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 Feb. 6, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA Remains Determined Amidst Unique Decision on Santa Monica Airport

Podcast: Hear the Latest, On-the-Ground SMO Report from NBAA COO Steve Brown
Steve Brown – who headed up the FAA’s airport operations before serving as NBAA COO – was in Santa Monica, CA last week to talk with stakeholders about a recent, one-of-its-kind arrangement, reached between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA to keep Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) open until Dec. 31, 2028. Brown said that NBAA is in possession of the settlement document, and legal experts are reviewing its provisions, in part to determine the industry’s options. “We are very focused on making sure that this airport is as available, open and accessible to the aviation community as possible in the future,” Brown said. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Tahoe Airport District

NBAA: Continued EU-ETS Exemption Reflects Wisdom of Global Emissions Standard
NBAA affirmed that European officials’ decision to continue exempting certain U.S. business aviation flights from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) correctly reflects the need for a global aircraft emissions proposal, currently being developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The European Commission last week announced it would retain its policy of exempting non-EU operators from the EU-ETS for international flights to and from EU nations. Flights within the EU will still need to comply with the EU-ETS. Read more about EU-ETS.

NBAA Looks Forward to Working with Incoming DOT Secretary Chao
NBAA last week commended the United States Senate for confirming Elaine Chao as Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary. “Investment in transportation infrastructure is a top priority for the administration and Congress, and we look forward to working closely with Secretary Chao,” the association said in a statement. Read more.

Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference

NBAA Survey Examines Impact of Presidential TFR at PBI
NBAA is conducting a survey to gauge the impact of the presidential TFR that was in place for Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) Feb. 3-6. The results of this anonymous survey will be shared with NBAA members, as well as the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service. The data will be helpful in efforts to advocate for greater access for business aviation, while maintaining an acceptable level of security.

2017 NBAA Compensation Survey Now Open; Members Encouraged to Participate
In an ever-evolving workforce market, NBAA members want to make smart decisions about hiring and retaining employees, and that’s where the association’s Compensation Survey comes in. “The survey is a key resource for any U.S.-based flight department that wants to remain competitive in this changing labor market," said Peter Korns, NBAA’s manager of operations. The deadline to take part is Feb. 24.

Following an accident in 2006 that killed his son, surfing champion and successful businessman Shaun Tomson reinvented his life. In the process of developing a personal code, he also developed a process that begins with self-definition. “If you want to change your life, you commit to something new,” he said. Tomson will explain how his process applies to business leadership at the NBAA Leadership Conference.

CAM Spotlight: First Flight Attendant CAM Credits Supportive Work Environment for Success
Continuing education doesn’t just benefit business aviation professionals, companies also gain value from employees’ commitment to self-development. For Mike Horan, the first business aviation flight attendant to earn Certified Aviation Manager certification, his accomplishment was made possible through the supportive work team at his company, Altria Client Services LLC.

NBAA Asks Members to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey
The FAA’s annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey, which will collect data on GA operations in 2016, is underway. NBAA is encouraging members that have been invited to participate in the confidential poll to do so in order to provide the agency with a clear picture of business aviation activity.

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Member Profile: Business Aviation Helps Missouri Law Firm Go National

When Jason Call and Chip Gentry launched their law firm in Jefferson City, MO, in 2013, they had a vision for a technology-driven practice built on personal relationships. They also had assets that would prove essential to their success – their legal expertise, clients who also valued relationships, Jefferson City Memorial Airport across the Missouri River from their offices and Gentry’s Piper Archer III. Read more about Call & Gentry Law Group in Business Aviation Insider.

@DreamSoarSTEM - Last week, we enjoyed the company of our continued partner, @NBAA at the PBI regional forum! We love your support!