Although the bill is stalled, we still encourage you to Contact Congress and keep opposing the Reauthorization Bill.
As taken from AvWeb Feb. 21st:
The controversial FAA reauthorization bill that would create a private air traffic control organization will not be introduced in the full House this week as originally scheduled, according to Politico. Quoting unnamed sources, the Washington political publication says it was told by a "leadership aide" that the House Transportation Committee, which approved an amended version of the original bill last week, is putting off presentation to the full House. The sources reportedly told Politico that block opposition from the Democrats and grumblings from within the Republican ranks, not to mention vocal opposition from numerous industry groups, prompted the bill's champion, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., to delay introduction while he consolidates support. That likely means more changes are coming to the bill, whose centerpiece is the formation of a federally chartered not-for-profit corporation to take over air traffic services. It's not clear how long the bill will be delayed.
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Scarsdale, NY – February 10, 2016 - Pilots to the Rescue, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to giving second chances to pets otherwise facing imminent death, today announced that it has agreed to a new collaboration with Prestige Private Air, a jet chapter company.
The new partnership will allow Pilots to the Rescue to assist many more animals, around the country, facing unnecessary euthanasia. Prestige Private Air has pledged a donation of at least 10 percent of new membership dues and charter flights to Pilots to the Rescue. The donated funds will be used to coordinate air rescues, saving the lives of more innocent animals. Additionally, Prestige Private Air has agreed to make available empty cargo and empty flight legs, as well asin-cabin space, available for pet rescue as well,” according to Michael Schneider, founder of New York-based Pilots to the Rescue.
“This is a paradigm shift in the animal rescue space. With nearly four million animals being euthanized each year, Prestige Private Air has taken on this issue by not only pledging substantial funds towards our cause, but by also engaging in air rescue efforts free of charge to our organization. The customers chartering the aircraft will receive the added benefit of having the goodwill of knowing they saved animals with the flights they were going to take anyway. We are creating the possibility that other jet charter and major airlines will follow suit,” added Schneider.
“We are very excited and proud to have secured a partnership with Pilots to the Rescue,” said Eldad Lieberman, Founder of Prestige Private Air. “From here on out, we are making a difference in as many animals lives as we can.”
About Pilots to the Rescue
Pilots to the Rescue's mission is to save pets facing imminent death by utilizing an advanced rescue flight system. Enrolling a network of trained pilots, shelters, ground teams and veterinarians, PTTR flies these little souls, filled with unconditional love, giving them a second chance for a fur-ever home. Pilots to the Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit all volunteer organization (IRS EIN: #47-3415146). For more information, please visit www.pilotstotherescue.org.
About Prestige Private Air
The Prestige Private Air concept was created in order to provide its Members with an unparalleled experience. Prestige Private Air facilitates the safest and most luxurious form of air travel in the industry, at a reasonable price, without any of the inconveniences typically associated with flying commercial or the usual expense of flying private. For more information, please visit www.prestigeprivateair.com
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
Westchester Aviation Association
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Westchester Aviation Association will be held on the date stated below, for the purposes of transacting such business as the Association requires, including but not limited to the Election of Officers and Directors, Report of Finances, and any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
Members who are entitled to vote at the meeting and at any adjournment of the meeting may appear in person or may appear through the attached proxy.
Place: JP Morgan Hangar
Date: March 14th, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Any person appearing by proxy has the power to revoke such proxy any time before the opening of business at the date and time so stated herein.
Chairman, Westchester Aviation Association
Yesterday, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He warned of the potentially harmful consequences inherent in the creation of a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system, funded by user fees, as proposed in H.R. 4441, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Below the video features Bolen's opening statement.
With the issue moving full steam ahead, NBAA also issued a press release citing some of the points Bolen made in his testimony. The WAA in conjunction with NBAA is encouraging those in the business aviation community to contact their members of Congress, and make their voices heard against ATC privatization funded by user fees.
NBAA's Press Release
Below is an email sent from Ed Bolen, CEO of NBAA, in response to the introduction of the FAA Reauthorization Bill today. More details will be coming in the next day or so. However, this will be a very fast moving initiative with no time to spare. The WAA will continue to update our membership as more details are unveiled, but we appreciate everyone staying engaged and responding quickly.
As anticipated, earlier today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster introduced his FAA reauthorization bill, H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act of 2016.
Not surprisingly, the legislation calls for the privatization of our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. The private ATC system would be overseen by an 11-person board, with the commercial airlines and their pilots directly controlling five seats. General aviation would have two seats, and the remaining seats would be controlled by the Secretary of Transportation and the air traffic controllers. The bill would allow all non-commercial operations to continue to pay through existing fuel taxes; Part 135 operations would be required to pay through new, yet-to-be-defined, user fees.
In short, while the association believes Chairman Shuster’s legislation has some good elements, the proposal’s plan to privatize the ATC system is such a pronounced threat for the future ability of business aviation to fly when and where it needs to, that NBAA is compelled to oppose the legislation. NBAA raised this point in the statement we issued today, which is attached and enclosed below this email.
We expect a hearing on H.R. 4441 to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and for the bill to be “marked up” by the T&I committee on Feb. 11. The Chairman has indicated he hopes to have the bill considered by the full House of Representatives by the end of the month.
Having analyzed the bill and taken a position on it today, NBAA will send a message to the association’s full membership tomorrow, outlining our concerns and providing a means for people to contact their members of Congress in opposition to H.R. 4441.
President and CEO, NBAA
Shuster FAA Reauth Bill altv 020316h (2).pdf
With rich history at our airfield and within our organization, the WAA will be highlighting members throughout the year. These individuals have various backgrounds, but have seen the many colorful cycles of aviation throughout the years. Art Hibler, Senior Aircraft Technician at JP Morgan Chase, has certainly witnessed the growth of the industry over his 43 year career.
As our first person of interest in this new section of our newsletter, the board felt that Art exhibits the many wonderful traits that have kept this airport thriving over the years. Starting his career in 1973 at Combustion Engineering located at Westchester County Airport, he has continued here at KHPN throughout his entire career and has seen the "airport grow from a quieter facility to quite a sophisticated airport."
As a of graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a U.S. Veteran, Art has worked on many aircraft from Sabreliners to Gulfstreams. Retiring in March from JP Morgan Chase after 11 years with the company, he stated the following for future maintenance professionals: "Hone up on your computer skills and avionics training. The more you understand computers, the more successful your career will be."
As shown from left to right: George Bukantis, Al Mangino, Art Hibler and Paul Lauerman
G2, Falcon 10, and Saber 60
A note from our NBAA Representatives:
The US Senate has OFFICIALLY stated its opposition to the FAA Privatization (letter attached). Allegedly, US Representative Shuster of Pennsylvania will have a draft of the Bill by 02 or 03 February with a Mark Up expected on 11 February. In the interim, this is excellent news.
Thank you to all who contacted congress and those who became involved in other ways.
FAA privitization ltr to Commerce 012816.pdf
Below is an email sent from Ed Bolen, CEO of NBAA in response to significant developments in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. WAA encourages you to Contact Congress and oppose a privatized ATC funded with user fees.
In my year-end message to NBAA's membership, I indicated that the battle over a privatized ATC funded with user fees was looming. At this point, the battle has moved from looming to imminent.
News outlets are reporting that leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee "are eyeing mid-February to mark up an FAA overhaul bill," and that "a House GOP aide said they have been told to get ready for Feb. 11."
In terms of what will be in the bill, House T&I Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) was quoted as saying that passing an aviation reauthorization bill is "a top priority" and that "he will propose transferring authority over the air traffic control system from the FAA to a new non-profit, non-government entity overseen by aviation industry stakeholders," and "funded with user fees."
Meanwhile, an opinion piece authored by House Representatives and pilots Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and Todd Rokita (R-4-IN) was published yesterday in The Hill newspaper, which appears to support Chairman Shuster's plans for FAA reauthorization. A copy of that opinion piece is attached to this email.
Twenty four hours after the opinion piece was published, a group of 15 general aviation organizations, including NBAA, sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the T&I Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee noting that "the general aviation community has very real and long-standing concerns about foreign air traffic control models, which go well beyond the user fee issue," and calling on the Committee leaders to provide "ample opportunity to carefully review, analyze and debate any proposed legislation changing the governance and funding for air traffic control." A copy of that letter, and the press release sent out accompanying it, are attached.
NBAA continues to keep the industry apprised of important FAA reauthorization developments, and mobilized in voicing our concerns. Last week, I hosted a webinar to provide the latest details; a link to that webinar is here, if you'd like to listen to it:
In addition, we were very active in bringing a delegation of member companies to Washington, DC, to brief members of Congress about our concerns regarding the situation. We produced and posted on our website a write up about the briefing, and a link to that write up is here:
Below are the two documents mentioned above, both the opinion piece and the response letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the T&I Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee.
GA Industry Press Release and Letter FINAL 011916.pdf
The Hill oped 011816.pdf
Congratulations Jeff Lee! Your WAA community is proud of you!
Airport Bulletin #15-10
Effective December 15, 2015 at 00:01 local time, the Westchester County Airport will commence the collection of landing fees for itinerant aircraft operators. The establishment of an itinerant landing fee is designed to ensure that all aircraft operators using the Airport contribute to its economic base, in a fair, and reasonable and non-discriminatory manner.
Aircraft Tenants and Air Carriers having facility and/or operational agreements with the County of Westchester are exempt from landing fees. Furthermore, the landing fee exemption is applicable to any based aircraft operating pursuant to an agreement with an Airport Tenant (such as an FBO), as these aircraft operators also contribute to the economic health of the Airport.
The collection of landing fees will be the responsibility of the FBO's, except for direct billing arrangements with the Airport such as charter operations utilizing the Terminal Building. See attached Itinerant Landing Fee Schedule.
In addition, to express our continued support of Light General Aviation, upon commencement of the Itinerant Landing Fee program, the Avgas Fuel Flowage Fee of $0.165 will be eliminated. If you have any questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me at 914-995-4856.
Westchester Aviation Association is a non-profit organization.
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