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NBAA Opposes European Court's Ruling on Applicability of EU-ETS

Released by NBAA on December 21, 2011

NBAA Opposes European Court's Ruling on Applicability of EU-ETS

Washington, DC, December 21, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today expressed strong opposition to a European court's ruling that a new plan by European regulators to tax carbon emissions from aircraft should apply to all aircraft operators across the international aviation community, including those based in the U.S.

In a decision announced today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said European authorities are authorized to obligate all operators, including the airlines and general aviation, to comply with the program, known as the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The court's ruling was made in response to a legal challenge questioning the applicability of EU-ETS to owners and operators of aircraft based in the U.S. NBAA is a party to the lawsuit.

"The court's ruling goes against established policy and long-standing practice when it comes to aviation regulations," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "It appears to set aside the principle, established in the Chicago Convention, that because aviation is a global industry, aviation policies should be developed and implemented on a global basis. Any new standards should be developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO], the United Nations body established to set policies for the industry, and in fact, ICAO has been working to develop such standards for aviation emissions. The parties to the lawsuit believe the challenge to the EU-ETS is still warranted, and options are being considered for appealing the court's ruling."

Bolen noted that the court's decision also appears to ignore the 1944 ICAO pact giving nations sovereignty over their own skies. The plan would tax flights from their point of origin rather than from the point they enter European airspace, in effect, taxing flights in airspace outside the EU.

Today's decision from the European court comes as government and industry voices are increasingly raising alarm over the potential for EU regulators' actions to set a damaging precedent.

This month, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate prohibiting operators of U.S. aircraft from participating in the EU-ETS. That legislation was met with strong support from a coalition of groups, including NBAA, representing nearly all aviation segments. A bill similar to the one introduced in the Senate was passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives in October.

Representatives from the international aviation community have also spoken out against the EU-ETS plan. On November 2, ICAO issued a non-binding statement, approved by 26 of the international body's 36 member states, including the U.S., urging the EU not to include flights by non-EU operators in the ETS.

Although aviation emissions account for just a tiny percentage of carbon emissions from transportation worldwide, the industry has a record of continuous improvement in reducing emissions, and has established goals for increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing emissions in the years to come.

While NBAA will continue to seek a global approach to environmental issues, in the interim, operators should continue complying with EU-ETS-related monitoring, reporting and verification requirements.

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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 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.


Meridian Founder Celebrates Milestones



                                 MERIDIAN FOUNDER CELEBRATES MILESTONES
Teterboro, NJ, December 20, 2011 – J. Kenneth Forester, an early pioneer of private aviation services at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey, celebrated his 90th birthday on December 1, 2011. Coincidently, this milestone year also marks the 65th anniversary of his arrival at TEB, the place where Mr. Forester first began his legacy in aviation.

Forester started his aviation career in 1941 when he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly after graduating from P-38 school in 1943, he was selected for test pilot duty. From 1943 to 1946, he flew most types of US military aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and transports. Of special interest, he flew the first American-made jet (P-59 Airacomet), and the first fighter jet used operationally by the USAAF (P-80 Shooting Star).

 After Forester was discharged from service in 1946, he opened an executive hangar at Teterboro Airport, the first of several business endeavors at TEB that would evolve over the decades into today’s Meridian, a full service private aviation company. In 2002, Forester was honored with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award by the FAA, which recognizes aviation maintenance professionals with at least 50 years of experience. In 2008, he was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to the aviation industry.

Today, Meridian is still family-owned and led by Forester’s son, Kenneth C. Forester, making Meridian the longest continuously operating aviation services company in the New York Metropolitan Area, and the last family-owned business at Teterboro Airport. The legacy of the Forester family is one of love of country and aviation. Following in his father’s footsteps, his son graduated from the USAF Academy and flew the F-102 Delta Dagger during the Vietnam War.

About Meridian:
Meridian is a full-service, private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, located just minutes from New York City. The company has earned numerous industry awards and accolades for its outstanding service and state-of-the-art facility. Meridian owns and operates businesses that include Aircraft Management, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Charter, and a world-class Executive Terminal / FBO that was completed in 2006.

For more information, please visit our website at www.meridian.aero or call us at 201-288-5040.

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Cutter Aviation Completes Aircell WiFi Internet STC for Beechjet

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December 20, 2011


Cutter Aviation Completes STC for Aircell In-Flight WiFi System on Beechjet 400A / Hawker 400XP

Cutter Aviation Awarded Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP STC for High-Speed Wireless Internet Using Aircell Gogo Biz System.

PHOENIX, AZ. — Cutter Aviation is proud to announce the completion of the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-flight, high-speed wireless connectivity for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP family for Aircell Gogo Biz in-flight broadband. Cutter Aviation avionics engineers in Phoenix, AZ developed the STC in partnership with Aircell, a leader in in-flight connectivity solutions, utilizing the Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems for installation in the Beechjet airframe. The STC was awarded on December 19, 2011 after nearly a year of development and is now available for purchase and installation on all Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP light business jet aircraft.

“In-flight wireless internet access is no longer just an ‘extra’ for business aviation aircraft… it has become a requirement for peak in-flight productivity in the digital age” said David Lohmeyer, Director of R&D for Aircraft Avionics and Services at Cutter Aviation. “Beechjet and Hawker 400XP operators have been waiting for a light, cost-effective in-flight WiFi solution for their aircraft and Cutter Aviation stepped up to meet their needs with the Aircell STC package.”

With the Aircell in-flight WiFi STC by Cutter Aviation, Beechjet operators may now enjoy Internet access in the air just like what they find at home, in the office, or at public “hotspots” like their local coffee shop. Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect in-flight with ease just like a normal WiFi connection. In-flight users connect at speeds up to 3.1 megabites per second (mbps) and network coverage extends nationwide. Unlike the heavy and expensive equipment used in many first-generation in-flight phone and internet systems found on other aircraft, the equipment and antennas developed by Aircell are light and compact enough for easy installation on a light jet like the Beechjet and more affordable than ever.

Various monthly data packages through the Aircell Gogo

Biz provide internet access for a wide range of budgets, from basic connectivity through unlimited data plans.

With more than 10,000 systems shipped worldwide, Aircell is the undisputed leader in global airborne communications. Already flying on thousands of aircraft, Aircell’s voice, data and broadband systems are the choice of every major business aircraft manufacturer as well as the world’s largest airlines. Cutter Aviation is proud to be a dealer for Aircell throughout the Southwestern United States and a developer of new STC solutions using Aircell technology.

For more information on Aircell In-Flight WiFi systems on the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP by Cutter Aviation, please visit https://www.cutteraviation.com/BeechjetWiFi or contact Cutter Aviation Avionics at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) at 602-267-4070.

About Cutter Aviation
Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in five states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-McKinney, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 83 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com.

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Online Tickets for AirVenture 2012



ONLINE ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETING NOW OPEN FOR EAA AIRVENTURE 2012
Admission tickets, camping for all dates, and aircraft rides available

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Dec. 20, 2011) — Advance purchase admission tickets and camping are now available for the 60th annual edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, providing greater convenience for those travelling to “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” The week-long 2012 event will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Advance admission ticketing is made possible through support from Jeppesen.

Both EAA members and non-members can purchase tickets in advance via a secure website, allowing ticket holders to speed through the admissions process. Daily and weekly admissions are available, as is the ability to join EAA and immediately receive the best possible admission prices available only to EAA members. Discounts are available to those who pre-purchase AirVenture tickets online before June 15, 2012, including $2 on daily adult admissions and $5 on weekly adult admissions.

New for 2012, EAA member spouse and guest admissions have been streamlined into the adult EAA member rates. In addition, all EAA member spouse tickets will include a $15 merchandise credit for a weekly ticket and $2 merchandise credit for a daily ticket. This credit can be used at any official EAA merchandise location during AirVenture 2012.

“With its variety of attractions and entertainment options, EAA AirVenture remains one of the great family-friendly destinations at an affordable price,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of marketing. “We continue to look for ways to streamline and improve the purchasing and admission process, enabling attendees to get the most out of AirVenture every year.”

Advance purchase camping for Camp Scholler, which opens on June 22, 2012, provides the convenience of express registration at the campground entrance, including specially designated lines on peak arrival dates.

Additionally, attendees are able to pre-purchase flights on EAA’s historic B-17 Aluminum Overcast or a vintage Ford Tri-Motor, two of AirVenture’s more popular attractions. Passengers can avoid the lines and get more out of their AirVenture experience before embarking on a mission flight back in time on a World War II bomber or taking a ride in the first mass-produced airliner.

To access the advance ticketing area, visit www.airventure.org and click on the “Buy Tickets” link. Simply make your selections, pay by credit card, and print your tickets at home. Full instructions and answers to frequently asked questions are available at that site. Advance purchase AirVenture tickets are scanned and exchanged for an appropriate wristband at all AirVenture gates in a quick and easy process.

Advance purchase EAA AirVenture tickets also make great Christmas and holiday gifts, and allow recipients to enjoy many months of anticipation prior to their own Oshkosh experience. The advance purchase option is also a unique gift idea for aviation enthusiasts. While buying admission tickets and camping, online purchasers can also select from limited edition AirVenture merchandise.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

NBAA, AOPA, EAA Welcome FAA's Decision to Fully Restore BARR Availability

Released by NBAA on December 2, 2011

Contacts:
Dan Hubbard, NBAA (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org
Benet Wilson, AOPA (301) 695-2159, benet.wilson@aopa.org
Dick Knapinski, EAA (920) 426-6523, dknapinski@eaa.org

Washington, DC, December 2, 2011 – Three leading general aviation organizations today welcomed plans announced by government officials for lifting restrictions on a program that allows aircraft owners and operators to "opt out" from having their flight information broadcast over the internet.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that, effective immediately, those wanting to enroll aircraft in the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program would no longer need to provide a "valid security concern" in order to be included in the program. Representatives with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) welcomed the announcement.

The FAA moved to impose the restriction on August 2. Today's announcement notes that the agency’s decision to lift the requirement has been made following the passage of a congressional appropriations bill (H.R. 2112), which includes language prohibiting the agency from imposing the "valid security concern" requirement, or any other requirement, as a prerequisite to participation in the BARR program.

"NBAA and its members thank the leaders in congress for taking action to address our industry’s long-standing concern that curtailment of the BARR program represents an invasion of privacy, a competitive threat to businesses, and a potential security risk," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We commend the Administration for working with our industry to implement this change."

"On behalf of our AOPA members, we thank those in congress and the Administration who recognize the importance of assuring a measure of privacy protection to individuals operating their own aircraft," said AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller. "We are pleased to have the BARR program back in operation."

"We appreciate the efforts of those in congress who acted to preserve the privacy rights of aviators within the BARR program," said EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower. "We also applaud the efforts of those within the aviation community who worked together on this important issue."

Earlier this year, NBAA and AOPA filed a court challenge to the government's curtailment of the program, and the EAA filed a friend of the court brief supporting the suit. It now appears, following a hearing this morning in which a government attorney conceded that the FAA would no longer defend its August policy, that the case will conclude to the satisfaction of the three associations.

"Our associations will keep members advised as we learn further details of these developments," Bolen said. "In the meantime, we want to thank those in the industry who have supported our efforts."

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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 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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