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 Sept. 11, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA Urges Members to Continue Fight Against ATC Privatization, House Vote Possible This Week

NBAA Urges Members: Continue Fighting ATC Privatization; House Vote Possible This Week
With a vote on H.R. 2997 – a bill that calls for the privatization of the nation’s ATC system – possible this week, a growing number of groups are weighing in with concerns over the proposal. Last week, the American Conservative Union Foundation said, “Private enterprises would not be allowed to compete for ownership of the newly created entity, American Air Navigation Services Corporation.” Also, the Government Accountability Office released a study showing that privatization could hurt efforts to modernize the ATC system. NBAA urges its members to Contact Congress today in opposition to H.R. 2997.


Business Aviation Lends a Hand for Harvey Relief, Prepares for Irma’s Aftermath
In the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey, people and organizations from across the business aviation community mobilized to coordinate pilots, aircraft, flight-planning services and other assets to move relief and supplies into the disaster area. As Irma continues to impact the Southeastern U.S., the business aviation community remains ready to help with relief efforts following that devastating storm. Read about the industry’s efforts following Harvey and stay up-to-date with the latest on Hurricane Irma.

MEL Changes Required for Flying With an Expired Navigation Database
In a recent revision to FAA Policy Letter 98 (PL-98) – which provides standardized MMEL relief to operators with out-of-currency navigation databases (NDBs) – the agency said that expired databases do not meet the definition of “inoperative” equipment and are not authorized for MMEL relief per 14 CFR. “PL-98 Rev 0 provided standardized MMEL relief for out-of-currency navigation databases, but PL-98 Rev 1 prohibits MMEL relief for expired NDBs and instead provides relief only for inoperative NDBs,” said Tom Atzert, president of Leading Edge ATS and co-chair of the MMEL Industry Group. Learn more.


Bolen Urges Regional Forum Attendees to Contact Congress, Fight ATC Privatization
With the business aviation industry facing “perhaps its most significant threat since NBAA was created,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen implored attendees at the Sept. 7 Morristown (NJ) Regional Forum to contact their representatives in Congress immediately and ask them to oppose H.R. 2997, a bill to privatize ATC. “We’re an essential industry, we’re under attack, we need to make our voices heard,” he said.

Graphical Forecast for Aviation to Replace Text-Based Area Forecasts, Oct. 10
The transition to graphical forecasts for aviation for the continental U.S. is set to be complete on Oct. 10, when the current textual area forecasts will be discontinued. The move will enable National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center forecasters to focus their efforts on maximizing operational benefit to airspace users, resulting in improved weather information to decision-makers.

Parking Reservations Required at McCarran (LAS) Sept. 14-18
For those needing to be in Las Vegas for business purposes on Sept. 14-18, some additional planning may be necessary for operations at McCarran International Airport (LAS). Parking reservations will be required during this period and can be obtained through local FBOs.

Podcast: NBAA Offers Event to Meet Needs of Single-Pilot Operators
The NBAA Single Pilot Safety Standdown is set for Oct. 9, one day before the opening of the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), and the event promises to address the specific needs of single-pilot business aircraft operators. NBAA Flight Plan podcast has the story.

2017 Careers in Business Aviation Day Will Inspire Students at NBAA-BACE
NBAA will once again host its popular Careers in Business Aviation Day on Thursday, Oct. 12 during NBAA-BACE. The free event for all registered students, faculty and chaperones. “The association dedicates the final day of NBAA-BACE to students because we are invested in business aviation’s future,” said Peter Korns, NBAA’s manager, operations.

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