NBAA Update – June 3, 2019

In This Issue: Hurricane Season Preparedness and Best Practices and more.

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Podcast: Hurricane Season Preparedness and Best Practices
As hurricane season begins, now is the time for business aircraft operators to ensure that they have a plan to deal with these natural disasters, keeping personnel safety in mind. “We take those products that the National Hurricane Center produces, and we use those to craft together briefings and messages that directly speak to the impact from that event so we know and we understand what the thresholds and limitations are as a result of that,” said David Beiger, who manages the national aviation meteorologists at the FAA’s ATC System Command Center in Warrenton, VA. Learn more about hurricane season preparedness in this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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Bolen’s Letter to House Transportation Leaders Outlines Infrastructure Priorities
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen outlined priorities for business aviation stakeholders, including continued implementation of the FAA’s NextGen ATC system and safety enhancements for general aviation airports, in a May 17, letter to leaders of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. “NBAA strongly supports continuing the federal commitment to investing in a robust national system of airports to meet the current needs and projected growth.” Read Bolen’s full letter to the committee.

Latest Weight and Balance AC Poses a Challenge
The FAA has published an advisory circular (AC) to help operators develop their weight-and-balance control programs, but the document may instead lead to additional headaches for business aviation. Stakeholders supplied comments to the FAA on the AC, and the current version includes a form to submit feedback. “This situation remains far from straightforward,” said Brian Koester, NBAA senior manager for flight operations and regulation. “NBAA previously suggested involving industry through a working group to resolve these issues, and we intend to raise these concerns again with FAA personnel.” Read more about the AC.

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NBAA Opposes Flight-Training Reimbursement Limits on Vets
NBAA joined with 13 other aviation associations to oppose H.R.1947, a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes a provision capping financial reimbursements available to U.S. military veterans who pursue commercial flight training at public universities. In a May 21 letter to Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-12-CA) and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-23-CA), the groups termed working as a commercial pilot “a rewarding career” requiring “thorough, in-depth, and complex training.”

Canada’s ‘Quieter Operations’ Aim to Reduce Aircraft Noise at YYZ
The Canadian Industry Noise Management Board, in cooperation with NAV CANADA, recently published “Quieter Operations: A Guide for Pilots and Controllers,” detailing recommended operating techniques and newly designed arrival procedures to reduce noise at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

CBP Adds Preclearance Service at Shannon Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will introduce an out-of-hours preclearance service at Ireland’s Shannon Airport (SNN) beginning June 1. “Business aircraft provide companies with the flexibility to set their own schedules and this additional capability at Shannon allows a full business day in Europe before returning home,” said Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s senior manager, security and facilitation.

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International operators face a persistent challenge in effectively monitoring company aircraft, which may be operating several time zones and thousands of miles from a scheduler’s workstation, while also ensuring their own staffers remain alert and attentive. Balancing these obligations often requires creative solutions so aviation employees are sufficiently rested while also meeting their needs of their flight crews and passengers. Learn more in Business Aviation Insider.

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