Dec. 13, 2019

With the Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B deadline looming, some of the most clicked-on content in this year’s NBAA Update had to do with the mandate and compliance. Additionally, articles about avoiding illegal charter and developing the future business aviation workforce– were issues of interest to readers. In case you missed it, here’s a look back at NBAA’s most popular Update articles for 2019.

Workforce Fact or Fiction

FAA Policy Statement Clarifies ADS-B Performance Requirement Expectations
The FAA has acknowledged that, once the ADS-B mandate takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, circumstances outside an operator’s control may result in a temporary degradation of ADS-B performance. The agency outlines a number of scenarios in which an operator may experience disruptions, but not be considered in violation.

Understanding the Risk of Fatigue

FAA Issues Policy for Non-Compliant Operations in ADS-B Airspace
The FAA issued a statement of policy for pilots of aircraft not equipped with ADS-B Out after Jan. 1, 2020, to receive ATC authorization to fly in ADS-B airspace. However, the agency emphasized the policy is not an alternative to equipage.

Best Practices for Security Overseas

Podcast: Tackling the Issue of Illegal Charter Operations
Failing to address the issue of illegal charter can be a costly mistake for companies and business aircraft operators. “A lot of people understand the terms and the concepts, but they’re very often misapplied because they’re very narrow,” said David Norton, partner and head of the aviation practice at the law firm of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP.

Recruitment 101: Lessons From Other Industries

Airspace Optimization Project Promises NextGen Benefits for East Coast Flights
Business aircraft typically fly at different altitudes, and use different airports than the airlines, but general aviation pilots operating along the U.S. East Coast can nevertheless experience delays in this capacity constrained part of the country. Relief may be on the way, however, as the FAA implements sweeping changes over the next year to the airspace along the Eastern Seaboard.

What Accident Reports Reveal

Workforce Study Includes Business Aviation Concerns; NBAA Working to Address Challenges
For the first time, CAE has included business aviation in its Airline and Business Jet Pilot Demand Outlook Study, a 10-year forecast that covers pilot demand through 2028. Due to attrition of approximately 4 percent per year in the business aviation sector, the turnover of new jet pilots will reach almost 100 percent with a need for 40,000 new business jet pilots through 2028.