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Wall Street Journal Publishes NBAA’s Challenge to Pro-ATC Privatization Editorial

Wall Street Journal Publishes NBAA's Challenge to Pro-ATC Privatization Editorial
When The Wall Street Journal published an Oct. 11 editorial supporting a House bill containing ATC privatization, while making allegations about NBAA’s opposition to the concept, the association was quick to respond. In a letter jointly signed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, “Almost no one, other than the airlines, their paid lobbyists and their front groups,” supports the legislation. Those voices support the House bill, the letter continues, because, “It’s a give-away that offers the airlines their long-sought moment to obtain sweeping authority to set revenue rates and control the aviation system, and focus on what best serves their bottom line.” Read the letter from NBAA and AOPA.


Prominent Midwestern Radio Station Interviews Bolen About ATC Privatization
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen continued speaking out against efforts to privatize the nation’s ATC system, with an Oct. 19 appearance on The Charlie Brennan show on KMOX 1120 AM in St. Louis, MO. “What is being proposed is taking our public airspace, this natural monopoly, and giving it over to 13 unelected, unaccountable people and vesting in them sweeping authority for taxing and investment,” Bolen said. Bolen’s interview on the KMOX show, broadcast over a 50,000-watt frequency, follows dozens of local and nationally syndicated interviews he has given to radio stations across the country. Learn more and hear the interview in its entirety.

Judge OKs Runway Shortening at SMO; NBAA Continues Legal Fight
Aircraft operators utilizing California’s Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) will need to prepare for runway closures and construction, as a district court judge last week denied a preliminary injunction and dissolved a temporary restraining order to halt the city’s planned runway-reduction project. The city of Santa Monica is pursuing the project under the terms of an unusual settlement between the city and the FAA, which NBAA continues to challenge in court. Read more about the termination of the TRO.


Podcast: Efforts to Fight ATC Privatization In Focus at NBAA-BACE
General aviation groups are working to get out a message of opposition to ATC, and that effort continued at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). “At NBAA-BACE we had tens of thousands of people sending letters from iPads directly to their members of Congress,” reported Scott O’Brien, NBAA senior manager for government affairs.

Data Comm Transitions to Single Log-On
The FAA's Data Comm program has phased in a National Single Data Authority (NSDA) for controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) log-ons. Starting Oct. 21, NSDA was enabled at each CPDLC departure clearance airport, grouped by Air Route Traffic Control Center and time zone to minimize disruptions. Operators should log in using “KUSA” instead of any airport-specific code.

NBAA Offers Connectivity Resources, Including 2017 Special Report
Access to reliable internet on business aircraft is increasingly considered an expected feature that passengers rely on to maximize in-flight productivity. With 98 percent of aircraft expected to have some level of connectivity within the next 15 years, operators are increasingly seeking cost-effective connectivity solutions. Through its Connectivity Subcommittee, NBAA is addressing the need for improvements in aircraft cabin connectivity and has recently released its 2017 special report on the latest challenges and solutions in this area.

TX Official: Hurricane Relief Efforts 'Excellent Example' of Business Aviation's Value
Texas state Rep. Dade Phelan recently praised business aviation’s relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey, saying, “The people of Orange and Jefferson counties are forever indebted” to business aviation’s response after Hurricane Harvey, which was “heroic in their efforts to provide relief to our devastated community.”

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According to nearly 200 smaller operators who recently completed an NBAA survey, budgeting is one of the biggest challenges for aviation directors of small flight departments. "Most aviation directors have extensive experience with the technical side of aviation – either flying or maintenance – but not as much experience on the business side," said Brian Koester, NBAA's manager of operations. Learn tips to improve budgeting skills in Business Aviation Insider.

@atc_united - We are facing an issue in Washington that will be decisive for the future of General Aviation - Ed Bolen, @NBAA