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NBAA Supports Sen. Moran's Amendment to Preserve Control Towers Under Sequester

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, [email protected]

Washington, DC, March 14, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) supports an amendment from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), which would halt the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) plan to close a host of air traffic control towers and other facilities.

Noting the integral role of the towers in the nation’s aviation system, and the economic boost that airports with towers play in surrounding communities, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to Moran in support of his amendment, noting: “It is very important to keep as many as possible in operation during these difficult economic times…The Moran amendment will ensure that citizens in every corner of the U.S. continue to have access to our national aviation system.”

Read Bolen’s March 12 letter to Sen. Moran
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The FAA recently began developing plans for closing nearly 170 control towers and other facilities in response to budget sequestration, or across-the-board cuts to federal agencies required in deficit-reduction legislation passed by Congress in 2011. The FAA’s deadline for industry input on its tower-closure plan is today, and a final announcement of its decision regarding the closures is expected March 18.

Moran's amendment would offset the closures using savings from unobligated FAA research and capital funds provided in prior congressional appropriations bills, so that the facilities targeted for closure can remain open.

Moran plans to offer his amendment for inclusion in a comprehensive funding bill, called a “Continuing Resolution” (“CR”), which Congress is expected to consider this month. That resolution would continue funding for all federal agencies through the end of the government’s fiscal year, in the absence of congressional passage of specific appropriations bills.

Moran has been an outspoken supporter of general aviation, often highlighting the industry’s importance to the nation's economy and transportation system. He emphasized the importance of those contributions when unveiling his amendment related to the air traffic tower closures.

Moran's amendment follows a letter he joined in signing from the Kansas congressional Delegation to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta opposing the planned tower closures.

“We fear these cuts to control towers will compromise the FAA's stated mission of providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” the letter reads, “and will put the flying public at risk, impair access to rural areas, jeopardize national and civil security missions, and cost jobs.”

This week, NBAA also wrote top transportation officials to express the business aviation community’s pressing concerns over the FAA’s tower-closure plan. "It is clear that jobs in small, medium and large towns across the country will be impacted," stated a letter signed by Bolen.

Read Bolen’s letter to the FAA in its entirety
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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 9,000 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.

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Fuller To Step Down As AOPA President And CEO

Fuller To Step Down As AOPA President And CEO
Board of Trustees to Conduct National Search for Successor

Frederick, MD -Craig L. Fuller, president and chief executive officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world's largest aviation association, has notified AOPA's Board of Trustees of his intent to step down from his position and from the Board. He plans to remain in his current role until a successor is ready to assume the position. The Board will conduct a national search for his successor. Following the decision to leave AOPA, the succession process was developed by working together, said William C. Trimble III, Chairman of the Board.

Fuller, who took office January 1, 2009 and is only the fourth president of AOPA since the association's founding nearly 75 years ago, will assist with the search for a new president and the transition to a new administration.

In conveying his decision to the Board of Trustees, Fuller, 62, noted that he made a five-year commitment to AOPA when he was appointed president. As he approaches the fulfillment of that commitment, he said he is looking forward to taking on new challenges and opportunities. "I have flown since age 17, and flying has been part of my life ever since. I will always be grateful to the AOPA Board of Trustees for having given me the opportunity to serve the general aviation community and AOPA's 385,000 members in a leadership position," said Fuller. "It has been a privilege to work with my colleagues on a strong set of initiatives that have built on the decades of hard work by AOPA Trustees and members of the management team. With the end of my five-year commitment approaching, this is an appropriate time for me to consider new opportunities and allow the Board time to recruit a successor.

"The process of finding a new leader can now go forward as all of us at AOPA roll up our sleeves to fight the day to day battles that seem to keep coming our way," said Fuller. "The team will not miss a beat this year as we lay the groundwork for the future."

"During his more than four years as president of AOPA, Craig served nobly and professionally. He has advocated strongly on behalf of the general aviation community in Washington, built bridges with the other aviation associations, improved member communications and generated promising ideas for tomorrow," said Trimble. "We recognize the importance of finding a leader who can continue to inspire all of us in these challenging times. We are focused on finding a leader who shares our vision and convictions as well as the talent and capabilities necessary to achieve our goals."

Trimble, who has chaired the AOPA Board of Trustees since 2005, said the Board will form a search committee shortly and retain an executive search firm to begin looking for AOPA's new leader.

Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of aviators and aircraft owners. From its headquarters in Frederick Md., offices in Washington, D.C. and seven regions of the U.S., its representatives interact with local, state and federal elected officials and government representatives to ensure the safe and steady growth of general aviation. AOPA offers members a variety services, including flight planning products, safety seminars and studies and publications, as well as insurance, legal, aircraft financing and title services.

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Contact:

Katie Pribyl

301-695-2150
[email protected]

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GlobalAir.com Announced to Board of KIAE

GlobalAir.com is pleased to announce Jeffrey Carrithers, president and CEO to the board of the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education (KIAE).

Louisville, Kentucky. (Feb. 21, 2013) – GlobalAir.com, a leading web-based aviation information website, is pleased to announce Jeffrey Carrithers, president and CEO of Globalair.com has been appointed to the board of the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education (KIAE). The KIAE program caters to high school students who wish to pursue careers in the aviation industry. The KIAE mission is to improve student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and create career pathways in aerospace throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

As the program continues to grow, the KIAE requires a strong board of members to help drive students to success in multiple fields of aviation knowledge. Flight department heads, UPS pilots, aviation mechanics, and flight instructors are among the board as well. Similar to any other field of knowledge, aviation offers a large variety of potential, as well as positions and career employment opportunities. At the beginning of each calendar year, the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education’s board is assessed and made stronger; this year’s additions were no different. Mr. Carrithers was brought onto the board for his extended knowledge in aviation business, including advertising, web development, web design, marketing, public relations, etc. The director of the KIAE, Tim Smith has said “Jeff brings aviation business careers to the institute; this is something that is relatively new this year. Jeff offers an expanded wealth of knowledge regarding the “suit and tie” side of aviation.“

Carrithers notes, “The KIAE program is one of the most unique curriculums I have seen in any education system, much less in an aviation environment. One of the hardest jobs our teachers have is discovering how to engage their students”. He continues, “Engaging our youth in mathematics and physics is difficult. KIAE shows students these principles through aviation and how they work in everyday life applications. From preliminary reports we have seen thus far, this program is really working”. The KIAE program caters to high school students from twenty different high schools throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana; thus making up for twenty-five percent of the high school aerospace participants nationwide. KIAE is working hard to motivate young adults as they achieve their aerospace career goals.

About the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education
Tim Smith founded KIAE in 2010 while he was searching to find a method of teaching that would allow students to engage in fun, yet educational activities; both inside as well as outside of the classroom. What Tim found was a self-produced program commonly referred to as STEM learning. The STEM program was developed to reach out to students providing hands-on training in various aviation career fields. Tim would however, be sure to include science, technology, engineering and mathematics; thus making up the four letters of “STEM.” Due primarily to the STEM learning system, the KIAE was built, incorporating airworthy/part 91 certified aircraft that students worked to build for themselves. Educators hope to use the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education hand in hand with the STEM program to change state testing scores as well as motivate students to get excited about aviation. Aviation is an attainable goal; especially for high school students who have been offered this opportunity to jump start their careers. Not only are they given guidance from real life aviation professionals, but they are granted a scholarship and inevitably a chance to change their lives. For more information regarding the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education please visit kiae.org.

About GlobalAir.com
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, GlobalAir.com serves the general aviation, business aircraft, and regional airline communities by offering clients and online visitors a wide range of premium aircraft and aviation-related data and services. Services offered by GlobalAir.com include Aircraft Exchange (www.globalair.com/aircraft_for_sale) which lists aircraft for sale or lease, Airport Resource Center (ARC) (www.globalair.com/airport) that displays U.S. airport data, as well as the flight path planning application Max-Trax (www.airportfuelprices.com). Each of GlobalAir.com’s websites receives more than 300,000 visitors per month and helps connect the aviation industry. For more information regarding GlobalAir.com, visit www.globalair.com, e-mail [email protected], or call 888-236-4309.

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Contact for Further Information

Jeffrey Carrithers

Globalair.com
888-236-4309
[email protected]
www.Globalair.com

Tim Smith
Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education
502-320-9490
[email protected]
www.kiae.org

TEAM AERODYNAMIX RETURNING TO OSHKOSH TO PERFORM IN EAA AIRVENTURE 2013 AIR SHOWS

World’s largest air show team flies custom-built Van’s RV kit aircraft

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Jan. 18, 2013) — Team AeroDynamix, which made a spectacular EAA AirVenture Oshkosh debut in 2012, will be returning this year as a featured act in the event’s afternoon and night air shows. The 61st annual EAA fly-in convention, known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” will take place July 29-August 4 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The formation team, which changed its name to Team AeroDynamix from the original Team RV at the start of the 2013 show season, features graceful aerobatics and precision formation flying in an action-packed performance. With a combined total of more than 100,000 hours of flying time in military, commercial, and civilian aviation, the professional pilots of Team AeroDynamix bring a diverse background to flight operations. This experience equips the team with the discipline and safety required for close formation flying, as often less than three feet separates the planes during the show.

The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6g (six times the force of gravity) and attain speeds of up to 200 mph during their performances. Most of the team’s pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators.

“Team AeroDynamix was one of the most talked-about acts at Oshkosh in 2012,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA vice president of AirVenture Features and Attractions. “The team is unique not only because of the number of airplanes flying during their colorful performance, but also because these custom-built aircraft appeal to the thousands of EAA members who have constructed their own airplanes.”
The team will fly on several days during EAA AirVenture’s air shows, where the world’s finest performers create an all-star lineup of aerial skill. Each day’s show lasts several hours and is sponsored by Rockwell Collins. They are an exciting highlight of the unmatched schedule of aviation events and experiences that are found only at Oshkosh.

“Flying at Oshkosh is unlike flying anyplace else in the world, because we’re performing in front of tens of thousands of fellow aviators as well as the public,” said Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, the team’s flight lead and founder. “We always strive to be better for every show, but the excitement of flying at EAA is something special. We know people will feel the same anticipation and exhilaration that we feel up in the air." More information on Team AeroDynamix is available at www.teamaerodynamix.com. Additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show performers will be announced as their appearances are confirmed.

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 Welcomes Rep. LoBiondo's Appointment as Chairman of Key House Transportation Subcommittee

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, [email protected]

Washington, DC, January 16, 2013 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen issued the following statement today, in regard to the appointment of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2-NJ) as Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, which was announced today by T&I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA):

“Congressman LoBiondo is an outstanding choice for Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, as he has a solid understanding of the industry, in part because his Congressional district is home to several significant aviation facilities, including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Tech Center, the Transportation Security Administration’s Security Lab, the Federal Air Marshal training facility and the Atlantic City International Airport. He is keenly aware of the essential role that all aviation, including general aviation, plays in job creating jobs, fueling economic growth and connecting communities. He also has a firm grasp of the industry’s priorities, including the need to continue development of a Next Generation air traffic system, so that America retains its world leadership position in aviation. Our congratulations to Congressman LoBiondo, and we look forward to working with him on policies to foster the industry’s growth.”

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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 9,000 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.

Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form at www.nbaa.org/news/pr/subscribe.

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