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Friday
Nov142014

NBAA Responds to USA Today’s Latest Distortions About General Aviation Safety

NBAA responded swiftly this week to a “biased [and] sensationalist” article published in USA Today, alleging that general aviation (GA) manufacturers and federal regulators have deliberately withheld safety improvements to reduce the risk of post-impact aircraft fires.

In his Oct. 27 article “Investigation: Post-crash fires in small planes cost 600 lives,” writer Thomas Frank asserts that concerns over equipment costs have prevented manufacturers from improving post-impact fire safety in GA aircraft.

“On behalf of the more than 10,000 Member Companies of the National Business Aviation Association using general aviation as a safe mode of transportation across the country and around the globe,” wrote NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in a response to the newspaper’s letters editor. “I find it unfortunate that USA Today has again published what seems to be a biased, sensationalist opinion piece [that] paints an unfair and inaccurate portrait of our industry, rather than presenting an objective and fact-based analysis of the many facets that have contributed to safer GA operations over the past several years.

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Friday
Nov142014

NBAA Airs Member Concerns at FAA’s ADS-B “Call to Action” Summit

Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs, shared Member Companies’ concerns about the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) system at the FAA’s “Call to Action” summit, held Oct. 28 in Washington, DC. The meeting attracted more than 100 representatives from government and industry organizations.

The FAA’s goal for the summit was to work with industry representatives to identify and overcome the barriers to operators equipping with ADS-B Out avionics by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline.

Carr expressed concerns about the challenges of maintaining privacy on ADS-B Out equipped aircraft, while other industry representatives relayed a variety of concerns of aircraft owners and operators, including questions regarding the overall benefit of ADS-B.

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Friday
Nov142014

NBAA's 2014 Convention Wraps Up as a Highly Successful Show

By NBAA Staff

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) concluded on Oct. 23 in Orlando, Fla., and the event organizers report that, by all indications, the show was a success for attendees and exhibitors alike. 

“This year’s show was an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The exhibit floor and aircraft displays had lots of activity and excitement. The education sessions were informative and well attended. The event once again showcased the industry’s size, diversity and significance. Perhaps most important, the show provided many reminders that ours is an industry characterized by passion and professionalism.”

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Friday
Nov142014

Britain's Nigel Lamb Wins a Dramatic Red Bull Air Race World Championship Showdown, Beating Hannes Arch of Austria and Britain's Paul Bonhomme in Season Finale

Britain’s Nigel Lamb won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship this month with a dramatic victory under pressure at the season finale in Spielberg, Austria. Lamb’s second place finish after secured him the championship after Austria’s Hannes Arch ended up a disappointing fourth place in a nail-biting final in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 spectators.

France’s Nicolas Ivanoff won the race in the Austrian Alps for his second victory this season, but the nine points that Lamb won were enough to stave off a powerful challenge from local hero, Arch, and keep the British pilot in first place with a grand total of 62 points from the eight-race world championship. Arch, who could have won the World Championship with a victory in the final, ended up nine points behind Lamb and second overall for the third straight time in the world’s fastest motorsport series after being the runner-up to Paul Bonhomme of Britain in 2009 and 2010.

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Nov142014

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Hosted a Small UAS Challenge at Wings Over Houston in November

Enthusiasts of small, unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) had a chance to demonstrate their aircraft and skills during a Small UAS Challenge in Houston Nov. 1 and 2.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, the competition was free and open to private, academic and commercial participants. This indoor challenge featured an obstacle course (emphasizing agility and maneuverability), dead lift (lifting ability) and time trial (speed over a closed course). Eligible aircraft, which could be no larger than 36 inches and 10 pounds, required a vertical takeoff and landing.

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