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 May 15, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA: FAA Remains Appropriate Authority Over Drone-Use Policies

NBAA: FAA Remains Appropriate Authority Over Drone-Use Policies
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta recently indicated he was not clear on which aspects of unmanned aircraft systems operations state and local and governments might wish to regulate, and he wanted to continue the dialogue with those entities – a position that concerns NBAA. “It is unclear how a manned or unmanned aircraft operator would keep track of jurisdictional boundaries or the unlimited number of rules if local or regional entities are permitted to develop their own airspace regulations,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Read more about NBAA’s position on the issue.

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NBAA Encourages Stakeholders Nationwide to Oppose ATC Privatization
NBAA staff have been meeting with industry stakeholders to discuss the importance of grassroots participation in the fight against ATC privatization. “A privatized ATC system removed from congressional oversight will ultimately be dominated by the self-interests of the airline industry,” NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava said at a recent industry event in Washington state. Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative, was joined by COO Steve Brown and Christa Lucas, vice president of government affairs, at the recent Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, while NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discussed the issue with stakeholders in the New York area. Read more about NBAA participation in these events.

TALPA Tested in First Season of Implementation
The recently unveiled Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) is providing pilots with more accurate and complete situational awareness of information about runway surface conditions. But business aircraft operators still face challenges in assessing conditions at some airports. “This past winter provided several opportunities to put TALPA to the test, and one finding is that many airports did not report field conditions,” said Alex Gertsen, NBAA’s director of airports and ground infrastructure. Read more about TALPA.


Flight Technician Roundtable Will Address Fatigue-Mitigation Best Practices
To address the challenges of the evolving responsibilities of flight attendants, flight technicians and flight engineers, NBAA recently developed a fatigue-management survey that was sent to association members in these job categories. The results of the survey, which are still being tabulated, will be discussed at the Flight Technician Roundtable, set for June 13 in Long Beach, CA.

Podcast: Kentucky Business Owner Says ATC Privatization Would Hurt U.S. Companies
Ted Ogle, owner and president of Ogle Equipment Sales in Louisville, KY, said a privatized ATC system – such as the one used in Canada or England – would be harmful to small U.S. businesses that depend on aircraft, and would cause operating costs to skyrocket. “[Privatization] gets the cost up so high that a lot of people just won’t handle it,” Ogle said. ”I don’t know why you want to change the system when it’s working fine.”

Morristown Airport Closures Expected During Runway Repair Project
As part of its ongoing Keel Repair Project, New Jersey’s Morristown Airport (MMU) will be repaving the final 3,000 feet of the southern end of Runway 5/23. This work will result in a series of runway closures between May 15 and June 11, as well as the airport being closed to fixed-wing traffic from June 5-11.

Texas Leaders Tell Their Congressional Delegation They Oppose ATC Privatization
During a recent visit to Washington, DC, business aviation leaders from Waco, TX and other central Texas communities met with their elected representatives on a variety of issues, including the potential harm that ATC privatization could inflict on the region’s aviation and aerospace industries. Waco is home to more than 30 aviation and aerospace businesses, supporting 3,900 direct and indirect jobs.

NBAA-BACE 2016 Named a Fastest-Growing Trade Show
NBAA’s 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing U.S. annual trade shows, in terms of net-square-footage. NBAA-BACE 2016, which was held last November in Orlando, FL, increased by 211,200 net-square-feet across both the exhibit hall and aircraft static display space.

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