NBAA Update – Initial FAA Drone Certification Shows Potential for Business Aviation eVTOL Operations

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    May 6, 2019 Subscribe to NBAA Update  

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Initial FAA Drone Certification Shows Potential for Business Aviation eVTOL Operations
The FAA recently issued its first-ever authorization to an operator utilizing unmanned aircraft systems for package delivery, establishing a foundation supporting future aircraft operations that holds promise for business aviation applications. Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., intends to begin drone cargo deliveries in Blacksburg, VA later this year. “This sets the stage…for the future of urban air mobility,” said Mike Nichols, CAM, NBAA’s senior vice president, strategy and innovation. Read more.

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Data Sharing, Safety Leadership in Focus at BASS
Collaboration is a key component in improving business aviation safety. That was a central message conveyed to the nearly 200 industry professionals who gathered in Denver last week for the annual Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS2019), hosted by FSF in partnership with NBAA. “Business aviation is often on the forefront of safety performance, driving the aviation industry as a whole to new levels of safety,” said Mark Millam, FSF vice president, technical. Read more about BASS2019.


Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) are advancing their careers as well as leading the business aviation industry into the future. As NBAA certified the 500th CAM, Tyler Austin, senior manager, certification at NBAA, explained the value of the program as a recruitment tool. “It’s really becoming the credential that people are looking for when hiring new professionals,” he said. “It’s also used for succession planning within existing departments when they’re looking to promote from within.” Learn more about NBAA’s CAM program in this week’s .

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Scheduled Teterboro Runway Closures Set to Begin May 11
Planned Teterboro Airport (TEB) runway closures associated with a major lighting circuit project will begin Saturday, May 11 and last approximately six months. The plan is to close one of the two runways at TEB from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday. This will put TEB in a single runway operation during these times, which may result in flight delays during peak demand.

Aviation is Economic Engine for the State of Florida
The Florida Department of Transportation published its Statewide Economic Impact Study, which found the aviation industry is responsible for a total economic impact of $175 billion for the state. “Florida hosts a diverse aviation economy, including aircraft manufacturing activities, flight training and other services, contributing over a million jobs and billions of dollars in revenue,” said Greg Voos, NBAA’s Southeast regional representative.

With NBAA, AsBAA Input, Hong Kong Slot Program Extended to March 2020
The popular Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) slot program, which aims to provide general aviation with an equitable allocation of available slots, has been extended to March 31, 2020. The Asian Business Aviation Association and NBAA lobbied to secure the extension of the trial program.

Detroit Airport Closed to Fixed-Wing Ops May 17-20
Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport (DET) in Detroit, MI, will be closed to fixed-wing operations from 4 p.m. May 17 through 6 a.m. May 20 due to runway construction. Rotorcraft operations will be permitted. NBAA members may subscribe to NBAA Air Traffic Services’ airspace/airport alerts email list to receive alerts about closures, TFRs and other air traffic issues.

Editor’s Correction
The lead item in the April 29 edition of NBAA Update contained a misstated headline. The original headline read “FAA, Industry Move Toward Space-Based ADS-B Deployment,” when it should have read “FAA and Industry Examine Space-Based ADS-B Applications.” NBAA apologizes for the error.

Reviewing Accident Reports Allows for Self-AssessmentBusiness Aviation Insider 
Operators: Reviewing Accident Reports Allows for Self-Assessment

Many business aircraft pilots react to news about an accident by focusing on the lessons they may take away from it in hopes of avoiding a similar outcome. “It is critically important that we look at accident findings as learning opportunities,” said Tom Huff, chair of the NBAA Safety Committee. “That said, how we consume the information presented is also key.” Read more in Business Aviation Insider.

@Av8ergal - Kicking off my first #BASS2019 today with @flightsafety. Dr. Hassan Shahidi thanked @NBAA and the great work of  @dougcarrnbaa in our partnership when welcoming everyone in the opening session.