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 March 27, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update

GA Associations Reiterate ATC Privatization Concerns
As congressional lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline for FAA reauthorization, a host of general aviation association leaders last week sent joint letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” regarding proposals for privatizing ATC, through the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.” Read more about the letter sent to House and Senate leaders.

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NBAA Releases 2017 Top Safety Focus Areas List
NBAA has released its 2017 list of Top Safety Focus Areas, identifying eight areas that research by the NBAA Safety Committee indicates should be primary risk-mitigation targets for business aircraft operators. The areas include loss of control – inflight, runway excursions, single-pilot accident rates and ground-handling incidents. “The safety focus areas identified by the Safety Committee underscore the most significant aircraft operations-related risks challenging our industry,” said David Ryan, chairman of NBAA’s Safety Committee. Learn more about the 2017 Safety Focus list.

NBAA's SCOTUS Brief Challenges Incorrect IRS Application of Federal Excise Tax
NBAA last week filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision on the IRS’s incorrect assessment of federal excise tax (FET) on management fees paid to fractional aircraft providers. In its 2016 decision, the Fifth Circuit upheld a ruling that monthly management fees charged by FlexJet, once owned by Bombardier Aerospace, were subject to FET. NBAA’s brief argues the IRS never provided precise guidance to fractional programs on the application of FET to aircraft management fees. Read more about the amicus brief.


Slot Reservations Now Required at Toronto Pearson 
Pilots flying in and out of Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) should now plan to reserve departure and arrival slots any time during the 48-hour period before arrival or departure. A rehabilitation project for Runway 05/23 will further limit general aviation slots between March 28 and May 16, and again between Oct. 10 and Nov. 3.

Point of Impact: SMO-Closure Threats Jeopardize Family Aircraft Repair Business
Continuing threats of closure at California’s embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) are upending one family’s lifetime of work. “Now that we only have month-to-month leases, it will be next to impossible to convince anyone to invest in us,” said Kim Davidson, who launched Kim Davidson Aviation more than 35 years ago.

Bolen Tells TV Reporter: Nationwide Pilot Shortage Impacting Business Aviation
In a recent interview with Denver ABC-TV affiliate KMGH Channel 7, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and other aviation experts, said they are looking for ways to link interest with opportunity, as the industry looks for ways to address a coming U.S. pilot shortage. “I think we’re kind of on the cusp of a lot of people recognizing what a special industry this is,” Bolen said.

At NBAA Regional Forum, Bolen Urges Industry Vigilance and Advocacy
As the industry faces a battle over proposals for privatizing ATC, and funding the system with new user fees, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees at the March 23 Regional Forum at Texas’ Meacham Airport (FTW), to be ready to mobilize for this priority issue. The forum drew more than 1,700 attendees and 148 exhibitors, and featured 27 aircraft on static display.

NBAA, University of North Dakota Launch Business Aviation Fatigue Study
NBAA is coordinating with the University of North Dakota to conduct a survey on fatigue and crew duty issues in business aviation. The study will not only look at aviators, but also maintenance personnel, cabin crew, schedulers and dispatchers and others in business aviation who work in safety-sensitive functions. The survey is now open to NBAA members, and will conclude April 21.

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