NBAA Update – Jan. 6, 2020

In This Issue: Know the Impact of ‘OTC’ Medications and more.

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Jan. 6, 2020

NBAA Members: Know the Impact of ‘OTC’ Medications
As we head into the winter cold and flu season, business aircraft operators should be aware of a new FAA resource that offers guidelines on the use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. “Pilots taking OTC medications are oftentimes unaware of the impairing impact these meds have on safety,” noted NBAA’s Manager of Tax, Operations and Workforce Engagement Peter Korns. “This new FAA resource is a significant achievement for our industry – providing pilots with an easy-to-understand resource outlining the dangers of OTC meds, including go/no-go guidance related to specific medications.” Read more.

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Not ADS-B Compliant? Review FAA’s ‘ADAPT’ Resources
Operators flying aircraft that have not yet been equipped with ADS-B Out or have an inoperative component are permitted under certain circumstances to ask for an ATC authorization to deviate from these CFR requirements. To relieve the potential burden on ATC facilities, the FAA developed an automated capability to manage aircraft operator requests for an ATC authorization. This automated capability, ADS-B Deviation Authorization Preflight Tool (ADAPT), uses an existing FAA website portal modified to provide the capability. Learn more.

Smartphones for Smart Work: The Digital Revolution Hits the Hangar
Smartphones have revolutionized the way people communicate, do business and generally interact with the world. A recent Pew Research study found that more than 80% of Americans currently use a smartphone in their daily lives. Business aviation has embraced the possibilities of this technology, from flight planning and weather apps, to e-manuals and instant access to many FARs. Smartphone usage in business aviation will be one of the many timely topics explored during NBAA’s new Emerging Leaders Conference, taking place Feb. 26-27 in Orlando, FL. Read more.

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International Flight? Know Where to Go, What to Bring When Reentering the U.S.
Despite heightened security procedures implemented in recent years, the process of reentering the United States from a foreign country generally lies with adhering to common sense requirements and educating passengers and crew on what is allowed into the country. There are efforts underway to make these processes simpler, which are supported by NBAA.

NBAA Federal Excise Tax Guide Updated to Reflect 2020 Rates
The IRS has released inflation adjustments to certain air transportation taxes for calendar year 2020. The domestic segment fee has increased to $4.30, the international head tax has increased to $18.90 and the Alaska/Hawaii departure tax has increased to $9.50, while the percentage property tax for persons remains 7.5% and for property remains 6.25%.

Preparedness Urged in Wake of Iran Air Strike
On Jan. 4, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf issued a bulletin pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. At this time there is no specific, credible threat, Wolf said in a statement.

Podcast: Hackathons Spur Innovation, New Ideas
Hackathons have been around since the 1990s, having started in the technology sector in Silicon Valley, but since that time have popped up in companies and organizations of all types interested in encouraging new ideas. NBAA has held hackathons for two years, and the 2018 version led to the creation of the successful unmanned aircraft systems/urban air mobility zone at this year’s convention.

NBAA Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Flying Safety Awards
Applications are now being accepted for NBAA’s Flying Safety Awards for the period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. For more than 60 years, the program has recognized member companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations and brought worldwide attention to the outstanding business aviation safety record. All applications must be submitted online.

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Tips for Connecting With the Next Generation Through Social Media

As the business aviation industry struggles to replace an aging workforce, companies are challenged with the best way to reach young people. The compelling visuals commonplace to business aviation – sleek aircraft, busy hangars, complex machinery – are a natural fit for social media, and students told NBAA their aviation activities are typically well-received and shared on their channels. Read more in Business Aviation Insider.

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