NBAA Update – NBAA, Others Urge Full Funding For Contract Tower Program

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NBAA, Others Urge Full Funding For Contract Tower Program
Fully funding the FAA’s Contract Tower Program is a key aviation safety priority and should be adopted as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) fiscal year 2020 federal-spending bill, NBAA and other aviation groups said in a recent letter to congressional lawmakers. “Contract control towers – which are staffed by FAA-certified air traffic controllers – are integral to the FAA’s ability to support the safest, largest and most efficient aviation system in the world,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Read the groups’ letter to the DOT.


NBAA, FAA Improving International Operations Authorization Processes
A report summarizing the work of the General Aviation International Authorization and Tabletop Exercises Working Group includes recommendations to improve communications delays and more. “These efforts will improve a significant pain point for Part 91 and Part 135 operators by expediting the process of obtaining international authorizations,” said Brian Koester, NBAA’s senior manager, flight operations and regulations. Read more about the recommendations.

In California Newspapers, Bolen Highlights Industry’s Safety Record
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen looked to a recent report on the perfect 2018 safety record at California’s Van Nuys Airport (VNY) as an opportunity to highlight business aviation’s focus on safety, and its value to citizens and communities. In an op-ed, published in The Santa Clarita Valley Signal and other newspapers, Bolen noted: “For the entrepreneurs and companies relying on business aviation, safety is a top priority…reflected throughout the industry’s culture, training, government-industry collaboration and continuous sharing of best practices.” Read the full copy of Bolen’s published submission.


FAA Requires Clearly Visible Drone Registration Numbers
To address security and safety concerns, owners and operators of small unmanned aircraft systems must now clearly display the FAA-issued registration number on drone exteriors. This interim final rule revises a rule that had allowed operators to display the registration number within the drone, if the compartment could be easily accessed without tools. The FAA will accept public comments until March 15.

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for the First Half of 2019
The Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2019. These rates are necessary when applying the IRS aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. NBAA’s calculator for determining SIFL compliance has also been updated with the latest rates.

Podcast: NBAA, Local Business Aviation Groups Promote Industry to Students
Members of NBAA and the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association came together during the recent NW Aviation Conference and Trade Show to speak to students about the advantages of a career in business aviation. “It was great to see the turnout, but what was really great was to see the folks coming by the table who were genuinely interested in business aviation,” said Brian Koester, NBAA’s senior manager, flight operations and regulations.

NBAA Offers Guidelines for Regional Business Aviation Groups
Updated for 2019, the purpose of the NBAA Guidelines for Regional Business Aviation Groups is to guide the creation of new regional business aviation organizations and help existing regional groups improve procedures and grow. The publication also includes useful checklists, a list of resources and ways to get in touch with NBAA regional representatives.

Airport Capacity for Business Aviation Shrinking WorldwideBusiness Aviation Insider 
Airport Capacity for Business Aviation Shrinking Worldwide

Worldwide, 204 airports are now designated as Level 3 slot-coordinated facilities, meaning they are effectively at full capacity for runway and parking availability. That’s a 27 percent jump from just six years ago. “The main issue for business aircraft operators is that airlines get preference, followed by cargo,” said Sarah Kalmeta, from the Asia Business Aviation Association. Read more in the International Issue of Business Aviation Insider.

@stanthonysf - Huge thank you to @NBAA's Young Professionals Council for serving with us while in town for the #AnnualInternationalOperatorsConference. Attending a conference may not come to mind as an opportunity to contribute to the local community, but they did exactly that & we're grateful!