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In This Issue: NBAA, industry leaders seeks to address workforce shortage issues and more.
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 Dec. 4, 2017 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

NBAA Workforce Summit

NBAA, Industry Leaders Work to Address Workforce Shortage Issues
As the industry grapples with the best way to address staffing shortages, more than 25 representatives of business aviation organizations met last week at NBAA’s Washington, DC headquarters to discuss ways that industry stakeholders can confront these issues. During the NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee’s (BAMC) inaugural Workforce Summit, possible solutions discussed ranged from adjusting minimum-hour recommendations for pilots and expanding business aviation career promotion efforts in high schools and colleges to highlighting the opportunities for higher quality of life within the industry. “There’s been a change in paradigm – this isn’t the old aviation industry,” said BAMC member Dr. Chris Broyhill, CAM. Read more about the Workforce Summit.


Trump Administration Policies Impact Cuba Flights
The Trump administration recently announced new restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba, which will impact policies created under the Obama administration that allowed Americans to travel to Cuba for a number of reasons, including the “people-to-people” category of educational travel. The Trump administration has rolled back the “people-to-people” category, but is still allowing certain humanitarian and business development trips. Learn more about how the administration’s announcement affects business aircraft operations to Cuba.

NBAA Corrects Media Misperception About General Aviation Taxes, ATC Privatization
In a letter to the editor published in The (Macon, GA) Telegraph, NBAA’s Senior Vice President of Communications Dan Hubbard corrects a columnist’s recent misstatements about provisions related to general aviation in the tax bill passed by the Senate on Dec. 1. “There is no so-called ‘tax break’ for general aviation in the bill,” Hubbard said. “The fact is, the legislation simply clarifies long-standing tax law, stating that when these aircraft are operated by their owners, with the assistance of an aircraft-management company, the flights are subject to the fuel tax.” Read the full letter.


NBAA, Others Oppose Capping Veterans' Flight Training Benefits
NBAA and other aviation associations recently urged congressional lawmakers to change legislation that would cap payments to veterans’ flight-training programs. At issue is H.R. 4149, which is aimed at improving the delivery of veterans’ flight-training benefits, but also proposes capping program payments, undermining “the important goal of helping our nation’s veterans enter a field where they are desperately needed,” the associations wrote.

In Arizona, Bolen Provides an Update on ATC Privatization Battle
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen spent time in Arizona last week, meeting with the state’s aviation community to discuss the need for the industry to remain engaged in the battle to halt proposals for privatizing the nation’s ATC system, contained in H.R. 2997. The bill, Bolen said, “Is nothing but an airline power grab that would have disastrous consequences.”

What Are Non-Citizen Trusts? A Routine, Well-Regulated Way to Register Aircraft
Recently, a number of news outlets published documents leaked in a data breach at an international law firm. In news coverage of the breach, some media outlets focused on a common structure for registering aircraft: non-citizen trusts. Although portrayed as exotic arrangements, non-citizen trusts have been used for decades by many well-known companies to register aircraft with the FAA.

FAA Releases NOTAM for College Football Championship
Those with companies whose business could take them to Atlanta, GA, between Jan. 5-9 will want to familiarize themselves with the FAA’s air traffic procedures NOTAM for the area on those dates. The FAA has released the guidance in conjunction with the college football national championship, which will be held Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Podcast: NBAA Pocket Guide Answers Common Flight Planning Questions
NBAA’s Pocket Reference for Flight Planning in the U.S. National Airspace System provides tips for filing flight plans, overcoming departure delays and more, including web links for finding information on weather and route selection. The downloadable document was put together from a pilot’s point of view, as well as the view of those at NBAA Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS), said John Kosak, of NBAA ATS.

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