National Business Aviation Association Western Region Update
Shortening of the Santa Monica Airport runway was completed in December. The airport is fully operational with 3,500 ft of runway available for landing and takeoff. Other changes include updated taxiway lights and markings, and new designated turn-offs and taxiways for access to and from the ramps.
In this thriving economy, demand for highly skilled professional aviation personnel is especially great, leaving our sector of the industry vulnerable to workforce shortages. NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC) conducted surveys, consulted with member companies, and is working closely with the Domestic Operations Committee and Young Professionals (YoPro) Council to identify and create solutions. A mentoring program to match prospective mentors and mentees is underway https://www.nbaa.org/prodev/mentoring/nbaa-launching-new-business-aviation-mentoring-program.php; and staff is reviewing NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Guide to edit and enhance sections addressing workforce development. SCAA’s leadership in the area of scholarship and mentoring is appreciated. See the January/February issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine for more information about how to keep valued employees and expand your company’s talent base https://www.nbaa.org/news/insider/archives/.
SAN CARLOS AIRPORT
In recent months, residents surrounding San Carlos Airport (SQL) lobbied San Mateo County supervisors to reduce noise and overflights at SQL. In response, NBAA, local pilots and Surf Air who provides subscribers with multiple daily flights into SQL collaborated with FAA Air Traffic Services to approve the Bay Area Visual Approach. Currently, the approach is available only to authorized users, but could be published and ready for general use later this year. The new approach reduces the impacts of overflights in many of the most sensitive areas near of the County.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY RELIEF FLIGHTS
The Association of California Airports recently surveyed airports around the state to determine how general aviation airports were used to conduct fire-fighting and emergency relief activities during the recent wildfires and flooding. Survey results will help CalTrans officials and State Legislators understand the value of community airports for both the quality of life and positive economic impact they provide to local citizens during Aviation and Aerospace Days at the Capitol in Sacramento, March 12-14, 2018.
This is an important reminder that despite the 2018 year-end retirement announced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster, privatization of the national airspace still tops the list of legacy legislation Shuster hopes to pass in 2018. We thank SCAA members for all you have done to defeat this industry threat. Your calls and written messages helped keep HR2997 from getting to the House floor for a vote in 2017. Please, keep communicating with congress! Especially to conservative members. Even if you called in the past, keep this number handy and remember to contact Congress at 833-GA-VOICE.
Stacy Howard, NBAA Western Regional Representative