The County and airport management have wisely taken note of increased competition from nearby metropolitan area airports (e.g. Stewart, Teterboro, Oxford, Republic and Danbury) to be home-base for corporate and FBO (Fixed Based Operator) aircraft. Here is an infographic regarding recent statistics.
The Senate past the FAA Reauthorization Bill which now has the number H.R. 636. Below is a NEW CONTACT CONGRESS "button" which should be used in support of H.R. 636 and opposition to H.R. 4441. Even though you may have contacted congress for S. 2658, it would be prudent to send this new Contact Congress to your legislators.
Washington, DC, April 19, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed today's passage by the U.S. Senate of a bill to reauthorize funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes important, targeted solutions to identified challenges, but without language for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system, overseen by an airline-centric board of directors and funded through onerous new user fees.
The legislation, which passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, was introduced on March 9, and reported out by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on March 16.
"On behalf of NBAA's more than 10,000 member companies, we applaud this bipartisan step toward implementing a smart, targeted approach to funding the FAA’s efforts to modernize what is already the world's safest ATC system, without going down the dangerous path of turning our ATC system over to a private board," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
The bill, H.R.636, includes measures, widely supported by the broad aviation community, for streamlining the certification process for aviation technologies, raising the bar on aviation safety, integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System and accelerating implementation of a Next Generation ("NextGen") air traffic management system. The bill also provides a plan for the U.S. Department of Transportation to modernize third-class medical requirements for pilots of small general aviation aircraft.
The Senate bill’s House counterpart (H.R.4441), introduced in early February, also contains many positive elements that reflect a consensus within the aviation community; unfortunately, the bill includes a risky provision for creating a privatized ATC system funded through new user fees and overseen by an airline-dominated board of directors.
Bolen urged the general aviation community to continue to use NBAA's online Contact Congress resource to reach out to elected officials, to support the continued advancement of the Senate FAA reauthorization bill.
Below is the most recent call to action from NBAA urging members to express strong support for the Senate FAA reauthorization bill, S.2658, which includes many of the reforms general aviation has been promoting, but does not take us down the dangerous path of privatizing our air traffic system and funding it with user fees. Please read and take action to support this very important bill.
Dear NBAA member:
As you know, the business aviation community has for some time been battling proposals for creating a privatized Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, which have been offered as part of the debate underway in Congress over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
As part of this battle, we have mobilized strongly against H.R.4441, FAA reauthorization legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is being pushed by the big airlines, and calls for a privatized ATC, funded through new user fees and overseen by an airline-centric board of directors.
With this message, I want to report on some good news: a recently introduced Senate FAA reauthorization bill (S.2658) sets aside this risky privatization scheme, in favor of a smart, targeted approach to FAA reauthorization and aviation system modernization.
Equally important, the bill recognizes that the nation's airports and airspace operate in the public interest, and should serve the public, including all aviation stakeholders and the citizens and communities they serve.
NBAA strongly supports the legislation, and I am asking you to do so as well.
Tell Your Members of Congress You Support S.2658
In short, this bill includes many important, targeted solutions designed to ensure the United States remains the world leader in aviation five, 10 and 25 years from now.
The legislation also reflects a number of priorities identified by NBAA and other aviation-stakeholder groups, including measures to streamline the certification process for aviation technologies, raise the bar on aviation safety, integrate unmanned aircraft systems, accelerate implementation of a Next Generation ("NextGen") aviation system and provide a plan for the U.S. Department of Transportation to modernize third-class medical requirements for small-aircraft pilots.
Simply put, this is the right bill, at the right time, and along with our endorsement for the legislation, we have created a message for the association's online Contact Congress resource. You can send the message to your elected officials, to let them know S.2658 has your support as well.
By contacting your members of Congress today on this issue, we can call upon lawmakers to say "yes" to smart FAA reauthorization and modernization, and "no" to a distracting and unneeded debate over ATC privatization. I urge you to notify your legislators today of your support for S.2658.
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association
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
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