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 March 20, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update

President's Proposed ATC-Privatization Budget Bad News for Small and Mid-Size Towns
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week issued comments strongly opposing the Trump administration’s budget, which appears to endorse privatizing the nation’s ATC system. Bolen noted that such a move could adversely affect, among others, countless small and mid-size communities across the U.S., which rely on general aviation. “Under such a proposal, the ATC system…would be turned over to a non-governmental entity, effectively controlled by the airlines,” Bolen said. Read NBAA’s full statement on the proposal.

Fort Worth, TX Regional Forum

NBAA Welcomes Congressman's Inquiries About FAA's SMO Settlement Agreement
NBAA last week thanked Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-5-LA) for his letter to top FAA and DOT officials expressing "deep concern" about the settlement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). "From my perspective, this agreement departs from the long-standing principle that the federal government will preserve airport infrastructure and hold airport sponsors accountable," Abraham wrote. Read more about Abraham’s letter.

NBAA's Bolen, Lucas Encourage Midwest Industry Stakeholders to Fight ATC Privatization
Following President Trump’s March 16 release of a federal budget proposal that appears to endorse privatizing the nation’s ATC system, the issue continues to raise concern, and was top of mind when NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas were in the Midwest last week to talk about how such a proposal would negatively impact the industry, and to encourage stakeholders to rally against such plans. Read more about Bolen and Lucas’ talks to Midwest industry stakeholders.


Podcast: Regional Business Aviation Safety Events Growing in Popularity
Increasingly, local and regional business aviation groups are staging safety events as a service to members and stakeholders in the area. The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA), for example, is hosting its 2017 Safety and Security Day on April 6. The key to success, said PNBAA Director Brett Palmiero, is appealing to a diverse audience with topics of current interest in the industry.

Those using business aviation routinely have questions about their missions, which is why the experts with NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee (DOC) will attend the association's Fort Worth Regional Forum on March 23 at Meacham Airport (FTW). This marks the first time DOC members have attended an NBAA regional forum, and the committee especially wants to hear from small flight departments.

NBAA Issues Call for Speakers for SDC2018
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference  has a reputation for high-caliber educational programming. NBAA members are encouraged to submit speaking proposals for next year's event, set for Feb. 6-9, 2018 in Long Beach, CA. Topics that highlight innovation in the business aviation industry are of particular interest. Proposals must be submitted by April 14.

Brexit, Career Development and Industry Hot Topics in Focus at EBACE2017
Attendees of the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2017) will have the opportunity to hear from world-renowned experts in business aviation security, environmental best practices and a number of other business aviation hot topics during three days of interactive education sessions.

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@UniversalWeathr - Give it up to the IOC Committee and @NBAA for organizing another successful and fantastic conference. Can't wait for #IOC18!