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In This Issue: NBAA support legislation to address aviation workforce shortage and more.
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 May 14, 2018 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

Aviation Workforce Development Pilot Program

NBAA, Others Support Legislation to Address Aviation Workforce Shortage
With flight departments, maintenance facilities and support operations facing a shortage of qualified workers, NBAA joined with fellow aviation stakeholders last week in supporting congressional legislation promoting aviation careers. The Aviation Workforce Development Pilot Program Bill (H.R. 5701) would provide financial grants to entities that develop technical talent and encourage workers to pursue careers in the aviation industry. "The U.S. aviation industry is facing a technical worker shortage that threatens to undermine the growth and competitiveness of one of the most important sectors of our economy," reads the letter of support. "The legislation could not be timelier." Read more about the bill.


Testing of IFR Clearance Delivery System to Mobile Devices Begins at HEF
MITRE Corp. and ForeFlight have teamed up to begin testing a system to deliver IFR clearance information to mobile devices, which will enable pilots to read their expected clearance before contacting ATC. The tests will take place at Virginia’s Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) from mid-May through the end of July. NBAA supports testing options for "data comm-like" capabilities, such as that planned for HEF, said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Read more.

NBAA Resource Examines Impact of New Tax Law for Aircraft Owned in 'Non-Traditional Structures'
Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers will no longer be eligible to defer taxable gain on the sale of aircraft via a like-kind exchange, and the gain is now subject to recapture for tax purposes. This provision is effective for transfers after 2017, and is a permanent repeal of application of Section 1031 rules to exchanges involving aircraft and other tangible personal property. However, the 100 percent expensing of new and used property helps to compensate for the repeal of like-kind exchanges for tangible personal property. Learn more in NBAA’s new tax resource.

Falcon Response Fleet

NBAA Resource Looks at Best Practices for Business Aviation Security
NBAA's Security Council has developed a resource to provide operators with an overview of best practices for business aviation security. NBAA seeks to assist industry and regulatory standard-setting bodies in developing security guidelines that recognize the unique characteristics of business aviation. NBAA members are urged to review these best practices to help ensure security for operators.

On May 23, industry leaders will meet in San Diego, CA for NBAA’s Local and Regional Group Leadership Roundtable where they’ll discuss issues challenging groups across the country, such as workforce development. “It gives everyone an opportunity to come and network with each other and learn best practices that they can then take back to their individual associations,” said Iver Retrum, chair of the NBAA Local and Regional Group Committee.

NBAA Offers New PDP Courses on Risk Management in June
Two new Professional Development Program courses are being offered in June: Cybersecurity Risk Management for Flight Departments takes place on June 11 and Organizational Risk Management is set for June 12. Both courses take place at NBAA’s Washington, DC headquarters, and registration is now open.

NBAA Board Member Ayer Wins Endeavor Award
NBAA applauds Board Member William S. “Bill” Ayer, who was recognized for his volunteer contributions in aviation, with Angel Flight West’s Endeavor Award on May 12, at the Endeavor Award ceremony at the California Science Center. Ayer has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West since 1993, having flown more than 50 missions in support of humanitarian endeavors.

Business Aviation Insider Sponsorships

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New Runway Condition Reporting Methodology Improves Airport Safety

Following years of government-industry collaboration, the FAA implemented the Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) initiative, a new method of assessing wet airport surface conditions that utilizes a runway condition assessment matrix. TALPA received an extensive workout last winter as a series of storms swept across the U.S., resulting in some useful runway safety lessons for business aircraft operators. Learn more about TALPA in Business Aviation Insider.

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