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FAA Proposes Policy Change to PFC Funding for Airport Rail Projects


May 3- Today, the FAA issued a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on proposed changes in the Passenger Facility Charge program. Currently, passenger facility charge (PFC) funds may support rail projects that are on airport property only if they are for the exclusive use of airport patrons and employees. The proposed change would expand the funding eligibility to include selected additional elements of airport rail projects meeting certain criteria, even if they are not solely for the exclusive use of airport patrons and employees. Based on the FAAs experience, the agency believes the current eligibility criteria for PFC funding of rail projects may be too stringent and should be reevaluated because of the changing demographic and population trends. The FAA is trying to strike a balance between the public interest and the PFC requirements for ground access projects. The proposed policy change may provide greater access to the nations airports through intermodal transportation connections. The 30-day comment period ends on June 2, 2016 and comments may be filed at: http://www.regulations.gov. Read more here:: FAA Proposes Policy Change to PFC Funding for Airport Rail Projects… Read more ...

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NBAA Names Recipients of 2016 Maintenance Scholarships


The Maintenance Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is awarding the 2016 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (TRACS) at the association's Maintenance Management Conference. Read more here:: NBAA Names Recipients of 2016 Maintenance Scholarships… Read more ...

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Fast Five: Rhett Ross, Continental Motors Group


BC&A's Editor-in-Chief William Garvey talks with Rhett Ross, President and CEO of Continental Motors Group read more Read more here:: Fast Five: Rhett Ross, Continental Motors Group… Read more ...

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Five Tips for Upgrading Your Business Aircraft Interior


Put some time and thought into what you want to get out of your interior Aircraft interior completions and modification centers and component suppliers know the ins and outs of interiors. They offer these tips to aircraft operators upgrading the cabin. read more Read more here:: Five Tips for Upgrading Your Business Aircraft Interior… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 16-18


Bolen Calls for Continued Vigilance on FAA Reauthorization General Aviation Community Praises FAA Part 23 Rulemaking and Urges Rule Completion in 2016 Podcast: Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions Read more here:: NBAA Update, 16-18… Read more ...

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General Aviation Community Praises FAA Part 23 Rulemaking and Urges Rule Completion in 2016


On the eve of an FAA public hearing on the Part 23 notice of proposed rulemaking, a coalition of general aviation leaders today applauded the FAA's efforts to improve safety and make it easier to bring new products to market for the light general aviation sector, while strongly encouraging the agency to finish its work on the issue by the end of 2016. Read more here:: General Aviation Community Praises FAA Part 23 Rulemaking and Urges Rule Completion in 2016… Read more ...

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iPad connected panel buyer’s guide


By Bret Koebbe More and more connected panel options are starting to hit the market, allowing you to wirelessly connect your iPad to panel-mount GPS and ADS-B receivers. Here we'll run down all the avionics options... ... Read more here:: iPad connected panel buyer’s guide… Read more ...

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New Customs Facility in Florida Keys Services Flights from the Caribbean, Cuba


A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (MTH) is one more sign of the increasing excitement being generated among operators over the eventual opening of Cuba to business aviation flights. Read more here:: New Customs Facility in Florida Keys Services Flights from the Caribbean, Cuba… Read more ...

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Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions


Disaster can strike quickly in an aircraft, and solid training can be the key to avoiding disaster - especially when it comes to takeoffs. "The decision to go is almost always the correct decision to make versus the abort decision," said Dann Runik, executive director of Advanced Training Programs at FlightSafety International. "The survivability data is on the side of those who decide to go." NBAA Safety Committee member Ben Kohler, who heads up the Technical Excellence Working Group, added that most emergencies will happens so fast there's no time to think. "When you do make the decision to continue the take off or reject, muscle memory is critical, and that comes from good training," he said. Read more here:: Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions… Read more ...

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Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions


Disaster can strike quickly in an aircraft, and solid training can be the key to avoiding disaster - especially when it comes to takeoffs. "The decision to go is almost always the correct decision to make versus the abort decision," said Dann Runik, executive director of Advanced Training Programs at FlightSafety International. "The survivability data is on the side of those who decide to go." NBAA Safety Committee member Ben Kohler, who heads up the Technical Excellence Working Group, added that most emergencies will happens so fast there's no time to think. "When you do make the decision to continue the take off or reject, muscle memory is critical, and that comes from good training," he said. Read more here:: Training Critical to Avoiding Runway Excursions… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Mind Over Matter: Are You Mentally Fit to Fly?


Knowing that a fitness issue could quickly lead to loss of a required medical certificate and potentially ruin a career, some pilots may hesitate reporting concerns or may rationalize that they can "cover" for a fellow remember's shortcomings. MedAire's Debbi Laux, a member of the NBAA Safety Committee's Fitness for Duty Working Group, said pilots need to "self-recognize when they need to have help, or speak up when someone else they're working with may not be in prime condition to operate an aircraft." Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Mind Over Matter: Are You Mentally Fit to Fly?… Read more ...

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Jet-A And Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices April 2016


Jet-A and Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices April 2016 read more Read more here:: Jet-A And Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices April 2016… Read more ...

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It’s Time For The Next Great Thing In Business Aviation


It seems to me the time is ripe for business aviation's next great idea. Supersonic travel? By-the-seat charter? Uber aviation? Drones? I've not a clue. However, it is likely to have two characteristics — it will increase aircraft utilization, and worry those who fail to see the opportunity. read more Read more here:: It’s Time For The Next Great Thing In Business Aviation… Read more ...

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And the Grandparent of Safety Reporting Systems


Today's FOQA and ASAP voluntary reporting programs owe their origins to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) operated on behalf of the FAA by NASA. The ASRS was conceived by the FAA and NTSB in the wake of the TWA Flight 514 CFIT accident in Virginia while on approach to Dulles International Airport in 1974 with the loss of all 92 souls on board. read more Read more here:: And the Grandparent of Safety Reporting Systems… Read more ...

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Jetman


If you haven't yet seen the video of Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet flying formation alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 at 4,000 ft. over Dubai on Oct. 13, 2015, stop reading this now and go immediately to here. This extraordinary aerial ballet will make your day. read more Read more here:: Jetman… Read more ...

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The Opportunists


It's time for the next great thing Recently, I was asked to identify business aviation's most significant aircraft. Impossible, I thought. But then adhering to the simple confines of the question, I finally posited that the first pressurized, turbine-powered aircraft designed specifically for executive travel was the true progenitor all that followed, and thus Leroy Grumman's “Gulfstream” was the one. read more Read more here:: The Opportunists… Read more ...

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10 ways ForeFlight can prevent a runway incursion


By Air Facts Staff Here we'll look at how to take advantage of these features and how they can increase your awareness of your surroundings during terminal operations at and near the airport. Used properly, you can... ... Read more here:: 10 ways ForeFlight can prevent a runway incursion… Read more ...

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Montana Conducting Study on General Aviation's Economic Impact


The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting a survey so state officials can better gauge the economic benefits of general aviation. "This is a perfect chance for NBAA members to prove once again the positive impact our industry has on a state's economy," NBAA Northwest Regional Representative Kristi Ivey said of the state's General Aviation Visitor's Survey, which is now open for participants. Read more here:: Montana Conducting Study on General Aviation's Economic Impact… Read more ...

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Business Aircraft Specifications


The BCA Purchase Planning Handbook includes specifications for single-engine piston, multiengine piston, single-engine turboprops, multiengine turboprops and jets. Jets are separated by weight class with a separate category for ultralong-range jets. read more Read more here:: Business Aircraft Specifications… Read more ...

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2016 Business Airplanes


The FAA expects the general aviation fleet to grow at 0.2% for the next two decades. The new business aircraft market continued to fly into troubled skies in 2015, with piston engine aircraft deliveries dropping 6.5%, turboprops down 7.6%, and turbofan aircraft shipments flat at 1.6% growth, compared to 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, billings were up 2.4%. Notably, business aircraft operators are not parking their older equipment. Thus, the size of the turbine aircraft fleet slightly increased. read more Read more here:: 2016 Business Airplanes… Read more ...

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