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 Aug. 21, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA to Appeals Court: Santa Monica, FAA Agreement Must Be 'Vacated'

NBAA to Appeals Court: Santa Monica, FAA Agreement Must Be ‘Vacated’
NBAA and five other stakeholders last week filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the legality of a "settlement agreement” between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica. The unusual agreement would restrict and ultimately prohibit aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). “NBAA will defend our nation’s critical aviation infrastructure and protect general aviation’s access to airports and airspace,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about NBAA’s latest court filing.


Congressional Watchdog: ATC Privatization Bill Would Swell Deficit by $100 Billion
Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that pending legislation to privatize ATC would grow America’s budget deficit by nearly $100 billion. The updated analysis of the legislation, H.R. 2997, comes after top House Democrats asked the nonpartisan CBO to take another look at the bill. “This study is further evidence that ATC privatization is a bad idea for all Americans,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the CBO report.

FAA, FCC Investigating Misuse of 121.5 MHz Mayday Frequency
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau is working with the FAA to investigate the misuse of the “Mayday” frequency of 121.5 MHz, said Sarah Wolf, NBAA senior manager of security and facilitation. The FAA constantly monitors 121.5 MHz for actual distress calls and emergencies, and an FAA report of non-emergency use of the frequency led to the first FCC Enforcement Advisory of the year on Aug. 8. Learn more about misuse of the Mayday frequency.


NBAA Outlines Opposition to ATC Privatization in National Publications, Radio Shows
Congress may be on August recess, but NBAA officials continue talking to national publications and radio shows, stressing the negative impact ATC privatization would have on business aviation, as the plan would essentially hand over the nation’s ATC system to a private entity, dominated by big airlines’ interests, and unaccountable to congressional oversight.

CBP Again Conducting Global Entry Interviews at NBAA-BACE
For the fifth straight year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be conducting Global Entry interviews at NBAA-BACE. The program allows pre-approved travelers to enter the country through automatic kiosks at select airports.

Spokane Airports Tenants Association President Blake McKinley recently detailed the negative impacts H.R. 2997 – pending legislation that would privatize the ATC system – would have on his city’s airports. “I’m quite confident that the airlines view [general aviation] as a nuisance,” he said. “Privatization heavily favors the large airports, and will leave lower-tier airports at a huge disadvantage.”

NBAA Recognizes Members With Flying Safety Awards
NBAA has announced this year’s Flying Safety Award winners for the period ending Dec. 31, 2016. In total, 1,311 companies and individuals were recognized for 13,534,905 hours of accident/incident free operations in 2016. Nine member companies were honored for 50 years of safe operations, and one member company was honored for 60 years of accident-free operations.

Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport Parking Reservations Required Aug. 24-28
Due to the expected increase in air traffic associated with the Mayweather-McGregor fight, parking reservations are required for operations at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS) for Aug 24-28. Reservations can be obtained through the airport’s FBO. In addition, the FAA, McCarran Airport, and the FBOs will manage a departure demand viewing tool, which will provide operators planned departure numbers out of LAS.

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