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  • 6 Apr 2021 7:28 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized how the COVID-19 era has made clear the importance of effective communication between government and industry, in remarks he provided during an April 5 General Aviation (GA) Safety Town Hall presentation hosted by the FAA.

    Participating in a discussion with FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and five other association leaders, Bolen noted that, while the pandemic has introduced unparalleled challenges, it has also prompted innovative thinking between regulators and industry stakeholders, including the formation of ways to operate in ATC Zero environments, protect unfettered access to airports, keep pilots flying and support other industry priorities.

    Such opportunities for collaboration are “really what this year has all been about,” Bolen continued, adding the pandemic has presented “a tremendous time of cooperation, as we’ve tried to figure out how we move forward.” He also noted the importance of leveraging technologies used during the pandemic to promote enduring aviation priorities, “to get the word out about what we’re doing together to promote safety, advance aviation sustainability, and bring in a new generation of leaders from diverse backgrounds.

    The industry didn’t “just stop and hunker down” over the past 12 months, he said, “but rather utilized the decrease in business travel to invest in readiness for duty, today and tomorrow.”

    A second panel discussion addressed COVID-specific changes to general aviation safety, and the industry’s post-COVID outlook. Jamal Wilson, FAA Alaska ADS-B expansion lead and host of the town hall, also encouraged GA operators and trip organizers to continue following procedures outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when flying in the current environment.

    The town hall closed with a Q&A featuring FAA subject matter experts, who addressed audience questions on topics including the agency’s recently issued COVID-19 guidance for aviation medical examiners in issuing pilot certificates; the FAA’s role in approving new technologies for training and on the flight deck; and concerns over efforts in some communities to close their local GA airports.

  • 3 Mar 2021 2:43 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    Washington, DC, March 2, 2021 –  In testimony before the Aviation Subcommittee to the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized that while thousands of small general aviation (GA) businesses that support 1.2 million jobs experienced significant disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is resilient and looking toward the future.  

    In his testimony before the hearing, titled “COVID-19’s Effects on U.S. Aviation and the Flight Path to Recovery,” Bolen spoke of the pandemic’s profound and lingering toll on general aviation aircraft operators and businesses across the country.

    “Beginning in March 2020, the GA industry began to suffer significant impacts due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions and shutdowns,” he said. “This severe and unprecedented reduction in flight activity had devastating consequences from fixed-based operators, to maintenance shops, charter operators and GA airports.”

    The U.S. aircraft maintenance industry alone lost 50,000 jobs due to the pandemic, Bolen continued, and more than 80% of companies saw revenue declines compared with 2019. General aviation airports suffered steep drop-offs to traffic and revenue – some by nearly 90% – and thousands of small and mid-size businesses generating $77 billion in annual labor income faced unprecedented challenges.

    “Despite these unrelenting challenges, the GA community continues its commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts,” Bolen said, citing companies such as lab service provider Quest Diagnostics, which utilizes GA aircraft to promptly transport COVID tests for processing, and air charter operators that continued performing missions to transport human organs for transplant.

    Watch the House Aviation Subcommittee hearing.

    Bolen also thanked lawmakers for quick passage of the CARES Act in March 2020, which contained the Air Carrier Payroll Support Program (PSP) and Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which collectively brought much-needed relief to citizens and companies across the country. Both programs have since been extended through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

    In his remarks, Bolen also thanked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies for rapidly standing up programs that provided much-needed relief for general aviation. For example, the entire GA community worked with the FAA to develop Special Federal Aviation Regulation SFAR 118, which maintained safety while reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure by providing additional time for operators to meet certain FAA requirements.

    However, he cautioned that further relief measures might be needed, even as the nation takes initial steps to emerge from the pandemic. “The ongoing reductions in business travel, and the potential for additional COVID-related [impacts] create significant uncertainty for our community, and we appreciate your consideration of future GA relief needs,” Bolen said.

    Despite COVID-19’s detrimental effects, Bolen also emphasized the many ways business aviation continued to innovate and strengthen over the past year, including a major commitment to sustainability, by focusing on the increased production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    The industry has also committed to several initiatives to encourage a more diverse, equitable and inclusive business aviation community and witnessed impressive ongoing development of near-future technologies such as advanced air mobility transportation.

    “The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the GA industry; however, it has also demonstrated our resiliency and critical importance to thousands of communities,” Bolen concluded. “While there certainly have challenges on the horizon, we are optimistic about the future and thank this subcommittee for its continuing commitment to all aviation industry sectors.”

    Read Bolen’s testimony in its entirety.

    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 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at nbaa.org.

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  • 1 Mar 2021 2:34 PM | Delaney Johnston (Administrator)

    Register today for the CABAA Safety Committee Tony Kern Webinar on March 11th! Link to register: https://cabaa.com/events. See the Tony Kern Promotional Video.mov to learn more about the event.

  • 6 Feb 2021 9:33 AM | Delaney Johnston (Administrator)

    The CDC has published a new order requiring pre-departure COVID-19 testing for all passengers, including business aviation passengers, arriving to the U.S. from international locations. The linked NBAA article explains in detail.

  • 5 Feb 2021 8:39 AM | Delaney Johnston (Administrator)

    Attention all CABAA members! The NBAA has recently announced two 20% off discount codes created for members of local and regional aviation groups, like CABAA. These discount codes are for two virtual events:

    NBAA GO Flight Operations Conference: use discount code RGFL20
    NBAA GO Leadership Summit: use discount code LEAD-REP20

    Registration is open on NBAA’s site. Be sure to enter the discount code while checking out!

    For reminders and updates, please follow our new CABAA Linkedin page: https://lnkd.in/guiWQpd
  • 20 Nov 2020 7:57 AM | Mark Quandahl (Administrator)

    Have you registered for VBACE on December 2nd and 3rd? Registration is free for all NBAA members at: https://nbaa.org/professional-development/on-demand-education/nbaa-go/2020-vbace/register-to-attend-vbace/.

    Once you have registered, plan your VBACE schedule at:  https://nbaa.org/professional-development/on-demand-education/nbaa-go/2020-vbace/vbace-program-schedule/.

    The NBAA Local and Regional Group Committee is hosting five events during VBACE. Make sure to mark your calendars:

    12/2 from 12:00-1:00 PM EST-Local and Regional Group Outstanding Excellence by a Local or Regional Group Award Presentation

    12/2 from 2:30-3:30 PM EST- Disaster Preparedness for Regional BizAv Groups

    12/2 from 4:00-5:00 PM EST- Regional Groups & BizAv Career Engagement

    12/3 from 2:30-3:30 PM EST- Regional BizAv Group Fundraising in Difficult Times

    12/3 from 4:00-5:00 PM EST-Networking and Staying in Touch with Regional BizAv Group Membership

    We hope to “see” you there!

    Jenny Showalter

    Client Services Manager

    Aviation Personnel International

  • 24 Sep 2020 9:13 AM | Delaney Johnston (Administrator)

    First Officer Courtland Savage was boarding a United Express flight to Bentonville, Arkansas, and heading towards the cockpit when a passenger handed him bags to put in the overhead locker.

    "I immediately felt angry, but I knew I couldn't be angry. I knew I had to just smile and say: 'Hey, I'm not the flight attendant, I'm the pilot' and then proceed to the cockpit to fly the plane.'"

    For Savage, who is Black, changing preconceptions about being a pilot is key to diversifying the aviation industry.

    See article here.

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