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  • 11 Oct 2017 18:41 | John Ginley (Administrator)
    Read ORBAA's position on ATC Privatization, HR 2997, and learn more about the proposal by viewing our Advocacy subpage.

  • 15 Aug 2017 10:21 | John Ginley (Administrator)

    ORBAA would like to wish a fond FAREWELL and THANK YOU to our Advocacy Co-Chair Mark Myers.  Mark has been an integral part of the ORBAA team since its inception.  He has held many board positions, including Vice President, President, Immediate Past President, and committee chair positions. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes at all our events, with special emphasis on our annual Scheduler and Dispatchers conference, one of his pet projects.  Mark always offered us solid advice, a quick joke, and unmatched fundraising skills.  His counsel will be missed by all.

    Mark has accepted a job in Washington and is fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to the West Coast.  We wish him the best in his new position and much happiness with his new direction in life!

  • 29 Jun 2017 13:48 | John Ginley (Administrator)

    Dear NBAA Member,

    Last week, I urged the business aviation community to oppose efforts to privatize our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system as proposed in H.R. 2997. In response to that call to action, thousands of letters in opposition were sent to Congress. However, we need to keep the pressure on and make clear that business aviation’s access to airports and airspace is threatened under H.R. 2997.

    Recently, proponents of ATC privatization have been promoting myths that misrepresent general aviation and our nation’s ATC system. NBAA has taken each of those myths and provided the real truth about what ATC privatization really means for general aviation.

    The Truth about ATC Privatization

    Under H.R. 2997, business aviation’s access to our nation’s airspace and airports will be controlled by an unelected and unaccountable board with no Congressional oversight. Our only option to challenge future access restrictions will be to hire expensive lawyers and endure lengthy legal proceedings.

    Our nation’s ATC system is the safest, most efficient, most complex and most diverse in the world – we simply cannot risk turning it over to a private board that could be dominated by the big airlines.

    Oppose H.R. 2997 to Privatize ATC

    By contacting your members of Congress today, you can send a message to lawmakers, and let them know you oppose H.R. 2997.

    Thank you.

    Ed Bolen

    President and CEO

    National Business Aviation Association

  • 26 Feb 2017 17:58 | John Ginley (Administrator)

    OHIO HOUSE BILL 26 Update

    ORBAA has received some questions from membership regarding the Ohio Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget, specifically a provision within the Transportation Budget, House Bill 26.

    In a effort to begin tracking the revenue from aircraft fuel, and modifying the motor fuel tax to include compressed natural gas, the budget language removed the exemption for aircraft, effectively making it subject to the motor fuel tax. 

    The department of taxation maintains that this was an interpretation error by the legislative services commission (and others reading HB 26), and it was not their intent to change the way aircraft fuel was taxed.  While the department believes an amendment is not necessary to make this clear, Chairman McColley is drafting an amendment for the sub-bill to eliminate any uncertainty. 

    Procedurally, the bill must pass out of the House Committee and full House Chamber before the Senate Committee will take up the bill. The Senate will make any modifications it believes are needed. After the full Senate Chamber votes on the bill, any differences between the bills passed by the House and Senate will be worked out in Conference Committee. After the Conference Committee comes to agreement, the bill will be sent to Governor Kasich for his signature. The Governor has line item veto power to remove any provisions he is not supportive of. The budget must be signed into law by June 30, 2017. 

    This process is repeated for each of the budget bills. The transportation budget moves through this process more quickly as it is not as controversial as the main operating budget. 

    ORBAA will update its members as more information becomes available.

  • 09 Jun 2016 16:14 | Jeff Poeppelman

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    Date:  June 6, 2016

    Contact:  Tammy Jones, Paul Takemoto or Alison Duquette

    Phone: 202-267-3438

     Rebate will help bring NextGen safety technology to airplanes now

    WASHINGTON – Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology.  Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip aircraft in a timely and efficient manner, ahead of a 2020 regulatory deadline.


    Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a foundational element of the FAA’s NextGen program, which consists of a suite of technologies that are modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning.


    “This announcement signals our commitment to NextGen, which has played an important role in   ensuring that our airspace is safe and efficient for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx.  “We are focused on achieving its full potential, and by working with our General Aviation community, I’m confident we can successfully integrate aircraft and technology into the national airspace system.”


    The rebates will be available this fall, and the FAA will announce the specific date soon. In the meantime, the FAA has published information regarding the goals and structure of the program, and is encouraging aircraft owners to look at the available equipment on the market and to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer starting in the fall of 2016.  Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation is scheduled after the FAA begins offering the rebates.


    The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B by Jan. 1, 2020.  That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required.  Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.


    “We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B before the deadline,” said Administrator Huerta.  “Owners who wait too long to equip may not be able to get an installation appointment before the deadline. This limited-time rebate provides an incentive for early retrofitting, and will help draw attention for the urgent need for owners to comply so that they can continue to fly their aircraft in 2020.”


    The $500 rebate will help offset an owner’s cost to equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, for new aircraft, or for aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner.  The FAA is encouraging owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to apply as soon as the program is launched this fall because the rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline.


    “ADS-B provides the General Aviation community with increased safety, efficiency, and situational awareness,” said Whitaker. “We’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline, and we need 100 percent equipage in the required airspace to realize the full benefits of this NextGen technology.”


    General aviation and air taxi aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out enjoy more efficient spacing and optimal routing in some non-radar environments, including busy airspace in the Gulf of Mexico, mountainous regions of Colorado, and some areas in Alaska.  ADS-B improves life-saving search-and-rescuewith accurate and timely last-reported positions.  General aviation pilots may also benefit from air traffic control services outside radar coverage.


    The FAA is continuing to work with stakeholders such as the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others to inform and educate the aviation community about the ADS-B requirements.


    More information about equipping and the rebate program is available on our website.

  • 03 May 2016 06:14 | Paul Tocknell
    The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.

    The 2016 SAFECON (Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference) is being held at the Ohio State University Airport May 9 - May 14.  Go out and support! 

  • 05 Feb 2016 15:35 | Paul Tocknell

    On the evening of January 22, 2016, Daniel A. Wolfe, Associate Vice President and General Manager of Aviation for ORBAA member Nationwide Insurance, was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation.  The award was presented to Dan and other new inductees which included Greg Feith (former NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator) and Michimasa Fujino (Founder, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where they have been held annually since 2007. 

    The Living Legends of Aviation is an award honoring achievements in the aviation industry given by the Kiddie Kawk Air Academy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a focus of dedication to developing youth’s interest in aviation.  The Living Legends have all made significant contributions to many areas of aviation including innovators, astronauts, industry leaders and celebrity pilots.  Jerry Lips founded the Living Legends of Aviation organization.  In 2008, Kiddie Hawk Air Academy acquired the Living Legends of Aviation and the responsibility for the annual awards show.

    Current Legends include: Buzz Aldrin, Paul Allen, Ed Bolen, Sir Richard Branson, Gene Cernan, John Travolta, Pat Epps, Edsel Ford II, Harrison Ford, Michimasa Fujino, Barron Hilton, Bob Hoover, Herb Kelleher, Clay Lacy, Maj. Gen. Carl McNair, Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter, Arnold Palmer, Dick Rutan, Bud Anderson, Sean Tucker and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy.

    Past Legends include: Neil Armstrong, Forrest Bird, Tom Danaher, Ed Swearingen, Al Ueltschi, Wally Schirra and George McGovern.

  • 17 Dec 2015 10:50 | Jeff Poeppelman

    Portman Announces Full Funding for NASA Glenn in Cleveland

    Included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill


    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that the Omnibus Appropriations Bill includes full funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. 


    “This was a hard-fought victory for the NASA Glenn Research Center and for the city of Cleveland," Portman stated. “The Glenn Research Center not only plays a key role in NASA's mission, but is also an economic driver for the local community and supports thousands of jobs. I'm pleased to have worked to secure this funding and will continue to work with the Glenn Research Center to ensure they can remain a leader in important aeronautics and space research and projects.”


    “Clearly the proposed cut to the NASA Glenn Research Center was a huge threat to our regional economy,” said Joe Roman, President and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. “Senator Portman and his colleagues stepped up and led the effort to push back on the proposed cuts and to position NASA Glenn for a successful future.  This is a big win for Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio.”   


    Funding for the NASA Glenn Research Center is found in the Commerce, Justice, Science budget. When it looked as though NASA Glenn funding could be in jeopardy, Portman worked with House and Senate appropriators to increase the Space Technology budget providing an increased opportunity for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to receive much needed funding.


    As a result of Portman's effort to secure increased funding for Space Technology, the NASA Glenn Research Center will now have access to the funds necessary to continue its Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) program, an important priority for the Glenn Research Center and NASA’s overarching mission.


    The Glenn Research Center leads the SEP project for the agency; SEP is leading the development of critical technologies to enable cost-effective new trips to Mars and to asteroids across the inner solar system, and also supports a variety of commercial spaceflight activities.


  • 10 Dec 2015 20:43 | Jeff Poeppelman

    Representative Perales, chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, introduces legislation that would put the Wright Flyer on on the The Great Seal of the State of Ohio.

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