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In this Issue: NBAA joins broad industry coalition calling for full funding of contract tower program and more.
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 March 13, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update

NBAA Joins Broad Industry Coalition Calling for Full Funding of Contract Tower Program
NBAA last week joined eight other industry groups in asking Congress to fully fund the Contract Tower Program, which improves safety at communities around the country while saving taxpayer dollars, as part of the FAA FY 2018 appropriations bill. “The FAA Contract Tower Program has provided cost-effective and essential air traffic safety services for over three decades,” the letter said. Read more about the call for full contract tower funding.


NBAA-Led Motion Counters FAA Challenge to SMO Settlement Review
NBAA last week joined other aviation stakeholders in filing a motion before the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, to prevent reduction of the runway and curtailing aviation operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) while the court reviews a settlement agreement between the FAA and the city. The FAA and the city previously announced a settlement, requiring the historic airfield to remain open through 2028, but allowing the city to reduce the length of SMO's runway to 3,500 feet. Read more about the challenge to the SMO settlement.

NBAA Welcomes ICAO Council Adoption of Global Emissions Standards
NBAA commended the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council’s recent adoption of the first global aircraft certification emissions standard, which reflects recommendations and input provided by NBAA and other industry groups. The standard applies to all new large aircraft type designs starting in 2020 and to all in-production aircraft types, including business and large aircraft, in 2023. Now, each of the 191 ICAO member states, including the U.S., must independently accept the standard or file a difference with ICAO. Learn more about ICAO standards.

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Los Angeles International Runway Construction Schedule Revised
The runway construction project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been revised, due to poor weather conditions earlier this year. The Runway 25R/7L closure has been broken up into two phases to keep the runway open during the peak summer months. The first closure will now occur in mid-April, lasting 40 days.

New North Atlantic Turn-Back Procedure Is an Option
In the event of an in-flight contingency while flying in the new half-degree (25 nm) reduced lateral separation minima tracks across the North Atlantic, a new procedure for diversion or 180-degree turn-back is an option, but not required. Mitch Launius, NBAA International Operators Committee Region IV lead, advised that pilots “not operate in the RLatSM tracks if they’re new to the environment.”

Take Part in NBAA’s Survey on Organizational Risk Management
Business aircraft flight departments are encouraged to participate in an NBAA survey about organizational risk management. This online survey, which is open through March 20, will help the NBAA’s Operational Excellence Strategic Focus Team in developing a new course addressing organizational risk management, and the survey results will influence the course content.

Texas GA Caucus Calls for Maintenance Tax Reform
The current 6.25 percent sales tax on parts in Texas drives significant aircraft maintenance business out-of-state, resulting in a loss of economic activity that the Texas Legislative General Aviation Caucus is hoping to reverse this legislative session. “This [bill] will encourage suppliers, manufacturers and other small businesses that serve the general aviation industry to remain and expand in Texas,” said state Rep. Dwayne Bohac.

Podcast: NBAA Maintenance Conference Offers Prime Networking Opportunities
With more than 900 attendees expected at this year’s NBAA Maintenance Conference, set for May 2-4 in West Palm Beach, FL, there will be ample opportunities for networking, which industry leaders say is vital for those who maintain business aircraft. When looking for aircraft parts, or needing assistance with new techniques, the people one meets at the NBAA Maintenance Conference are often the first to help, said Maintenance Committee member Steve King.

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How Changing ICAO Standards Impact Business Aviation

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has made several important changes to its standards that could impact business aviation, and understanding the organization and its processes can help explain how those recent changes could affect your organization. Read more about changes in ICAO standards in Business Aviation Insider.

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