Testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen challenges critics who have questioned the value of business aviation. Says Bolen, "It's dangerous because it's costing jobs. It's dangerous because it is threatening an entire manufacturing base. It's dangerous because it is taking away a tool many companies absolutely rely on to remain competitive and survive."
I N D U S T R Y NEWS CALENDAR BRIEFINGS year authorization bill that provides much needed investment in safety, ATC ACI-NA — Airports Council modernization, FAA operations, airport MARCH International– North America improvements, and aviation research. 12 Annual AMAC Industry Day; Washington, D.C.; www.amac-org.com president Greg Principato testifies Members also support the system of 10 - 1 2 2009 ACI Air Cargo Conference; Memphis, TN; www.aci-na.org before the House Transportation passenger transportation and general 10 - 1 2 Aviation Industry Expo; Las Vegas, NV; www.aviationindustryexpo.com and Infrastructure Committee aviation fuel taxes in combination with 1 3 - 1 4 NBAA Light Business Airplane Conference; San Diego, CA; www.nbaa.org Subcommittee on Aviation on the general fund revenues to support FAA 15-17 AAAE/Great Lakes Chapter National Air Service Conference; Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation system.The new FAA Phoenix, AZ; www.aaae.org (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2009 funding bill – The FAA Reauthorization 15-18 Operations & Technical Affairs Conference; San Diego, CA; www.aci-na.org and expresses the need for increases in Act of 2009 (H.R.915) – is nearly identi- 15-18 12th Annual AAAE GIS Conference; Chicago, IL; www.aaae.org the passenger facility charge (PFC) cap cal to H.R. 2881 in 2008. 23-27 FAA IT/ISS Partnership & Training Conference; Dallas, TX; www.faa.gov and Airport Improvement Program 24-26 Passenger Terminal Expo 2009; London; www.passengerterminal-expo.com (AIP) funding, to finance essential air- A S T M I N T ’ L — o f We s t 25-27 ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Conference; Washington, D.C.; www.aci-na.org port construction projects. Principato Conshohocken, PA releases an updat- 25-27 Airport Safety & Operations Specialist School; Austin, TX; www.aaae.org says that the current maximum PFC of ed edition of Manual 5, Aviation Fuel 31-4/1 34th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference; Washington, D.C.; www.faa.gov $4.50 is worth only $2.46 today when Quality Control Procedures featuring com- APRIL construction cost inflation figures are mon procedures used by fuel handlers 1- 4 52nd Annual AEA International Convention; Dallas, TX; www.aea.net applied; ACI-NA supports an increase to assess and protect aviation fuel qual- 5-8 ACI-NA Economics & Finance Conference; Seattle, WA; www.aci-na.org to at least $7.50 with indexing for con- ity; www.astm.org. 5-8 ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Conference; Seattle, WA; www.aci-na.org struction cost inflation. 5-8 ACI-NA Business Information Technologies Conference; • The American Assn. of Airport BRANSON (MO) AIRPORT — the Seattle, WA; www.aci-na.org Executives also offered similar testimo- first privately developed and operated 7-9 2009 China/U.S. Aviation Summit; Beijing, China; www.aaae.org ny to the committee, calling for at least commercial service airport in the U.S., 15-16 AAAE Rates and Charges Workshop; Chicago, IL; www.aaae.org $200 million per year in Essential Air announces that AirTran Airways will 19-22 Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference and Expo; Service program funding, $35 million offer daily non-stop flights to General Orlando, FL; www.afv2009.com/ per year for the Small Community Air Mitchell Int’l Airport in Milwaukee. 22-24 2009 ACI-NA Customer Service & Aviation Education Seminar; Service Development program, and This is in addition to the previously Detroit, MI; www.aci-na.org retention of the $150,000 general avi- announced daily service between 26-28 AAAE General Aviation Issues Conference; Addison, TX; www.aaae.org ation airport entitlement. AAAE also Branson and Hartsfield-Jackson 30-5/1 5th Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference; Los Angeles, CA; www.aaae.org expresses concern about a provision Atlanta Int’l Airport. The new airport M AY in the bill that could force airports to is expected to open May 11. 3-5 Southeast Chapter AAAE Conference & Expo; Reston, VA; www.aaae.org comply with “excessive” National Fire 12-14 European Business Aviation Conference; Geneva; www.ebace.aero Protection Association (NFPA) stan- BRIAN FOLEY ASSOCIATES — a 26-28 Eco-Aviation Conference; Washington, D.C.; www.atwonline.com dards related to airport rescue and business aviation consulting firm based firefighting that it says would dramat- in Sparta, NJ, projects reduced activ- ically increase airport infrastructure ity for the sector through 2009, with a and equipment costs with little benefit turnaround beginning by mid-2010. In in terms of enhanced safety, while also particular, the firm says that recent air leading to the loss of commercial air taxi, charter, and fractional start-ups
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