• 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

    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.

  • 04 Mar 2014 11:45 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
    Hi Debi,

    Thank you for checking in. The training was amazing, The guys at ProFlight provided a fully customized program designed to meet my specific needs. As non ATP pilot with little jet time I was very nervous going in, however the online learning management system that they gave me access to before I arrived gave me a solid foundation. I found that I was prepared for all subject matters and classroom knowledge was a breeze given the preparation. The instructors were very knowledgeable in regard to both the Citation and real world flying. I will be recommending ProFlight to others!

    In November, I took a job flying TBM's out of Camarillo building single pilot turbine time. I have since reached out to Citation operators in southern California and I should be providing contract pilot services in the CJ3 very soon. Last month, I interviewed with Lattitude 33 and this month I have an interview with Clay Lacy.

    Basically things are going great. I owe a great deal to SCAA, thank you!


  • 24 Jan 2014 9:40 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)



    (Carlsbad, Calif., January 24, 2014) –The Southern California Aviation Association’s (SCAA) Safety Committee announced its new SHARE web portal, and second SHARE Roundtable scheduled for February 27th at Long Beach’s AirFlite. SHARE (Safety Hazard Awareness Reporting & Empowerment) is a program designed by SCAA and powered by Baldwin Aviation to create an open format for dialogue and sharing of safety data.

    The SHARE web portal pools safety data from corporate flight departments and general aviation professionals through the electronic SHARE web portal in a de-identified, aggregated format. Participants can use this data and the SHARE roundtable hazard discussions to learn what safety challenges business and general aviation are experiencing.

    Through SHARE, participants identify trends, deviations, successful programs, current issues, and discuss information that can improve the safety among operators. All this is done openly and candidly in a confidential setting. SHARE creates an environment in which operators can feel comfortable enough to share their experiences. Overall, SHARE participants will be able to learn from each other and benefit from a larger collective data and experience set, with the goal of not having to learn any lesson more than once.

      “SCAA’s Safety Committee is confident you will gain value from joining SHARE,” said Candace Covington, SCAA’s Safety Committee Chair. “Whether your flight department has a safety reporting system or not, you can participate with your peers to review case studies, safety reporting challenges and successes, as well as discuss industry hot topics and best practices. It is a great way to improve your safety reporting program.”

    The SHARE web portal is being provided by Baldwin Aviation, a company dedicated to providing the tools aviation needs to enhance safety. Baldwin’s participation in SHARE ensures the value of this program, by providing a larger collective data and experience set, with the goal of not learning any lesson more than once. As a SHARE participant, Southern California operators will have a new, innovative tool available to their safety programs.

    This will be an SCAA staple for future safety events,” said Chuck Reeves, Qualcomm’s Director of Aviation and SHARE participant. “It was a really great and pointed discussion on topics that impact all flight departments.”


    Southern California Aviation Association’s Mission
    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 our communities, companies and the general public.

    Southern California Aviation Association’s Safety Committee Mission
    In support of the SCAA Mission, the Safety Committee will proactively promote aviation safety education throughout the region. To this end, the Safety Committee shall develop and facilitate safety education events and/or related communications addressing all disciplines of general and business aviation.

    Baldwin Aviation’s Mission Statement
    Baldwin Aviation is committed to enhancing the aviation safety culture by providing cost-effective Safety Management Programs and support services. SCAA is the first regional Association adopting the Baldwin software for their SHARE program.  Baldwin will be offering this program to other U.S. based regional organizations and safety groups as well. To learn more about Baldwin Aviation visit

    To join SHARE visit

    For more information about SCAA, contact Debi Carpenter at or 760.390.7386. 



  • 20 Dec 2013 2:14 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    Thank all of you who attended the NBAA Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.  By any standard it was a successful and productive conference with over 25,000 in attendance was over 25,000 and over 80 business aircraft on display at Henderson Executive Airport.  This year included a light business aircraft display at the exhibit hall, and feedback from exhibitors indicates they were very pleased with the quality of the customers who stopped by.  We look forward to seeing many of you soon at the 25th NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans, January 14-17, 2014.

    NBAA Regional Representatives attended the fall conference of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in September. CALTRANS Division of Aeronautics Chief, Gary Cathey, attended the NASAO conference on the very heels of his return from his U.S. Air Force Reserve service in Afghanistan and we were glad to welcome him home.  NBAA works closely with NASAO on advocacy and communications efforts in Washington. Learn more about state aviation on the California Aeronautics website

    Santa Monica Airport is on the front page again.  October 30 the City filed a lawsuit against the federal government to invalidate a 1948 Surplus Property agreement that requires the property to remain a public use airport.  Santa Monica’s claim could set a precedent for federal property agreements around the country. NBAA’s legal advisors are actively engaged in research to assure to assist FAA in preserving business access to KSMO.  The deadline for FAA to respond to the City’s claim is January 10, 2014.

    Passage of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act by Congress is good news for aircraft manufacturers.  The legislation calls for FAA to adopt “consensus-based, design-specific standards” that place greater emphasis on aircraft-and systems-specific criteria, over broader industry parameters such as the aircraft weight-and-propulsion method used now. President Obama signed the bill into law in November.

    San Diego Air and Space Hall of Fame NBAA was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other 2013 inductees included such notables as NASA Mission Control, WWII Aces Dean “Diz” Laird and Bud Anderson, and the U S Airways’ Flight 1549 Crew.  NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen accepted the award on behalf of NBAA.  SCAA President Steve Nielsen, Minnie Nielsen, Chris Nielsen, Scott Cutshall of Clay Lacy and members of the NBAA Board of Directors were there to share in the excitement.

    NBAA is partnering with the Association of California Airports, California Pilots Association, AOPA and other associations to sponsor the second annual California Aviation Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, April 23, 2014.  This event will feature static displays on the capitol lawn and visits to state legislative offices to promote awareness of the economic value of general aviation.  Businesses, groups and individuals who want to help enhance the image and appreciation for business aviation in California are welcomed to participate. Learn more at 

    NBAA is wishing you all the very best of the holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year!

    Stacy Howard
    Western Regional Representative

  • 04 Nov 2013 9:08 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)

    NBAA's CAM Program Receives Widely Revered Accreditation Status

    Program is the first in the aviation industry to achieve this credential

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

    Washington, DC, Nov. 4, 2013 – After completing a rigorous, two-year application process, the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA’s) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program officially received accreditation on Oct. 28, 2013, from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), an independent body that developed the standards for professional credentialing programs.

    NCCA-accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations. NCCA has accredited approximately 300 programs, including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, and the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation. In addition there are many medical programs that are certified, such as those from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Medical Technologists, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and more.

    For current CAMs, anyone considering the CAM credential and employers, NCCA accreditation demonstrates that the credential is a valid measure of readiness to be an aviation manager. The CAM program is the first in the aviation industry to receive this accreditation credential.

    Launched in 2001, with the first exam offered on Oct. 6, 2003, the CAM program identifies qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. Through certification, these individuals demonstrate their level of expertise and commitment to the aviation industry, and are tested in five subject areas: leadership, human resources, operations, technical and facilities services, and business management.

    To complete the accrediting application process, the CAM Governing Board had to create more than 700 pages of documentation on meeting 21 NCCA standards.

    "We commend the work of the CAM Governing Board in reaching this major milestone for the program," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA and the business aviation community acknowledge CAMs as professionals who have demonstrated an exemplary level of industry knowledge and management skills, and this accreditation serves to underscore their outstanding achievements and leadership potential."

    Accreditation of a credentialing program by the NCCA demonstrates to the profession it represents, as well as to the general public, that the program has been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts and found to comply with the rigorous NCCA standards. Those standards cover: the autonomy of the credential’s governing body; fair and transparent policies and procedures; a process for exam development, implementation, delivery and maintenance that is psychometrically sound (psychometrics is the science of testing); and ongoing recertification requirements.

    To earn the NCCA’s approval, the CAM Governing Board thoroughly reviewed the program and made many improvements, including updating the CAM application and bylaws and developing new resources like the CAM Candidate Information Handbook, first released in early 2013. All of the CAM policies and procedures were evaluated, including what types of courses count for CAM credit, the requirements for recertification and many other aspects of the program.

    “We added value to the CAM program by earning NCCA accreditation,” said CAM Governing Board Chair Scott Rose. “Meeting the NCCA standard validates the work of NBAA and CAM to raise the standard of professionalism within our industry.”

    The NCCA has accredited the CAM program for a five-year period through Oct. 31, 2018. To ensure a professional credential remains relevant and current, its accreditation must be renewed every five years, and the program must submit an annual report, including all of its testing data.

    “Not just professionals, but also the people who employ them, can be confident they’ve been tested in a thorough way, and therefore, have the required expertise to do the job,” said Anjali Weber, director of accreditation services for the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), of which NCCA is the accrediting division.

    For more information, contact NBAA at, or learn more about the CAM program at

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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 9,000 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.

  • 07 Oct 2013 2:02 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
    NBAA Releases Letter to President, Congress: Government Shutdown Means Vital Industry Shutdown

    Washington, DC, October 4, 2013 – Today, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent a letter toCongressional Leaders and President Obama outlining the grave repercussions of the government shutdown on all aspects of the general aviation (GA)industry, including the purchase and use of small GA aircraft for business transport.

    As just one example of the shutdown’s impact on the industry, Bolen’s letter specifically outlines how the government shutdown has resulted in a halt in thepurchase, sale and production of all new general aviation airplane parts or aircraft, given that none of those things can occur without the written approval of the federal government, which operates out of theFederal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aircraft Registry in Oklahoma City, OK.

    The shutdown has led to the closure of the registry, even though, according to FAA data, over 10,000 aircraft registrations expire each month, and these registrations cannot be renewed while the registry is closed. As a result, the government shutdown is effectively grounding the general aviation industry, severely jeopardizing countless jobs, and America’s economy and infrastructure. In addition, many entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes rely on the airplanes for business flights, as docommunities, for critical servicesincluding medical transport, mail delivery and fire fighting.

    Thank you for your help!


    Stacy Howard
    Regional Representative
    NM, AZ, NV, CA, HI
    National Business Aviation Association<>
  • 19 Jun 2013 4:20 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
    Dear VNAA Members and Supporters:
    The Van Nuys Airport Association has repeatedly expressed, both verball and in writing, our opposition to Los Angeles World Airport's proposed deficit recovery program (DRP) at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The main purpose of the DRP is to assess leaseholders and tenants for any operational funding deficits that occur at VNY, for which they have no oversight or control. There are at least four versions of the DRP that appear in tenant lease agreements, most of which place operating deficits in any individual VNY budget category on the backs of airport tenants through annual assessments. The DRP contains no mechanism for airport tenants and users to object to, negotiate or opt-out of these provisions. Nor does it provide VNY tenants or users direct oversight of the airport's operating budget or the ability to enact spending reductions.

    We believe that the DRP 1) places an unfair and severe financial burden on VNY tenants, 2) poses severe negative impacts on the overall economic health of the airport and 3) is discriminatory and violates Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy and gran assurances.

    The VNAA, on behalf of the VNY tenants, has engaged a leading aviation law firm to outline our concerns to the Los Angeles city attorney in the hope of preventing implementation of the DRP. Attached  for your information is a summary of the correspondence sent on VNAA's behalf by Leonard D. Kirsch, Esq. of McBreen & Kopko to Raymond llgunas, Esq. of the Los Angeles City Attorney's office on May 30, 2013. Summary of the Objections to DRP (memo form) (1).pdf

    We will continue to educate the community on the challenges created by the DRP, and it is our hope that we can meet with LAWA officials and counsel to resolve this matter to everyone's benefit. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress regarding this important issue affecting the jobs and businesses at VNY.

    Curt Castagna
    VNAA President
  • 19 Jun 2013 9:18 AM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
    Business aviation was well represented during a successful legislative event on the capital steps in Sacramento in April. NBAA joined with SCAA, Van Nuys Airport Association, NorCal BAA, the Association of California Airports and numerous other California aviation groups to meet and greet state legislators and educate them about the quality and economic value of general aviation in California. As the 2013 legislative session continues, it will be important to grow and develop those initial relationships so that when aviation issues arise, we can serve as a resource to our state senators and assemblymen.

    On June 3rd, the FAA released its Report to Congress on the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative. Per the FAA report, "...federal regulatory process is not well suited to the helicopter noise situation in Los Angeles..." so FAA intends to follow through on the Initiative with a "series of actions in cooperation with local stakeholders to improve the helicopter noise situation within Los Angeles county."

    Southern California's Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) is actively participating in local stakeholder meetings with FAA and the general public. NBAA actively monitors H208 and its companion Senate Bill in Washington, and we urge business helicopter operators to reach out to their DC contingent. While you have their attention, be sure to mention that nighttime restrictions at Van Nuys and Burbank airports are also necessary, as evidenced by LAWA's having presented numerous Van Nuys operators with awards for their adherence to the voluntary measures currently in place.

    If you are an aircraft owner, you may have recently received a survey from the FAA asking about the hours and type of operations you conducted in the past year. NBAA encourages business operators to respond to this survey. It is conducted by a private firm, individual responses are kept confidential, and the results are used to compile statistical data about the safety of general aviation. To participate in the survey, visit

    The Santa Monica City Council recently voted to impose a new landing fee on all aircraft landing at the Santa Monica Airport. The new fee would result in a 250% fee increase, and for the first time, apply landing fees to SMO based aircraft as well as transient aircraft. NBAA has met with Santa Monica tenants to learn how this will impact their businesses, and we continue to communicate with the FAA offices in Los Angeles and Washington DC to express our concerns about both the methodology and the process used for arriving at the new fee structure.

    As we head into the hottest days of summer, the May/June issue of NBAA Business Insider has some good summer flying reminders about hot weather performance data. you can view the BI on-line at the NBAA website.
  • 29 May 2013 6:56 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
    The Aircraft mechanics Program at Southern California's Van Nuys Airport (VNY) has been a vital part of the local aviation community for more than 30 years, but it almost had to close its doors this year - until a group of airport businesses and civic leaders joined forces to secure a $1-a -year lease for the school.

    Established by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and run by the district's North Valley Occupational Center, the school trains nearly 200 students a year in airframe and powerplant (A&P) maintenance. It's one of the only A&P programs of its kind open to high school students and provides both classroom instruction and hands-on training at the school's Van Nuys hanger.

    "The school has a tremendous history at the airport in terms of chemistry with the businesses here," said Curt Castagna, president and CEO of Aerolease Group, which manages two facilities and hosts multiple businesses at Van Nuys.

    "This is one of the nation's busiest general aviation airports, and LAUSD's aviation school is a great example of the economic benefits it creates in the San Fernando Valley, providing residents with opportunities for highly skilled, high-paying jobs, and providing airport businesses with well-trained mechanics, he said.

    As president of the Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA), Castagna knows several mechanics and maintenance directors working for Los Angeles area Part 91 and Part 135 operations who are graduates of the NVOC Aircraft Mechanics Program.

    Threatened by Budge Cuts and Rising Rents

    Last year, the school learned its rent at Van Nuys would rise to $12,000 per month. Like many school districts across the country, LAUSD faces serious fiscal challenges and announced it might have to close the A&P program.

    The VNAA, which includes several NBAA members like Castagna, identified a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provision that would allow Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which operates VNY, to charge the A&P school only $1 a year in rent. In most cases, the FAA's guidance is for airports to charge tenants the fair-market rate for rent, but it makes a special exception for nonprofit and educational programs.

    "Our industry needs trained mechanics," said Castagna. "So we reached out to school board member Nuri Martinez and our congressman, Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-29-CA), to help find a mutually beneficial solution with LAWA and the FAA."

    LAWA agreed and requested the FAA's approval to offer the special rate to the local A&P program. NBAA, along with other industry groups, wrote letters urging the FAA to approve LAWA's request.

    In addition, Si Robin, owner of Sensor Systems, Inc., where many of the school's graduates work making aircraft antennas, made a $100,00 donation to the program.

    On May 14, LAWA announced the $1-a-year lease had been approved and the school would stay open.

    "This was a collaborative effort between the Van Nuys Airport Association, airport tenants, LAWA, elected officials, industry groups and the FAA." said Castagna. "It really demonstrates what can be accomplished by coming together for a positive cause."
  • 29 May 2013 1:08 PM | Debi Carpenter (Administrator)
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