• 28 Dec 2015 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    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 is easy to use.  You can make a difference.

    Best wishes in the New Year!

    Stacy Howard. NBAA Western Regional Representative

  • 11 Sep 2015 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) will hold its annual Safety Standdown Day on September 14 in Carlsbad, Calif., beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is required, and the event costs $95 for SCAA members and $145 for nonmembers.

    This year’s speakers include Scott Turner from American Airlines, who will address how pilots can avoid accepting mediocrity during training by holding themselves to a higher standard. FlightSafety International’s Dann Runik, developer of that organization’s Upset Prevention and Recovery Training program, will lead another session about the importance of standardization. Runik will focus on some of the common misconceptions about standardization, while providing examples of the difficulties that often arise when trying to create a standardized flight department.

    Sunshine McCarthy, vice president of education at the SCAA Safety Standown main sponsor Baldwin Safety &Compliance, will present a dynamic discussion on safey culture. Before the standdown, participants will be asked to complete a safety culture survey; those results will help to establish the foundation for this session. 

    Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D., of Pulsar Informatics, rounds out the day by focusing on proactive approaches to reduce human fatigue in aviation operations. Mollicone will look at a few pragmatic reasons for fatigue reduction, including reducing potential negative health impacts, as well as reducing the risk of automobile accidents when driving home after a flight assignment.

  • 20 Jul 2015 12:36 PM | Anonymous


    FAA Reauthorization

    On June 15 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Bill Shuster, announced his intentions to include provisions for a new privatized air traffic control system in his FAA Funding Reauthorization bill.  NBAA openly opposes removing the nation’s airspace from protection by Congress, and placing it in the hands of a private, self-interested Board of Directors.  On June 22 NBAA president, Ed Bolen, issued a Call to Action asking members to contact congress to express their concern and opposition to a privatized air traffic control system funded by user fees.  To learn more about Shuster’s proposal and the threat it would bring to business aviation operations, visit our Contact Congress webpage at  Here you can also access a quick link to your congressional representative and email your concerns.

    California Legislative Action

    In December last year, FAA Compliance Director Randy Fiertz, issued a clarification of FAA policy concerning sales tax on aviation fuels.  The policy makes it clear that all state and local taxes collected from aviation fuel sales on airports must be used for aviation purposes.  California State Senator Mike McGuire introduced SB 747 to bring California into compliance with FAA policy, and assure state jet fuel and avgas taxes would be directed into the State Aviation Fund and used for airport improvements.  SB 747 would stop the diversion of aviation fuel tax dollars into the state general fund. The bill did not move through all its assigned committees during the 2014-15 session, but it is still under study by legislators with input from NBAA and other industry users, and is expected to move forward in the 2015-16 session. 


    In June NBAA and other aviation associations helped defeat Representative Adam Schiff’s amendment to the Transportation and Housing appropriation to place a night curfew on the Burbank Airport. “Such a precedent would open the floodgates to … a patchwork of confusing and complex operations restrictions across the country” NBAA explained in a letter to the committee.

    Santa Monica

    At a meeting of the SMO City Council last spring, Congressional Reps Liue and Bass pledged to arrange a meeting with FAA for Council members.  That meeting is scheduled to take place July 8 in Washington DC, and representatives from the Santa Monica Airport Association as well as anti-airport stakeholders have been invited to participate.

    Regional Forum in Van Nuys

    NBAA’s Meetings and Conventions team met with members of the Van Nuys Airport Association and LAWA to begin planning a Regional Forum for 2016.  Van Nuys Forums have always been well attended, and the growing need for space means more careful coordination to assure ease of access to the Forum with minimum impacts to VNY normal operations.

  • 05 Mar 2015 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    March 5, 2015

    Curt Castagna, president of the Long Beach Airport Association (LBAA), recently presented to the Long Beach City Council an overview of how general aviation (GA) operators at Long Beach Airport (LGB) comply with the Southern California city airports' noise regulations, and how any changes in that policy might adversely affect GA and the positive economic impact that it has on the area.

    Castagna, a long-time advocate for business aviation at LGB, told city council members, “We have a track record of supporting noise-mitigation measures, and we will continue to be engaged, available and proactively assist you in these efforts.”

    The Feb. 17 special session of the city council at which Castagna spoke, was on hand to help educate the newest members of the council about the airport and its noise ordinance, as well as to start a public dialogue regarding JetBlue’s request for adding international destinations to its LGB scheduled service. If international commercial flights become a reality at LGB, Castagna sees a potential opportunity for business aviation as well, in the form of getting a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility and eventually a port of entry designation.

    In his presentation to the council, Castagna noted that members of LBAA “work collaboratively to support the more than 400 businesses and 18,000 stakeholder jobs found at and around Long Beach Airport. These businesses are good corporate citizens that hope to continue to be an integral part of the economic vitality of the city and its continued revitalization.”

    Castagna warned council members that any additional GA restrictions to reduce the overall level of airport noise, beyond that permitted by current policy, would unreasonably penalize and further restrict the vast majority of operators at LGB.

    “The arrival and departure of those aircraft that bring commerce, jobs and economic opportunity to the city in no way restricts or eliminates your opportunity to manage and mitigate airport noise by enforcing what has and should continue to be a healthy, well-defended policy,” said Castagna. “As the council reviews the international service opportunity, we encourage the City to consider the success the airport operators continue to have in mitigating noise issues, without new limits or use restrictions on our ability to do business here in Long Beach.”

    Stacy Howard, NBAA’s Western regional representative, said that business aircraft operators have been flying with neighborhood concerns in mind and complying with noise restrictions at LGB for many years, adding, “We appreciate the great job that Curt and the LBAA are doing to proactively look out for the interests of all of general aviation at Long Beach.”

    LGB is home to a diverse mix of aviation interests, and has long been a poster child for how general aviation and commercial flights can coexist harmoniously at the same airport. One of the busiest GA airports in the world, LGB has everything from blimps to flight training to business aircraft. Long Beach also has a unique noise ordinance that dates back to the 1990s, and works for the airport and the community, according to Castagna.

  • 25 Feb 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,

    Washington, DC, Feb. 25, 2015 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today called into question new moves to diminish access to Santa Monica Airport (SMO), and pledged to continue fighting such efforts.

    The Association’s latest statements about preserving SMO access follow a Feb. 23 vote by the Santa Monica Airport Commission, recommending that the city council move ahead with proposals to implement costly new leases for tenants, close a portion of the airport’s runway and enact a new emissions ordinance at SMO.

    “These proposals have been offered by opponents of Santa Monica Airport before, and they’ve been shown to be lacking a basis in federal law and grant obligations,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We have long fought these and other attempts to restrict access at SMO, and we will continue to do so.”

    Ahead of the airport commission’s vote this week, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown sent a Feb. 2 letter to its chair, emphasizing the Association’s concern that “the commission continues to be laboring under the misapprehension that … there will be no federal obligations applicable to SMO.”

    Instead, Brown’s letter points out, both the airport commission and the Santa Monica City Council continue to be subject to multiple federal obligations requiring SMO to remain open in perpetuity. Read Brown’s Feb. 2 letter to the Santa Monica Airport Commission in its entirety.

    Brown’s letter marks the most recent effort by NBAA in a decades-long battle against attempts to limit operations at SMO, or shut them down altogether. With urging from NBAA last year, a California federal judge dismissed a lawsuit in which Santa Monica city officials attempted to gain control of SMO with the intent of closing it down.

    Now, as the city appeals that decision, NBAA, along with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has filed an amicus, or “friend of the court brief” on behalf of the historic airport. It supports the solid legal proposition that local governments and authorities, which have received grants or property from the federal government to establish or maintain an airport, are obligated to keep those airports open and accessible to the public.

    Read the amicus brief from NBAA and AOPA in support of keeping SMO open.

    “Santa Monica Airport is not only a very important part of our nation’s federally governed aviation system, but is also a vital economic asset in California’s Southern Valley,” Bolen concluded. “NBAA will continue the fight to keep the airport open for the Association’s Members, and for all those who rely on the airport.”

    # # #

    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

    Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.

  • 28 Jan 2015 7:15 PM | Anonymous

    One Month Remaining for Application Submissions for the
    Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship - Deadline is Feb 28, 2015.

    NBAA Charities, in coordination with the Trust Committee for Dale "Potsy" McBurney and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Flight Attendants Committee, established the Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship to benefit business aviation professionals seeking professional development opportunities to advance their careers.

    It's the very first NBAA scholarship to accept multimedia essays.
    Funds up to $3,500 may be awarded to one recipient who embodies a commitment to excellence, as McBurney did. Awards will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA Charities and its donors.

    We cannot think of a better way to honor him within our industry and encourage all of you to apply for this amazing scholarship opportunity.

    Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association

    NBAA Charities, in coordination with the Trust Committee for Dale

  • 22 Jan 2015 3:15 PM | Anonymous

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                  On January 25, 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, Jorge’s life was dramatically changed when he was badly injured by an IED (improvised explosive device). Marine Jorge Ortiz lost both legs above the knee, the majority of his fingers on his left hand, the use of his left thumb, and both his right thumb and middle finger were severely damaged.

                  During one of the darkest times in his life, Jorge found his light – Aiyanna. The couple met when Aiyanna was Jorge’s massage therapist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Aiyanna herself has also served in the Military as an active duty female searcher and as a cook for the Army. Aiyanna continues to serve in the Navy Reserves.  The couple had an instant connection with many common interests, and eventually the love birds’ romance blossomed into a beautiful love story with a “soon-to-be” happily ever after.

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  • 22 Jan 2015 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    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!

    Stacy Howard,

    NBAA Western Regional Representative

  • 23 Dec 2014 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    Article from NBAA

    SCAA Wings Award Video

    The Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) recently presented Dan Burkhart, founder of NBAA's Regional Program, with its Wings Award for his many years of service to business aviation in the region, and his support of SCAA and its Board of Directors from the time of the group's formation in 2006.

    "It is an honor to be recognized by a group of your peers and friends. I believe it goes without saying, however, that the SCAA board and association members are really responsible for their success," Burkhart said. "They were already aviation professionals, and now have grown into a productive part of their Southern California community. For this, we should all be proud and I am grateful to have been a part of it."

    Before his retirement, Burkhart served as NBAA's director of regional programs for 14 years.

    In addition to building the national program, Burkhart represented the NBAA Western Region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. He is a retired Naval Reserve officer who served as a fighter pilot with F4 and F14 shipboard experience, and a former airline transport pilot with nearly 7,000 flight hours.

    Since retiring, Burkhart said he has been traveling extensively throughout the Western part of the U.S., and he relocated to a small town in Northern Nevada to be closer to family, friends, the high desert and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    Upon his departure from NBAA, Burkhart's role as regional program director was assumed by Stephen Hadley, and Stacy Howard succeeded Burkhart has Western regional representative.

    "Dan Burkhart is an icon among business aviation operators. His strength and professionalism continue to be appreciated by those who worked with him in the industry," Howard noted."SCAA's recognition of Dan with this award is testimony to the value of his service to SCAA members, and to NBAA Members throughout the state."

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