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 July 31, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

GA Groups Warn: ATC Privatization a Threat to the Future of General Aviation

GA Groups Warn: ATC Privatization a Threat to General Aviation’s Future
During last week’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh event, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other general aviation leaders united to rally attendees in opposition to H.R. 2997, which would privatize air traffic control, threatening the future of general aviation. Bolen noted that the airlines have tried to take control of the ATC system for decades. “Twenty-five years later, that’s still true, and that’s embodied in this bill,” he said. Read more about the AirVenture GA rally.


Senate Appropriators Issue a Bipartisan Rejection of ATC Privatization
NBAA on July 28 commended the Senate Appropriations Committee for rejecting privatization of the nation’s ATC system in an annual federal spending bill. Proposals for privatizing ATC have been pushed by the big airlines as part of a continuing debate over FAA reauthorization, but NBAA has mobilized the business aviation community to oppose such legislation, offering several Contact Congress tools, including a new toll-free action line: 1-833-GA-VOICE. Learn more.

On National Radio Shows, Bolen Says: ‘Tell Congress No on ATC Privatization’
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has been giving interviews to national radio networks and shows, explaining why the association and others are opposed to ATC privatization. Bolen’s work to set the record straight with radio listeners comes as the airlines are running paid radio ads in multiple markets, which explicitly vilify business aviation as part of their message promoting their ATC privatization bill.  Listen to several of Bolen’s national radio interviews, and the airline-sponsored radio ad.


NBAA Welcomes NASA Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to NBAA-BACE
American astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly will serve as keynote speakers at the 2017 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), headlining the event’s second-day Opening General Session on Oct. 11. "We are honored to welcome Mark and Scott Kelly to NBAA-BACE," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Their stories are truly remarkable aspects of America's aviation and aerospace history.”

Podcast: Data Link Benefits to Include Speedier Clearances at More Airports
With the right equipment onboard a business aircraft, pilots can get a complete flight plan clearance prior to departure without ever saying a word. That’s the way it now is at 55 of the nation’s airports using controller-pilot data link communications, or CPDLC, with seven more airports being added next year. This week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast has the latest on data link benefits and how operators can equip for it.

LA-Area Military Exercises Trigger Temporary Airspace Restrictions Aug. 7-26
Operators that frequent Southern California airspace are being asked to review NOTAMs from Aug. 7-26 to ensure they are aware of temporary special use airspace and related restrictions the FAA has established to support a U.S. Marine Corps training exercise.

NBAA-BACE to Feature More Interactive Education Sessions
A comprehensive array of timely education sessions will once again be offered at NBAA-BACE, with more interactive sessions featured this year. “When people look at our education session agenda, they may see similar issues addressed year-to-year, but we take great pains to ensure that it’s not the exact same content,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president of operational excellence and professional development.

NBAA Seeks Nominations for Schedulers & Dispatchers Award
Nominations are being accepted for the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who shares outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service and has made significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 29.

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A Closer Look: Emerging Video Technologies

Business aviation is using emerging video technology to disseminate much needed information, enabling OEMs to do more with less, especially in maintenance operations. "The use of virtual reality provides an effective way to achieve a level of knowledge and proficiency to comply with regulatory performance specific to a maintenance task or flight crew process," said Eli Cotti, NBAA's director of technical operations. Read this NBAA digital exclusive only in the Business Aviation Insider mobile app. Download NBAA's magazine app.

- #NoPrivatizedATC makes the front cover of today's #OSH17 newspaper!