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  • 01 Sep 2017 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    Business Aviation Ready to Assist in Harvey Relief Efforts

    NBAA continues to track the path of what's left of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused tremendous damage along the southern coast of the U.S. As with previous natural disasters, the business aviation community is poised to support relief efforts as the flood waters recede.

    To help in this endeavor, NBAA offers the following resources to ensure safe operations and help coordinate member efforts.

    Review NBAA’s Harvey Resources

    NBAA’s Air Traffic Services at the FAA ATC System Command Center has been providing regular updates about the status of airspace restrictions and airport closures in areas affected by Harvey. Operators should ensure a full review of NOTAMS for airports in these areas as airport conditions are changing quickly. Also, operators call ahead to confirm needed services are available, regardless of airport status.

    Register with the NBAA HERO Database

    Developed in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database collects information about aircraft and individual volunteers that can be shared with relief organizations in the wake of natural disasters. Registering does not commit you to provide aid and you always have the ability to pass on a mission request. If you registered with the NBAA HERO database before July 2017, please register again now to make sure NBAA has up-to-date information.

    Share Your Story

    If you take part in relief effort, please share your story with NBAA. This information about conditions on the ground can be extremely helpful to relief organizations and to other aircraft operators starting their own relief flights. Email NBAA’s Dan Hubbard at  dhubbard@nbaa.org.

    Thanks to those in our community who have already contributed to Harvey relief efforts and thanks in advance to others who will step up in the weeks and months ahead.


    Regards,

    Doug Carr
    NBAA Vice President, Regulatory & International Affairs
    dcarr@nbaa.org

     

  • 20 Jan 2017 9:46 AM | Anonymous
    CARLSBAD, CA (JAN. 20, 2017) – The SoCal Aviation Association (SCAA) enters 2017 committed to building the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California. In addition to hosting networking functions, safety days, informational luncheons, golf tournaments and more, SCAA remains committed to its ongoing mission:

    To mentor, educate, and encourage young people to become involved in and deeply engaged with our industry.

    “We are proud to continue to play a small yet valuable role in the future of the business aviation industry in Southern California,” said SCAA President Craig Foster. “By donating our time, talents, and resources to key area organizations, we help ensure the next generation has the tools, experience, passion, and love needed to keep us all moving forward. We’re excited about the many ways we continue to ‘pay it forward’ here at SCAA.”

    In 2016, the SCAA demonstrated this commitment by making a series of valuable donations to several key organizations. Towards the end of the year, SCAA donated $1,500 to The Santa Monica Airport Association, with an eye toward assisting them in efforts to keep the airport open. SCAA has also donated to Lyon Air Museum in Orange Count – and joined forces with them to assist in their valuable education program.

    In 2012, a partnership in education was established between the Lyon Air Museum and Newport Mesa Unified School District, via a program entitled “The Greatest Generation – A WWII Field Trip Experience.” As part of the District’s curriculum, students are led through several Museum exhibits by knowledgeable docents, with stops at distinct sectors that are staffed by World War II veterans.

    At these educational and emotional stops, students are given an opportunity to meet the veterans, hear their stories and ask questions. Firsthand accounts given by the veterans include topics such as the Attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day Invasion, Strategic Bombing Missions over Germany, and Life as a Prisoner-of-War. In addition, many of the veterans distribute personal “collector” cards – much like baseball cards – featuring their biographical information, military service pictures, service awards received, and interesting tidbits about their time in service.

    The positive feedback this program has received from teachers and students alike is phenomenal. In 2017, the program enters its seventh successful year, and is anticipated to impact approximately 30 schools and more than 60 sixth-grade classes.

    The Lyon Air Museum will be adding a new business aviation exhibit that recognizes Lyon Air Museum, Martin Aviation and SCAA’s contributions to the business aviation community. The exhibit is expected to increase exposure to the business aviation community…

    In addition to its donations to the Orange County Lyon Air Museum and the Santa Monica Aviation Association, SCAA has given nearly $400,000 to various organizations over the past seven years. In 2016 alone, SCAA awarded more than $8,000 in donations, $7,000 in scholarships and $75,000 in training awards.

    “All of us at SCAA recognize the importance and impact of giving back to our community and industry,” said Foster. “We didn’t get to where we are as an organization today on our own, and the future growth and advancement of our entire industry depends on contributions from all of us here, today. We’re all in this together, and that’s something that we never forget.”

    About Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA)

    Established in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) focuses on safety, mentoring, career development and networking in the aviation industry. The stated mission of SCAA is to advance and promote aviation-related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to Southern California communities, companies and the general public. SCAA membership is comprised of corporate, service sector and non-profit entities, as well as individuals with a strictly aviation focus. As part of its mission to promote and grow the aviation industry, SCAA also awards multiple scholarships and awards each year. You can learn more online at www.socalaviation.org  

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  • 18 Jan 2017 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release – Santa Monica Airport

    Disaster Preparedness Exercise with Ten Aircraft

    Los Angeles – Friday, January 13, 2017 — The American Red Cross and SMO (Santa Monica Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team) announce their cooperation on a disaster preparedness exercise at Santa Monica Airport, (SMO) on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10.30am to 12.30pm, delivering critical supplies to the Public Observation Deck at SMO at 3223 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, California, 90405

    In a simulated earthquake major scenario, the 405 and10 Freeways are impassable and PCH is closed. Although damaged, KSMO has enough usable runway for small aircraft.

    A group of volunteer pilots will fly in Red Cross Critical Supplies from Whiteman, Van Nuys, Brackett, Compton and Torrance airports. Ten aircraft will be acting as an “air bridge” for Red Cross ground transport in surrounding regions, supporting Red Cross in West Los Angeles. This is a practical demonstration of the City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation Plan” which lists SMO as “Critical Infrastructure” in a disaster.

    SMO (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) DART (Disaster Air Response Team):
    SMO DART is a group of volunteer pilots, providing their time and aircraft to assist the community in a disaster. The City of Santa Monica “All Hazards Mitigation” lists Santa Monica Airport as “Critical Infrastructure.” The SMO DART offers a practical example of how SMO will be used to mitigate disasters. SMO DART is sponsored by the Santa Monica Airport Association,(SMAA) a local, non-profit organization of pilots and, local aviation businesses. SMAA is run by volunteers and depends on the generosity of sponsors and donors to perform its mission. Visit http://www.santamonicaairport.info

    Media Contacts:
    Christian Fry, Tel: (310) 849-1976
    christianf@santamonicaairport.info Dave Hopkins Tel: (310) 990-2045 daveh@santamonicaairport.info

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

    Media Contacts:
    Julie Thomas Tel: (310) 922-2046
    julie.thomas@redcross.org Fred Mariscal, Tel: (310) 943-5266 fred.mariscal@redcross.org 

  • 17 Jan 2017 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    In the second week of January NBAA’s volunteer Flight Attendants Committee gathered at the Long Beach Hilton to develop the agenda for PDP and information sessions offered during the 2017 Flight Attendants and Flight Technicians Conference, June 13-15 in Long Beach, CA.  Watch for on-line registration to open soon!

    The Southern California Metroplex is deep into the implementation phase and FAA is hosting several a public information briefings during the month of January. Although a number of Los Angeles area communities filed lawsuits to try to interrupt the progress of these important NexGen improvements, FAA continues moving forward, activating new revised approaches and departures in March.  Pilots should be on the lookout for NBAA Air Traffic Services emails and updates; and familiarize themselves with amended procedures and effective dates.

    The VOR approach into Santa Monica is again available at night, and improved minimums have been established.  Thanks to Los Angeles Public Works Department for putting safety first and reducing the height of several street lights located under the final approach.  Atlantic Aviation is still open and operating normally at SMO, and NBAA continues to help support the Save Santa Monica Corporation (SSMO) legal fund with an offer to match confidential corporate and individual donations. For more information about SSMO, contact NBAA’s Director of Airports and Infrastructure, Alex Gertsen.  Alex will deliver an informative presentation to airport commissioners on January 23 in response to their questions about the history of SMO land use and policy. NBAA also provides support for the Santa Monica Airport Association, who’s members conduct local events and community outreach, a critical element to the future of the airport.

    NBAA’s number one legislative issue in 2017 is FAA Reauthorization.  House Transportation Chairman Shuster has not abandon his vision to create a separate FAA Air Traffic Organization funded by user fees, and there is uncertainty about the new administration’s support or opposition for this concept.  NBAA’s Government Affairs team will work on your behalf in Washington, and we will again call on members and local business aviation groups to follow-up with letters, emails, and phone calls to their respective legislators to assure congress preserves an air traffic control system that serves the needs of all users, and is not controlled by the special interests of the airlines.

    I look forward to seeing many of you in Fort Worth for the 2017 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, February 7-10; and in Miami, February 14-16, for NBAA Leadership Conference.

    Stacy Howard,

    NBAA Western Regional Representative

  • 10 Jan 2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    https://www.nbaa.org/about/awards/safety/

  • 06 Jan 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    A new report released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reaffirms that Van Nuys Airport (VNY) continues to be a major economic engine for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. The latest study finds that VNY contributed more than $2 billion in business activity to the L.A. county economy in fiscal year 2015. 

    The study confirms the airport’s economic impacts include: 

    • 10,480 jobs; 

    • $674.6 million in labor income; 

    • $2.0 billion in business revenues; and 

    • $295.3 million in local, state and federal tax revenues 

    Van Nuys Airport will be spending $63.9 million on Airport Capital Improvement Projects (ACIP) and non-ACIP projects through 2022 to meet future aviation needs in Southern California. The study estimates that the economic impacts of capital improvement projects include: 

    • 670 jobs; 

    • $37.2 million in labor income; 

    • $107.5 million in business revenues; and 

    • $13.0 million in local, state and federal tax revenues. 

    Investments by airport tenants in facilities at VNY is also resulting in positive returns. The study estimates that for every $1 million spent on capital improvement projects, there will be positive economic impacts of $583,000 in labor income, a total of $1,682,300 in business revenue and a total of local state and federal taxes of $202,700. 

    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said, “Our airport is a valuable infrastructure asset that provides business growth, job creation and economic vitality for both the Valley and the entire region. With the airport’s nearly 90-year legacy of economic contributions and serving as a good neighbor, I am pleased to see my district and constituents continue to reap tangible benefits.” 

    “VNY plays a critical role in Southern California by providing good paying jobs and generating business revenues that benefit our neighboring communities,” said Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner Jeffery J. Daar. “As Los Angeles’ No. 1 business airport and a world-class general aviation facility, we are proud of VNY’s significant positive contributions to our region.” 

    Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint said, “We take our responsibility as long term stewards of this critical community asset very seriously. The LAEDC’s findings reinforces LAWA’s commitment to safely and securely bring people together, connect L.A. with a global society - while enriching the quality of life for individual travelers, the community and the region.” 

    In 2015, VNY had approximately 217,000 operations, which generated operating revenue of nearly $16.9 million, including building and land rentals. The study estimated that approximately 32,000 visitors arrived in Los Angeles County through the airport with an economic impact of $9.1 million and supported 90 jobs with a labor income of $3.7 million. 

    VNY is one of two airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

  • 01 Jan 2017 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Dear valued ASMP/MVOP Stakeholders,

    With several changes to the ASMP/MVOP material beginning in January 2017, VNY Airport Operations wants to ensure that all participating companies in the ASMP/MVOP Program at VNY Airport are properly informed. Please see the below list for changes to the ASMP/MVOP Programs.

    The primary changes for the ASMP/MVOP Program in 2017 are:

    • Wayne Britton, Airport Superintendent of Operations II at VNY, will be the new MVOP program coordinator and he will be assisted by Lowell Carson. Please continue to use the VNY MVOP email address (VNYMVOP@lawa.org) for all MVOP related inquiries and test scheduling.
    • All VNY vehicle permits will expire February 28, 2017. New ASMP/MVOP company applications will be distributed in January which all eligible companies will be required to complete in order to maintain ASMP/MVOP access. Further details will be distributed to eligible VNY Master and Subtenants shortly.
    • Revised Study Guides for the ASMP and MVOP program will be posted in early January which can be located at: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_VNY.aspx?id=9614.
    • Revised PowerPoint Presentation for the ASMP program will be posted in early January and will be located at: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_VNY.aspx?id=9614. Please contact the MVOP Program Administrator with if you have any questions that you would like to address at VNYMVOP@lawa.org. Thank you for your continued diligence with the VNY ASMP/MVOP program and your determination alongside LAWA to minimize Surface Deviations and Runway Incursions at Van Nuys Airport.

    Sincerely,

    VNY MVOP Program Team

    Email: VNYMVOP@lawa.org

  • 01 Dec 2016 5:30 AM | Anonymous

    http://sfvbj.com/news/2016/dec/01/van-nuys-airport-lifts-local-economy-report-finds/  

    Findings:

    • Based on 2015 activity, the airport contributes $2 billion to the local economy, supports 10,450 jobs and generates $673.4 million in labor income annually.
    • VNY is a tax generator, not a tax user, and produces $170.1 million in federal and $124.7 million in state and local taxes per year.
    • On average, every $1 million spent on capital improvement projects at VNY will have an economic impact of 10 jobs, $582.8 thousand in labor income, $1.7 million in business revenue and $70.3 thousand in state and local taxes.
    • According to the study, VNY tenants are in the midst of capital improvement projects valued at $43.4 million. Including the new Jet Aviation facility, they have committed to a total of $65 million in new development projects over the next eight years.  
    • Employment figures are broken down by industry, not by specific occupations.  A minor change in the distribution of jobs has resulted in fewer low-level jobs and an increase in higher-paying administrative and professional jobs. 
    • Overall, VNY’s total economic impact increased from $1.3 billion in 2007 to $2 billion in 2015. The airport continues to be a major contributor to the economy in terms of jobs and output.

     (Note: A change in the structure of traditional aviation employment may be attributed to advances in technology and technical skills. Therefore, higher-paying jobs are generating the largest impact. It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of these changes and they could be related to several factors – for example, the value of the dollar has changed and the airport was in the midst of a recession 10 years ago).

    Methodology

    • LAEDC utilized IMPLAN software to capture a snapshot of the impacts of multiple businesses located on one site. It is more robust than the older RIMS II system used in the 2007 report, which is being phased out. 
    • For consistency, LAEDC used the same methodology for both the LAX and VNY economic impact studies (as well as for the Bob Hope Airport economic impact study issued in 2014).

    IMPLAN relies on government-reported payroll data and uses survey data for comparability. This eliminates any possible errors in self-reporting and the information is highly defensible.

  • 29 Sep 2016 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    In the interests of maintaining the continuing standard for operational safety at VNY, the FAA has announced that it will be implementing an improvement project which involves upgrading the electrical lines that support the airport’s navigational aids and air traffic control systems. 

    This project will see improvements made to the existing lines which have reached their usable life expectancy. The project will begin on September 22 and last approximately 8 weeks. The Airport Operations department and the FAA developed a plan involving 7 nighttime runway closures of 16R, planned between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This plan will allow peak daytime operations and airport services to continue without interruption.  

    The planned night-time 16R closure dates are: September 26-27 and October 10-14. VNY is committed to working in partnership with the tenants while supporting the FAA’s upgrades to our critical systems, and upholding the standard of safety and efficiency at VNY’s world-class general aviation facilities.

  • 29 Sep 2016 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    http://www.aeroplex.net/aeroplexaerolease-group-ceo-recognized-mayors-long-beach-business-awards/

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