NBAA Update – July 29, 2019

In This Issue: NBAA Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Steve Dickson as FAA Administrator and more.

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NBAA Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Steve Dickson as FAA Administrator
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Senate approval of Steve Dickson’s nomination as FAA administrator, noting that, “Having a permanent administrator at the FAA is key to ensuring the continued advancement of important work being done on aviation system modernization, equipment certification, workforce development, safety and other top priorities.” Read more from Bolen about Dickson’s confirmation.

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NBAA Supports ‘PLANE’ Bill, a Catalyst for Aviation Growth
The association last week joined several aviation groups to welcome a bill titled, Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019, also known as the “PLANE Act of 2019.” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that the bipartisan bill – introduced by Sens. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), an avid pilot, and Angus King (I-ME) – “Will help ensure that general aviation, which is an essential contributor to the nation’s economy, can continue its advancement in a safe and efficient manner for the benefit of all citizens.” Learn more about the PLANE Act of 2019.

EU Exempts Most Business Aircraft From Some Data Link Requirements
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency recently issued Regulation No. 2019/1170, which amends existing regulations by expanding current exemptions for the equipage of data link service capability by Feb. 1, 2020. “I encourage operators to watch upcoming data link services airspace requirements and ensure requirements are planned for and do not assume these new exemptions will apply worldwide, and therefore terminate equipage considerations and or work to meet data link requirements,” said Shawn Scott, owner of Scott International Procedures. Read the new regulation.

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International Energy Group Issues Fuel Additive-Handling Guidelines
As the aviation industry grapples with the risk of diesel exhaust fluid contamination in jet fuel, the Energy Institute, an international energy industry organization, recently issued new recommended practices for handling chemical fuel additives. “We’re continuing our efforts to identify ways to minimize the exposure to this hazard, and mitigating its risk,” said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations.

Podcast: Maximizing Your NBAA-BACE Experience
Long recognized as the business aviation industry’s premier event, NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is, more than ever, a place for showcasing technology and innovation. “Every year, we have some new and exciting features to roll out for all of our attendees, and this year you can expect to see even more,” said Aimee Kaufman, NBAA senior director of marketing. With so much to see in only three days, NBAA has guidance on how to optimize the attendee experience at this year’s NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas.

Workforce Development in Focus for NBAA Regional Groups
Many regional business aviation associations are taking action in light of the need for industry-wide workforce development. Through a variety of outreach, programs and scholarships, many are having a positive impact on the aviation industry workforce of today and tomorrow, including at their own companies.

NBAA Congratulates John and Martha King on Upcoming Hall of Fame Enshrinement
Longtime aviation educators and industry advocates John and Martha King will be inducted later this year into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in recognition of their decades of contributions to the advancement of flight training standards and promoting aviation safety. The Kings are past winners of NBAA’s American Spirit Award.

Scheduling: What to Look for in an Alternate AirportBusiness Aviation Insider 
What to Look for in an Alternate Airport

Schedulers have a lot to consider when selecting an alternate airport for a flight operation. At a minimum, an alternate airport must satisfy the ceiling and visibility requirements of Part 91 and 135. But a better alternate also offers the services and airport infrastructure that the trip needs, from fueling and aircraft maintenance to longer runway lengths. Read more in Business Aviation Insider.

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