Brazils first NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

The Brazilian business aviation market conquer an important headway by joining the selected group of business aviation professionals certified by National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

We congratulate Captain Andre Danita for achieving the CAM certification. NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program aims to improve business aviation management best practices by identifying qualified professionals to lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. By complying with rigorous background checks, the candidate is evaluated by personal skills, experience, knowledge and tests.

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Source: NBAA (03/28/17)


TUG Meeting Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

NY Center, TSA, CBP, Wildlife Management

Due to multiple TUG Board Member scheduling conflicts, we've rescheduled our TUG Meeting from March 15 to Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Port Authority Conference Room, 90 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie, NJ 07074. Please make a note of this date change! Coffee and breakfast breads will be served at 9:00 am, and a luncheon of sandwiches and soft drinks will follow the meeting.

Our agenda is as follows:

  • Jim Schultz, NY ARTCC Air Traffic Manager, will discuss the upcoming introduction of a new route structure within our ATLANTIC Sector (transitioning to/from the OCA West Airspace (formerly WATRS)). The changes will enhance both safety and efficiency, reducing historical TMIs for VOLUME/COMPLEXITY.
  • Jeff Candino, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Supervisory Inspector, will discuss the latest developments affecting business aviation security, to include KTEB as a gateway airport for TSA screening during PBI POTUS TFRs.
  • Elmer Camacho, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Supervisor, will discuss the impact of recent changes affecting business aviation Customs requirements, procedures and protocols, including flights to/from Cuba
  • Renee Spann and Scott Marsh, PANYNJ, Teterboro Airport Manager and Manager of Operations, will provide an Airport Operations Update.
  • Terri Riotto, Wildlife Biologist, USDA Wildlife Services, will discuss Teterboro wildlife management strategies and what pilots can do to help.
  • Gary Palm, FAA, KTEB ATCT Manager, and Larry Brady, Staff Specialist, will present Tower Topics, to include CPDLC DCL issues and delay reduction strategies.

Please make every effort to attend and invite others from your organizations. All are welcome!
Our complimentary continental breakfast and luncheon will be catered by Berry Creek Cafe.

For the latest news and information regarding Teterboro Airport, visit our TUG website,

Source: Teterboro Users Group


FBOs Lag In Safety-program Push

 Flight departments are sharpening their focus on improving safety throughout their operations, embracing programs such as corporate flight operations quality assurance (C-FOQA) and International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). But one area remains overlooked: FBOs.

“FBOs perceive little value in investing in additional safety and risk-reduction measures because it’s not going to change the customers’ behavior,” said Mike France, NATA’s managing director for safety and training. “Operators are not choosing FBOs for their safety performance.”

France bases his view, shared at the recent Air Charter Safety Symposium, on conversations with FBO personnel as part of NATA’s training development efforts. While prospective customers grill FBOs about fuel prices and amenities, he noted that topics related to safety and training programs never come up. “If FBOs are not being asked about safety,” France said, “they are going to focus on what they are being asked about.”

It is not as if business aviation is oblivious to the risks and costs of ground operations. If anything, the opposite is true. NBAA’s Safety Committee listed ground collisions as one of its top issues in 2015 and last year, noting that they are “on the rise” and result in “significant costs.” Insurer AirSure calculates the average cost of a business-aviation ground mishap at about $130,000.


FBOs might not feel pressured to boost safety efforts, but some are doing so anyway. The number of locations with International Standard for Business Aircraft Handlers (IS-BAH) credentials reached 58 by the end of last year, climbing from just 13 at the start of the year. Another seven signed on in the first two months of this year. A set of best practices with a safety management system at its core, IS-BAH is built on the same principles as the popular IS-BAO program for business aircraft operators.

“We are at a tipping point with IS-BAH,” said B.J. Goodheart, AirSure’s director of aviation safety and claims management. “I had maybe four phone calls last year to do an IS-BAH audit. I had four the first week of this year.”

IS-BAH’s expansion is encouraging, France and Goodheart acknowledged, but they emphasized the onus is on operators to advocate for FBO safety. Among their suggestions: develop a set of questions for flight crews, dispatchers or flight planners to ask FBOs. While the questions can vary, two must-cover topics are training programs and measuring safety performance.

“It’s a really telling question,” Goodheart said of the performance query. “‘We haven’t broken an airplane yet,’ is always good to hear, but safety is about much more than preventing major mishaps.”


Source: AIN Online (03/13/17)