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In this Issue: Integrating Drones Into Your Flight Department and more.
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 June 12, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast

Podcast: A Look at Integrating Drones Into Your Flight Department
As unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) become more prevalent, companies are looking at how to best integrate them into overall operations and their flight department. Steve Dunai, UAS program manager for American Family Insurance, said his company started looking at areas where drones could be useful about two years ago, including in roof inspections, underwriting, security and more. Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said there is an alignment in pilot and drone operation skills, but training is key. Learn more in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.


Media Outlets Cover NBAA's Response to the President's ATC-Privatization Endorsement
When President Trump held a June 5 press conference to endorse the creation of a privatized ATC system, effectively overseen by an airline-centric board of directors, NBAA was quick to express its opposition to the concept to a host of national, local and industry trade news outlets. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Politico and a host of others covered the association’s stern challenge to the president’s endorsement of ATC privatization. Review a roundup of the news outlets covering NBAA’s response to the president’s ATC-privatization plan.

NBAA Members Encouraged to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey
The FAA’s annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey, which will collect data on GA operations in 2016, is underway. NBAA is encouraging members that have been invited to participate in the confidential poll to do so, in order to provide the agency with a clear picture of business aviation activity. Information obtained in the survey will only be used for statistical purposes, and will be kept confidential. Learn more.


Review highlights from the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program's busiest year yet, during which more than 50 new aviation professionals earned their certification. Other items in the report include efforts to enhance the examination process, the election of new CAM Governing Board members and a look at the personal stories of several of the newest CAMs.

Entry Period Now Open: Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence
The NBAA Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence is presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation, by trade or non-trade media. Entries are being accepted until Aug. 4.

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Maintenance In Focus: The Importance of Achieving Positive Tool Control Business Aviation Insider 
Maintenance In Focus: The Importance of Achieving Positive Tool Control

A pressing safety issue facing business aviation maintenance technicians, flight departments and MROs is how to meet directives regarding positive control of all tools to help eliminate incidents and accidents due to foreign object damage. While new chip technology and full-drawer scanners are two solutions, the use of such technology should "assist, but not replace, personal discipline," advises NBAA Director of Technical Operations Eli Cotti. Learn more about tool control in Business Aviation Insider.

@JulpK - Solution in search of a problem. Trump plans focus on privatizing air traffic control against @nbaa recommendation