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AOPA - Opposes New York S.4333 / A.5523 - Bad news for New York State

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is strongly opposed to S.4333 and A.5523 as the proposed legislation is unnecessary, inefficient, and sets a bad precedent for other cities and towns int the state. This legislation would require a public vote prior to the East Hampton airport accepting federal or state funding for airport projects.  It is unnecessary; as the airport sponsor, East Hampton already has the authority to implement the condition of a referendum prior to acceptance of federal or state aid.  Additionally, the township maintains the ability to consciously decide to forego receiving any federal grants. There is no requirement that an airport sponsor MUST accept airport grants of any form.

Furthermore, no other municipality in New York requires a public referendum to accept grant money for airport projects. Nor is a referendum required for similar public infrastructure projects such a s a public highway, road or other utility.  It is generally understood that requiring a vote prior to funding utility projects is inefficient, possible unsafe, and ill advised.  

Airport grants such as those from the FAA airport improvement program are safety based, requiring prompt action on the part of airport sponsors to comply with federal and state safety standards.  Delaying an airport sponsor's ability to receive federal funding may also result in the temporary closure of the airport.  In addition to lost revenues following any closure, federal and state agencies may levy fines for failure to comply with log established safety standards, further burdening the municipality's residents.

This proposal is a wolf in sheep's clothing that serves only to handicap local authority. No other municipality requires a public referendum to accept financial aid for airports or similar public infrastructure projects. Lastly, they implication of a state law to mandate a public referendum to accept financial aid for airports or similar public infrastructure projects. Lastly the implication of a state law to mandate a public referendum for safety improvements on airports may ultimately jeopardize public safety.  This policy is unnecessary for East Hampton and sets a bad precedent for the state of New York. For these reasons and others, AOPA opposes S.4333 / A.5523

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The East Hampton (HTO) Airport on Long Island, New York is an important part of New York State's system of airports. The 2010 New York State Department of Transportation Statewide Economic  Impact Study credits HTO with producing 91 jobs. The aiport generates approximately $6 million in annual earnings, and produces a total annual economic impact of more that $12.6 million. Designated as a Regional / Corprate Business Aiport by New York Department of Transporation, HTO is home to more that 100 based aircraft, averaging more that 25,000 general aviation operations annually.

 Since 1939 , AOPA has been committed to enduring the safety, future viability, and development of general aviaton as an integral part of our national transportation system. Plese contact AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins at sean,collins@aopa,org or by calling (301) 695-2090.

NBAA Calls for Focus on Aviation System Modernization, Not Privatization

Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s continuing calls for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system.

The president’s renewed call for ATC privatization was included in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending “principles” advanced by the president today at the White House.

“NBAA has worked for many years to promote technologies, policies and procedures that ensure America’s aviation system remains the largest, best, safest and most diverse system in the world, Bolen said. “We are deeply concerned with the president’s call for ATC privatization – a concept that has long been a goal of the big airlines. No one should confuse ATC modernization with ATC privatization – the two are very different concepts.

“Unfortunately, the recent discussion about privatization is really about the airlines’ push to gain more control over our air traffic control system, so that they can run it for their own benefit, and is a sideshow to a serious and constructive discussion about building on the progress currently underway on NextGen,” Bolen said. “We are concerned that those left behind under ATC privatization would be the citizens, companies and communities that rely on general aviation for all manner of services.''

Proposals for privatizing ATC have been pushed by the airlines and their supporters as part of the continuing congressional debate over reauthorization of funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The concept has raised concerns among members from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, mayors from across the country and a majority of Americans. Organizations on the political left and right of center have also raised concerns, including that the details for ATC privatization included in the president’s most recent budget documents may increase the deficit.

Aviation groups have also opposed the concept, and today, a host of aviation organizations sent a joint letter to the White House signaling continuing concerns over ATC privatization. Review the letter in its entirety.

“NBAA continues to be focused on the goal of aviation-system modernization, and we will work with the Congress and administration to make that a reality,” Bolen added. “At the same time, we will ensure that the business aviation community is vigilant and ready to mobilize on any legislative proposals that would distract or hinder progress on modernization.” 

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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 11,000 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 www.nbaa.org.

Pro Star completes the 1 st King Air 300 series Advent eABS modification

Londonderry, NH (April 17, 2017) - Pro Star Aviation is proud to announce we have just completed the very first Advent Aircraft System eABS modification on a King Air 300 series aircraft; a King Air 350i.

The installation was performed during the first two weeks of April in our main hangar in New Hampshire at the request of a customer looking to retrofit their King Air 350i with ABS technology similar to the company's larger ABS equipped jets. Effectively, this modification would provide their pilots with an easier transition when switching between flying either aircraft.

According to the Chief Pilot of the King Air 350, “The eABS system has all the technology the large jets have plus tactile feedback. This provides our pilots with operating commonality within the fleet and has the added benefit of the latest in brake system safety technology for the King Air.”

Regarding the modification, Pro Star’s Sales Manager, Dan Hodgins, stated, “As the Advent eABS Dealer for the Northeast, we are very proud to be the very first facility to have installed this anti-skid braking system on a King Air 300 series aircraft. The modification itself takes about ten days to complete.

Until recently, this product wasn’t available to the turboprop market, but with the level of improved braking performance it provides during adverse weather conditions and when encountering unforeseen  contamination on runways, it has a lot to offer pilots in regards to safety. We have no doubt this system will become popular among turboprop customers, such as King Air and PC-12 operators. Recently, we’ve experienced a lot of interest in this upgrade and are looking forward to performing more of these modifications in the future.”

When asked about the company’s first King Air 300 series modification, Advent Aircraft Systems’ VP of Marketing & Sales, Thomas Grunbeck, had this to say,  “The Advent eABS system is the first ABS for airplanes with unpowered brakes, like the King Air 350. It seamlessly integrates with the airplane and Pro Star has made an exceptional effort installing the very first system on a King Air B300 aircraft. We are privileged to have Pro Star in our Dealer Network, and are looking forward to retrofitting more King Air B300’s now that we have the FAA STC with MEL relief.”

Advent Aircraft Systems is currently in pursuit of an STC for the installation of their eABS system in the Pilatus PC-12. With flight tests completed, they anticipate receiving approval from the FAA by the end of the month.

ABOUT PRO STAR AVIATION
Pro Star Aviation is based at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Londonderry, NH. Specializing in business and corporate aircraft installations, maintenance and modifications, our company offers avionics service and installations; major alterations and repairs; STC development and certification service; AOG support and service; and Part 135 and 91 aircraft management service. We provide service to our customers both on-site and on-location throughout the Northeast United States. For more information, visit  www.prostaraviation.com

ABOUT ADVENT AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
Advent Aircraft Systems developed the first Anti-Skid Braking System for unpowered brakes. This patented Anti-Skid Braking System (eABS) is a digital and active system with haptic function. Current certified applications include Eclipse 550/500, T-6, King Air B300/B200 and PC-12. In addition Advent designs, analyzes, manufactures, tests, certifies and supports proprietary components and systems for air vehicles. The company capabilities include hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical, environmental control, aircraft sensor, water and oxygen components and systems. For more information, visit www.aircraftsystems.aero

 Press Release Contacts:

Thomas Grunbeck

VP - Marketing & Sales

tom.grunbeck@aircraftsystems.com

(203) 233-4262

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Shuster: No FAA extension, yet

Politico / 3/29/2017 By Lauren Gardner 

House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster said today the panel is still working on an FAA bill to keep the agency running into fiscal 2018 — and isn't considering an extension yet. 

Asked about the timing of a much-anticipated infrastructure bill at an event sponsored by The Hill, Shuster said that's still in flux, but added that the Sept. 30 expiration date for the FAA is “the timeframe I do have.”

“Along the way we'll see how things shake out, but again we're focused on making sure we have an FAA bill ready to go” by Sept. 30, he said. 

Whether or not to tie a broader infrastructure package to a tax code overhaul is “really a call leadership's going to make,” Shuster said. 

"I want to do an infrastructure bill, and if it goes standalone, I'm good with that," he said. "If leadership says it's better if we put them together, then that's going to be what we do." 

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White House explores air traffic control split off

Politico / 3/29/2017 By Kathryn A. Wolfe and Lauren Gardner

The White House is beginning to engage more on the idea of separating air traffic control from the FAA, including holding a meeting with aviation groupson Tuesday, though exactly how the administration will proceed remains to be seen.

On Tuesday, DJ Gribbin, President Donald Trump’s special assistant for infrastructure policy, hosted a town hall with aviation groups to hear their ideas about separating air traffic control from the FAA.

According to attendees interviewed for this article, Gribbin and his team didn’t tip their hats about their own game plan. One person in attendance said White House staff noted that they had spoken with House Transportation ChairmanBill Shuster(R-Pa.) and had looked at his proposal.

“It seemed like they were very familiar with the ins and outs” of Shuster’s plan, but otherwise were mostly there to listen,the person said.

The White House fiscal 2018“skinny budget”endorsed taking air traffic control away from the FAA, saying the administration supported shifting it “to an independent, non-governmental organization,” though it didn’t address whether that should be for profit or not.

One aviation industry attendee noted that was one of the questions Gribbin and his staff askedon Tuesday, “what people’s opinions were about how, if you remove it from FAA, then what is it? Is it a for-profit, is it a nonprofit, is it still a government agency? I’m actually going to give the White House staff a lot of credit, they did a very good job of really, in my opinion, making it a listening session and hearing ideas, concerns.”

Attendees included Airlines for America, the Air Line Pilots Association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Delta Air Lines, the National Business Aviation Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the American Association of Airport Executives, Airports Council International — North America, and former DOT Secretary Jim Burnley and former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

A White House spokeswoman confirmed the meeting, and said the administration is “still surveying all the options. We’re still in the early stages.”

The next chance for the administration to put more meat on the bones of what it supports will come when it releases its full fiscal 2018 budget request, expected in May. Until then, focus will remain on Capitol Hill, with the clock ticking on aSept. 30deadline.

So far, Shuster is holding the line, insisting that he’s not behind the curve — even though by this time last year both his and the Senate’s bills had been marked up — and that he’s still gunning to make theSept. 30deadline.

When asked why the bill wasn’t moving as fast this time around, Shuster noted that the previous FAA reauthorization came in the second half of the last Congress. “We’ve got a new administration, we’ve got new members, so we’re working on it.” When asked if the bill would be changed substantially, Shuster mostly demurred.

“It’s a work in progress. We’re working on it. That’s all I can tell you right now. So again, it’s a different scenario from last year,” he said.

When asked about a timeline, or discussions about floor time, Shuster said he wasn’t sure. “Haven’t had those conversations yet.” Later, he added “I knowSept. 30the FAA expires, so that’s the time frame I do have.”

Rep.Rick Larsen(D-Wash.), the ranking member on the House Aviation subcommittee, said there’s no “particular timeline to produce something just yet.”

“We haven’t even seen Secretary Chao in front of the committee for anything. So I think that I’d certainly like to hear what the administration thinks generally about the FAA bill, there are a lot of issues separate from ATC that are going to be part of it,” Larsen said.

Most stakeholders don’t expect significant forward momentum until May at the earliest — timing that, if it holds, brings an extension even closer to reality, especially as Congress trudges forward with summer appropriations season, not to mention a potentially a major infrastructure proposal and a tax code overhaul.

Lobbyists noted that both Commerce and Transportation committee staff have been talking with various interest groups, but that they have yet to give signals about major changes to Shuster’s legislation. Additionally, the basic dynamics arrayed against overhauling air traffic control seemingly remain the same.

“I don’t think anyone knows exactly what will happen. Floor time dictates some of it, a lot of it will be a leadership decision on if they do an infrastructure package, and it seems pretty clear some of that’s going to be dictated by tax reform,” one lobbyist said.


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