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 July 24, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

Hero Pilot Sullenberger’s New Video Argues Against ATC Privatization

Hero Pilot Sullenberger's New Video Argues Against ATC Privatization
Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is urging people to oppose legislation that would privatize the nation's ATC system in a new, 30-second video. In the ad, the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot makes clear his reason for opposing ATC privatization: “Lobbyists want to privatize air traffic control, handing control to the largest airlines, giving them the keys to the kingdom,” he says. “We can’t trust the people who make your airline seats smaller to run ATC. This would allow a corporate monopoly to make decisions that put profits ahead of safety and would devastate rural communities.” View the video.


GOP Congressmen Join Bipartisan Chorus of Opposition to ATC Privatization
NBAA last week welcomed the stand taken by five Republican congressmen against a proposal to privatize the nation’s ATC system. They are among a growing chorus of opposition to ATC privatization, which includes elected officeholders at the federal, state and local levels. “It is clear that a large, bipartisan and diverse group of elected officials on both sides of the aisle, and from all levels of government, has significant questions about ATC privatization,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the growing bipartisan opposition to ATC privatization.

NBAA Will Continue Rallying Opposition to ATC Privatization at EAA's AirVenture
NBAA will use its presence at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture, in Oshkosh, WI this week, to rally opposition to legislation, H.R. 2997, which would privatize the ATC system. In the association’s big white tent near the AirVenture flight line, NBAA team members will ask visitors to speak out against the proposal by using a new toll-free phone number – 1-​855-265-9002 – or via NBAA’s Contact Congress online resource. “I encourage all Oshkosh attendees to stop by our tent and learn why it’s imperative for everyone to contact their representatives and ask them to vote no on H.R. 2997,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about NBAA’s presence at AirVenture.


FAA, EASA Officials Working to Resolve EU's MEL Ramp Inspection Challenges
NBAA officials recently met with representatives of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to address questions surrounding the differences between the FAA's D095 Minimum Equipment List (MEL) authorization, and the International Civil Aviation Organization MEL standards, to which EASA adheres. EASA officials are working with the FAA to find a reasonable solution.

EASA: Keep Third-Country Operator Information Up to Date
During a recent meeting with NBAA officials, EASA representatives indicated that commercial operators should expect continued communication from EASA regarding their third-country operator authorization. The initial implementation phase concluded in November 2016, and operators should make sure their contact information is updated and a backup point of contact is listed in anticipation of ongoing surveillance.

Podcast: Why Your Flight Department Needs an ERP
How prepared is your flight department for an emergency? Pete Agur, founder and chairman of safety consulting firm VanAllen Group, said it’s important for flight departments to have emergency response plans (ERP), not only in case of accidents involving fatalities, but for any unusual situations. Agur outlines the basics for creating an ERP in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Operators: Dallas Love Field Runway Closure Through Aug. 25
Runway 13L/31R at Dallas Love Field (DAL) is closed through 6 a.m. (CDT) on Aug. 25 due to a construction project, which includes the conversion of the decommissioned Runway 18/36 to a taxiway. Delays are possible during times of peak air traffic demand.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Voices Oppose ATC Privatization – Utah Joins the Fight
Jeff Hansen, president of the Utah Business Aviation Association, recently urged his state’s U.S. House members to oppose ATC privatization. “Our airspace belongs to the public and should be run for the public’s benefit, not a few special interests,” Hansen wrote. Under the proposed legislation, he noted, ATC would be controlled by a not-for-profit corporation beyond the reach of Congress.

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