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New NBAA Committee Focusing On Local And Regional Groups


NBAA has recognized the growth and effectiveness of local and regional business aviation groups by establishing a new Local and Regional Group Strategic Focus Team and a new Local and Regional Group Committee. "NBAA is pleased to further support the volunteer efforts of the many local and regional business aviation groups as they advocate for business aviation across the country." said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO. "The formation of an NBAA Strategic Focus Team specifically for local and regional groups, and the new Local and Regional Group Committee, underscores the importance of the advocacy efforts that these groups are involved in and the close working relationship that they have with NBAA's regional representatives and staff." Read more here:: New NBAA Committee Focusing On Local And Regional Groups… Read more ...

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Napa Airport Provides Staging Area for Earthquake Response


When the largest quake to hit Northern California since 1989 struck just south of Napa in the early morning of Aug. 24, its epicenter was less than 2 miles from Napa County Airport (APC), but the airfield stayed open and provided a critical staging area for disaster response. "It was a busy weekend, and the ramp and hangars were full, but we had triple-chocked the aircraft and luckily none moved or sustained damage," said Mark Willey, CEO of Napa Jet Center, the FBO on the airfield. "Everyone, including our charter flights, was able to fly out on schedule." The earthquake shattered the windows in the tower, putting it temporarily out of service, but operations are continuing with radio clearances from nearby Oakland Center. Read more here:: Napa Airport Provides Staging Area for Earthquake Response… Read more ...

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Ebola-Related Flight Restrictions Affecting African Air Travel


Business aircraft operators should be aware that concern about the Ebola virus is beginning to affect air travel in a number of African countries. Flight restrictions of varying kinds are in place for Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Cape Verde, and the nations of Chad and Zambia are also beginning to close their borders to certain aircraft and passengers. "We strongly urge any business aircraft operators to check ahead when flying to the countries currently being affected by the Ebola virus," said Susan Mashibe, founder and CEO of VIA Aviation Ltd., an East African FBO with headquarters at Tanzania�s Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). "We are already aware of one business aircraft operator that was denied entry to the Ivory Coast because the flight originated from an Ebola-affected country." Read more here:: Ebola-Related Flight Restrictions Affecting African Air Travel… Read more ...

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NBAA: FAA Should Turn Back Santa Monica's Latest Attempt to Avoid Grant-Assurance Obligations


On Aug. 28, NBAA and several other parties joined in calling upon the FAA to deny the latest move by the city of Santa Monica to side-step grant-assurance obligations involved with the operation of embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The parties' Aug. 28 filing follows a recent request by the city that the FAA dismiss a July 2014 "Part 16" petition from NBAA and other parties for the FAA to clarify that the airport must continue to abide by its grant assurances through August 2023, to ensure vital aviation services and facilities remain intact, given the city's allegations that its grant-assurance obligations expired in June 2014. The Aug. 28 filing notes that because the city of Santa Monica is maintaining that the airport is now free of its grant-assurance obligations, business aircraft operators and others who rely on the airport's services and facilities, "have been, are, and will continue to be impacted" by the situation. Read more here:: NBAA: FAA Should Turn Back Santa Monica's Latest Attempt to Avoid Grant-Assurance Obligations… Read more ...

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When Windshields Fail


A rare event that demands calm while managing complications A rare event that demands calm while managing complications read more Read more here:: When Windshields Fail… Read more ...

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ForeFlight’s new track log feature in action


By John Zimmerman One of the major new features added in ForeFlight version 6.3 is track log, which allows pilots to record their flight using a GPS source and then play it back in a variety of ways. Here, we'll show... ... Read more here:: ForeFlight’s new track log feature in action… Read more ...

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FAA Offers New Weather Reporting Tool for Pilots


The FAA is encouraging the use of a new tool for electronic submission of pilot weather reports (PIREPs), which will allow operators to enter real time turbulence and icing PIREPs electronically, along with other weather observations, which will then be displayed graphically and distributed nationwide. "There are a number of benefits to this new system," noted NBAA Air Traffic Management Specialist John Kosak. "The information can be immediately distributed to others throughout the aviation community, as well as to dispatchers and schedulers who can use it for flight planning. Also, air traffic managers will hear of the areas where weather is constraining the system, and pilots can plan their routes to travel as safely and efficiently as possible." Read more here:: FAA Offers New Weather Reporting Tool for Pilots… Read more ...

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International Operators Encouraged to Monitor Volcanic Activity


In recent weeks, two European volcanoes -- Bardarbunga in Iceland and Stromboli in Italy -- have seen increasing seismic activity and other signs of potential eruption, leading the European Aviation Safety Agency to issue guidance on how to safely operate in areas of volcanic activity. The 2011 eruption of Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano, which followed the 2010 eruption of the same country's Eyjafjallajokul volcano, led aviation authorities and industry stakeholders to strengthen preparations for volcanic eruptions. Read more here:: International Operators Encouraged to Monitor Volcanic Activity… Read more ...

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Sixth and Final UAS Test Program Now Operational


The FAA recently announced the start of operations at its sixth and final unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The FAA granted seven certificates of waiver or authorization (COA) for Virginia Tech to conduct tests utilizing several small and micro-sized aerial observation and filming platforms, including the Smart Road Flyer, eSPAARO and Sig Rascal."The information yielded from these test locations will be instrumental in fully, safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system, and ensuring that their operation does not interfere with business aircraft flights or other aviation operations," said Sarah Wolf, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation. Read more here:: Sixth and Final UAS Test Program Now Operational… Read more ...

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NBAA Releases 2014 Edition of Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide


NBAA has released the 2014 edition of its Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide, which provides an overview of new light business airplanes currently in production, and is a valuable tool in helping business people who rely on or are looking to invest in light airplanes Read more here:: NBAA Releases 2014 Edition of Light Business Airplane Buyer's Guide… Read more ...

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FAA Enhancing ADS-B in the Gulf


By Mark Huber The FAA is moving ahead with a plan to expand the services offered by Houston Center in the Gulf of Mexico by September 2016. As part of the plan, the FAA will install three more ADS-B radios in Mexico to enhance surveillance over the Gulf with a 60- to 80-nm coverage overlap between Houston Flight Information Region and Merida and Monterrey ACC airspace. The FAA said deploying the additional radios in Mexico “will provide seamless surveillance coverage over Mexican air traffic routes, allowing reduced separation, throughput of about 85 aircraft per hour [up from the current 75 per hour] and more efficient handoffs between U.S. and Mexican airspace.” The move follows the Mexican Congress vote last month to pass energy reform and end the virtual monopoly of Pemex, the state-owned oil company, on drilling operations in Mexican waters in the Gulf. The end of the Pemex monopoly is expected to trigger billions in additional investment from diversified sources in offshore operations in the Gulf. Earlier this year, Citigroup estimated that Mexican energy reform could generate as much as $20 billion in additional annual foreign investment in Mexico's energy sector and double the nation's oil output to five million barrels per day. Energy reform is expected to increase commercial air traffic between Mexico and the U.S. as well as the number of helicopters based in both countries serving offshore drilling rigs and platforms. The FAA estimates that approximately 458 helicopters operating in the Gulf are participating in the services the FAA provides and more than 100 of those are equipped with ADS-B avionics, flying throughout the Gulf in various weather conditions under air traffic control. The FAA notes that since 2009, monthly IFR traffic has tripled and ADS-B has enabled operators to fly more direct IFR routes. The current complement of ADS-B equipment installed in the Gulf region includes six air-to-ground communications radios, 12 ADS-B ground stations to provide ATC surveillance and 35 weather systems.… Read more ...

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CMC’s FMS, GPS Selected for Airbus EC225e


By Thierry Dubois Esterline CMC Electronics' CMA-9000 flight management system and CMA-5024 GPS/Waas landing system have been selected on the Airbus Helicopters EC225e, an extended-range version of the Super Puma slated for delivery in 2016. Both systems had their latest iterations EASA-certified for the AS332L1e and AS332C1e Super Pumas, which recently entered service. Both are offered as retrofit options, too. September 6, 2014, 12:25 AM Read more here:: CMC’s FMS, GPS Selected for Airbus EC225e… Read more ...

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FAA Outlines Support for Angle-of-Attack Indicators in General Aviation Aircraft


A recent Information for Operators bulletin issued by the FAA emphasized the agency's support for the voluntary installation of angle-of-attack (AOA) indicators onboard general aviation aircraft, in conjunction with airspeed indicators and stall warning systems, as an important step toward reducing fatal inflight loss-of-control accidents caused by aerodynamic stalls. Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president for regulatory and international affairs, welcomed the availability of AOA indicators across a wider spectrum of general aviation."It is our strongly held belief that greater available information, and the proper training for pilots to disseminate that information, will help pilots to avoid stalls," he said. Read more here:: FAA Outlines Support for Angle-of-Attack Indicators in General Aviation Aircraft… Read more ...

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IRS Tightens Scrutiny of Worker Misclassification


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to step up audits of companies for improperly classifying employees as independent contractors, and the agency is promoting its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) for taxpayers to voluntarily change the classification of their workers. "Participation in the VCSP is essentially an admission to the IRS that you've misclassified workers in exchange for paying a reduced amount in back taxes," said Gregory Ripple, a labor and aviation attorney at Michigan-based law firm Miller Johnson. According to the IRS, if a taxpayer agrees to prospectively treat any misclassified workers as employees, "in exchange the taxpayer will pay 10 percent of the employment tax liability that would have been due on compensation paid to the workers for the most recent tax year." Read more here:: IRS Tightens Scrutiny of Worker Misclassification… Read more ...

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Jet Aviation St. Louis Gets STC for Satcom Direct Router in Bombardier Globals


By Chad Trautvetter Jet Aviation St. Louis received an STC to install the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) in the Bombardier Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000. The SDR allows users to manage all cabin communications systems with simultaneous use of Inmarsat Swift 64, SwiftBroadband, Ku-Band and Ka-Band satellite connections with intelligent traffic control, according to Satcom Direct. It is compatible with most Wi-Fi access points and supports up to four wireless networks. August 26, 2014, 2:30 PM Read more here:: Jet Aviation St. Louis Gets STC for Satcom Direct Router in Bombardier Globals… Read more ...

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European ADS-B Delay Rule Not Expected Until September


By Matt Thurber The delayed ADS-B OUT equipage mandate in Europe has been voted for by the European Union's Single Sky Committee, but it has not yet been adopted by the European Commission, according to a spokesman for the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport Unit E2–Single Sky & Modernization of Air Traffic Control. The adoption and publication in the official journal of the amendment to regulation No. 1207/2011 “are foreseen at the end of September,” he told AIN. August 26, 2014, 2:45 PM Read more here:: European ADS-B Delay Rule Not Expected Until September… Read more ...

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Medevac Surion on the Way


Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has further widened the market for its Surion utility helicopter, gaining a defense ministry contact to develop a medical evacuation version of the aircraft. Development is due to be completed by 2016, with the aircraft going into service in 2018, says KAI. Parliament last year authorized the acquisition of eight medical evacuation helicopters; the army reportedly has a requirement for about 20. KAI does not yet have a production contract, however. read more Read more here:: Medevac Surion on the Way… Read more ...

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Sporty’s updates Android pilot training apps


By Bret Koebbe Sporty's recently updated its collection of Android applications for pilots, centered around improving the user-experience and making them more tablet-friendly. ... Read more here:: Sporty’s updates Android pilot training apps… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, #14-34


NBAA, Others Call for Action on Third-Class Medical Exemption NBAA Encourages Aircraft Management Companies to Provide Feedback on FET Audits NBAA Member Resource: Potential Pitfalls of Broker-Generated Aircraft Purchase Agreements Read more here:: NBAA Update, #14-34… Read more ...

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NBAA, Others Call for Action on Third-Class Medical Exemption


NBAA recently joined with other aviation stakeholders in calling for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to expedite its review of an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking to reform the third-class medical certification requirement. "The FAA's medical certification system has evolved into an onerous and costly one which has questionable, if any, benefit to general aviation pilots," read the Aug. 15 letter, which was sent to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and signed by leaders of seven aviation groups, including NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Conservative estimates indicate that medical certification reform would result in an annual savings of more than $1 million to the FAA." Read more here:: NBAA, Others Call for Action on Third-Class Medical Exemption… Read more ...

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