NBAA Western Regional Update

19 Jun 2013 9:18 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
Business aviation was well represented during a successful legislative event on the capital steps in Sacramento in April. NBAA joined with SCAA, Van Nuys Airport Association, NorCal BAA, the Association of California Airports and numerous other California aviation groups to meet and greet state legislators and educate them about the quality and economic value of general aviation in California. As the 2013 legislative session continues, it will be important to grow and develop those initial relationships so that when aviation issues arise, we can serve as a resource to our state senators and assemblymen.

On June 3rd, the FAA released its Report to Congress on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative. Per the FAA report, "...federal regulatory process is not well suited to the helicopter noise situation in Los Angeles..." so FAA intends to follow through on the Initiative with a "series of actions in cooperation with local stakeholders to improve the helicopter noise situation within Los Angeles county." http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/policy_guidance/envir_policy/media/la_helicpoter_noise%20report_final_053113.pdf

Southern California's Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) is actively participating in local stakeholder meetings with FAA and the general public. NBAA actively monitors H208 and its companion Senate Bill in Washington, and we urge business helicopter operators to reach out to their DC contingent. While you have their attention, be sure to mention that nighttime restrictions at Van Nuys and Burbank airports are also necessary, as evidenced by LAWA's having presented numerous Van Nuys operators with awards for their adherence to the voluntary measures currently in place.

If you are an aircraft owner, you may have recently received a survey from the FAA asking about the hours and type of operations you conducted in the past year. NBAA encourages business operators to respond to this survey. It is conducted by a private firm, individual responses are kept confidential, and the results are used to compile statistical data about the safety of general aviation. To participate in the survey, visit mailto:www.infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com

The Santa Monica City Council recently voted to impose a new landing fee on all aircraft landing at the Santa Monica Airport. The new fee would result in a 250% fee increase, and for the first time, apply landing fees to SMO based aircraft as well as transient aircraft. NBAA has met with Santa Monica tenants to learn how this will impact their businesses, and we continue to communicate with the FAA offices in Los Angeles and Washington DC to express our concerns about both the methodology and the process used for arriving at the new fee structure.

As we head into the hottest days of summer, the May/June issue of NBAA Business Insider has some good summer flying reminders about hot weather performance data. you can view the BI on-line at the NBAA website. http://www.nbaa.org

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