Dec. 26, 2018
The NBAA Compensation Survey results, the association’s defense of the value of business aviation and a look at operational issues impacting the industry, topped the news in 2018.
Here’s a look at Update readers’ top stories of the year:
NBAA Annual Compensation Survey Shows Business Aviation Salaries Are Up
The 2018 NBAA Compensation Survey reveals that industry salaries are on the upswing. This year, 790 NBAA operating member companies participated in the survey. Across all 16 surveyed job descriptions pay increased by 3-4 percent on average.
NBAA Refutes CNBC’s Misleading Look at Business Aviation
On March 26, CNBC ran a report offering a misleading look at business aviation, failing to include the host of good reasons why entrepreneurs and companies rely on an airplane to compete and succeed. “Our organization has commissioned many, independent, data-based studies and surveys forth the facts in this matter, and detailing how an airplane is a key competitive asset, like a laptop, smartphone or other business tool,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote in a letter to CNBC.
FAA Releases Final Policy on IAP Cancellations
This year, the FAA published its final policy governing cancellation of certain standard instrument approach procedures (IAPs), including circling approaches and circling approach minima. NBAA was a member of the RTCA Tactical Operations Committee tasked with reviewing the FAA’s procedures and providing recommendations to the agency on the proposed cancellation criteria and process.
Passengers, industry Must Remain Vigilant Against illegal Charter
A case before the U.S. District Court highlighted the risks of engaging in illegal charter operations and the need for NBAA members to remain vigilant against those offering chartered flights not in compliance with federal regulations.
NBAA, Industry Examine Fuel Contamination Hazards Following Second DEF Incident
NBAA was concerned by a second business aviation jet fuel contamination incident in nine months when on Aug. 14, a Dassault Falcon 900EX was forced to return to the airport after the flight crew received multiple clogged fuel filter warnings on departure, followed by failure of the trijet’s number 2 engine. “This latest incident demonstrates that while rare, these incidents do occur and highlight the need to closely examine methods to mitigate and eliminate this potential hazard,” Bolen said.