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In this Issue: GA associations reiterate ATC privatization concerns and more.
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 April 3, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update

NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption Extended With New Benefits for Eligible Members
The FAA has approved a 24-month extension to NBAA's Small Aircraft Exemption and removed onerous limitations of the exemption’s applicability to operations outside the U.S. Effective through March 31, 2019, the exemption allows NBAA members who operate small aircraft to take advantage of maintenance and cost-sharing options usually available only to operators of larger, turbine-powered aircraft. “Our long-established small aircraft exemption is a valuable tool for small aircraft operators,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “It will provide even more benefits with these two positive changes, which allow operators better long-range planning and remove unnecessary restrictions on international operations.” Read more about NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption.

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House Lawmakers Challenge Wall Street Journal's ATC Privatization Claims
When The Wall Street Journal's editorial board recently announced its support for privatizing air traffic control, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-4-OR) and Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) were quick to challenge several of the editorial's claims in an Apr. 3 letter to the editor. For example, the lawmakers told the paper: "You state that 'calls for change [to the air-traffic control system] are bipartisan.' No congressional Democrats have called for change, and in fact all Democrats and two Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee opposed a privatization proposal last year." Access the full letter (subscription required).

New FAA Review Board Offers Clarity on Inconsistent Interpretations of Regulations
Business aviation operators have a new recourse when faced with conflicting FAA interpretations of regulations. On March 9, the FAA established the Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) to provide guidance to stakeholders by clarifying inconsistencies related to the application of regulations. “We commend the FAA on the formation of the RCCB, which will be a welcome mechanism to help standardize agency responses and interpretations to regulations,” said David Norton, a member of NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee. Read more about the RCCB.


Podcast: NBAA Committee Issues New List of Business Aviation Safety Priorities
The Safety Committee recently delivered its annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas for business aviation, along with new guidance and resources to promote safety-enhancing discussions and initiatives within flight departments and among owner-flown operations. For 2017, there are eight safety priorities on list, including loss of control inflight, runway excursions, professional non-compliance and the single-pilot accident rate, as well as five foundations for safety.

HondaJet to Make First-Ever Appearance in China at ABACE2017
The 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2017) will host the first-ever Chinese appearance of the fast and fuel-efficient HondaJet light business jet. “We are honored that Honda Aircraft chose ABACE as its preferred venue for the introduction of this innovative jet to the Chinese market,” said Mike Nichols, CAM, vice president, operational excellence and professional development for NBAA.

Runway Closures Associated With SFO Runway Construction Begin April 7
A major runway overlay and construction project of Runway 28L/10R at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will result in several weekend runway and taxiway closures over the next three months. Air traffic management initiatives can be expected during the runway closures. The project is scheduled to last through July 2017, with multiple weekend closures expected in addition to nightly weekday closures.

CAM Spotlight: International Aviation Manager Embraces CAM Program
Business aviation transcends national borders, and NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program has expanded beyond its U.S. origins to bring its tenets of continuing education to aviation managers across the globe. “The CAM program is standardizing the guidelines for the successful performance of aviation managerial duties,” said André Danita, CAM, chief pilot of a Dassault Falcon 7X based in Brazil.

Three European Business Aviation Trends in View at EBACE2017
While the U.S. is seeing a resurgence in business aircraft ownership, Europe has seen more narrow growth in specific categories. Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX Advance, is presenting a session on business aviation trends in Europe at the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2017), during the International Aircraft Transactions Seminar on May 21.

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