Advocacy groups donate to save SMO

Two of GA’s top advocacy groups, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) have contributed more than $540,000 to support a ballot measure in Santa Monica, Calif.,, that would halt efforts to shut down the city’s airport (SMO). According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the campaign measure has raised about $824,000 as of Oct. 22, mostly from aviation-related interests, aircraft owners, businesses and pilots, including actor Harrison Ford, who stores his aircraft at the airport and donated $25,887.

Congress shows support for federal contract towers

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate recently sent letters to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reiterating congressional support for the preservation of 252 federal contract towers.

Fifty-five senators signed a July 31 letter imploring Huerta to consider “all perspectives” in what appears to be an effort to streamline tower operations as the agency continues to deal with budget pressures, according to a report on the National Business Aviation Association website.

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#NBAA13: Honeywell forecasts slight uptick in bizav over next decade

LAS VEGAS — In its 22nd annual Business Aviation Outlook, released opening day of the National Business Aviation Association Convention, Honeywell is forecasting up to 9,250 new business jet deliveries worth over $250 billion from 2013 to 2022.

The 2013 Honeywell outlook reflects an approximate 3 to 4% increase in projected delivery value over the 2012 forecast. [Read more…]