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Despite Legislative Developments, NBAA Continues Supporting VA Flight-Training Benefits


NBAA has reaffirmed its support for post-9/11 GI Bill flight-training benefits, and expressed concern over legislation to limit those benefits. Last year, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-2-OH) proposed language, buried deep within a larger bill, that would severely limit benefits for military veterans who want to enter the aviation industry by receiving flight training. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, and now moves to the Senate for consideration. In a letter sent to House leaders last week, NBAA and others expressed renewed opposition to the VA flight-training cutbacks. Read more here:: Despite Legislative Developments, NBAA Continues Supporting VA Flight-Training Benefits… Read more ...

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NBAA Provides Input to ICAO Working Group on Aircraft Emissions Standards


NBAA provided important input to an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee that recently issued a recommendation for a global standard to address CO2 emissions from aircraft. ICAO is the United Nations agency that develops international civil aviation standards. The recommended standard would exempt small aircraft with a maximum takeoff mass (MTOM) below 5.7 metric tons (approximately 12,566 pounds) or propeller-driven aircraft below 8.7 metric tons (about 19,180 pounds) MTOM. "This recommended standard enables the aviation industry's continued commitment to reduce aircraft emissions by improving performance, while also supporting economic growth," said Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer. Read more here:: NBAA Provides Input to ICAO Working Group on Aircraft Emissions Standards… Read more ...

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FAA to Begin Decommissioning VORs This Year


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By ForeFlight As part of the NextGen initiative to adopt a Performance Based Navigation (PBN) airway structure supported by GPS, the FAA is moving forward with plans to decommission approximately 30% of currently operating domestic VORs over the next 10 years. The VORs left behind will constitute a minimum operational network, intended to support conventional navigation in the event of a GPS outage, while not tying up resources maintaining unnecessary and underused VORs. The decommission process will take place in two phases, with the first phase lasting from 2016 to 2020, and the second phase lasting from 2021 to 2025. Although the FAA has not released specific dates for when each VOR will be decommissioned, they have provided a list of the first 35 VORs that have been approved for decommissioning, and in what phase of the project each will be removed. The removal of these VORs will have a large effect on the domestic airway structure and instrument procedures at many airports, and these changes will be reflected in the charts and data available in ForeFlight. Therefore we will continue to track this process and update you when specific dates are announced for each VOR. Read more here:: FAA to Begin Decommissioning VORs This Year… Read more ...

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Video: NBAA's Ed Bolen States Association's Opposition to H.R. 4411


This video features the opening statement provided by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen at a Feb. 10 hearing by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding H.R. 4441, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. The legislation, which is being pushed by most airlines, proposes the creation of a privatized air traffic control system, funded by user fees. Read more here:: Video: NBAA's Ed Bolen States Association's Opposition to H.R. 4411… Read more ...

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Opinion: The Rise Of The Special Mission Aircraft


Planners need to ride the new ISR wave Why some very important military airplanes don't look like military airplanes. read more Read more here:: Opinion: The Rise Of The Special Mission Aircraft… Read more ...

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Bizjets Finding Front-Line Role


Air forces are turning to business jets to meet special mission needs Business jets are becoming the platform of choice for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. read more Read more here:: Bizjets Finding Front-Line Role… Read more ...

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NBAA to Participate in ICAO Talks on UAS Airspace Integration


Representatives from 25 nations and dozens of aviation groups - including NBAA - will head to Montreal, Canada next month for the fourth meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Panel on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation, will take part in the talks, which are aimed at creating a framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems across borders and over international waters. "This panel is full of a number of working groups focused on a variety of issues," said Wolf. "But ultimately, much of our work is aimed at the increasing demands of RPAS operators to fly in non-segregated airspace and at aerodromes." Read more here:: NBAA to Participate in ICAO Talks on UAS Airspace Integration… Read more ...

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Bolen States Opposition to H.R. 4441, Calling It 'Big Airlines' Power Grab'


In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen warned of the potentially harmful consequences inherent in the creation a privatized air traffic control system, funded by user fees. Read more here:: Bolen States Opposition to H.R. 4441, Calling It 'Big Airlines' Power Grab'… Read more ...

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New ADS-B transponders from Garmin include iPad option


By John Zimmerman Many pilots may be wondering how there can possibly be another ADS-B product, what with a slew of options from Garmin, L-3, Aspen, Appareo and Freeflight. Isn't the market full? It's certainly... ... Read more here:: New ADS-B transponders from Garmin include iPad option… Read more ...

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UAS Now Allowed in Washington, DC Airspace


The FAA announced it will now allow commercial (and hobbyist) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations in the DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), cancelling prohibitive restrictions previously in place. "This is very welcome news for commercial operators of UAS, which include NBAA members, in and around the DC area," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director, air traffic services and infrastructure. "The potential for commercial operations in this area is very high, and the decision by the FAA will enable that activity." Lamond noted that The 15 nautical mile flight restricted zone (FRZ) remains in effect. Read more here:: UAS Now Allowed in Washington, DC Airspace… Read more ...

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FAA Urges Airlines to Assess Lithium Battery Risks


February 9- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a safety alert to U.S. and foreign commercial passenger and cargo airlines, urging them to conduct a safety risk assessment to manage the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries as cargo. The FAA also is issuing guidance to its own inspectors to help them determine whether the airlines have adequately assessed the risk of handling and carrying lithium batteries as cargo. FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion. Current cargo fire suppression systems cannot effectively control a lithium battery fire. As a result of those tests, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus have advised airlines about the dangers associated with carrying lithium batteries as cargo and also have encouraged them to conduct safety risk assessments. Hazardous materials rules currently ban passenger airlines from carrying lithium-metal batteries as cargo. In addition, a number of large commercial passenger airlines have decided voluntarily not to carry rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries. The safety risk assessment process is designed to identify and mitigate risks for the airlines that still carry lithium batteries and to help those that don't carry them from inadvertently accepting them for transport. The FAA's Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) encourages airlines that previously conducted safety assessments to reevaluate them in light of new evidence from the agency's recent lithium battery fire tests. Read more here:: FAA Urges Airlines to Assess Lithium Battery Risks… Read more ...

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Quiz: How well do you know the FAA rules for flying with an iPad?


By Bret Koebbe It's time for some recurrent training on the rules and best practices related to flying with an iPad in the airplane. This interactive quiz will test your knowledge and includes links to additional... ... Read more here:: Quiz: How well do you know the FAA rules for flying with an iPad?… Read more ...

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Garmin Unveils New ForeFlight-Compatible ADS-B Transponders


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By ForeFlight Garmin announced today the release of two new options to help you meet the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. The GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one transponders are compatible with ForeFlight and, depending on the model you choose, wirelessly deliver (via Bluetooth) FIS-B weather, ADS-B traffic, GPS position, and attitude information to your mobile device. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Garmin and to offer ForeFlight customers flying with Garmin hardware the opportunity to unlock more value from their avionics investment and gain access to connectivity options that enhance the ForeFlight experience. Visit Read more here:: Garmin Unveils New ForeFlight-Compatible ADS-B Transponders… Read more ...

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FAA Updates DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions today for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft. As of 12:01 a.m. EST, Wednesday, February 10, the operating procedures will allow model aircraft, commercial and public users to operate in the outer ring of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) under specific conditions. The SFRA rule still prohibits unmanned aircraft operations within 15 miles of Washington, D.C. in the Flight Restricted Zone without specific FAA authorization. Under the new procedures, hobbyists and recreational unmanned aircraft operators can fly aircraft that weigh less than 55 lbs. (including any attachments such as a camera) in the area between 15 and 30 miles of Washington, D.C. if the aircraft are registered and marked, and they follow specific operating conditions. The operating conditions require them to fly 400 feet or lower above the ground, stay in the operator's line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft. If hobbyists intend to operate within five miles of an airport or heliport, the new procedures also require them to notify the airport, heliport and air traffic control tower, if there is one, before operating. Commercial and other non-model aircraft operators must register and mark their unmanned aircraft, must have an exemption and comply with it, and must notify the FAA an hour before operating to provide specific flight information. Public operators, such as federal, state or local governments, must also register and mark their aircraft, must have the appropriate FAA authorization to operate, and must complete the same one-hour notification before operating. Read more here:: FAA Updates DC-Area Unmanned Aircraft Procedures… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #16-06


NBAA Issues 'Call to Action' Urging Members to Oppose ATC Privatization Proposal NBAA Opposes House ATC Privatization Bill NBAA Commends House Appropriators for Opposing Privatized ATC Funded With User Fees Read more here:: NBAA Update, #16-06… Read more ...

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NBAA Flight Plan: What Are the Best Practices for Leading Through the Generational Shift?


The generational change in business aviation is so vast, and will happen so relatively fast, that leadership expert Dr. Tony Kern believes it will be "the single question by which our industry is defined among future historians. Whether it was a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the Great Recession or fuel prices that put a deep dent in the aviation economy, Kern noted that for a decade, few aviation companies were hiring. While companies are hiring again, he said, the "lost decade" helped create a generational gap in the aviation industry that puts personal and professional leadership to a test. Kern will be a featured speaker at NBAA's Leadership Conference, Feb. 22 to 24 in San Antonio, TX. Read more here:: NBAA Flight Plan: What Are the Best Practices for Leading Through the Generational Shift?… Read more ...

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NBAA Issues 'Call to Action' on ATC Privatization


Association members urged to tell Congress proposal would hurt business aviation. Use Contact Congress to contact your legislator. Read more here:: NBAA Issues 'Call to Action' on ATC Privatization… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Internships: The Talent Magnet


Finding ways to attract young, talented workers to business aviation has bedeviled industry stakeholders for years. As hundreds of experienced baby boomers with institutional knowledge retire - and with most collegiate aviation programs focused on airline job opportunities - business aviation must consider new methods to effectively draw suitable candidates to the industry. "Internships might be one of the fastest fixes available right now for attracting new talent," said Dr. Tara Harl, executive advisor for aviation workforce at GBJets, Inc. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Internships: The Talent Magnet… Read more ...

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5 ForeFlight preflight weather tips


By Bret Koebbe There's so much more to ForeFlight's weather features than METARs and radar imagery. Here we'll look at some of the lesser-known weather tools in the app to help better prepare you for your next... ... Read more here:: 5 ForeFlight preflight weather tips… Read more ...

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NBAA Joins in Opposing City's Attempts to Restrict Aviation at Santa Monica Airport


NBAA joined with AOPA and four airport tenants to file a Part 16 Complaint with the FAA alleging numerous violations of the city's grant-based obligations to SMO, including diversion of airport revenues for non-airport purposes. Read more here:: NBAA Joins in Opposing City's Attempts to Restrict Aviation at Santa Monica Airport… Read more ...

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