Greetings to all SCAA Members! I would like to thank Executive Director Debi Carpenter, SCAA President Craig Foster, and all SCAA members for welcoming NBAA and me to your Regional events during the past year. Here is a look at some of the issues, concerns and projects that NBAA is currently working on in Southern California and throughout the state.
NBAA continues to partner with FAA to assure the needs of the business aviation operators are met during the Southern California Metroplex process. While FAA’s main focus is on the primary commercial service airports, Bob Lamond, NBAA’s Director Air Traffic Services and Infrastructure, has been instrumental in helping update the design of RNAV approaches into several non-primary airports in the region.
In response to national legislation passed in 2014, FAA Western Region established a working group of helicopter operators and homeowner associations to explore ways in which helicopter noise may be significantly reduced in the Los Angeles area. The group met regularly over the past several months to seek agreement on voluntary procedures and routes to lessen the impacts of helicopter over-flights, and NBAA monitors the progress of the group, attending working meetings whenever possible. FAA is creating a web-based complaint system to be activated later this year. The system will help track the results of voluntary measures as they are put into place. FAA recently received a letter from congressional members who signed onto the initial legislation, stating they are “encouraged by FAA’s collaboration with community representatives and helicopter operators” and asking FAA to continue their efforts to address the issue.
Regular trips to State Legislative offices in Sacramento in 2014 could yield results in the form of a State Aviation Caucus. Several legislators have expressed interest in forming and participating in the caucus where members can discuss challenges facing aviation and airports in California, and ways in which state legislators can help foster an environment for economic growth in the industry.
February 3-6, 2015 NBAA will host our annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Several Professional Development courses are offered beginning Monday, February 2, with the sold out exhibit hall opening at 6:00 pm February 3 for the Opening Reception. Numerous workshops and training sessions are offered throughout the rest of the week. Thursday morning 8:00 am general session will bring a live emergency preparedness drill to the main stage, providing a realistic demonstration into the scheduler and dispatcher roles. We look forward to seeing you there!
NBAA Western Regional Representative