• 19 Jun 2013 9:18 AM | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous
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  • 29 May 2013 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to fix the state's notorious Proposition 65 law because it "has been abused by some unscrupulous lawyers driven by profit rather than public health," according to a statement from the governor's office. The outcome could affect a Prop 65 lawsuit filed last year by "citizen enforcers" against FBOs and aviation fuel distributors and producers. The law requires the governor to publish annually a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, and businesses where chemicals on this list are sold must display a "Prop 65" warning label. Because the law allows almost any attorney or citizen to file suits when the law isn't being followed, a cottage industry has developed to threaten lawsuits against violators. If the violater agrees to settle the matter, these groups can retain a portion of the settlement funds. Citizens have filed nearly 2,000 such complaints since 2008. One of them is from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), which filed notices of violation against California FBOs and fuel distributors and producers in may 2011. The FBOs and fuel companies formed a coalition to fight the CEH action and filed a lawsuit against CEH and the attorney general of the State of California. That dispute has yet to be resolved.
  • 17 May 2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous
    FET Audit Assessments to Be Suspended While Guidance Developed

    Washington, DC, May 16, 2013 -  The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed action from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspending tax assessments that could be applied to aircraft management companies during federal excise tax (FET) audits, giving the agency time to work with industry on additional guidance.

    "We applaud this decision by the IRS as it addresses an issue that has caused unprecedented concern about potential retroactive and future tax liabilities throughout the business aviation community." said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "While the IRS will complete open audits, management companies can be secure in the fact that while additional guidance is developed, they will not face potentially crippling tax assessments as a result of those audits."

    Last week, NBAA along with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) met with senior leaders of the IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division to make the case for suspending FET audits dealing with aircraft management fees while the industry works with the IRS on developing additional guidance.

    During the meeting, NBAA explained that previous guidance on FET applicable to management companies is unclear, and Members face uncertainty regarding their potential retroactive and future tax liability.  Since the release of an audit technique guide in 2008 and a chief counsel advice memorandum in 2012, the IRS has become more aggressive in audits of aircraft management companies and charter operators. In particular, auditors were assessing FET on a wide variety of non-commercial flight operations, including flights by aircraft owners under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations in situations where services are provided by a management company.

    "Since 2008, NBAA has been diligently working with senior officials at the IRS t address significant industry concerns about the applicability of FET to management companies," said Bolen.  "Today's announcement that IRS will suspend any potential assessments on these audits until the work to develop formal guidance is complete frees hundreds of businesses from significant financial uncertainty."

    NBAA will continue its work with IRS and Treasury Department officials to develop clear and precise guidance as to the applicability of FET to aircraft management arrangements. NBAA anticipates that this additional guidance will be issued in the coming months.

    "We sincerely appreciate the willingness of IRS to meet with NBAA and NATA on this issue and look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue in the coming months." Bolen said.
  • 10 May 2013 4:38 PM | Anonymous
    Washington, DC, May 10, 2013 - National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that 149 contract air traffic control (ATC) towers, slated for closure next month, will instead remain open throughout the federal government's 2013 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

    "We applaud the decision by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to leave these towers open," Bolen said. "As we have long said, these tower facilities are integral components in the world's safest, largest, most diverse and most efficient aviation system.

    "Without the threat of imminent closure, DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now have the additional time necessary to develop a thorough and informed plan to manage the agency's priorities under mandatory budget sequestration," Bolen added.

    The FAA's announcement comes following significant concerns about the tower closures that have been raised by elected officials at all levels of government.

    Legislation introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, entitled the "Reducing flight Delays Act of 2013," provided authority for the FAA and DOT to reallocate up to $253 million in available funds.

    That intent of the legislation was underscored in Congressional letters, signed by 82 House representatives and 41 senators, calling on LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to keep the towers open.  Learn more about the House and Senate efforts to preserve contract tower facilities.

    In a separate letter to the FAA administrator, 70 mayors and other local officials in communities that would be affected by tower closures stated, "Aviation and our local airports are a critical economic lifeline for these communities, and we simply cannot afford this type of devastating blow at a time when our communities are already struggling to recover." Learn more about the mayors' letter.

    The FAA announced in early March its intent to close the towers, which are located across the country, in order to comply with budget sequestration, or budget curtailment at all federal agencies.

    In the weeks following that announcement, NBAA repeatedly met with FAA officials to outline the industry's concerns about the agency's tower-closure plan.  The concerns NBAA expressed in those meetings culminated in a March 12 letter from Bolen to Huerta, offering suggestions to help mitigate the impact of the tower closings on operations. Review Bolen's letter in its entirety.

  • 10 May 2013 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and the Scholarship Committee again for the Aviation Career Training Scholarship. I was both surprised and honored to receive this award. I appreciate your confidence in me and willingness to contribute to my future education.

    I also wanted to thank you for planning the golf tournament and dinner. It seemed to be a huge success. I know that my guest and I had a great time meeting and networking with others within the aviation community.

    It is comforting to know that there are many out there committed to helping others grow and succeed in the aviation industry. Thank you again for the support. Your generosity truly makes a difference.

    Matt Waterman
  • 06 May 2013 11:49 AM | Anonymous
    Washington D.C., May 6, 2013 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed renewed calls to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for using authority provided for in recently approved legislation to preserve 149 federal contract air traffic control (ATC) towers slated for closure next month under mandatory budget sequestration.

    Last week, President Obama signed into law the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013, authorizing the FAA to reallocated funds within its own budget to end employee furloughs at ATC towers across the country.

    Tower proponents say the bill has also given the FAA the flexibility to use agency funding to stave off tower closures currently scheduled to begin June 15.  Separate House and Senate letters sent last week to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood strongly reiterated that message.

    "By providing up to $253 million in funding authority - far above the amount required to prevent furloughs - Congressional intent is clear: FAA must prevent the slated closure of 149 contract towers by fully funding the contract tower program," reads a May 2 letter co-written by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and signed by 39 colleagues. Read the Senate letter to the FAA in its entirety.

    In a letter authored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) and Frederica Wilson (D-24-FL), and signed by 80 colleagues, lawmakers noted the national airspace system is "a comprehensive network of intertwined facilities," including contract control towers, and that the preservation of those facilities is "intrinsic to the authority granted in this law to ensure a safe and efficient air transportation system."

    "Many members of Congress expressed concerns regarding FAA's decision to close 149 contract air traffic control towers," the House letter concludes. "We expect to hear very soon how FAA and DOT will take immediate steps to fund [these facilities]." Read the House letter to the FAA in its entirety.

    NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed his appreciation for lawmakers' support in calling on the FAA and DOT to preserve the towers. "These contract tower facilities are vital components in maintaining our robust national airspace system as the safest, largest and most efficient in the world," Bolen said. "Congressional leaders have demonstrated their understanding of the importance of these facilities by allowing the FAA to reallocated funds as necessary to keep these towers open."

    The FAA announced in early march its intent to close more than 100 federal contract towers in order to comply with budget sequestration, which requires all federal agencies to curtail their operational budgets for the remaining fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

    NBAA and other aviation organizations have repeatedly met with FAA officials to outline the industry's concerns about the agency's tower-closure plan.  On March 12, Bolen wrote FAA Administrator Michael Huerta outlining the Association's position on the plan, and offering suggestions to help mitigate the impact tower closings on operations. Review Bolen's letter in its entirety
  • 22 Mar 2013 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    NBAA's Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202)

    Washington, DC, March 22, 2013 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today released the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) decision to proceed with the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities across the United States, to comply with "sequestration," or mandatory budget curtailments required of federal agencies:

    "From the time it was determined that government agencies would be required to adhere to the sequestration order, NBAA has recognized the difficulties of this unique and complex situation. Our desire has been to work with the FAA to limit the impact from sequestration, and keep as many control towers and facilities open as possible.

    "To that end, NBAA representatives have had numerous face-to-face meetings with top FAA officials to provide options for meeting the challenges faced by the agency. Our suggestions were codified in my March 12 letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle, outlining the Association's position on the proposed closures, which also offered suggestions to help mitigate the impact on operations, in the event that tower closures became a reality.

    "While it appears FAA officials took some of our concerns into account – 40 towers originally slated for closure will now remain open – we are frustrated that the FAA has nevertheless chosen to move ahead with the closure of 149 facilities targeted in its original sequester-response plan. At the same time, we recognize it's critically important that we continue to cooperate with agency officials to ensure the closures that will happen are as workable as possible for our Member Companies. We will continue working with the FAA with that objective in view.

    "As we have repeatedly said, air traffic control towers play an integral role in ensuring America's aviation system remains the safest, largest and most efficient in the world. There are few services more important to all citizens, companies, and communities than aviation, so our work with the FAA will focus on containing, to the greatest degree possible, any negative effects of the agency's decision."

    Review the FAA's list of contract air traffic control towers slated for closure.

    Review the FAA's list of contract air traffic control towers that will remain open.

    NBAA will continually update its Members on major developments about the sequester's impact on aviation; for answers to questions as needed, NBAA Members can contact the Association's Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250, or

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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

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