A big thank you to everyone who helped make the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas a tremendous success! The exhibit hall and static display were buzzing with energy and the promise of new business from over 27,000 in attendance.
The Federal Aviation Administration determined the Santa Monica Airport must operate until 2023. The ruling was issued in response to a formal complaint filed by airport tenants, NBAA and others, and counters the City’s claims that FAA grant assurances expired in June 2014. Grant assurances are part of a contract between the City and the FAA for federal dollars invested in airport improvements. They bind the City to operate the airport for the public in a safe, non-‐discriminatory manner for a minimum of 20 years after the funds are received. The City has the right to appeal the FAA’s decision. In the meantime, Santa Monica Airport must remain open for business.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached out to aviation stakeholders in response to Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-‐30-‐15 concerning climate change. CARB is seeking information from airports and aircraft operators on available technologies and methods to reduce emissions by both aircraft and ground services equipment. NBAA participated in two stakeholder meetings in Sacramento to assure the agency understands FAA’s preemptive authority over aircraft emission standards, and we continue to work alongside airports, airlines and industry groups to help minimize impacts of any proposed mandates stemming from the Governor’s agenda. We welcome member input during this process, especially from our FBO members who may be affected.
The number one political priority for business aviation in 2016 is FAA Reauthorization. You will continue to hear regularly from Ed Bolen and our Government Affairs team encouraging your engagement with California representatives in Washington to oppose the latest movement to corporatize our nation’s Air Traffic Organization, and fund it with per-‐ flight user fees. The rhetoric from airlines and their supporters is streaming at full volume. Business aviation must continue to push back harder and longer to control the debate. NBAA’s Contact Congress Link https://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/contact/ is easy to use. You can make a difference.
Best wishes in the New Year!
Stacy Howard. NBAA Western Regional Representative