For the latest business aviation from NBAA, review NBAA Update. Distributed free to more than 20,000 aviation professionals each week, NBAA Update is an e-newsletter providing a synopsis of the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community, as well as information about NBAA activities, Member benefits and upcoming industry events.
Business Aviation Insider, the official Member publication of NBAA, serves companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. All employees of NBAA Member Companies may choose to receive printed copies of Business Aviation Insider by mail. There is no additional charge for this NBAA Member benefit.
Dec. 31, 2015
Aircraft utilization options, including new business models such as modified fractional and membership programs, are among the topics to be highlighted at NBAA’s upcoming Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, set for Feb. 10 to 12 in Boca Raton, FL. “This session will expose attendees to these different aircraft ownership and usage models,” said Scott O’Brien, NBAA’s senior manager of finance and policy. “The presenters will help advisors understand how to match the different models to their company’s or client’s needs.” Learn more about the conference and register now.
Dec. 29, 2015
NBAA’s award-winning bimonthly magazine, Business Aviation Insider, is a resource that NBAA members turn to for insights and analysis of business aviation trends, as well as the latest information on operational and regulatory issues. NBAA has put together a list of four of the most-viewed Business Aviation Insider stories since the magazine was redesigned in mid-2015. These articles and more are available inside the new-and-improved Business Aviation Insider mobile app, which is optimized for iOS and Android tablets. Read the top articles of 2015 and download the app today.
Dec. 29, 2015
The Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA) has developed an outreach program to introduce aviation to local students, and what began as an after-school aviation club at a high school in Clark County has in three years grown into an aviation science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outreach initiative that includes internships and site visits to local companies and industry events. “Kindergarten through grade 12 students in at-risk schools with economic and academic challenges are the ones who need our help the most,” said NVBAA President Reza Karamooz. “I urge [regional groups] to reach out to schools in your area and get involved by sponsoring after school programs, job shadow days and site tours.” Read more about NVBAA’s programs with local students.
Dec. 14, 2015
Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee Chairwoman Eve Gregory recently shared her thoughts in the changing role of the scheduler and dispatcher, and how evolutions in the profession will be reflected in the upcoming 2016 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2016). “Every attendee will find something to take back to his or her job from this conference,” she said of SDC2016. “This is a very high-energy conference designed to provide networking and learning opportunities for every attendee from the first opening general session to the farewell reception.” Learn more about SDC2016 in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
Dec. 8, 2015
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) recently received NBAA’s highest award for local and regional business aviation groups – the Recognition of Outstanding Excellence by a Local or Regional Group award. “GBAA is very deserving of this prestigious award,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA’s director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. “This organization sets a great example for other local and regional groups, and its leaders and membership are always willing to share their experience with other groups. That culture of mentorship is just one reason why GBAA received this recognition.” Read more about GBAA.
Dec. 7, 2015
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) last week hosted its annual Fall Awards Dinner to recognize several individuals and organizations making a meaningful impact in aviation and aeronautics today. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen participated in the evening, which annually celebrates Humanitarian efforts to help those in need are among the tenants of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign. Read more about the NAA award winners.
Dec. 3, 2015
With an eye on the future of business aviation, the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) recently awarded two $4,000 scholarships to students graduating from Seattle’s Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS). Since 2009, PNBAA has donated more than $50,000 to the school. “NBAA is pleased to see regional business aviation groups like PNBAA partnering with wonderful STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] program schools like RAHS and paying it forward to the next generation of aviation professionals,” said Kristi Ivey, the association’s Northwest regional representative. Read more about PNBAA’s work with the high school.
Dec. 2, 2015
NBAA’s Professional Development Program (PDP) has added partners and training venues for the coming year, expanding the number of courses available at conferences and via an existing network of educational institutions and service providers. “Since 1998, more than 10,000 PDP courses have been completed. There are a lot of professionals finding that these courses are very important to their career growth,” said Tyler Austin, NBAA project manager of professional development. “Each year, the number of course offerings continues to grow, and the updated content reflects the changes taking place in the industry.” Read more about changes to PDP courses for 2016.
Oct. 9, 2015
The Chief Pilots Roundtable, an industry group representing business aviation flight departments, received updates on unmanned aircraft system regulations, FAA reauthorization legislation, access to Cuba and other policy topics during a meeting last week at NBAA headquarters in Washington, DC. Nearly two dozen roundtable members attended the briefings, which were conducted by representatives of the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration, the office of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and the International Business Aviation Council, as well as by NBAA staff and a private law firm. Read more about the Chief Pilots Roundtable.
Oct. 7, 2015
NBAA noted the passing of renowned aviation innovator Dick Taylor at age 93. “Dick Taylor was – by any standard – one of the significant figures in the history of aviation,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, noting that Taylor led the transition from three- and four-person commercial airplane crews to today’s two-pilot cockpits in the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777. But Taylor is perhaps best known as the father of extended-range twin-engine operational performance standards. His efforts to educate the industry, government and public about the safety of long-range twin-engine airplanes were largely responsible for the current face of commercial and business aviation. Read more about Taylor.
Oct. 2, 2015
Members of the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) recently heard NBAA’s perspectives on a variety of issues facing the industry, including FAA reauthorization and concerns over proposals for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system, funded by user fees. “NBAA is working to get the word out about this issue, and encouraging the business aviation community to use our Contact Congress advocacy tool in making their opinions known to their elected officials,” NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Fornarotto said of her recent appearance at SFBAA’s general meeting in Boca Raton, FL. Read more about Fornarotto’s visit with the South Florida group.
Sept. 23, 2015
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will host its 2015 enshrinement ceremony at its Dayton, OH headquarters on Oct. 2, and unveil its 2016 class of honorees during NBA2015. Two of the four 2015 inductees have NBAA ties – the late Robert N. Hartzell, whose company Hartzell propeller has been an NBAA Associate Member for decades, and Eugene “Gene” Kranz, the legendary NASA director of mission operations who was a featured speaker at NBAA’s 2006 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, and participated in NBAA’s 2013 convention. Learn more about the 2015 NHAF inductees.
Sept. 22, 2015
Craig Hanlon, chief pilot of Dupont Aviation and the new chairman of NBAA’s International Operations Committee, recently outlined his priorities for the committee during his two-year term as chair, and spoke about international business aviation trends. “The International Operations Committee’s top priority is to continue hosting the International Operators Conference,” he said. “The committee will also continue managing the International Operators Scholarship program, which helps recipients develop their careers in international business aviation operations.” Read more about Hanlon’s thoughts on the International Operations Committee.
Sept. 21, 2015
The Small Flight Department Subcommittee of the NBAA Domestic Operations Committee is moving forward with an initiative designed to better support flight operations that have only one or two aircraft and a similar number of employees. Members of approximately 15 small flight departments recently participated in a conference call designed to establish the subcommittee’s new priorities. The consensus was that the subcommittee needs to identify ways to tailor safety management systems to small flight departments and define best practices for scheduling maintenance inspection tasks in one-aircraft flight departments, among other goals. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NBAA’s Small Flight Department Subcommittee.
Sept. 18, 2015
NBAA’s final Regional Forum for 2015, drew more than 1,200 attendees to Jet Aviation’s hangar at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS). Last week’s forum, held for the first time at that venue, hosted 130 exhibitors and 25 aircraft on static display. John Nations, president and CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency, noted that the St. Louis forum provided a venue for discussion about issues impacting the industry and networking among business aviation professionals, adding that it also offered an opportunity to highlight the economic importance of CPS, which he called “one of the great jewels of our region.” Read more about the St. Louis Regional Forum.
Sept. 17, 2015
NBAA on Sept. 16 reaffirmed its support for post-9/11 GI Bill flight-training benefits, and expressed concern about the consequences to veterans and the aviation industry if discriminatory proposals to impose a severe cap or impose other restrictions on those benefits are adopted. NBAA submitted its comments in a joint written statement with several other aviation associations to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, which debated its proposal the day the letter was sent. Learn more.
Sept. 15, 2015
When Kristi Ivey was in third grade, a visit by the Concorde supersonic aircraft to her then hometown airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – cemented her budding interest in aviation. Now, in her ninth year as NBAA’s Northwest regional representative, Ivey appreciates the importance of reaching out to students about aviation in general and careers in business aviation in particular. “I don’t know anybody in business aviation who doesn’t get excited about talking about their job and this industry,” said Ivey. “I want to pass on that excitement and those opportunities to our young people.” Read more about Ivey and her work in the Northwest.
Sept. 11, 2015
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week met with more than 240 members of the Kentucky aviation community as part of the Association’s continuing effort to inform local business-aircraft operators about Washington, DC developments and receive input from Association Members. “I would like to thank Kentucky Aviation Association members and others in the Kentucky aviation community for their forward-looking efforts in letting Congress know their concerns regarding proposals for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees.” Bolen’s Kentucky visit is the latest in a series of visits made to states across the country by NBAA representatives to discuss the continuing importance of industry advocacy. Read more about Bolen’s talk at the Kentucky Aviation Association.
Sept. 11, 2015
With Congress in recess this summer, and lawmakers meeting with constituents in their home districts, NBAA staffers took the opportunity to go around the country meeting with legislators to discuss issues of concern to Association Members, including the upcoming FAA reauthorization bill. For example, NBAA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava and Northwest Regional Representative Kristi Ivey participated in an Aviation Roundtable with Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. “Montana is a rural state that relies heavily on airports and general aviation,” said NBAA Northwest Regional Representative Kristi Ivey. “The senator and his staff provided a wonderful forum for all aviation stakeholders in attendance to have their voices heard on a variety of subjects.” Read more.
Sept. 10, 2015
NBAA marked the passing of John T. Tucker, a longtime leader in business aviation, who died Aug. 30 in Vero Beach, FL. He was 82. Tucker founded St. Louis, MO-based Midcoast Aviation in 1971 and served as its president for 20 years. He also served on the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Committee, and was honored in 2003 with NBAA’s First Century of Flight Award for his contributions to the advancement of aviation. “He was extremely influential,” said Bob Quinn, NBAA’s Midwest regional representative. “A lot of people in business aviation owe their beginnings to John Tucker. He provided a lot of jobs at a lot of different levels.” Read more about Tucker.
Sept. 10, 2015
Aircraft tax planning is complex, and various ownership structures designed to comply with FAA regulations have different federal and state tax implications. Likewise, any structure designed to optimize tax planning must be compliant with the FARs. This year’s Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference – held in conjunction with the NBAA convention – includes education tracks designed along the lines operators do their tax and regulatory planning. Learn more about this year’s tax conference and register now.
Aug. 20, 2015
NBAA and Shanghai Airport Authority staff and leadership met recently in China to continue strategic planning for the 2016 Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE2016). This meeting is the first of several as the organizations work to continue to grow and strengthen ABACE, ensuring it remains the premier business aviation trade show in Asia. “ABACE2016 is shaping up to be a very strong show, and we look forward to using that conference to highlight the many opportunities for business aviation in China and Asia overall,” said Mike Nichols, CAM, NBAA’s vice president of operational excellence and professional development. Learn more about NBAA’s visit to China.
Aug. 18, 2015
Greg Voos may be NBAA’s newest regional representative, but he’s been advocating for business aviation for years. As NBAA’s Southeast regional representative, Voos has found that his strong operational background brings instant credibility to his advocacy efforts. “From an operator standpoint, Greg really ‘gets it,'” said Jeff Agur, board chairman of the Georgia Business Aviation Association. “As a former manager in a large aviation department, he understands what is most important to NBAA operating members and how to communicate that effectively.” Read more about Voos and his work in the Southeast.
Aug. 18, 2015
After a slow start to 2015, business aviation’s prospects seem to have improved by midyear, according to several industry indicators. Shipments of new general aviation aircraft improved in the second quarter; late-model, pre-owned business aircraft are selling more quickly at higher asking prices; and business flight activity continues to increase. ARGUS TRAQPak, which tracks IFR business flights, reports that the 5.6-percent increase in activity during July is the highest level of monthly flight activity since February 2012. In its year-to-year July 2014 and 2015 comparisons, all categories of aircraft operations posted positive gains. Read more.
Aug. 18, 2015
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently took the opportunity to discuss the economic importance of general aviation (GA) to his state during a tour of StandardAero’s aviation maintenance facility at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield. IL. “The aerospace industry is booming, it’s thriving and you are at the tip of the spear,” the governor told employees at the gas turbine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility during his Aug. 11 visit. “What I’m seeing here is incredibly impressive. You’re what America is all about. You’re what Illinois is all about.” Learn more about general aviation’s positive impact in Illinois.
Aug. 17, 2015
The number of General Aviation (GA) Caucus members in the U.S. House and Senate is approaching all-time highs, according to NBAA Vice President for Government Affairs Dick Doubrava.The House GA Caucus has 248 members, while the Senate GA Caucus boasts 35 members. “Are we satisfied? No,” said Doubrava. “We want to continue to build those numbers.” Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the GA Caucuses.
Aug. 14, 2015
Owen Woodland won an NBAA training scholarship that enabled him to obtain his dispatcher certificate after graduating in May 2015 from the University of Dubuque. That scholarship – along with college coursework, internships and mentoring – helped Woodland land a full-time job as an operations and account specialist at Delaware-based Fireside Partners, an aviation emergency response services provider. “Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to obtain my dispatcher certificate,” Woodland said. “This qualification complements my private pilot’s license and instrument rating to ensure that I have a well-rounded view of the business aviation industry.” Read more about Woodland.
Aug. 13, 2015
NBAA marked the passing of Carolyn Williamson, a longtime leader of the University Aviation Association (UAA), who died Aug. 9 at her home in Auburn, AL, at the age of 61. Williamson worked for more than 22 years at UAA, a nonprofit that serves as the voice of educators, students, high schools and colleges involved in aviation education. She served as executive director for 12 years, leaving in August 2014 due to health issues. “Carolyn Williamson was a committed champion for aviation and aviation education, helping countless numbers of students begin and advance their careers.” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read more about Williamson.
Aug. 11, 2015
NBAA recently co-sponsored the Connecticut Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy as part of the Association’s efforts to promote education in aviation and science, technology, engineering and math education. During the week-long camp, students from area middle and high schools visited a Bombardier aircraft service center at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, toured the air traffic control tower at the Groton-New London Airport (GON) and watched pilots undergo underwater survival training at Survival Systems USA in Groton. Read more about the ACE Summer Academy.
Aug. 6, 2015
Back in the 1980s, when Bob Quinn was a business aviation pilot at Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL), he recognized the importance of bringing together pilots and aviation stakeholders who were working for different organizations. Quinn has been using those same organizational and communication talents, as well as his comprehensive industry knowledge, to effectively advocate for business aviation in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for the past nine years as NBAA’s Central regional representative. Read more about Quinn and his work in the Central region.
Aug. 5, 2015
Attending NBAA’s convention during his freshman year of college convinced Jeremy Leonard, 22, to apply for an internship with NBAA in the summer of 2013. It turned out to be a decision that would lead to a career in business aviation. Leonard is currently flying a SAAB 340 for PenAir, and lives in Anchorage, AK. Leonard said students considering a career in business aviation should get involved in the industry early. “Be patient and ask others with more experience for suggestions and advice,” he suggested. “The industry is extremely dynamic and requires patience and commitment.” Learn more about Leonard and his NBAA internship.
July 30, 2015
Marion Delano, 22, interned with NBAA in the summer of 2014, working in the operations division. When he graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a degree in aviation management, he leveraged his NBAA internship and college coursework toward a job with London-based PrivateFly where he works as a U.S. flight advisor. Delano said his favorite part of the internship at NBAA was the everyday interactions he had with the staff. “Everyone was outgoing and supportive and the environment was so positive,” he said. Read more about Delano and his NBAA internship.
July 28, 2015
Many aircraft operators struggle with ensuring compliance, and wonder if their documentation procedures are good enough to demonstrate compliance in the event of an inspection, audit or legal action. Kent Jackson and Kali Hague will answer these and more questions at the Professional Development Program (PDP) course on Sept. 14 at NBAA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The course will include an overview of various federal and state regulatory requirements, as well as practical suggestions for how to comply with them. Read more about the PDP course and register now.
July 28, 2015
As president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International – the San Francisco-based firm that matches aviation professionals with business aviation jobs – Sheryl Barden stays busy. But as a member of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC), she’s been inspired to take on another role – aviation advocate. Barden said she is “so impressed with what our Association is doing,” and she wants to help support NBAA’s advocacy work by helping mobilize people in the business community to engage with elected representatives on important industry concerns. Read about Barden’s tips for advocating for business aviation.
July 27, 2015
Members of the NBAA Safety Committee held a meet-and-greet session last week at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, where they discussed some of the committee’s top priorities, including reducing inflight loss of control accidents and runway excursions. Several dozen NBAA Members participated in the informal two-hour safety session. Visitors to the NBAA tent also shared their concerns about user fees with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and some took the opportunity to use NBAA’s onsite Contact Congress online resource to communicate their concerns to federal legislators. Read more about the meet-and-greet even at AirVenture.
July 24, 2015
As part of its scholarship-raising Name a Plane program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) dedicated a Cessna 172 from its training fleet to NBAA, and its President and CEO, Ed Bolen, during a ceremony held at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Oshkosh. Louis Seno, ERAU vice president of corporate relations and government affairs, said that Bolen’s signature and the NBAA logo would fly on one Cessna each at the school’s Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, campuses. Read more about ERAU’s Name a Plane program.
July 22, 2015
Molly Hitch interned with NBAA in the summer of 2013, working in marketing and member services for the Association. Upon her 2015 graduation from Texas Christian University with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurial management, Hitch took those skills she learned at NBAA and begin her career at Wichita, KS-based Textron Aviation as a trade shows and events associate. Hitch, 21, said the NBAA internship “significantly helped me boost my resume and make me more marketable to business aviation firms.” Read more about Hitch and her NBAA internship.
July 22, 2015
In 1964, Duncan Aviation joined its first trade group, the National Business Aircraft Association, precursor to the National Business Aviation Association. Almost a half-century later, current chairman Todd Duncan has spent 27 years with the company, the last eight as chairman following his father’s retirement in 2007. Having attended his first NBAA convention in Kansas City when he was 14, Todd remains an enthusiastic member of NBAA and its Associate Member Advisory Council. “When my Dad was looking to grow the organization – we were a company of 12 people back then – we really needed that support” from NBAA to deal with a range of regulatory and policy issues,” Todd Duncan said. “My Dad always felt it was important to be involved as a group” because working collectively gave everyone a larger voice. Read more about Duncan Aviation.
July 17, 2015
NBAA’s Sept. 15 Professional Development Program (PDP) course on “Goal Achievement and Performance Reviews” will explain how to set meaningful goals, and how performance evaluations can help achieve those goals and strengthen employee development. “Because many managers dread the performance-review process, it has become a meaningless checklist with a missed opportunity to raise the value of their operations,” said Shari Frisinger, a behavioral analyst, who will lead the course. “When used properly, performance reviews can be an instrument to raise flight department standards, improve safety awareness and spark time- and money-saving ideas.” Read more about NBAA’s PDP course.
July 16, 2015
Dozens of children between the ages of 10 and 14 headed to Eastman, GA July 14 to 16, where they had a hands-on opportunity to experience rocketry, glider construction and aviation weather, as well as get behind the controls of fixed-wing and rotary wing general aviation aircraft. SkyCamp is an annual event sponsored by Middle Georgia State University’s School of Aviation, and is aimed at getting children interested in aviation careers, including those in business aviation. Learn more about SkyCamp.
July 13, 2015
NBAA marked the passing of James Holahan, the founding editor of Aviation International News (AIN), who died July 4 at his home in Saddle River, NJ, at the age of 94. Holahan founded The Convention News Company in 1972 along with current AIN Managing Director Wilson Leach and served for 27 years as the AIN group¹s editor-in-chief before retiring in December 1998. Two years earlier, Holahan received the inaugural NBAA Platinum Wing Award in recognition of his lifetime of achievement and excellence in journalism. Read more about Holahan.
July 10, 2015
More than 200 people, including 70 first-time attendees, took part in the 2015 NBAA Flight Attendant/Flight Technicians Conference (FAFT2015), held June 30 to July 2 in Tucson, AZ. “It is exciting to see so many first-time attendees at the Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Conference,” said Jay Evans, NBAA’s director of professional development. “This positive response confirms we are providing timely and relevant information the industry wants and needs.” Read more about FAFT2015].
July 3, 2015
When Steve Hadley, NBAA’s regional program director and Southwest regional representative, meets with state legislators and others to promote the benefits of business aviation, he is speaking from a wealth of first-hand experience. Before coming to NBAA. Hadley served as an air medical pilot, chief pilot of a company flight department, vice president of an FBO and director of operations for two charter flight departments, among other aviation positions. It’s this broad experience that makes him ideally suited to lead NBAA’s advocacy efforts at the state and local level. In his current position, Hadley has played a vital role in supporting the many regional business aviation groups in his region, from the Texans for General Aviation to the Colorado Aviation Business Association. Read more about Hadley and his advocacy efforts on behalf of business aviation.
June 29, 2015
In his most outspoken opposition to date about a congressional plan for legislation that would create a privatized ATC system funded by user fees, Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, sounded a call to action to oppose such a plan before a gathering of more than 3,000 attendees at last week’s NBAA Regional Forum at Teterboro Airport. In his address, Bolen pointed to recent remarks by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9-PA), indicating the congressman’s intent to introduce such legislation. Current authorization for the FAA is set to expire on Sept. 30, sparking debate by some in Washington around the merits of a potential FAA reauthorization bill that might implement a privatized air traffic control system primarily funded through user fees. For more on what ATC privatization will mean for business aviation, listen to a special NBAA Flight Plan podcast and read more about Bolen’s remarks given at Teterboro.
June 27, 2015
Last week, as part of an NBAA Board of Directors and Associate Member Advisory Council briefing to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Member Company Jeppesen donated a historically significant collection of navigation charts to the ICAO Museum. “The ICAO Museum is an important opportunity for preserving aviation’s history,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president, regulatory and international affairs. “Jeppesen’s collection represents a critical time in the development of the industry as we know it today.” Read more about the Jeppesen donation to the ICAO Museum.
June 19, 2015
The newly revitalized aviation program at Alabama’s Auburn University recently hosted its inaugural aviation camp, introducing 23 high school students to an array of industry career opportunities, including those in business aviation. From June 7 to 12, students participated in several aviation-related activities, including visits to a GE Aviation engine component manufacturing facility and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, and tours of Auburn’s air transportation department and the flight department for Atlanta-based media group Cox Enterprises. “We didn’t want to simply promote flying,” said Bill Hutto, director of Auburn University Regional Airport and the new Auburn University Aviation Center. “One of the primary goals of the camp was to introduce students to several available career paths in the aviation industry.” Learn more about Auburn’s aviation camp.
June 10, 2015
Do you know if you are taking the best possible care of your aircraft and if the products you use to clean your aircraft are safe? David Heissenbuttel, director of sales at Celeste Industries, which specializes cleaning supplies for the aviation industry, encourages flight attendants, pilots, technicians and others responsible for the care of an aircraft to learn about “complete hygiene,” not only to keep the aircraft clean, but also to protect the value of the aircraft as an asset. Heissenbuttel will be sharing more about complete hygiene during an interactive session at the 2015 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference (FAFT2015), set for June 30 to July 2 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. Learn more about the session on complete hygiene and FAFT2015.
June 4, 2015
Business aircraft are not only tools to help companies achieve their missions; they are also significant financial investments that need to be managed wisely. With that in mind, an expert panel will explain asset management strategies for business aircraft during NBAA’s June 25 Regional Forum at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). “We want people to understand what the market forces are and how they can stay ahead of the curve and plan for an exit strategy or replacement strategy to optimize their return on investment,” said session moderator Gil Wolin, an aviation consultant. Read more about business aviation asset management.
May 28, 2015
The 37th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) is underway, and NBAA Members are once again being encouraged to participate. The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. Information received from the survey results helps determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes and measure aviation safety. Read more about the survey.
May 27, 2015
At NBAA’s third annual Regional Leadership Roundtable, held May 14 in Minneapolis, MN, the level of knowledge of the topics covered, and the attendees’ depth of understanding of the local issues facing business aviation, showed how coordination among regional groups continually strengthens their effectiveness as a whole. “What we are finding is that as the group leaders network and share information with each other, it raises their overall level of expertise and involvement, as well as the complexity and depth of the groups’ structure,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative. Read more about NBAA’s Regional Leadership Roundtable.
May 18, 2015
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will provide the business aviation community’s perspectives on the issues surrounding the debate over reauthorization of the FAA before a May 19 hearing by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee. The committee holds jurisdiction over the formation of the FAA reauthorization package, which will ultimately be considered by the full Senate. “FAA reauthorization is among the most important issues currently before the aviation community,” said Bolen. “As the Senate debates reauthorization, this hearing provides an opportunity to remind lawmakers about the many ways business aviation supports citizens, companies and communities, and to ensure that the concerns of NBAA Members are well understood.” Read more about the hearing.
May 4, 2015
Every day that Congress is in session, NBAA representatives, including government affairs vice presidents Dick Doubrava and Christa Fornarotto, are working to ensure that lawmakers on Capitol Hill understand the importance of business aviation to their constituents and communities back home. While that represents a large portion of the Association’s advocacy efforts, it’s only one aspect of NBAA’s engagement on behalf of the industry. Learn more.
March 13, 2015
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA} last week announced that the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy would be awarded to Gulfstream Aerospace for its development of the G650 long-range business jet. In announcing plans to bestow the annual honor to the Savannah, GA-based manufacturer, NAA noted the G650 has “strengthened business aviation through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort and safety.” “On behalf of NBAA, I offer congratulations to the entire Gulfstream team for this high honor,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “By flying farther, faster and more efficiently than any other Gulfstream, the G650 is among those helping to meet the long-range travel demands of today’s global marketplace and will actually foster more international trade and commerce in the future.” Read more about Gulfstream and the Collier Trophy.
Feb. 24, 2015
Reliable, secure communication is as important on the ground as it is in the air, especially to pilots and passengers of NBAA Member Companies. To provide a reliable connection, many travelers who use business aviation rely on personal Wi-Fi networks, or “hot spots,” said Doug Carr, the Association’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “NBAA is pleased to see that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is enforcing its regulations that prohibit the intentional blocking of hot spot networks.” The FCC said it is actively investigating hotels, commercial establishments and network operators that have purposely disrupted hot spot use on their premises, which leaves the facility’s paid Internet connection as the only alternative. Read more about the FCC’s policy.
Feb. 20, 2015
NBAA’s first Regional Forum of 2015, held last week at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), counted among the more than 2,000 attendees West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, who toured the static display and thanked NBAA for choosing West Palm Beach as a site for its 2015 regional forums. “Aviation is very important for our city, and we are very proud of our airport,” Muoio said. “In fact, our airport is only five minutes from downtown, making it easy for business people to come to our city and not only do their job, but also enjoy downtown, which was voted the No.1 city in Florida for business and jobs.” The forum featured 128 indoor exhibits and 21 aircraft on static display. Read more about the West Palm Beach Regional Forum.
Feb. 5, 2015
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) is partnering with Ohio State University’s (OSU) Center for Aviation Studies to launch a program that will enable aviation seniors at OSU to work with ORBAA member companies on “real world” business issues. “It’s the next big step,” said ORBAA board member Lisa Swartzwelder, adding the idea was born when ORBAA’s guest lecturers at OSU realized aviation students were familiar with military and airline flying, but knew little about business aviation careers. By connecting ORBAA members to aviation universities and communities in the state, it is hoped that more internships and career opportunities will be created for aviation students. Learn more about the partnership between ORBAA and OSU.
Feb. 4, 2015
Nine “game changers,” mostly in business aviation, will deliver inspirational video messages to attendees at NBAA’s 2015 Leadership Conference, which takes place Feb. 24 to 26 in Tucson, AZ. The videos feature nine individuals discussing how they achieved success in their fields, and are in keeping with the conference’s theme, “Inspire. Innovate. Influence.” “There are so many great people and businesses throughout our industry, and this is one way we can recognize and tell their story — and the story of business aviation,” said Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development at Duncan Aviation and a co-chair of the conference, which is planned by NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC). Learn more about NBAA’s 2015 Leadership Conference.
Feb. 2, 2015
Organizers for the 2015 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015) announced that two additional, compelling speakers have been added to the roster for the Opening General Session on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Matt Bogaard, head of corporate security for DreamWorks Animation and CEO of international security and risk management firm BGI LLC, and Catherine Kidon, director of aviation for Washington Penn Plastic Co., join Desert Jet President and CEO Denise Wilson during the opening session at SDC2015. Don Chupp, president of emergency preparedness firm Fireside Partners LLC, will moderate the presentation. Read more about SDC2015.
Jan. 26, 2015
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen addressed the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s annual meeting last week, providing members with an overview of the aviation outlook in Washington, DC for 2015. Topping NBAA’s agenda this year is passage of new FAA reauthorization legislation before the current authorization measure expires Sept. 30. Bolen noted the difficulties faced during the last FAA reauthorization cycle, which involved several last-minute extensions of FAA’s authority and funding disruptions. Bolen said Reps. Bill Schuster (R-9-PA), chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ), chairman of the aviation subcommittee, have both indicated they want to get an FAA reauthorization bill done on or before the Sept. 30 deadline. “They don’t want, at a leadership level, to undergo a period of short-term extensions.” Read more about Bolen’s meeting in Chicago.
Jan. 26, 2015
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently travelled to Montreal to discuss business aviation priorities with top leaders of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Bolen met with ICAO Council President Dr. Benard Aliu and Farid Zizi, president of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission. “We appreciated the opportunity to meet with Dr. Aliu to share our Members’ unique needs, and we were encouraged by the reception we received,” said Bolen. Read more about NBAA’s meeting with ICAO.
Jan. 21, 2015
Among his goals for the coming year, new NBAA Access Committee Chainman Gabriel Andino said committee members have been working on an update to the NBAA Noise Abatement Program, which includes changes to the recommended noise abatement procedures and best practices for flight crews to use at noise-sensitive airports. Also, with the creation of the Aviation Weather Subcommittee, Andino said he’s like to explore the feasibility of developing an NBAA aviation weather product offering. Read more about Andino and the NBAA Access Committee.
Jan. 9, 2015
NBAA looks forward to working with two strong supporters of general aviation in the newly seated 114th Congress. Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) now hold the top positions in the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which among other things, will take up reauthorization of the FAA. “It’s good to know that we have two senators who possess an understanding of the importance of business aviation and the issues our industry faces at the helm in Commerce,” said Dick Doubrava, NBAA vice president for government affairs. “We have worked for many years with both of these Senate leaders on a variety of aviation issues, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.” Read more about Thune and Nelson.
Jan. 7, 2015
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will address the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) at the regional group’s annual meeting on Jan. 23, giving Members in the Windy City a preview of 2015 aviation issues. “Ed’s speech at CABAA really sets the tone for NBAA advocacy throughout the year,” said NBAA Midwest Regional Representative Bob Quinn. Bolen is expected to discuss FAA reauthorization, and the possibility that the Obama administration will use the legislative process for funding the agency as an opportunity to push user fees. Learn more about the CABAA meeting.
Jan. 5, 2015
As the 114th Congress gets underway later this month, NBAA is pleased to have the opportunity to again work with two veteran aviation policymakers on the formulation of FAA reauthorization legislation, the process by which the agency is funded and its major priorities are defined. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-4-OR) – two congressmen who understand and appreciate general aviation – will be the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the powerful House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I). The T&I Committee, which has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation and provides legislative oversight of the U.S. Department of Transportation and FAA, will be instrumental in crafting legislation to reauthorize the FAA. Read more about Shuster and DeFazio.
Jan. 5, 2015
Because the focus of this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015), set for Feb. 3 to 6 in San Jose, CA, is on the importance of safety and preparedness, organizers have worked hard to make the program more thorough and interactive than ever, including a live emergency-response drill. “There’s a part of the job that every scheduler and dispatcher must be prepared for, yet rarely talks about,” said Jo Damato, NBAA’s director of educational development and strategy. “If there’s an aircraft accident or incident, they’ll be the first to know and on the frontline of the company’s response to protect its people and reputation.” The drill will focus on scheduler and dispatchers’ “command center” responsibilities during an emergency, beginning with a call from first responders that the company’s aircraft has been involved in an accident away from base. Learn more about register for SDC2015.