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 Oct. 30, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA Monitoring Program to Speed Integration of UAS into National Airspace

NBAA Monitoring Program to Speed Integration of UAS into National Airspace
The Trump administration recently announced a new program between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and state, local and tribal governments intended to expedite the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. NBAA has long been an advocate for the development of sensible regulatory policies governing commercial UAS operations, and Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director for air traffic services and infrastructure, emphasized that the association will closely monitor the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Read more about the new UAS program.


At GA Safety Summit, FAA Says 2017 May Be Industry's Safest Year Yet
At the FAA’s recent General Aviation Summit, the agency said 2017 may be the safest year ever for general aviation, and association leaders recognized the effectiveness of collaborative efforts in reducing accident rates. NBAA was among six general aviation associations at the meeting, which was the last summit conducted under outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Huerta noted that the general aviation fatal accident rate continues to decline – “far below our target rate of one per 100,000 flight hours.” Read more about the summit.

Presidential Flight Restrictions in Florida: Know Before You Go
As winter approaches, NBAA encourages all operators flying to Southeast Florida to review, understand and comply with all NOTAMs regarding TFRs – especially those likely to be active while President Donald Trump is at his Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago. These POTUS (President of the United States) TFRs will be active only when Trump is at Mar-a-Lago and a specific NOTAM is issued. The TFR will consist of a 10-nautical-mile inner circle and a 30-nautical-mile outer circle, extending from the surface to 17,999 feet agl, centered around PBI. Learn more about POTUS TFRs.


Safety Alert Highlights Importance of Training on Runway Status Lights
A recent safety alert aims to ensure aircraft operators and airport personnel are aware of the installation, meaning and use of runway status lights (RWSLs). The RWSL system integrates airport lighting equipment with approach and surface surveillance radar systems to provide aircraft and vehicle crews a visual signal indicating when it is unsafe to enter or cross a runway, or begin or continue a takeoff.

NBAA Urges Added Vigilance Due to Increased Alerts, Notices This Charting Cycle
Driven by the number of new and revised instrument approach procedures, along with last-minute changes to the Aeronautical Information Publications, Jeppesen has issued a number of Nav/Chart Alerts for the current charting cycle, said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Williams reminded pilots to review these alerts as part of their chart subscriptions.

Podcast: Learn Top Tips for Highlighting a Flight Department's Value
NEXA Advisors’ "Business Aviation and Top-Performing Companies 2017" study “confirmed that the flight department’s value to the corporation is through the roof,” said NEXA representative Mike Dyment. The challenge now is to communicate this to company stakeholders. Dyment suggested putting the information directly in the hands of passengers, through materials in the seat back pockets of the business aircraft.

South Florida Business Aviation Organizations Create Hurricane Relief Fund
Business aviation continues to do all it can to help those in hurricane-ravaged areas. The latest support comes from three south Florida groups – the South Florida Business Aviation Association, Tampa Bay Aviation Association and the Florida Aviation Business Association. These groups created a hurricane relief fund to cover the costs of flying supplies to those hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

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