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NBAA Salutes Hero Pilot Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger For Opposing ATC Privatization

NBAA Salutes Hero Pilot Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger for Opposing ATC Privatization
NBAA last week welcomed strong opposition to proposals for privatizing the nation’s ATC system, recently expressed by “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The freedom to fly in the U.S. “is something that we need to protect and preserve. So why in the world would we give the keys to the kingdom to the largest airlines? Because they definitely have their own agenda – to lower their costs,” Sullenberger said. Read Sullenberger’s full interview .

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Largest-Ever Coalition of GA Groups Tells Congress 'No' to ATC Privatization
NBAA last week joined with more than 100 general aviation organizations in issuing a unified statement of opposition to H.R. 2997, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives for privatizing ATC. “This coalition, representing the size, significance and diversity of the general aviation community, is the largest to galvanize around any single policy proposal to date,” noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the letter .

House Democrats United Against ATC Privatization
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are asking their colleagues to vote against H.R. 2997. “The bill is a dangerous gamble with aviation safety and the future of the system. During the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure markup of the bill, every Democrat and one Republican opposed the bill,” states a letter signed by the Democratic leaders of the Committee on Appropriations; Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and the Committee on Ways and Means, all of whom oppose the bill. Read more about the letter .

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Podcast: Hear From Two of the 100 CEOs Telling Congress 'No' to Privatized ATC
Recently, 100 CEOs sent letters to congressional transportation leaders asking them to vote against H.R. 2997. “A privatized ATC system would make it prohibitive for our company to be able to do the face-to-face interactions that are necessary,” said Brad Pierce, CEO of Restaurant Equipment World. He and Shelly deZevallos, founder of Independent Mortgage Co., urged others to contact Congress as well. “Talking to your pubic officials makes a huge difference,” she said. “We can’t quit, we’ve got to keep talking to our officials.”

NBAA Notes Newest Round of Concerns Raised Over ATC Privatization Bill
As Congress considers a bill to privatize the nation’s ATC system, NBAA last week noted that concerns over the legislation continue to be raised, most recently by a top House Democrat and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan scorekeeper on a bill’s cost to taxpayers. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said these most recent developments serve to further heighten skepticism over the controversial legislation.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Voices Oppose ATC Privatization – Universal Chairman Greg Evans
Universal Weather and Aviation Chairman Greg Evans invited all Universal employees – as well as customers, partners and suppliers – to use NBAA's online Contact Congress resource to alert Congress to the industry’s opposition to H.R. 2997, a bill that would strip congressional oversight of the National Airspace System. “We've rallied together before to defeat onerous legislation, and we must do so again,” he wrote.

FAA Offers Certain Drone Users Registration Fee Refunds
The FAA, in order to comply with a recent court ruling, is offering a refund of the $5 registration fee collected from users of small, recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently determined that the requirement for certain users to register with the FAA is unlawful. This ruling only applies to small UAS used exclusively for recreational purposes.

NBAA Applauds Nomination of Robert Sumwalt to Lead NTSB
NBAA welcomed the recent nomination of safety visionary Robert L. Sumwalt III to be the 14th chair of the NTSB. Sumwalt’s extensive and successful career in aviation makes him a compelling choice for heading an organization that is dedicated to improving aviation safety. “Robert is a stalwart advocate of safety, not only for business aviation, but for all of aviation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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In 2015, the Leavitt Group, the country's 10th largest privately owned insurance broker, purchased the first retail delivery HondaJet, on the condition it lease it back to the Salt Lake City-based dealer for demo flights. "The airplane gives us the ability to look at a map and draw a big circle," said Mark Leavitt. "It becomes much more cost-effective and a much more valuable use of our time [than traveling by airline]." Read more in Business Aviation Insider .

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