Thank all of you who attended the NBAA Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. By any standard it was a successful and productive conference with over 25,000 in attendance was over 25,000 and over 80 business aircraft on display at Henderson Executive Airport. This year included a light business aircraft display at the exhibit hall, and feedback from exhibitors indicates they were very pleased with the quality of the customers who stopped by. We look forward to seeing many of you soon at the 25th NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans, January 14-17, 2014.
NBAA Regional Representatives attended the fall conference of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in September. CALTRANS Division of Aeronautics Chief, Gary Cathey, attended the NASAO conference on the very heels of his return from his U.S. Air Force Reserve service in Afghanistan and we were glad to welcome him home. NBAA works closely with NASAO on advocacy and communications efforts in Washington. Learn more about state aviation on the California Aeronautics website http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/planning/aeronaut/
Santa Monica Airport is on the front page again. October 30 the City filed a lawsuit against the federal government to invalidate a 1948 Surplus Property agreement that requires the property to remain a public use airport. Santa Monica’s claim could set a precedent for federal property agreements around the country. NBAA’s legal advisors are actively engaged in research to assure to assist FAA in preserving business access to KSMO. The deadline for FAA to respond to the City’s claim is January 10, 2014.
Passage of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act by Congress is good news for aircraft manufacturers. The legislation calls for FAA to adopt “consensus-based, design-specific standards” that place greater emphasis on aircraft-and systems-specific criteria, over broader industry parameters such as the aircraft weight-and-propulsion method used now. President Obama signed the bill into law in November.
San Diego Air and Space Hall of Fame NBAA was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other 2013 inductees included such notables as NASA Mission Control, WWII Aces Dean “Diz” Laird and Bud Anderson, and the U S Airways’ Flight 1549 Crew. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen accepted the award on behalf of NBAA. SCAA President Steve Nielsen, Minnie Nielsen, Chris Nielsen, Scott Cutshall of Clay Lacy and members of the NBAA Board of Directors were there to share in the excitement.
NBAA is partnering with the Association of California Airports, California Pilots Association, AOPA and other associations to sponsor the second annual California Aviation Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, April 23, 2014. This event will feature static displays on the capitol lawn and visits to state legislative offices to promote awareness of the economic value of general aviation. Businesses, groups and individuals who want to help enhance the image and appreciation for business aviation in California are welcomed to participate. Learn more at http://caaviationday.com
NBAA is wishing you all the very best of the holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year!
Western Regional Representative