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  • 25 Feb 2015 1:13 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

    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.”

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    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 www.nbaa.org.

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  • 28 Jan 2015 7:15 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    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.
    http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/mcburney/

    Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship | NBAA - National Business Aviation Association
    www.nbaa.org

    NBAA Charities, in coordination with the Trust Committee for Dale

  • 22 Jan 2015 3:15 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    Hello possible donor,

                       Los Willows Event Estate is proud to announce that on February 14, 2015, we are generously hosting the wedding of American Hero, Jorge Ortiz and his “future Mrs.”, Aiyanna Coleman.

                  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.

                This is where we need your help and generosity. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. Los Willows is hosting a Silent Auction in efforts to raise money for the Ortiz Wedding, so along with any form of monetary donation, an item donated to the Silent Auction is appreciated as well. Let’s see Jorge and Aiyanna’s dream wedding come to life!

                If anyone would like to read more about Jorge and Aiyanna’s love story please feel free to like, share, and follow their page on Facebook – “Jorge and Aiyanna – the Wedding of an American Hero”

    We thank you for your time and generosity!

    To donate please contact Mary Trelvik for more information-

    PHONE: (760)405-7049 or EMAIL: mary@loswillows.com

    http://www.gofundme.com/k9a754

  • 22 Jan 2015 11:29 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    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 | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    Article from NBAA

    http://www.nbaa.org/news/2014/20141223-california-group-honors-former-nbaa-regional-program-manager-dan-durkhart.php

    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."

  • 28 Oct 2014 4:07 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    This election will be that close! You have probably heard that control of Santa Monica Airport’s future could be decided in the November election. A local citizens group has put a measure on the ballot that would protect Santa Monica Airport from City efforts to strangle the airport and redevelop the property (Measure D http://www.smvotersdecide.com/read-the-initiative/). The City has responded with its own competing ballot measure that would keep its hands free to pursue airport closure. The outcome of this vote is crucial to the future of SMO!

    We just learned that developers are helping the anti-airport crowd, contributing to support the City’s ballot measure, and the Mayor has admitted to taking money from developers http://www.smvotersdecide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Santa-Monica-Mayor-Pam-campaign-finance-mistakes.jpg while voting to approve their projects!

    AOPA has been working with the campaign committee, but the fight gets tougher every day, and now the anti-airport crowd is pulling out all the stops! Pro-development forces won’t stop until the airport is closed, and SMO’s 227 acres have been transformed into high density development.

    If they succeed in closing SMO, every airport in California is at risk! Winning this battle will strengthen their hand, and encourage them to go after other airport properties.

    Let’s stop them here and now! Your support is crucial in these last few weeks. Your contribution of just $25 or $50 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/smfoahdd/ will give the campaign the resources to fight all the way to Election Day.

    The Campaign is also looking for Volunteers to help get out the pro-airport vote. Your help on Election Day could provide those crucial last few votes we need to win this issue. If live near Santa Monica, and can give the campaign a few hours of your time on Election Day, please contact the campaign at sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com.

    Santa Monica Airport is too important to lose! Please help now – protecting SMO protects your airport too!


    Thanks for your support!

    AOPA Government Affairs Team

    This election will be that close!  You have probably heard that control of Santa Monica Airport’s future could be decided in the November election. A local citizens group has put a measure on the ballot that would protect Santa Monica Airport from City efforts to strangle the airport and redevelop the property (Measure D<http://www.smvotersdecide.com/read-the-initiative/>).  The City has responded with its own competing ballot measure that would keep its hands free to pursue airport closure.   The outcome of this vote is crucial to the future of SMO!



    We just learned that developers are helping the anti-airport crowd, contributing to support the City’s ballot measure, and the Mayor has admitted to taking money from developers<http://www.smvotersdecide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Santa-Monica-Mayor-Pam-campaign-finance-mistakes.jpg> while voting to approve their projects!



    AOPA has been working with the campaign committee, but the fight gets tougher every day, and now the anti-airport crowd is pulling out all the stops! Pro-development forces won’t stop until the airport is closed, and SMO’s 227 acres have been transformed into high density development.



    If they succeed in closing SMO, every airport in California is at risk!  Winning this battle will strengthen their hand, and encourage them to go after other airport properties.



    Let’s stop them here and now!  Your support is crucial in these last few weeks.  Your contribution of just $25 or $50<https://secure.qgiv.com/for/smfoahdd/> will give the campaign the resources to fight all the way to Election Day.



    The Campaign is also looking for Volunteers to help get out the pro-airport vote.  Your help on Election Day could provide those crucial last few votes we need to win this issue.  If live near Santa Monica, and can give the campaign a few hours of your time on Election Day, please contact the campaign at sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com<mailto:sfalcioni@smvotersdecide.com>.



    Santa Monica Airport is too important to lose!  Please help now – protecting SMO protects your airport too!



    Thanks for your support!





    AOPA Government Affairs Team
  • 15 Oct 2014 11:38 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    CARLSBAD, CA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Southern California Aviation Association continues to advance business aviation in Southern California. And the dynamic group is bringing the region’s young people along for the journey.

    As part of its ongoing mission to mentor, educate and encourage young people to get involved in business aviation, SCAA is teaming with Premier Jet to host a new Aviation Exploring Post Open House on Tuesday, October 21. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be held at Premier Jet’s facilities at McClellan Palomar Airport in beautiful Carlsbad, CA.

    The event will offer an exclusive opportunity for young people to learn about and become involved in Aviation Exploring. Aviation Exploring is a unique and invaluable hands-on program that helps pave the way for young men and women ages 14 to 20 to launch careers in the exciting aviation industry.

    “We are extremely excited about this event,” said SCAA President Craig Foster. “It represents an opportunity to introduce young people to experienced, passionate veterans in the Southern California aviation industry. Not only are we helping expose a whole new crop of area youth to the industry we all love and work in, but we’re helping pave the way for the next generation of workers, leaders and innovators. It’s a big deal, and we’re proud to be a big part of it.”

    At this exclusive event, young attendees will have the opportunity to network with pilots, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, aircraft mechanics and more. It will also serve as an entryway to additional Aviation Exploring events and functions for interested participants.

    Aviation Exploring regularly presents its young participants and members with an opportunity to participate in aviation activities like flying lessons, flight scenarios and tours of airports and other aviation facilities. Skills and practices taught at Aviation Exploring events include aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aircraft manufacturing, ground handling operations, leadership methods and more.

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    About Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA)

    Established in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) focuses on safety, mentoring, career development and networking in the aviation industry. The stated mission of SCAA is to advance and promote aviation-related business throughout Southern California; to be proactive in addressing concerns impacting the region’s airports, including safety and operations; and to promote education on the importance of business aviation to Southern California communities, companies and the general public. SCAA membership is comprised of corporate, service sector and non-profit entities, as well as individuals with a strictly aviation focus. As part of its mission to promote and grow the aviation industry, SCAA also awards multiple scholarships and awards each year. You can learn more online at www.socalaviation.org.  

    About Premier Jet

    Also headquartered in Carlsbad, Premier Jet is a comprehensive and power-packed aviation and flight-support company that continues to innovate and excel in the industry. Premier Jet offers flight support services, concierge services, hangar and office leases, charter services and more from its state-of-the art facilities, located onsite at McClellan-Palomar Airport. You can learn more online at www.premierjet.com.

    For more information about SCAA, contact Debi Carpenter at debic@socalaviation.org or 760.390.7386. www.socalaviation.org.  


  • 14 Aug 2014 4:41 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    Desi Cechin, age 5, is fighting cancer and now she has a new ally on her side.

    On the morning of August 16, Orange County-based private jet charter firm STAjets will be flying Desi from the Palm Springs airport to New York City (Teterboro) so that she can undergo crucial surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

    In early April, Desi doubled over with such terrible stomach pain that she was rushed to the ER. It was there the doctor told Desi's parents she had a huge, cancerous, aggressive tumor in her abdomen.

    Desi is fighting neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that strikes about 650 kids per year in the United States. Desi's case is the worst kind: high-risk stage 4. The bad news continued. The tumor already was 11cm x 10 cm long and wrapping around her aorta.

    "We are living in a nightmare," Laura Palada, Desi's mom, said. "One day she's playing at school, then the next you're living in a hospital unit.

    At Loma Linda University Medical Center, Desi had been going through her fourth round of chemotherapy. It is here where the family learned of a revolutionary treatment program at Sloan Kettering on Manhattan's Upper East Side. At Sloan Kettering, Dr. Michael La Quaglia performs about two tumor surgeries a week. It is, also, at Sloan Kettering where a special antibody therapy called 3F8 is used instead of the grueling bone marrow transplants which are routine treatment elsewhere.

    But how do you get a child with a compromised immune system to NYC from California? You need a private charter. Unfortunately, most of the charter planes that fly children to hospitals are not pressurized and are unable to fly across the country.

    That's where STAjets stepped in.

  • 24 Jun 2014 2:35 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    California Aviation Day at the Capitol

    Business aviation was well represented on the Capitol steps in Sacramento during the second annual Aviation Awareness Day.  NBAA sponsored a table under the big tent, and participated in visits to legislators’ offices to encourage attendance and raise awareness of the value of aviation, especially general aviation, among  CA elected officials.  Addition business aviation sponsors included SCAA, NorCalBAA, Napa Jet Center, and Aeroplex/AeroLease. 


    Regional Group Events

    Numerous business aviation events took place in Western Region recently including the Southern and Northern California Schedulers and Dispatchers Group (SONO) in Hayward; AZBAA Charity Golf Event in Scottsdale; SCAA’s Charity Golf  Event in Carlsbad and SCAA Career Day at Van Nuys; NorCalBAA Safety Day in San Jose; and NVBAA’s  sponsorship of Sunset High School’s winning entry in the GAMA Build-a-Plane competition by X-Plane.  All of these groups are to be congratulated on their commitment to excellence and helping nurture the next generation of business aviation professionals.


    Regional Groups Roundtable, June 5

    NBAA sponsored the second annual Regional Groups Roundtable in San Antonio.  The Roundtable is an opportunity for local and regional business aviation group leaders to gather for a full day of shared discussions on topics of their choice.  We host this event at no charge because we recognize the value independent regional groups bring to their aviation communities, and encourage strong leadership representation at the table. 


    NBAA Regional Forum in Van Nuys, June 26

    We look forward to seeing you all at the Regional Forum next month.  Registration is open on the NBAA website at http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20140626/


    Santa Monica Airport

    As part of the latest move against KSMO, City staff is developing a plan to “position the city to close all or part” of the airport.  The proposal includes a leasing policy to discourage aeronautical uses; elimination of aviation fuel sales; and creation of new land use zoning that promotes non-aeronautical development on airport land. A group of local citizens has submitted legal paperwork to circulate a petition among Santa Monica voters for a ballot initiative.  If enough signatures are gathered, a referendum will appear on the November ballot that, if approved, will require City officials to obtain voter approval before changing current land uses on airport property. 

     

    Why should we care so much about Santa Monica Airport?

    KSMO is an irreplaceable public asset.  It provides good paying jobs, valuable open space, and extraordinary access to a thriving historic community.  In 1949 the City of Santa Monica signed a lifetime contract with the Federal Government to maintain this asset, one of about 200 U.S. communities with similar commitments for airport lands.  It should be difficult, as difficult as our government, our justice system, and our aviation industry can make it, for Santa Monica or any other community, to vacate those commitments.  Our national aviation system depends upon the vision of past generations and the performance of current leaders to serve the interest of the traveling public.  You can count on NBAA to do our part.


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