Business Aviation at PBI During Presidential Visits
NBAA recognized the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service, and other agencies, for their efforts to accommodate business aircraft access to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) during presidential TFRs. A TFR over PBI will be implemented when President Donald Trump visits his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, which is 2.1 nautical miles from the airport. “While TFRs present extraordinary challenges for business aviation, these agencies’ efforts to utilize industry data to support expanded gateway options for this TFR are welcome,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. A session regarding the TFR will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at NBAA’s West Palm Beach Regional Forum. Learn more.

NBAA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut, Aviation Advocate Gene Cernan
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week reflected on the passing of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, a frequent participant in NBAA events and a long-standing advocate for business aviation. “Gene Cernan was a champion of the global aviation community and a hero to the next generation of aerospace pioneers,” Bolen noted. “He left his footprints on the moon, and an indelible mark on our hearts.” In 2013, NBAA honored Cernan with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. Read more about Cernan.

West Palm Beach Regional Forum

Review NBAA's New Resource on Cold Temperature Restricted Airports
The potential for inaccurate altimeter readings in cold weather conditions prompted the FAA to release a list of several hundred airports across the country that mandate cold temperature altitude corrections to ensure the required obstacle clearance. NBAA’s new resource page includes a list of cold temperature restricted airports and their corresponding operational requirements.

Evolving Security Considerations Reflect Ever-Changing Global Conditions
The adoption of security best practices continues to evolve as trends, including heightened security awareness, the changing role of security experts in flight departments and privacy concerns, gain traction. “Overall, security has risen to a higher level of importance, particularly with multi-national companies due to geopolitical conditions around the globe, and elevated awareness due to IS-BAO certification,” said Michael DelMastro, an executive director of aviation services for an international flight department.

In Local Group Visits, Bolen Thanks Members for Advocacy Efforts
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week thanked business aviation advocates for their efforts to stop federal proposals for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees. However, he noted that the community must remain vigilant because the issue is likely to come up again later this year. “Your involvement has made a difference and will continue to be needed as we move forward with a new administration in Washington,” Bolen told members in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.

First-Time Operators to Asia May Face Unexpected Challenges
Growing business opportunities throughout Asia mean that more operators are flying to the region, but unforeseen challenges may complicate matters. A new article from NBAA highlights common concerns for operating in the region, and an education session titled "Operating in Asia: Opportunities & Difficulties," will take place at the 2017 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference.

Podcast: NBAA Access Committee Looks to Update Airports Handbook
NBAA’s Access Committee ensures that members have access to the National Airspace System, airports and to political processes at the local level that impact the industry. Committee Chairman Gabe Andino said updating the NBAA Airports Handbook is one of the committee’s goals for 2017. For example, he said, “What we’ll be updating is some of those case studies to make them a little more current.”

Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference

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Growing Your People: Tips for Developing Flight Department Employees

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@PriesterAv- The Priester Team enjoys time w/ Ed Bolen, President and CEO of @NBAA at the CABAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. @NoPlaneNoGain #bizavworks