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 Jan. 22, 2018 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

CORSIA Looming, but Many Business Aircraft Operators Exempted

NBAA: Government Shutdown Could Harm a Vital U.S. Industry
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is warning Washington policymakers that the government shutdown, which took effect Jan. 20, could have serious repercussions for general aviation. “General aviation is among the nation’s most regulated industries, with daily oversight and essential services provided by several federal agencies,” said Bolen. “If history is any guide, this shutdown could severely impact the industry, jeopardizing jobs and causing economic harm.” Learn more about how the shutdown could impact general aviation.

Contact Your Elected Officials: End the Shutdown Soon to Stop Damage to Business Aviation

General Aviation Groups Urge DOT to Reopen Aircraft Registry for Essential Functions
In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, six general aviation (GA) leaders called for reopening the FAA's United States Aircraft Registry. Despite the current government shutdown, the NBAA and fellow GA groups argued that the U.S. Registry performs essential functions for safety, security and fulfilling international aviation treaties. Even during a government shutdown, certain essential functions are exempted from closure. The letter cites several national security, law enforcement and aviation safety functions that rely on the U.S. Registry, as well as treaties related to the registration of aircraft. Learn more and read the full letter to Secretary Chao.

TSA Withdraws Large Aircraft Security Rule Proposal
The Transportation Security Administration recently withdrew a proposed rule that would have imposed new, onerous and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation. Known as the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), the plan would have added requirements for all operators of aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, as well as for airports that serve those operators. “NBAA has a long history of working effectively to identify ways to facilitate and enhance both security and access for general aviation, but it’s clear the LASP proposal was not a workable program,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more.


1 Millionth Drone Registered as Safety Team Works to Refine Sighting Reports
Work continues on methods to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System, as it was announced that more than 1 million drones have been registered with the FAA. "UAS are here to stay, and their numbers will only increase," noted Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "It’s imperative for all stakeholders to work together to ensure the safety of UAS operations.”

ATC Privatization Fight Still Alive, NBAA Officials Tell Industry Groups
The threat of ATC privatization hasn’t dissipated, and the entire general aviation community needs to mobilize in 2018 to defeat the proposal in Congress, NBAA government affairs officials told regional business aviation groups last week. “A bill that is structured to give control of the ATC system, its resources and revenues to a board dominated by airline interests is not good for business aviation and the airports and communities it supports,” said Dick Doubrava, NBAA’s vice president for government affairs.

NBAA Supports Inaugural Women in General Aviation Workforce Event
Attracting, retaining and promoting women in general aviation has always been a challenge, as females compose only about 5 percent of the industry workforce. However, NBAA is supporting a new event that organizers hope will lead to improvements in this area. The International Aviation Women’s Association will hold its first General Aviation Women’s Leadership Forum Jan. 25 at Boca Raton Airport (BCT).

Podcast: IBAC's 2018 Goals – NBAA Talks With Kurt Edwards
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has a number of objectives for 2018, with increased communications and growth high on that list, according to Kurt Edwards, the council’s director general. There’s a new outreach plan, he said, adding, “part of that will be a focus on where there are not currently associations for business aviation trying to work in those countries with the industry to develop associations.”

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