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Companies using business aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS) differently than the airlines do. For example, business aircraft tend to fly above or below airline traffic and operate into a far greater number of airports than air carriers do. NBAA has provided resources to allow operators of all sizes of business aircraft to maximize their efficient operation through the National Airspace System.

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NBAA’s Air Traffic Services represents the interests of business aircraft operators from the floor of the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center to ensure equitable access to airports and airspace in the daily management of the National Airspace System. Applying practical knowledge learned by working onsite at the command center, NBAA ATS has now created a handy new pocket guide for pilots with tips on IFR flight plans, route selection, EDCTs and departure delays.

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Airspace News

NBAA Supports Calls to Maintain Federal Oversight of National Airspace System
August 3, 2018
NBAA recently joined with a coalition of aviation groups in two separate efforts to reaffirm federal authority over the National Airspace System, including a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation opposing any attempt to modify or remove the federal preemption provision of the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act. Also, 14 industry groups including NBAA sent a letter to U.S. senators in support of language in the House FAA reauthorization bill amending current regulations to allow the FAA to fully regulate unmanned aircraft systems when necessary. Learn more about NBAA’s advocacy efforts.
NextGen ATC Benefits for Business Aviation Are Here
July 2, 2018
It’s no coincidence that business aircraft operators are hearing more and more about next-generation air transportation system (NextGen) initiatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. Following years of announcements concerning future deployments, many NextGen technologies are now in use around the globe, with more slated to go live in the near future. Business aviation was an early NextGen adopter, and more benefits are in the pipeline for the industry. Learn more in the July/August 2018 issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine, NBAA's Technology Issue.
Truckee Tahoe Airport Using NextGen to Benefit Operators, Community
April 26, 2018
At Truckee Tahoe Airport (TRK) in Northern California, the benefits of NextGen and a public-private partnership have combined to enhance services and safety for aircraft operators, while decreasing the impact of noise on the area. This has largely been possible because of new NextGen technologies and the willingness of the airport district to use airport-generated funds to help pay for equipment upgrades. Learn more about TRK.
Podcast: NBAA Pocket Guide Answers Common Flight Planning Questions
Dec. 4, 2017
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 a section of 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's Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS), said John Kosak, of NBAA ATS. "There's a whole lot of helpful hints on this." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Presidential Flight Restrictions in Florida: Know Before You Go
Oct. 27, 2017
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. "NBAA continues to work with the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service, as well as other local, state and federal agencies, to implement a more workable, permanent solution for business aviation access into these TFRs," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager of security and facilitation. Read more about the solar eclipse.
Upcoming Solar Eclipse Could Impact Business Aircraft Operations
Aug. 9, 2017
Some business aircraft flights may be affected by the total solar eclipse that will occur on Aug. 21, said Heidi Williams, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. As the moon moves in front of the sun that day, a "path of totality" will develop in portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. This rare event has created intense demand for airport services in these areas, and operators should expect delays to ground support, parking and possibly even approach sequencing to busier airports. Pilots should also check NOTAMs carefully for possible TFRs and other events that could affect planned flights around Aug. 21. Read more about the solar eclipse.
New Pilot Resource Answers Common Flight Planning Questions
June 14, 2017
NBAA's Air Traffic Services (ATS) has released a pocket-sized resource for pilots that answers the most frequently asked questions about navigating the nation's airspace. The new "Pocket Reference for Flight Planning in the U.S. National Airspace System" provides tips for filing flight plans, overcoming departure delays, responding to expect departure clearance times and more, including a section of helpful web links for finding information on weather and route selection. "We wanted to create something that would be easy to keep in the cockpit," said NBAA ATS Project Manager Jim McClay. Read more about the new pilot reference.
New Convective Weather Tool for Business Aircraft Operators
May 8, 2017
With summer weather approaching, operators can rely on a new convective weather tool for help in anticipating where thunderstorm activity may impact air traffic flows and where traffic management initiatives may be implemented. The National Weather Service's new Traffic Flow Management Convective Forecast (TCF) provides a more accurate and timely representation of forecasted convective weather than its predecessor, the CDM Convective Forecast Product. Learn more in NBAA's Navigator section of Business Aviation Insider.
User Friendly Graphical Forecast Goes Live, Helping Enhance Safety, Efficiency
April 21, 2017
The National Weather Service has transitioned the Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA) from experimental to an operational product. The GFA should make interpreting the information easier, improving the safety and efficiency, said John Kosak, weather project manager at NBAA’s Air Traffic Services. The GFA will replace the old text based area forecast product in the fall of 2017, but only for the continental U.S. products. Learn more.
PBI Businesses Severely Impacted by POTUS TFRs
April 6, 2017
Operations at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) have been impacted by President Trump's frequent travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort. PBI has become the home base for Air Force One and related aircraft when the president is in town – which has been many weekends since the inauguration in January. "Our aviation revenue is off by about 50 percent," said Wayne Garner, president of Big Sky Aviation, a PBI-based maintenance company that has served aircraft for more than 30 years. "We count on the normally very busy winter season to see us through the slow months, but with President Trump coming in so many times this year, it may be difficult to survive through the summer. Business is as slow or slower than it was during the worst of the recession in 2007-2008." Read more about the impact on POTUS TFRs.
Special Report: International Flight Service Providers Can Save Time, Money
April 3, 2017
No matter what your level of personal flying and trip-planning experience, when it comes to scheduling international flights, many business aviators prefer to hand some of the duties off to a seasoned flight planning service provider. These providers can save operators time and money and ensure the trip goes off without a hitch. Learn more in a special report in Business Aviation Insider.
Back-to-Back Presidential TFRs at PBI Test New Gateway Screening Procedures
Feb. 9, 2017
Soon after the first President of the United States (POTUS) TFR was put in place at Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on Feb. 3-6 for President Donald Trump’s visit to his Mar-a-Lago residence, a second TFR was issued for Feb. 10-12 for a Mar-a-Lago meeting between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe. NBAA staff members were at PBI during the first TFR to observe operations firsthand and receive feedback from members. “I strongly encourage operators with a need to travel to the West Palm Beach area during a POTUS TFR to utilize the gateway program,” said NBAA’s Vice President of Regulatory and International Affairs Doug Carr. Learn more about the presidential TFR.
NBAA's Steve Brown Participates in Airspace Safety Working Group
Jan. 24, 2017
NBAA recently participated in the inaugural meeting of a National Academy of Sciences working group, which is tasked with developing safety-assurance methods within the National Airspace System (NAS). The Aviation Safety Assurance Committee is composed of 17 stakeholders from across the aviation community. "The committee's focus is on enhancing air traffic control safety, including the proper use, maintenance and procurement of system hardware and software,” said Steve Brown, NBAA’s chief operating officer. "While there's been a lot of progress made in recent years on safety assurance protocols within the NAS, including broadly through development and use of safety management systems, there's always room for further improvement." Learn more about the Aviation Safety Assurance Committee.
Graphical TFRs Help Convey Airspace Restrictions
Dec. 19, 2016
This year, NBAA Air Traffic Services gained permission from the FAA to publicly distribute VIP TFR graphics that were previously only available internally to ATC facilities. These graphics help illustrate the impact each VIP TFR has, particularly showing which airports are affected and when. NBAA Air Traffic Services gives a helpful overview of this topic in the November/December 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.
Operators in Southeast U.S.: Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
Oct. 5, 2016
As of Oct. 5, Hurricane Matthew is moving to the northwest (325 degrees) at about 8-10 knots, heading to the Bahamas and then Florida and the Southeast U.S. through the weekend period. The strength of this storm is likely to lead to numerous frequency and RADAR outages along its path. Some FIR and other airspace closures are likely as well. NBAA has created a Hurricane Matthew resource page for updates from NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) staff based at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center. Operators can also follow @NBAA_ATS on Twitter for updates. View more about Hurricane Matthew.
NBAA Air Traffic Services: 15 Years of Service to Business Aviation
Aug. 17, 2016
It’s been 15 years since NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) became operational at the FAA ATC System Command Center (ATCSCC), representing business aviation’s interests in the National Airspace System. Members of NBAA’s ATS team at the command center engage in ongoing collaborative planning and information sharing with the ATCSCC staff. Learn more about NBAA ATS.
NBAA Highlights Election-Related TFR Information
Aug. 15, 2016
As the presidential race comes down to a November finish, NBAA has made it easier to find information members need on election-related temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). “The information we present comes directly from FAA security, and we think it gives our members a much clearer and concise picture of the situation,” said Dean Snell, NBAA manager of air traffic services. Read more about presidential TFRs.
Revised ATC Speed Assignments Part of Move Toward More Efficient Airspace
Aug. 11, 2016
New 5-knot speed assignment increments from ATC may initially give some business aviation pilots pause, but there's solid reasoning behind the change. Rich Boll, chairman of the ATC, Airspace and Flight Technologies Working Group of the NBAA Access Committee, explained the change from the 10-knot clearances with which pilots are most familiar is part of the FAA's efforts to move from distance-based separation to time-based metering. "As the FAA moves toward greater use of performance based navigation processes, this is another tool available to precisely align the time an aircraft passes over a certain fix, which allows controllers to better tie STAR procedures into the approach to final,” Boll said. Read more.
FAA Plans to Eliminate 308 VORs
July 27, 2016
FAA has taken the next step in creating a minimum operational network of ground-based very high frequency, omnidirectional radio range (VOR) navaids, finalizing a policy that includes identifying more than 300 VORs that will be decommissioned as part of industry's transition to satellite-based instrument approach procedures. "We support the FAA's effort to eliminate legacy procedures that no longer add value to operators," said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "The shift to full performance-based navigation procedures will mean more options for operators, and eliminating unnecessary procedures will help the FAA manage its workload." Read more about the FAA's plans to eliminate VORs.
NBAA ATS Now Publishing VIP TFR Graphics
May 24, 2016
NBAA Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS) is now publishing graphics to accompany their presidential and vice-presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) impact statements. Each time a VIP TFR is published by the FAA, NBAA ATS examines the NOTAM and generates a narrative explaining the impact the TFR will have on business aviation. Learn more and view the published impact statment graphics.
NBAA ATS Now Publishing VIP TFR Graphics
May 24, 2016
NBAA Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS) is now publishing graphics to accompany their presidential and vice-presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) impact statements. Each time a VIP TFR is published by the FAA, NBAA ATS examines the NOTAM and generates a narrative explaining the impact the TFR will have on business aviation. Learn more and view the published impact statment graphics.
Enhanced Collaboration Leaders to Better Air Traffic Management
Feb. 29, 2016
Thanks to more planning and an increasingly collaborative approach to traffic management, operators can expect a more focused and strategic use of traffic management initiatives, including customized airspace flow programs, this summer, which may mean fewer delays. The enhanced collaboration between the industry and air traffic managers began a couple of years ago when the FAA created a working group called NAS Vision, which was tasked with finding better ways to move the maximum number of aircraft as safely as possible, while incurring the least amount of delay. Learn more about how NBAA Air Traffic Services supports NAS Vision and what it means for business aviation in the Business Aviation Insider.
Improved NOTAM Search Coming This Fall
June 6, 2016
The FAA's shift from its legacy NOTAM system to the more efficient Federal NOTAM System (FNS) is scheduled to take a major step forward this fall, when the agency migrates legacy NOTAM functionality to the new system. For the business aviation community and other users of the NOTAM system, the only visible change will be the removal of Pilotweb. FNS NOTAM Search incorporates nearly all of Pilotweb's features and adds several others, according to the FAA. Learn more in the Navigator section of the May/June 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.
Pilot Performance, Data Collection Remain NTSB and NBAA Safety Committee Focus For 2016
Jan. 14, 2016
NBAA said the NTSB's 2016 "Most Wanted" safety improvements are in step with the safety focus areas of NBAA's Safety Committee, and that alignment between government and industry efforts to address these issues best contributes to improved flight safety. "Preventing loss of control inflight continues as the NTSB's primary general aviation safety improvement area in 2016, and this issue is also among the NBAA Top Safety Focus Areas," said Mark Larsen, NBAA's senior manager for safety and flight operations. Read more.
Air Traffic Management Plans Available for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA
Jan. 14, 2016
Super Bowl 50 takes place on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Game time will be at 3:30 p.m. (PST). There will not be an FAA slot-based Special Traffic Management Program (E-STMP) implemented for Super Bowl 50, However, ramp reservations will be required for both IFR/VFR arrivals and departures from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Monday, Feb. 8 at all San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley and Monterey Peninsula-area airports. Read more.
Case Study: An Alternative Way to Get a New Navaid at Airports
Nov. 4, 2015
Knoxville, TN's McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) faced a big challenge in 2013. The facility's only runway with an instrument landing system (ILS) approach – Runway 5L/23R – was in need of replacement, which could take up to five years. During reconstruction of the runway there would be no ILS approach capability at the airport. TYS Airport Engineer Eric Williamson, along with Scott Crimmins with CHA Consulting, Inc., asked the FAA to install an ILS on the airport's alternate runway – Runway 5R/23L – but they found the agency unwilling to invest in older, non-GPS-based technology. Williamson and Crimmins then reached out to the FAA's Non-Federal Program (NFP), which oversees certain types of non-federally owned navigation systems and employees. Read more about the FAA's NFP.
Altitude Corrections at Cold Weather-Restricted Airports Now Mandatory
Sept. 23, 2015
The FAA, which said last December that it wants pilots to make altitude corrections when approaching cold-temperature restricted airports, announced that those corrections are mandatory as of Sept. 17. The new airport restrictions are the result of a risk analysis the FAA conducted in response to concerns over cold-weather altimetry errors, according to the agency. Since altimeters determine altitude by measuring atmospheric pressure, frigid temperatures can create inaccurate readings, which are especially problematic on approaches over mountainous terrain. A snowflake symbol, along with the temperature at which an altitude correction is required, will be added to all of the airport's approach plates. The list of affected airports will be updated yearly. Learn more.
No More 122.0 MHz: Flight Watch Moving to Combined Frequency
Sept. 18, 2015
Upcoming changes to the Emergency Flight Advisory Service – more commonly known as "Flight Watch" – will mean a slight procedural change for flight crews, and a significant move toward further consolidation of flight advisory services in the U.S. As of Sept. 24, flight crews should use the flight service common frequency of 122.2 MHz – or other area remote communication outlet frequencies – for flight watch services that were formerly available on 122.0 MHz and EFAS high-altitude discrete frequencies. The change aligns with significant advances in the level of information available to flight crews, said Rich Boll, chairman of the Airspace, ATC and Flight Technologies Working Group of the NBAA Access Committee. Learn more about the change.
Part 91 Operators May Obtain LOA for GNSS-based RNAV Approaches Overseas
Sept. 14, 2015
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-based area navigation (RNAV) instrument approaches with the localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) line of minima published are becoming more common in Europe, said Rich Boll of NBAA's Access Committee, and some foreign states are requiring documented evidence of training and approval to fly them. To meet this need of U.S. business aviators, the NBAA Access Committee worked closely with FAA Flight Standards to adapt Letter of Authorization (LOA) C052. Boll said that before applying for the C052 LOA, U.S. operators should check the aeronautical information publications for their destinations to see if they need this authorization. Learn more.
TCAS, ADS-B Unreliable in Southeast U.S. Beginning Sept. 2
Sept. 1, 2015
Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1. Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status. Learn more.
Advanced Planning Can Help Pilots Avoid Damaging Hail
Aug. 26, 2015
Dramatic images of damaged airliners following encounters with severe hail this summer drive home the need for business aircraft flight crews to be aware of the conditions in which they might encounter this damaging weather phenomenon. "Overall, avoiding hail usually goes hand in hand with avoiding thunderstorms," said John Kosak, weather project manager at NBAA Air Traffic Services. "One of the criteria for a severe thunderstorm is hail greater than one inch in size, while hail of three-quarters of an inch or greater in size is one of the criteria for issuance of a convective (significant meteorological information) SIGMET." To avoid such events, Kosak encouraged pilots to utilize advanced forecasting tools. Read more about avoiding damaging hail.
NBAA Questions FAA's Move to End Publication of World Aeronautical Charts
Aug. 12, 2015
The FAA recently announced plans to end publication of VFR World Aeronautical Charts (WACs), despite prior assurances that the agency would first provide industry stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on any such proposal. WACs are less detailed than standard VFR sectional charts and used primarily onboard aircraft flying at high altitudes. "We conducted an informal poll of NBAA Members to see how many were still using WACs, and 36 percent of respondents indicated they still used these charts," said NBAA Access Committee member John Kernaghan. "We subsequently informed the forum chair that NBAA was opposed to the product's removal at this time." Read more about the FAA's decision to discontinue publication of WACs.
NBAA's Free Webinar Provides Opportunity to Review Weather Chart Basics
Aug. 7, 2015
Anyone whose job depends on the weather will benefit from a free Jeppesen-sponsored weather charts webinar. The course, hosted by NBAA, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. EDT, and will not only reintroduce the charts and symbology that some aviators may overlook, but also will show how those tools, when used together, can paint the big picture of a weather system. "Pilots and planners may only look at one or two charts they're comfortable with, rather than all of them," said Jeremy Vincent, training center manager at the Jeppesen Academy. "Like a pro baseball player, you need to come back to fundamentals or you'll get rusty." Learn more about the webinar and register now.
Interested in Weather? Join NBAA's Weather Subcommittee
July 27, 2015
The NBAA Access Committee's Weather Subcommittee is looking to add members and increase participation in the group. "The goal is to recruit a diverse group of NBAA Members that represent all operational disciplines – from schedulers and dispatchers to pilots and cabin crewmembers – thereby providing the business aviation perspective to the greater weather community," according to John Kosak, NBAA Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS) specialist. "We want anybody who is concerned about how do I make it easier, how do I make it so I can get better information regarding weather." Learn more in NBAA's Flight Plan podcast.
FAA Offers Solution for Lack of Automated Weather Reports
June 30, 2015
The FAA issued has issued notices that Part 121 and 135 operators may continue using approximately 540 airports where AWOS/ASOS surface conditions are not reported, provided there is an alternative report available called a real-time mesoscale analysis (RTMA). The FAA, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, developed the RTMA system to combine surface conditions data from observation posts surrounding the airport where no automated data is available. Flight crews can use the RTMA result in place of the missing AWOS/ASOS data and continue flight operations as normal. Learn more.
FAA Expands Use of 3-Nautical-Mile En Route Separation to Flight Level 230
June 11, 2015
The FAA is expanding the use of 3-nautical-mile en route separation under certain conditions. The agency's recently issued Air Traffic Organization Policy Notice states that when certain conditions are met, the FAA will expand use of 3-nautical-mile en route separation from below FL 180 up to and including FL 230. The new policy takes effect on July 13. Where it can be employed, the FAA said it would increase capacity 40 percent over the existing 5-nautical-mile en route separation standard. "We're glad to see the FAA taking this step," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director, air traffic services and infrastructure. "NBAA strongly supports reduced separation standards in the National Airspace System when they can be safely implemented." Learn more.
Operators: NBAA Can Help Prepare You for Hurricane Season
June 1, 2015
Forecasters predict the 2015 hurricane season will be much like those of 2013 and 2014 – relatively quiet. However, NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) Weather Specialist John Kosak said no one should be complacent about hurricane season, in spite of the low number of predicted storms. "I encourage all NBAA Member operators to subscribe to NBAA Airspace/Airport Alerts before we enter prime hurricane season" Kosak said. When a large storm is expected the FAA stands up its Event Management Center (EMC), a facility that coordinates a number of federal, state and local agencies during and after a disaster or other significant aviation-related event. When the EMC becomes operational, ATS personnel begin sending out storm-related airspace alerts, and closely monitor EMC activities in order to keep NBAA Members informed. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast on preparing for hurricanes.
DUATS II Offers New Tools for Flight Planning
May 22, 2015
The FAA has awarded two new contracts for flight-planning tools, which will enable pilots to file flight plans and receive the latest weather information online. The contracts were awarded to Computer Science Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp., both of which will provide pre-flight services through the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) II. The services, which are currently available, will enable pilots to access safety information on their personal computers, such as current weather conditions, advisories, notices to airmen, temporary flight restrictions and airport closures. "I'm always glad to see new tools for our Members to use to make operating in the National Airspace System safer and more efficient," said John Kosak of NBAA's Air Traffic Services. Learn more about DUATS II.
Comments on Elimination of 736 NDB/VOR Approaches Due May 28
April 15, 2015
With the Next Generation Air Transportation System's satellite-based instrument approach procedures (IAPs) more than doubling the number of procedures the FAA must maintain, the agency last year proposed eliminating 736 ground-based non-directional beacon and very high frequency, omnidirectional radio range IAPs from the National Airspace System. The proposal affects 549 airports in 47 states, Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The affected business aviation airports include Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED), Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) and Teterboro Airport (TEB). Members may submit their comments to the FAA by May 28. Learn more about the FAA's plan to eliminate 736 NDB/VOR approaches.
Automation Bringing Changes to FAA Flight Service Stations
April 10, 2015
As more pilots are turning to websites and electronic apps for their pre-flight planning, the FAA is making changes to the way its flight service stations operate. Changes are slated to begin by mid-2015, and include consolidating Flight Watch, the in-flight weather advisory service. After Oct. 1, advisories will be obtained through the regular FSS frequency. The FAA is also proposing to phase out remote airport advisory (RAA) service at 19 airports. RAA service provides wind and altimeter monitoring within 10 miles of certain high-activity general aviation airports where a control tower isn't operating. Flight service isn't going away, however, and pilots can still get a live standard briefing over the telephone – for now. Flight services in Alaska will not change, according to the FAA. Read more about coming changes to flight service station operations.
Work By NetJets, FAA to Refine NextGen Procedures, Will Benefit Industry
March 27, 2015
NetJets and the FAA have formed a five-year partnership to implement and refine procedures for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and the Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies will support portions of this effort by analyzing the data that the FAA/NetJets effort produces. "We welcome NetJets' involvement in the testing of NextGen procedures," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "The diversity of the company's fleet, plus the many destinations to which NetJets aircraft fly, will help give the FAA more real-world data that can be used to refine the proposed procedures so that all of business aviation will benefit." Read more about the NetJets, FAA partnership.
There's a New Way to Spot Troublesome Aviation Weather
March 16, 2015
Last fall, the Collaborative Convective Forecast Product (CCFP) was automated, becoming the Computerized Convective Forecast Product, allowing the Aviation Weather Center to expand CCFP coverage to 24 hours a day, year round. As a result, a new collaborative product was needed, and after years of work the Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement (CAWS) has been implemented. CAWS can highlight specific, smaller areas of concern. Air traffic managers will be able to make more accurate decisions regarding traffic management initiatives, and CAWS will help to reduce weather related delays throughout the national airspace system, said John Kosak, a specialist with NBAA's Air Traffic Services, who advised Members to make CAWS a part of their flight-planning routine. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on CAWS.
NOTAM Search Upgraded With User-Profile Capability, Requested By NBAA
March 12, 2015
NOTAM Search now allows users to create a user profile, making the search more efficient for operators that fly the same routes consistently, or have certain airports they want to monitor for NOTAMs. "The ability to create a user profile in NOTAM Search is a significant upgrade specifically requested by NBAA," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "This new capability benefits operators that fly regularly between airports, or multiple sets of airports. By creating a user profile, information on preferences, filters, sorting settings and more can be saved, eliminating the need for operators to enter data manually each time they use NOTAM Search." Learn more about upgrades to NOTAM Search.
NBAA Raises ADS-B Privacy Concerns with NextGen Advisory Committee
March 4, 2015
At a recent NextGen Advisory Committee meeting, held to discuss policy issues pertaining to the modernization of the nation's air traffic control system, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed concern that Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, a cornerstone of the FAA's satellite-based NextGen system, may not include needed protections for operators' privacy and security. "NBAA has long promoted the development of ADS-B," Bolen said. "But at the same time, we have consistently pointed out that, in transitioning to satellite-based navigation and surveillance, we need to find a way to make accommodations for privacy, security and competitiveness, and we want to ensure that concern is addressed as ADS-B moves toward implementation." Read more of Bolen's comments on ADS-B.
New Wake Turbulence Spacing Procedures Will Increase Efficiency At Airports
Feb. 20, 2015
Air traffic controllers are planning to squeeze more aircraft into the same skies surrounding some of the nation's busiest airports. Reduced spacing saves fuel and time, and increases capacity, all while reducing aircraft emissions. Known as "wake turbulence recategorization," or "Wake RECAT," the program enables controllers to space aircraft by type and performance, considering wingspan and approach speed, rather than just takeoff weight. "More than likely, as a pilot you will never know this change in separation is being applied to your aircraft," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "Further, no control instructions will be issued to pilots to use the new separation standards. NBAA supports the RECAT effort and believes it will pay benefits to business aviation." Read more about Wake RECAT.
Operators: Take Time to Avoid Flight Plan Discrepancies
Feb. 5, 2015
The FAA recently published InFO 14012 in reference to flight plan discrepancies and amendment filing procedures, in order to remind operators of the importance of following appropriate procedures when amending a flight plan. The FAA has noticed an increasing trend with discrepancies between the "filed" and the "operational" flight plan provided to the crew. The concern is that these discrepancies can lead to a loss of separation and an increase in workload for both air traffic control and flight crews. "Crews and operators who take the time to confirm that they have filed and received the correct flight plan will help mitigate any potential delays or errors from having excess and/or incorrect flight plans in the system," said John Kosak, specialist with NBAA Air Traffic Services. Read more about how to avoid flight plan discrepancies.
NBAA Working to Ensure NextGen Works for Business Aviation
Jan. 26, 2015
NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown is one of a dozen aviation industry leaders who have been tasked by the National Research Council (NRC) to make recommendations to help air traffic managers fully implement NextGen. This group is slated to make its recommendations by late spring, and those suggestions will ultimately be passed along to Congress for incorporation into the upcoming FAA reauthorization legislation to be considered later this year. "FAA is now investing about $1 billion a year in creating new abilities and equipment. That's money from the Aviation Trust Fund, created with our fuel tax dollars. Since we're a direct stakeholder, we want to make sure that money is used wisely," said Brown. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NextGen planning.
FAA Issues New UAS Exemptions, Enforcement Guidance as Industry Awaits Proposed Rule
Jan. 14, 2015
The FAA recently took a series of steps toward the rollout of small, unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) by issuing new regulatory exemptions for select operators. CNN became the first news outlet to sign a cooperative research and development agreement with the agency to utilize s-UAS for aerial newsgathering. The FAA also announced an exemption for a Tucson, AZ-based real estate firm to utilize an s-UAS quadcopter for aerial photography of properties, a first for that industry, and released a tentative legal framework for local and state law-enforcement agencies to follow when determining the legality of UAS operations in their communities. Read more about the latest s-UAS developments.
Industry Awaits FAA Guidance on s-UAS Operating Regulations
Jan. 8, 2015
The FAA has not yet issued a rule for public comment on integrating small, unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS), though the agency hopes to have one soon. Congress had originally mandated that the FAA have a plan in place to integrate s-UAS by September 2015, a timeline the agency will not meet. "Many NBAA Member Companies are eager to utilize UAS to support their businesses, so naturally NBAA supports efforts towards safely integrating this new tool for business aviation," said Bob Lamond, NBAA director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "That said, we have always supported a deliberate approach with integrating all UAS operations into the NAS to ensure that safety is maintained." Read more about s-UAS.
NBAA Air Traffic Services Provides Holiday Flight-Planning Tips
Dec. 19, 2014
The volume of air traffic will increase from now through Jan. 2, but NBAA Air Traffic Services is offering a number of tips that will make navigating the national airspace system (NAS) easier during this busy period. Most of this helpful guidance can be found in FileSmart, an FAA/industry initiative designed to educate aircraft operators about the importance of filing timely and accurate flight plans in order to help avoid air traffic delays and operate more efficiently. FileSmart contains three main components: file early, file accurately and check the status of the NAS. Read more.
UAS Rollout Timeframe Debated in House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing
Dec. 15, 2014
Last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill expressed frustration with the slower-than-mandated rollout of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) during a hearing of the House Aviation Subcommittee, but government officials and industry stakeholders, including NBAA remain steadfast in their desire to take a methodical, safety focused approach to UAS integration. Congress mandated that the FAA have a plan in place to fully integrate UAS by September 2015, but the agency missed a key deadline for that plan. Read more about the UAS rollout.
NOTAM Mandates Cold-Weather Altitude Correction, Reporting at 272 Airports
Dec. 11, 2014
After conducting a risk analysis of cold-weather altimetry errors at airports with current FAR Part 97 instrument approaches, the FAA has compiled a list of 272 cold-temperature-restricted airports in 30 states that need altitude corrections to ensure the required obstacle clearance. When the temperature falls to an airport-specific threshold, pilots are required to correct for the cold temperature and report the corrected altitude to air traffic controllers. The FAA published the list of cold-temperature-restricted airports, and their corresponding operational requirements in the general notices section of the current Notice to Airman publication. Read more about the NOTAM.
New NOTAM Search Tool a Boon to Pilots
Nov. 25, 2014
Information essential for flight planning just got easier to find with the roll out of the FAA's latest NOTAM Search capability. For pilots, NOTAM Search means that the days of rooting around trying to find applicable NOTAMs while planning for a flight are just about over. New functionalities are already in place that significantly improve the NOTAM search process, and by next fall, implementation of all four phases of the new service will be complete. "NBAA – through the efforts of members of the Access Committee – worked closely with the FAA and the rest of the aviation community in providing input that has led to significant enhancements to the NOTAM Search flight planning tool," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "The result is a product that will benefit every flight operation in the U.S." Learn more about the new NPTAM Search tool.
Five Can't Miss Winter Weather Resources for Business Aircraft Operators
Nov. 24, 2014
As winter approaches, NBAA's John Kosak, an NBAA Air Traffic Services specialist and staff liaison for the NBAA Weather Subcommittee, highlights the top weather resources for business aircraft operators in the National Airspace System. Learn more.
NBAA’s Steve Brown Represents Members at NextGen Planning Meetings
Nov. 24, 2014
NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown represented business aviation interests last week at the FAA/industry ADS-B working group "Equip 2020" meeting, which focused on three main areas: process improvements, cost issues and expanding or accelerating the benefits of ADS-B equipage. The group discussed the possibility of improving processes by streamlining and minimizing installation-related paperwork, as well as potential delegation of some oversight responsibilities to repair stations and aircraft shops. Brown also took part participated in the National Research Council (NRC) meeting that reviewed FAA's plans for implementing broader NextGen programs. Read more about NextGen planning, including the role of ADS-B.
Extensive Airspace Reconfigurations Coming Nov. 13
Nov. 10, 2014
One of the biggest airspace reconfigurations ever undertaken in North America is underway. Called the Windsor/Toronto/Montreal (WTM)/Northeast U.S. Airspace Redesign, it will affect just about every route, departure and approach between Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Cleveland, OH and Boston, MA. Building on experience gained through the redesign of the airspace over Houston and Dallas,TX, the FAA is partnering with Nav Canada for this latest redesign, which goes into effect with the next chart cycle on Thursday, Nov. 13. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for details on these widespread airspace changes.
New Weather Prediction Tools Coming for Business Aviation
Nov. 3, 2014
The process of predicting weather that could impact aviation is about to change with the conversion of one product to full automation and the advent of another collaborative service that will combine automation with human oversight. The Collaborative Convective Forecast Product, for predictive snapshots of weather in two-hour increments, will soon be automated and offered 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. In addition, the FAA will soon offer a new product: the Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement, an advanced weather forecasting tool with interactive human oversight. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on these new weather prediction tools.
FAA Announces New NOTAM Header Format for Conflict Zones, Crisis Situations
Oct. 31, 2014
The FAA recently announced new notice to airmen (NOTAM) header formats for conflict zones and international crisis situations. New NOTAMs will be shown as an advisory, a prohibition, or a pointer NOTAM that direct the reader to a related special federal aviation regulation. "These new header formats will help pilots more easily glean the most importation information from the NOTAM," said John Kosak, an air traffic management specialist at NBAA. "Is the NOTAM advisory in nature or is the NOTAM a new prohibition? Pilots will be able to quickly determine the critical nature of a NOTAM based on the new header system." Learn more about the new NOTAM format.
NBAA to Host Webinar Oct. 8 on NextGen DataComm
Oct. 3, 2014
Data communications improvements stemming from NextGen, the FAA's next-generation air transportation system, will be the focus of a webinar NBAA is hosting on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). The free, one-hour live presentation, sponsored by Jeppesen, will address the global shift currently underway in operational information management. The DataComm aspect of NextGen will reduce controller-to-pilot voice communication by enabling air-to-ground and ground-to-ground communications capabilities – enhancements that will help speed route clearances and airport turnarounds, especially in cases of poor weather conditions or other disruptions. Learn more about the webinar and register now.
FAA Grants Exemptions to Six UAS Operators for Aerial Filmmaking
Sept. 26, 2014
In another tentative step toward wide-scale deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial applications, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Sept. 25 that the FAA has granted exemptions under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 for six Hollywood contract operations to utilize UASs for aerial cinematography. "The step announced by the agency is in accord with our long-held position on UAS – namely, that they should not share the same airspace with manned aircraft unless they meet the same certification and airworthiness standards as manned aircraft, including the ability to take timely directions from air traffic control, and to sense and avoid other aircraft and UAS," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation. Learn more about the FAA's UAS announcement.
Sixth and Final UAS Test Program Now Operational
Aug. 28, 2014
The FAA recently announced the start of operations at its sixth and final unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The FAA granted seven certificates of waiver or authorization (COA) for Virginia Tech to conduct tests utilizing several small and micro-sized aerial observation and filming platforms, including the Smart Road Flyer, eSPAARO and Sig Rascal. "The information yielded from these test locations will be instrumental in fully, safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and ensuring that their operation does not interfere with business aircraft flights or other aviation operations," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation. Read more about the newest UAS testing site.
New NBAA Subcommittee's Focus On Weather Will Benefit Members, Other Operators
July 28, 2014
A new effort to improve the gathering and dissemination of weather information to general aviation operators was highlighted on July 21, as NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen announced the formation of a new NBAA Weather Subcommittee. "A lot of people, at every level, are dedicating their time and expertise to help us try and identify the best weather practices, and best weather information, so that together we can ultimately disseminate it," Bolen said. "Working together, we can collectively raise the bar and continue to enhance aviation safety, not just in the U.S., but around the world." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NBAA's new Weather Subcommittee.
As FAA Plans Initial Integration of UAS, NBAA Closely Monitors, Coordinates With Government
July 18, 2014
The FAA said it expects that by Aug. 31 it will take the first step toward codifying the agency's five-year phased plan to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. Congress mandated that the FAA fully integrate UAS by September 2015 as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA). However, a recent report determined that the agency is unlikely to meet that deadline due to technological challenges surrounding the ability of UASs to detect other aircraft. "The industry is understandably frustrated by the amount of time it's taken to reach this point," noted former FAA Deputy Chief Counsel and Acting Chief Counsel Marc Warren. "But although integration of UASs into the airspace is the primary focus of FMRA, the rulemaking element is only one aspect to an incredibly complex and comprehensive undertaking." Read more about UAS integration.
NextGen: What Does It Mean for Business Aviation?
July 17, 2014
Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer, has a unique perspective on NextGen, having previously served as the FAA's vice president of operations planning and associate administrator for air traffic services. Recently, Brown took time to answer some questions about what the new-generation air traffic management system will mean for business aviation, including concerns he has about the technical aspects of NextGen and his thoughts on if the complete rollout of NextGen will be beneficial for business aviation. Read more on Browns' thoughts about NextGen.
FAA's 'Got Weather?' Resource Helps Pilots Better Understand Thunderstorms
June 30, 2014
The upcoming July 4 holiday is a central component of the summer season, and because unique weather conditions are also associated with summer, now is a good time for a reminder about an online FAA safety resource that provides tips for pilots dealing with the season's thunderstorm activity. Launched by the agency in May with the support of aviation groups, including NBAA, the "Got Weather?" initiative offers information about a variety of weather-related phenomena, ranging from agency publications to news articles and other resources from across the aviation community. Learn more about Got Weather.
NBAA's Bolen Hosts DC Policy Forum Opener on NextGen, With Business Aviation Perspective
June 6, 2014
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week served as moderator for a high-profile gathering of aviation professionals about progress toward the implementation of the Next Generation (NextGen) air transportation system. As chairman of RTCA, Bolen introduced speakers and panels at the start of the two-day RTCA 2014 Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, DC, and served as moderator of a panel featuring industry technology, analysis and policy experts. "From the business aviation perspective, we believe that capacity is really important, because when airports get too crowded, we [in business aviation] tend to get pushed out," Bolen said. "One of the greatest strengths is the diversity of our aviation system, despite the system shocks of recent years, from the economic meltdown, high fuel prices and even a government shutdown." Read more about the NextGen panel discussion.
Parking Reservation Program In Place for Augusta Area Airports During 2014 Masters Tournament
Jan. 22, 2014
For the first time, there will be no FAA E-STMP air traffic slot reservation requirements for any of the Augusta-area airports during the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament. However, there will be parking reservation requirements for Augusta Regional (AGS), Aiken Municipal (AIK), Thomson McDuffie (/HQU) and Daniel Field (DNL) starting Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. local time through Monday, April 14. The mandatory parking reservation program will be managed via a common website for all four area airports, which will go live on March 1. Additional details can be found on NBAA's Masters web page.
FAA Issues Air Traffic Advisory for Super Bowl
Jan. 20, 2014
Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation to and from the Super Bowl's host city – including all types of aviation traffic. This year, the Super Bowl will be held on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The FAA last week issued an advisory for the New York/New Jersey region for Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. As previously reported, parking reservations will be required at both Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU) airports. The FAA has no plans to implement an air traffic slot program. The advisory, which emphasizes the high volume of traffic expected Sunday night through Monday night, will be reissued daily through Feb. 3. Review the latest information as it becomes available on NBAA's Super Bowl resources page.
Industry Group Seeks NBAA Member Feedback About Delivery of Weather Data
September 23, 2013
With an eye on how federal belt-tightening is affecting service delivery, the Friends and Partners of Aviation Weather (FPAW) is asking for NBAA Member input on its delivery of information through the Aviation Digital Data Service. FPAW is a collaborative effort to improve the coordination of relaying weather issues. "FPAW is looking for information from all aspects of general aviation, including business aviation. We would love to hear from NBAA Members. Commercial aviation has no trouble speaking up at these gatherings," NBAA Aviation Air Traffic Management Specialist John Kosak said. "We need to represent the interests of business aviation." Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on relaying necessary aviation weather information.
Aviation Officials: NextGen Pace Threatened By Sequester-Driven Uncertainty
July 19, 2013
Continued work on high-priority Next Generation (NextGen) aviation system modernization efforts could face further challenges, and possible delays, as a result of the uncertain fiscal environment that may require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make more difficult choices, members of a House aviation subcommittee learned at a hearing last week. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel both described the challenges that are expected as a result of mandatory federal budget cuts under the sequester. Read more about the future of NextGen.
FileSmart Urges Pilots to File Early, Accurately
July 8, 2013
As basic flight students, most pilots learned how to file and close a flight plan, but in an era of increased air traffic density and enhanced communication, NBAA Air Traffic Services Specialist Jim McClay argues that may not be enough. McClay is one of the principle forces behind a new initiative called FileSmart, which encourages operators to file early, file accurately and take in the current status of the National Airspace System before filing. FileSmart was unveiled on June 6 at NBAA's White Plains Business Aviation Regional Forum. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about FileSmart.
International Weather Hazards Highlighted in New Webinar
June 27, 2013
Business aviation pilots face a wide range of weather hazards when flying internationally, but an NBAA webinar presented on June 26 advised that understanding these phenomena before a flight – and their sometimes unexpected effects – can improve safety dramatically. During the hour-long session, "International Weather Hazards and Impacts," Jeppesen meteorologists described challenges posed by monsoons, dust and sand storms, tropical cyclones and jet streams. Order the webinar to learn more about international weather hazards.
NBAA's Bolen Represents Business Aviation in High-Profile NextGen Forum
June 7, 2013
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week participated in a key panel of leading aviation policy planners on recommendations for how to best continue implementation of a satellite-based platform designed to preserve America's global leadership in aviation system technologies and management. The panel was held June 5 at the RTCA 2013 Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., and included representatives from airlines, general aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and other stakeholders. Bolen, a former RTCA chair who currently serves on RTCA's board of directors, spoke about the progress NextGen has made and what it will take to keep momentum going on this important issue, especially in the current fiscally constrained environment. Read more about the NextGen forum.
IFR Departure Clearances Expanded in the NAS for GNSS-Equipped Aircraft
February 25, 2013
Last week the FAA issued a NOTAM allowing properly-equipped aircraft to be issued IFR departure clearances from uncontrolled airports that are beyond 40 NM from the NAVAID without radar monitoring. GNSS-equipped aircraft may now receive these clearances with point-to-point route segments, on the ground, or in the air. Prior to this change, IFR clearances were only issued when either ATC radar monitoring was available or when a departure procedure was published including a transition to the en-route structure. View the full NOTAM FDC 3/9599.
MTOs: A Direct Line to the FAA
February 8, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NBAA have created a structure that allows NBAA Members to point out their observations about system operations to the agency through its five managers of tactical operations (MTOs). The MTOs are the faces of the FAA in their respective regions, explained NBAA Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure Bob Lamond. Acting as customer advocates, each MTO "owns" an issue until it is resolved. Read more about MTOs.