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NBAA, Local Advocates Speak Out About Proposed Dallas Love Landing Fees
July 10, 2018
NBAA and the Dallas Love Field Pilots Association are working with Dallas Love Field (DAL) and city officials to mitigate the impact of upcoming landing fees for based aircraft due to a new city ordinance. “The ordinance implies that those using based aircraft, and others who already pay fees or taxes to the city, would be exempt from this landing fee,” said NBAA’s Steve Hadley. “Unfortunately, airport officials are interpreting the ordinance to exempt direct tenants only and not sub-tenants.” Learn more about the proposed fee at DAL.

Santa Monica Aviation Closing Its Doors
June 1, 2018
The decades-long efforts by Santa Monica, CA city officials to shutter their airport have taken a toll on yet another well-respected Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) business. Santa Monica Aviation, a long-time airport tenant that provided aircraft maintenance and flight training, is closing its doors for good. For decades, NBAA has been at the forefront of the legal battles to prevent Santa Monica city officials from closing SMO. Learn more about the closure of Santa Monica Aviation.

Remote Tower Testing at Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport Resumes
May 31, 2018
The FAA and Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation System Laboratory, Inc., are using Saab Sensis’ technology to evaluate the safety and practicality of the remote tower concept for possible use at Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO). A mobile air traffic control tower will be operating again this summer, requiring operators flying under both VFR and IFR to contact the tower. Read more about remote tower testing at Leesburg.

Podcast: 5 Tips for Successful Collaboration Between Airports and Tenants
May 7, 2018
Airports and the businesses they host must work together to create a net benefit for both. “Ongoing dialogue is really critical because issues come up every day in an airport environment. General aviation airports are important community assets that contribute to our local community, as well as to the transportation system,” but they are often not well understood, said Clara Bennett, executive director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority. “It’s critical for airport managers and airport tenants and users to continually get that message out that there’s value in general aviation in our communities.” Bennett shares five tips for successful collaboration in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Airports Recognized for Exceptional Winter Weather Control
May 3, 2018
Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED), in Bedford, MA, was recently recognized for its outstanding efforts in dealing with winter weather. The airport won the 2017-18 Balchen/Post Award in the large general aviation (GA) category. New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB), and Willow Run Airport (YIP) in Ypsilanti, MI, received honorable mentions in the GA airport category. Read more.

NBAA Helping Local Group Preserve Detroit Airport
Nov. 6, 2017
The Coleman A. Young International Airport Education Association is waging an all-out effort, with NBAA’s support, to educate the community and local leaders about the importance of the Detroit airport, as city leaders explore options to repurpose the airfield for non-aviation purposes. "There was a lack of understanding about the airport's value, and that's not a situation unique to DET," said Air Eagle General Manager and Chief Pilot Michael Zabkiewicz. Read more about efforts to preserve DET.

NBAA Webinar Helps Airport Officials Understand the Needs of Business Aviation
June 16, 2017
Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative, recently collaborated with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) on a webinar discussing the needs of business aviation operators at airports. Ivey, along with several business aircraft operators, provided NASAO members with a better understanding of the airport selection process from a business aircraft operator’s perspective. Read more.

Four General Aviation Airports Recognized for Exemplary Winter Storm Responses
May 23, 2017
Snow and ice have major impacts on airport operations, requiring preparation and perseverance to keep airfields open and operating safely. Four U.S. airports with a business aviation presence – Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport, Teterboro Airport, Griffiss International Airport and Columbus Municipal Airport – were recently honored with the 2017 Balchen/Post Awards for their handling of winter-related challenges. Read more.

NBAA Responds to Appeals Court's May 4 Order in SMO Petition Case
May 5, 2017
NBAA responded to a May 4 order from the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, delivered in connection with recent actions taken by the association to challenge an agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica, which would restrict or ultimately prohibit aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). Learn more.

Podcast: NBAA Access Committee Looks to Update Airports Handbook
Jan. 23, 2017
NBAA's Access Committee works to ensure that members have access to the National Airspace System, airports and to political processes at the local level that impact business aviation. Committee Chairman Gabe Andino said updating the popular NBAA Airports Handbook is one of the committee's main goals for 2017. For example, he said, "What we'll be updating is some of those case studies to make them a little more current." Learn more about the NBAA Access Committee in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

East Hampton Airport: A Victory for Aviation, But Disputes Continue
Jan. 12, 2017
At New York's East Hampton Airport (HTO), a legal fight has come down squarely on the side of NBAA and other aviation stakeholders, which had argued that the town's adoption of noise and access restrictions was a violation of federal law. On Nov. 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision agreeing with NBAA that the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 applies to HTO, and on Jan. 11, the U.S. District Court entered an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the curfews and other restrictions at issue for HTO. "This ruling by the Second Circuit sets an important precedent for all public-use airports nationwide," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA director, airports and ground infrastructure. Read more about the court's decision on HTO.

Operators: Review Deicing Protocols for Teterboro, Other Airports
Dec. 21, 2016
Now that winter is here, pilots should review the deicing procedures for their destination airports, as failure to comply with established protocols at any airport that has specific requirements can lead to delays, which, in turn, can compromise safety. Learn more.

NBAA Welcomes FAA Cease-and-Desist Order Against SMO Evictions
Dec. 13, 2016
NBAA has welcomed action by the FAA to halt attempts by the city of Santa Monica, CA, to evict two long-standing FBOs at its Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), as the agency investigates the city's compliance with its federal obligations. "[This] cease-and-desist order allows these businesses to continue normal operations as the agency considers the validity of the city's actions," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about the FAA's order at SMO.

NBAA, Others Ask Santa Monica Officials to Withdraw Tie-Down Template
Nov. 22, 2016
In a recent letter, NBAA and other industry stakeholders urged city of Santa Monica, CA officials to withdraw its new template agreement for use of specific aircraft "tie-downs" at SMO because it does not comply with the city's federal and California state legal obligations. "The terms of the tie-down agreement are in conflict with both federal grant assurance No. 22 and with California real property law," the letter states. "Accordingly, as currently formulated, the agreement is unenforceable. We strongly urge the city to withdraw the template; consult with counsel and replace it with a legally compliant agreement."

Read the full letter.

Teterboro Airport Shares Pilot Webinar Presentation With Operators
Nov. 8, 2016
Teterboro Airport held its bi-annual Chief Pilot Webinar on Oct. 26, and is sharing the information with NBAA members. The webinar included participants from Teterboro Airport, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and FAA Air Traffic Control. Lead more.

Leesburg Executive to Use Mobile Tower During Remote Testing Trial
Sept. 29, 2016
A mobile air traffic control tower will operate at Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) for several weeks this fall, as part of the airport’s participation in tests for the safety of a remote tower. The mobile tower will be operational at specific hours from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10. “Because this phase [of testing] involves a temporary tower and different flight procedures, we encourage all pilots, even those intimately familiar with JYO operations, to read their NOTAMs even more carefully than usual,” said John Kelley of the NBAA Access Committee. Read more about the mobile tower at Leesburg Executive.

NBAA Provides Comments on FAA’s Proposed Airport SMS Requirements
Sept. 16, 2016
In July 2016, the FAA released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) mandating safety management system (SMS) for several types of airports, and NBAA recently submitted comments on the proposed rule, expressing concern about its impact on smaller airports. "NBAA recognizes and promotes the value of SMS,” said Alex Gertsen, NBAA’s director of airports and ground infrastructure. "While safety is paramount, NBAA is concerned the FAA’s proposed criteria for applicability of SMS could present a significant challenge to some of the smaller airports that have CBP presence, but no international scheduled airline service.” Read more about NBAA’s comments on the proposed rule.

NBAA Continues SMO Advocacy, as City Passes Airport-Closure Resolution
Sept. 1, 2016
Even as Santa Monica, CA officials have escalated their efforts to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), NBAA continues the association's advocacy work to ensure that this vital community asset remains open and accessible. The city council recently passed a resolution to close the airport as soon as legally possible. Before the council's vote, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown sent a letter warning council officials that they are legally required to continue to operate SMO, and keep it accessible to business aircraft operators. "There is no rationale for Santa Monica's virtually unique and entirely unjustified hostility towards one of its greatest assets," wrote Brown. Read more about NBAA's latest efforts to keep SMO open.

Bolen Encourages Airport Reps: Take a Proactive Role in Industry Advocacy
Aug. 30, 2016
To stress the fundamental importance of airports to NBAA and its members, association President and CEO Ed Bolen met with airport leaders and state aviation officials at the 4 States Airport Conference last week in Kansas City, MO. "NBAA has a long history of recognizing and supporting our nation's airport infrastructure," said Bolen. "Airports are fundamental to everything we do. They open access to communities and provide economic development opportunities." Read more about Bolen's comments at the 4 States Airport Conference.

Airports Conference Will Feature Three NBAA Speakers
Aug. 22, 2016
Underscoring the essential relationship between business aviation operations and the airports that serve them, three NBAA staff members will be speaking this week at the 10th annual General Aviation Issues and Security Conference, presented by the American Association of Airport Executives. Learn more about the airports conference.

Airports to Implement New Runway Contamination Reporting in October
Aug. 15, 2016
NBAA Welcomes FAA's Reaffirmation of Santa Monica's Obligation to Keep Airport Open NBAA welcomed an Aug. 15 decision from the FAA reaffirming the legal requirement for the City of Santa Monica, CA to maintain access to historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) through at least 2023. "SMO is a vital aviation resource in Southern California, and an important economic contributor to the community," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA director of airports and ground infrastructure. "We hope that city officials will now turn their efforts toward preserving a fair and equitable operating environment for pilots and businesses operating at SMO, rather than wasting public funds to mount numerous court challenges." Learn more about Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Airports to Implement New Runway Contamination Reporting in October
July 28, 2016
NBAA is developing resources to familiarize pilots with new takeoff and landing performance assessment procedures for reporting runway contamination. Effective Oct. 1, any airport receiving federal funds will be required to utilize the runway condition assessment matrix to categorize runway conditions. Learn more.

Oral Arguments Presented in the Appeal of East Hampton Airport Restrictions

June 20, 2016
On June 20, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit heard oral arguments in the appeal of district's court July 2015 decision upholding restrictions at HTO. The central issue in the case is whether the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA) continues to apply to HTO (and to require most noise and access restrictions to be approved by the FAA) despite the town's stated intent to no longer accept federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. The appeals court's decision may be issued by early fall.

Airports With Snow and Ice Control Best Practices Feted
May 26, 2016
Three popular destinations for business aircraft – Colorado's Centennial Airport (APA), Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) and Washington, DC's Dulles International Airport (IAD) – have been recognized for excellence in snow and ice control. These facilities were among the airfields receiving 2016 Balchen/Post Awards, which were presented during the recent International Aviation Snow Symposium. "During winter operations, snow teams do what it takes to keep their airports open and operating safely and efficiently," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure. "These efforts demand preparation, training and perseverance." Learn more about the 2016 Balchen/Post Awards.

Teterboro Airport Hosting Pilot Webinar on May 31
May 25, 2016
New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) will host a free Chief Pilot Webinar at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31 to discuss operational issues, including a Runway Safety Action Team briefing, an update on construction projects and air traffic procedures as well as severe weather avoidance plans for the upcoming convective season. "NBAA members and operators who use Teterboro will greatly benefit from the topics covered in the webinar as they contain valuable information in regard to operations in and out of TEB," said Dean Snell, NBAA Air Traffic Services. All operators using TEB are welcome to participate. Learn more about the Chief Pilot Webinar.

Runway Outage Planned at Chicago's Midway Airport in March and April
Feb. 25, 2016
A construction project at Chicago's Midway International Airport (MDW) airport begins March 2 and is slated to last approximately six weeks. The project will have varying levels of impact on the airport's operations, as portions of the ILS for runway 13C/31C will be shut down. The initial phase of the project is expected to last two weeks, and will only impact the glide slope portion of the runway 13C ILS system. Runway 13C/31C will be open at all times, except for one 56-hour closure between March 11 to March 14), and occasional night closures as needs dictate. Learn more about the outage planned at MDW.

NBAA Joins in Appeal Against East Hampton Noise Restrictions

Feb. 5, 2016
NBAA has joined other aviation interests in filing an appeal seeking to overturn aircraft operational restrictions adopted at HTO on Long Island, N.Y. In the brief, filed Feb. 3 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, NY, NBAA and its allies argue that all of the restrictions adopted by the town of East Hampton in April 2015 violate ANCA. "The success of aviation – general aviation and commercial aviation – depends on having a uniform and consistent set of rules," said Alex Gertsen, NBAA's director of airports and ground infrastructure. "East Hampton asserts that ANCA is not applicable. However, that conflicts with the plain text of the statute and FAA regulations." Read more about the latest developments with HTO.

Runway Closures Scheduled at Orlando International Airport Starting Jan. 12
Jan. 7, 2016
A runway construction project at Orlando International Airport (MCO) will close Runway 17R/35L for approximately 60 days beginning Jan. 12. Additional taxiway closures are also expected during the project. Another 60-day runway closure is planned for Runway 18L/36R beginning in March 2016. Flight operators are encouraged to check the NOTAMs for the current runway status as the project dates could fluctuate. Learn more about the runway closures MCO.

Jackson Hole Airport Recommends Avoiding Peak Times During Upcoming Holidays
Dec. 17, 2015
Officials at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) recommend avoiding scheduling of flights into or out of Jackson Hole between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time during the upcoming holiday period due to a significant amount of scheduled commercial traffic during that time. The heaviest days will be Dec. 26 to 29 and Jan. 1 to 3. Flight delays and ground congestion are likely during these times. Read more.

New Airport Will Increase Access to Northwest Wyoming
Oct. 16, 2015
Aviation access, and its contribution to the community and economy of northwest Wyoming, will begin a new chapter on Nov. 7, when Gov. Matt Mead is slated to cut the ribbon at the new Hot Springs County Airport (HSG), located approximately 10 miles northwest of Thermopolis, WI. The new airport will replace the Hot Springs-Thermopolis Municipal Airport (THP). "The replacement airport site is well equipped to support air transportation and economic development and will continue to provide critical access to the community for medical specialists, tourists and various businesses for many years to come," said Dennis Byrne, administrator of the Wyoming Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division. Read more about the new Wyoming airport.

Six-Month Runway Closure Begins This Month at McCarran
Oct. 7, 2105
Runway 7L/25R at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS) will be closed from Oct. 28 through may 1, 2016, for phase two of a rehabilitation project. During this project, traffic management initiatives are possible based on the airport configuration, as well as air traffic demand. The majority of the time, a favorable airport configuration should keep significant delays to a minimum. Learn more about the runway project at LAS.

Is Your Airport 'NextGen' Capable? FAA Resource Provides Answers
Oct. 7, 2015
In addition to providing insights about operating in the "NextGen" air traffic control network, the FAA's online NextGen resource also offers information regarding the full scope of advanced technologies now in use throughout the National Airspace System, including how NextGen is already in use at airports throughout the country. The "NextGen for Airports" section of the FAA's website provides a summary of the new capabilities offered by NextGen that improve safety and accessibility at not only large airports served primarily by commercial aircraft, but also at smaller fields used extensively by business aircraft. Learn more about this FAA resource.

Runway Closures Planned at Orlando International Airport Beginning Mid-October
Oct. 1, 2015
A runway construction project at Orlando International Airport (MCO) will close Runway 17R/35L for approximately 60 days beginning in mid-October. Additional taxiway closures are also expected during the project. Another 60-day runway closure is planned for Runway 18L/36R beginning in January 2016. Learn more about the runway closures at MCO.

New Van Nuys CBP Facility Popular With Aircraft Operators
Aug. 21, 2015
The new Customs and Border Patrol general aviation facility at Signature Flight Support on Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California has only been open for approximately three months, but already it has processed hundreds of business travelers who would otherwise have been forced to enter the country through Los Angeles International Airport. "There's no doubt this facility was really needed," said NBAA Western Regional Representative Stacy Howard. At VNY and other airports hosting CBP processing facilities, Howard said the savings is tremendous in terms of time and resources. Learn more about the new CBP facility at VNY.

At Airports Coast to Coast, NBAA Fighting National, Local Threats to Access
June 11, 2015
At airports on the East and West coasts, NBAA is working to halt recently proposed access restrictions for business aviation. Amendments offered for inclusion in a major transportation-spending bill under consideration last week in the U.S. House of Representatives would constrain access at California's Bob Hope Airport and New York's East Hampton Airport. As NBAA COO Steve Brown noted, "Airports are part of a national system that requires a national approach to operational policy – not an approach based on local interests or pressure groups." Learn more about NBAA's work to preserve access to the airports.

Construction at Nashville's John C. Tune Airport Will Lengthen Runway, Upgrade Airport
June 8, 2015
John C. Tune Airport (JWN), located on the west side of Nashville, TN, is undergoing a $27 million dollar makeover that will include such upgrades as extending the single runway (2-20) 500 feet, full compliance with the specifications of FAA-mandated runway safety areas and a complete renovation of the terminal building. The airport closed on June 1 to all but rotary-wing operations, and will reopen on July 31 with a newly paved, regraded, 6,000-foot runway, a full-length taxiway and new LED runway taxiway lights and signage. By November, additional enhancements in the form of a new instrument landing system and precision approach path indicator; new terminal area signage and landscaping; a rehabbed apron area and new concrete floors in 35 T-hangars will be complete. Read more about improvements coming to JWN.

Runway-Safety Awareness Effort Targets McCarran Hot Spot
May 20, 2015
The FAA's runway safety program is spotlighting a tricky area at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS), especially for transient pilots who are not familiar with the airfield's configuration. The FAA, NBAA and the airport are working together to raise awareness of Hot Spot 4 at LAS, which is where Runway 7L and Runway 1L intersect. The runways share a common holding position just north of Runway 7L's threshold. "It is a complex area," says Raimo Vaher, who runs an aviation department for a Las Vegas-based Fortune 500 company. "The orientation of where you're holding short compared to where [Runway 1L] begins leads to some of the confusion. It's critical to verify runway alignment when using this departure." Read more about the LAS hot spot and awareness efforts.

New Chicago Heliport Is Operational
May 18, 2015
In 2006, planning got underway to build a vertiport in West Chicago. Certified as operational this March, the $13 million facility features a 30,000-square-foot hangar and an 11,700-square-foot terminal. The vertiport is home to aircraft sales and brokerage business, and DHL has signed on to conduct daily operations, to fly in packages and documents for companies doing business in Chicago. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the new Chicago Vertiport.

FAA Supports Temporary Restraining Order at East Hampton Airport
May 8, 2015
The federal government supports a temporary restraining order to prevent the town of East Hampton, NY from implementing access restrictions at the East Hampton Airport (HTO). Town officials voted last month to impose restrictions at HTO, the legality of which has been challenged by a number of aviation interests, including NBAA. In a letter to Federal Judge Sandra Feuerstein of the Eastern District of New York, the FAA stated that a temporary restraining order is necessary to give the agency time to study and respond to the implications of a federal lawsuit that questions the restrictions. "We appreciate the FAA's engagement at HTO, which underscores the importance of the situation," said NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown. "Operational restrictions like those the town wants to impose present a threat to the national air transportation system." Read more about the latest developments at HTO.

Idaho's Friedman Memorial Airport to Close April 26 Through May 20
April 17, 2015
Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), serving Sun Valley, ID, will close April 26, 2015, to May 20, 2015, for the last phase of airport reconfiguration, as part of a plan to bring the airport into compliance with the Lautenberg Runway Safety Act. In order to accomplish the project in a timely manner and with the least possible impact to the traveling public, the airport will be closed from 8 a.m. local time April 26 until noon local time May 20. Read more SUN runway project.

Runway Closures Begin May 1 at Seattle Airport
April 17, 2015
Beginning May 1, Runway 16C/34C will be closed for six months at Washington's Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to complete a major rehabilitation construction project. During the closure, air traffic control management initiatives, such as ground-delay programs, time-based metering, airborne holding, ground stops and miles-in-trail restrictions are possible due to reduced arrival and departure rates. This project will also impact operations at Boeing Field (BFI). Learn more at NBAA's Seattle-Tacoma International Airport page.

Revised RNAV (GPS) RWY 13 Procedure Published for LaGuardia Airport
April 2, 2015
A new LaGuardia Airport (LGA) RNAV (GPS) RY 13 was published April 2, as a temporary procedure to help mitigate John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) construction-related runway closures and assist in limiting airspace conflictions. When weather minimums allow, this procedure will be used in lieu of the LGA ILS 13, which significantly impacts Teterboro Airport (TEB) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). This is an offset LNAV approach, which the vast majority of business aircraft operating to LGA can fly. Learn more about the new procedure at LGA.

Business Aviation Helping to Drive Growth at Louisiana Airport
March 11, 2015
Shreveport Downtown Airport (DTN) has served the needs of travelers in Louisiana's third-largest city for more than 80 years. Since the late 1990s, the airport has rebounded from a period of relatively slow activity to become a vital and vibrant part of the region's greater transportation network, and now local officials are working on a capital improvement plan to accommodate growth at DTN over the next decade. Among the most important goals is expanding the airport's crosswind runway (5/23) from its present 3,200-foot length to between 5,000 and 5,500 feet to accommodate wider diversity of aircraft. Other priorities include added hangar space, improved taxiway and ramp access, and other infrastructure improvements. Read more about DTN.

General Aviation Advocates Reiterate Commitment to Noise Mitigation at Long Beach Airport
March 5, 2015
Curt Castagna, president of the Long Beach Airport Association, recently presented to the Long Beach City Council an overview of how general aviation (GA) operators at Long Beach Airport (LGB) comply with the airports' noise regulations, and how any changes in that policy might adversely affect GA and the positive economic impact that it has on the area. "We have a track record of supporting noise-mitigation measures, and we will continue to be engaged, available and proactively assist you in these efforts," he said. At the meeting, Castagna discussed the airport and its noise ordinance, as well as JetBlue’s request for adding international destinations to its LGB scheduled service. If international commercial flights become a reality at LGB, Castagna sees a potential opportunity for business aviation as well. Read more about LGB.

NBAA Raising Concerns About Proposed East Hampton Airport Restrictions
Feb. 26, 2015
The East Hampton, NY Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for March 5 to solicit comments on a proposed town ordinance that seeks to place four significant operational restrictions on the use of the East Hampton Airport (HTO), a public-use facility on eastern Long Island. NBAA officials will be attending the hearing and will supply formal comments on the town's proposal. "The bottom line is that local airports do not have the authority to regulate the types of aircraft that can operate at that airport," said NBAA COO Steve Brown, adding that any noise and access restrictions that are unfair, unreasonable or unjustly discriminatory could be challenged in court by airport users, and possibly also by the FAA. Read more about the situation at HTO.

NBAA, AOPA Support FAA in Effort to Deny Appeal to Curtail Operations at Santa Monica Airport
Jan. 26, 2015
NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association last week in jointly filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the FAA’s opposition to one of the latest efforts by the city of Santa Monica, CA to restrict operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The "friend of the court" brief supports the legal precedent that airports that have accepted grants or property from the FAA are obligated to continue to make those airports accessible to the public. Last February, a U.S. District Court in California agreed with the FAA in dismissing a lawsuit filed by the city, in which Santa Monica officials maintained the city had never relinquished control over airport land when it leased the property as a military airfield during World War II. Aviation attorney Jol Silversmith said the city has failed to cite any basis in its latest appeal for the court to overturn the earlier decision. Read more about the latest SMO developments.

FAA Requests Pilot Feedback on LED Lighting at Airports
Jan. 16, 2015
In an effort to more effectively deploy LED lighting technology at airports and heliports, the FAA is seeking input from pilots with their experience with Light Emitting Diode (LED) airport/heliport lighting during approach, landing, ground movement and take-off phases of flight. NBAA participation will help members of the NBAA Access Committee’s Air Traffic, Airspace and Flight Technologies Subcommittee play an active part in an operationally effective deployment of this technology. Learn more about LED lighting and take the FAA survey.

FAA Discusses Pros and Cons of Airport LED Lighting with Industry Stakeholders
Dec. 3, 2014
The FAA held a symposium regarding LED lamps and their application on airports, during which the agency and industry stakeholders, including NBAA, discussed the pros and cons of LEDs, and began the developed of a path forward to benefit all users. The agency said it intends to sponsor the development of an LED flight test plan, which will include all the appropriate FAA services and offices, as well as input from those in the aviation industry. "The ability to safely transition from instrument flying to visual flying close to the ground, especially at night, combined with the trend toward more and more installations of enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) technology on business aircraft, means this issue must be solved sooner rather than later," said John Kernaghan, from the NBAA Access Committee. Read more about LED lighting at airports.

North Dakota Seeking NBAA Help in Planning for Airport Expansion
Nov. 28, 2014
North Dakota is experiencing substantial economic growth, and the state’s Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) says that this growth has led to the need to expand airports. The NDAC is updating its North Dakota State Aviation System Plan, which will document aviation needs, guide funding decisions and identify the future of the aviation system. As part of the overall planning process, the NDAC is conducting several surveys on general aviation in the state – and it wants the input of NBAA Members. “We are very supportive of NDAC’s efforts to gather information about general aviation operations in North Dakota, and hope that our Members will take advantage of the opportunity to give their input to the NDAC,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA regional representative for the Northwest. Learn more.

FAA Rulings Reaffirm Agency’s Authority Over Airport Operations
Nov. 21, 2014
The FAA recently made two determinations that carry ramifications for communities seeking to exert undue authority over the control of local airports. In a final policy statement published in the Federal Register earlier this month, the FAA reaffirmed its "long-standing policy" on the allocation of funds derived from taxes on aviation fuel, and the responsibilities of airports over funds that aren’t levied by the airports themselves. Generally, revenue raised by airports – including through taxation – must only be used for aviation-related purposes. The FAA also recently denied a petition by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to restrict easterly departures from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during overnight hours on certain nights. Read more about these two FAA rulings.

Major Runway Rehabilitation Project In Progress at McCarran International Airport
Nov. 5, 2014
A major rehabilitation of Runway 25R/7L at Las Vegas, NV’s McCarran International Airport (LAS) began on Nov. 1, and is scheduled to run through April of 2015. During this time, traffic management initiatives are possible based on the airport configuration as well as air traffic demand. The majority of the time, a favorable airport configuration should keep significant delays to a minimum. Learn more.

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