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 Feb. 13, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA: Celebrating 70 Years of Promoting, Protecting Business Aviation

Video: NBAA Celebrates 70 Years in 70 Seconds
Today marks NBAA’s 70th anniversary – a milestone the association will commemorate all year long. When NBAA was founded on Feb. 13, 1947, it was with a goal of advocating for access to airspace and airports for its members, as well as promoting safety and professionalism in the Industry – all goals that remain at the forefront of NBAA’s mission. This vide​o,​ “70 Years in 70 Seconds” highlights ​the evolution of business aircraft, ​the ever-increasing productivity offered by business aviation and NBAA's continuing advocacy for industry over the past 70 years. Read ​a ​Business Aviation Insider article about NBAA’s ​seven-decade milestone, and view a video showcasing the growth of this American industry over the past seven decades.

Tahoe Airport District

NBAA Calls for Modernized ATC That Serves All Americans
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week issued a statement regarding comments made in conjunction with a Feb. 9 meeting between President Donald Trump and several airline CEOs, which included discussion of creating a privatized ATC system, funded by user fees. “We’re delighted that the president made clear that aviation modernization is important – that’s a goal with which we agree,” Bolen said. “That said, there are real and significant concerns about the notion of ATC privatization funded through new user fees. It’s important that the president hear from all voices in the debate over this matter, and not just from a small, special-interest group of airline CEOs.” Read Bolen’s full statement.

Record-Breaking NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Delivers Premier Education, Business Opportunities
NBAA’s 2017 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2017) once again proved to be a resounding success, with more than 2,900 attendees and 541 booths on the exhibit floor – both new records for the annual event. “The record-setting attendance and sold-out exhibit floor highlights the fact that the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference continues to provide high-quality education, networking and business development opportunities for this important segment of the business aviation industry,” said NBAA’s Vice President of Operational Excellence and Professional Development Mike Nichols, CAM. Read more about SDC2017.

Fort Worth, TX Regional Forum

Back-to-Back Presidential TFRs at PBI Test New Gateway Screening Procedures
Soon after the first President of the United States TFR was put in place at Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) from Feb. 3-6 for President Donald Trump’s visit to his Mar-a-Lago residence, a second TFR was issued for Feb. 10-12 for a Mar-a-Lago meeting between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe. NBAA staff members were at PBI during the first TFR to observe operations firsthand and receive feedback from members.

NBAA TV: Events Showcase Planes, Products and Policy
This edition of NBAA TV provides an overview of the business aircraft on display at the West Palm Beach Regional Forum on Jan. 26, as well as highlights from SDC2017 on Feb. 7-10. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reminded SDC2017 attendees about the challenges ahead, including proposals being promoted in Washington, DC for privatizing ATC, funding it with user fees, and putting it under the oversight of an airline-centric board.

NBAA Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Resolve Excise Tax Dispute for Management Companies
NBAA welcomed the introduction of bipartisan congressional legislation that would put an end to the improper application of commercial airline ticket taxes to aircraft management companies. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-12-OH) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), makes clear that management services provided to assist a business aircraft owner in the operation of its aircraft are non-commercial aviation in nature and are subject to the aviation fuel tax.

Op-Ed: ATC Privatization Would Hurt Consumers
In a Feb. 6 opinion piece, published on the blog for the Washington newspaper The Hill, Andrew Langer, president of the conservative Institute for Liberty, questions claims about a proposal – “being pushed almost exclusively by the big airline lobby” – for privatizing air traffic control, as part of the continuing congressional debate over FAA reauthorization.

New NBAA Resource Helps Small Flight Departments Communicate with Management
NBAA’s Small Flight Department Subcommittee released the first in a series of resources offering flight department managers guidance on a variety of issues affecting their operations. The first entry in the series, “Communicating with the Aircraft Principal,” provides strategies for effectively conveying aviation priorities to business owners or managers. “Our goal is to provide tangible tools that will help them be better managers,” said Dave Keys, chair of NBAA’s chair of the Domestic Operations Subcommittee.

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NBAA: Advocating for Business Aviation for 70 Years

Throughout its history, NBAA has worked to support policies that foster business aviation. The association's priorities include: modernization of the nation's aviation system, building upon the already outstanding safety record of business aviation and preserving secure access to airports and airspace. Read more about NBAA's advocacy efforts through the years in Business Aviation Insider.

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