Think back to when you were a fresh-faced kid staring into a beckoning sky, building the foundations of the passion for flying that has sustained your life since. The future of general aviation depends on reigniting that dream in younger generations, and all of us owe it to our roots to play a part in fanning the flames.
When NBAA’s annual Schedulers and Dispatchers conference last visited Savannah, Ga., in 2008, it was at the apex of the industry’s most recent successful period. That conference attracted more than 2,600 attendees, the highest total in the show’s history, as well as 390 exhibitors. The end of that year marked the start of the recession that has ravaged economies around the world.
NBAA announced the dates for this year’s four regional business aviation forums. The first takes place on February 17 at the Avitat FBO at Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport. On April 14, Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field will host the forum, while the third event on June 8 will be held at Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
NBAA released its 2010 Business Aviation Fact Book, a comprehensive profile of the industry that provides real-world information and data about its value. According to the report, business aviation contributes some $150 billion to U.S. economic output and generates more than a million jobs.
StandardAero and Corporate Angel Network (CAN) announced that CAN will receive a donation of more than $1,500 in conjunction with the second annual Business Aviation Motorcycle Charity Ride, which will take place after the closing of the current NBAA Convention.
Sometimes we like to blow our own horns a bit.
The NBAA National Meeting and Convention will be hosting a Career in Business Aviation Day on Thursday for local youth from 12 years old to college students. The goal of this initiative is to slow the erosion of existing talent in the business aviation industry and attract the next generation of aviation enthusiasts and innovators.
To enhance safety and protect the aircraft at the static display at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, the NBAA is offering to loan exhibitors Plane Sights static wick covers and aircraft markers. The equipment, which the NBAA is offering at no charge, makes wing tips and static dischargers more obvious to setup personnel and distracted attendees who might otherwise inadvertently cause damage.
Sky Hope Network, a new nonprofit organization, has been established in the wake of the business aviation industry’s volunteer response to the Haiti earthquake.