Coronavirus

  • Tracey Cheek posted an article
    AOPA Backs Emergency Airport Funding to Fight Coronavirus Impact see more

    NAFA member, AOPA, urges Congress to support emergency airport funding. 

    AOPA and six other aviation groups are urging Congress to support needed funding for airports across the country while ensuring that small and general aviation airports also receive a portion of any funds made available to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

    Assistance to airports should include funding “exclusively for small and general aviation airports that serve thousands of communities across the country and which have also been impacted by this situation,” the groups said in a letter delivered to the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate appropriations committees on March 23.

    “We need a strong and vibrant airport ecosystem in this nation and we want to do everything we can to ensure they get help to meet the operational challenges caused by this pandemic and ultimately continue to accommodate the millions of general aviation operations each year,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “These airports will remain a priority for us.”

    The letter noted that volunteer pilots fly from airports that are the lifeline of many small and rural communities to deliver goods and services during times of natural disasters and emergencies. The diverse general and business aviation aircraft fleet is “capable of rapidly responding to needs in every part of the country and transporting time sensitive supplies, medical and testing equipment, organs for transplants, and key personnel and patients on demand,” it said, adding that “now more than ever, the country will rely on our airport ecosystem.”

    As the pandemic has continued, AOPA has been reporting on the coronavirus’s increasing impact on GA airports, events, and activities.

    The organizations that joined AOPA in signing the letter include the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, the National Air Transportation Association, the National Business Aviation Association, and the National Association of State Aviation Officials.

    This article was originally published by AOPA on March 23, 2020.

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    NBAA, Other Aviation Groups Join in Combating COVID-19 Spread see more

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2020 – With the United States facing unprecedented challenges from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has joined forces with four other aviation groups to inform lawmakers the nation’s general aviation (GA) industry, including business aviation, is prepared to assist as needed to respond to the crisis.

    “As our nation works to respond to the threat of the coronavirus, we wanted to make ourselves available to assist in any way possible,” reads the associations’ letter to Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. “We stand ready to work with the administration so that the important role our industry can play in responding and mitigating the many challenges of this health issue is fully realized.”

    The groups further note the diversity of the nation’s GA and business aircraft fleet, the industry’s ability to operate from more than 5,000 GA airports across the country and its extensive experience with responding to humanitarian crises, from transporting time-sensitive supplies, medical specimens and equipment, to flying critical care patients and medical personnel.

    Read the full letter (PDF).

    “Business aviation has always been at the forefront of relief efforts in times of need and to assist citizens and communities in their most challenging times,” added NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Just as we’ve joined together as a nation to face this challenging and evolving situation, I know that our industry is prepared and eager to provide whatever assistance we can to fight the spread of COVID-19.”

    In addition to NBAA, the letter was signed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Helicopter Association International, and; the National Air Transportation Association.

    The signatory groups have also adopted “proactive measures to inform operators, manufacturers, and maintenance providers about appropriate coronavirus response actions,” and committed to sharing the latest information and best practices with their respective members in responding to COVID-19, including regular consultations with subject matter experts on the situation.

    Review NBAA’s COVID-19 resources

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    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and professionals and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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    This release was originally published by NBAA on March 18, 2020.

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    Bolen Sternly Questions CNBC’s Recent Mischaracterization of Business Aviation see more

    NAFA member, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen responded strongly this week to a recent CNBC article about the general aviation community’s collective request for inclusion in a congressional COVID-19 relief package, saying the network’s coverage was based on a “pre-determined narrative” that cast the industry with a negative brush, while ignoring the reality of its pressing economic challenges.

    Bolen cited the pandemic’s impact on business aviation operations large and small, from the sweeping furloughs and layoffs at OEMs, maintenance facilities and other aviation businesses, to dwindling traffic at business aviation airports.

    Bolen also emphasized the industry’s efforts to support relief efforts against the pandemic, citing a family-owned maintenance company that has converted some of its operations over to production of protective face masks for humanitarian purposes.

    “All of this points to the larger picture missed in your report: As the U.S. economy moves rapidly from slowdown to shutdown, this critical industry, like countless others, is in need of support,” Bolen wrote. “By settling for sizzle over substance in a time of national crisis, CNBC is not only misinforming readers, but also attempting to smear a vital industry with a long history of serving the nation, and thousands of communities in times of need.”

    Review the CNBC article.

    This article was originally published by NBAA on March 26, 2020.

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    A Solution for FAA Registration Delays see more

    March 20, 2020, Oklahoma City, OK – AvSure, Inc., the U.S. aviation industry’s only provider of aircraft title insurance for domestic transactions, is proud to announce a solution that will enable parties to aviation transactions to close without concern about filing and registration delays being caused by the temporary procedures implemented by the FAA Civil Aviation Registry in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It can be business as usual for commercial and business aviation, financiers, law firms, buyers, sellers and brokers.

    The Registry’s temporary procedures, implemented on March 18, 2020, have presented issues when it comes to obtaining timely information about the filing and indexing of aircraft registrations. Instead of being passed through the infamous “window “and immediately time-stamped, registration and filing documents are now being placed in drop-boxes in the lobby outside the Public Documents Room and collected twice a day for regular registrations and once each hour for priority registrations. An extended “gap” now exists between the time documents are deposited in the drop-boxes, filed by the Registry, and ultimately recorded in the public records. A “gap” during which adverse claims and interests might be asserted against an aircraft’s title.

    AvSure’s solution is to offer an endorsement to aircraft title policies that address the risk created by the extended “gap” and the registration delays. “We are glad to be here to keep transactions moving forward in any way that we can,” stated Holly Healey, President of AvSure, Inc.

    Anyone concerned with the ramifications that the Registry’s temporary processes might have on an aircraft transactions should contact one of AvSure, Inc.’s four (4) Oklahoma Insurance Commission licensed Aviation Title Insurance specialists at (405) 948-1811 for further details and program requirements.

    About AvSure, Inc.

    Based in Oklahoma City, OK, AvSure, Inc. is the sole provider of aircraft title insurance to the lenders and aircraft owners in the U.S. aviation industry. The International Insurance Company of Hanover, Fidelis and Swiss Re reinsure risks underwritten by AvSure up to $100MM in coverage. For more information, please visit www.avsure.org or call us at 1.800.288.2519.

    This release was originally published by AvSure Title Insurance on March 20, 2020. 

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    Update: Additional Change to FAA Public Documents Room Due to COVID-19 see more

    NAFA member, Debbie Mercer-Erwin, President of Wright Brothers Aircraft Title, Inc., shares additional updates on the FAA Civil Aviation Registry and Public Documents Room.

    The FAA's Civil Aviation Registry has made another important change to their Public Documents Room (PDR) procedures in light of the continued spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. 

    After multiple changes made last week in order to protect their employees, permit-holders who regularly access the PDR, their families and the public at large, they have taken a significant new measure.

    As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Civil Aviation Registry will quarantine "all incoming physical documents, including priorities, for 72 hours." 

    The Coronavirus is able to survive on surfaces for up to several days, which heavily increases employee exposure to the virus. 

    There will be no change in processing timelines of priorities submitted via the email portal, which was made available in the initial procedure changes. 

    However, the "20 page email maximum" referenced in those initial changes is now lifted for priority cases - multiple submissions can be made if the file is too large to be accepted at once.

    The FAA continues to try to mitigate transmission of Coronavirus while providing essential services and minimizing negative impacts. 

    For more information and assistance please contact your local agent.

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    FAA Makes Changes to Public Documents Room Due to COVID-19 see more

    NAFA member, Debbie Mercer-Erwin, President of Wright Brothers Aircraft Title, Inc., shares the latest update on the FAA Civil Aviation Registry and Public Documents Room.

    In light of the continued spread and impact of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, the FAA Civil Aviation Registry has issued new procedures affecting the Public Documents Room (PDR) in the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.

    The change in processes comes in an attempt to minimize exposure to employees, permit-holders who regularly access the PDR, their families and the public at large.

    The FAA intends to keep the PDR open and “provide essential services while maintaining social distancing and restricting physical public access.” 

    There are now temporary measures in place, effective as of 8:00 am, Thursday, March 19, 2020, to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and maintain efficiency at the Registry. 

    While the PDR remains open for their usual hours, 7:30 to 4:00 CDT, the “filing” window has been closed, which removes the ability to immediately file documents. 

    For now, document submissions will be collected from drop boxes located directly outside the PDR – hourly for those qualifying as “priority” and twice a day for those that do not. 

    During this time the Registry will not provide “minute-by-minute” filing stamps. Digital submissions are allowed if all closing documents are digitally signed and less than 20 pages.

    Documents can still be mailed via the usual means, but there is now a temporary email option as well. 

    Documents can be emailed following certain requirements: all digitally signed, attachments 20 pages or less per document, one aircraft per email, and priority indicator.

    Another notable change is that the FAA cannot guarantee “in by 11 out by COB” expedited processing of documents for imports. 

    There are also changes to payment services, which should now be completed online at pay.gov. A receipt can be generated to be submitted to the Registry if filing documents via email. 

    It may be a while before we fully see the effect these changes have on document filing and transactions, but there will certainly be some delay while we become accustomed to the new procedures.

    While disruptions inevitably continue for industries worldwide, we are encouraged by the actions our leaders and communities are taking to protect our health and help businesses continue to run. 

    This is a summary of details regarding the FAA’s PDR changes. For more information and assistance please contact your local agent.

    This release was originally published by Wright Brothers Aircraft Title, Inc. on March 20, 2020.

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    NAFA Postpones 49th Annual Conference for COVID-19 Precautions see more

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    EDGEWATER, Md. – March 17, 2020 – The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is postponing their 49th Annual Conference due to precautions taking place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Scheduled to be held April 28th through May 1st, 2020 at The Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, California, NAFA’s Annual Conference is now on hold until further notice. 

    NAFA’s decision to postpone comes amidst what is now a national emergency due to the ongoing spread and impact of Coronavirus. With an abundance of care for its hundreds of members and dedication to promoting the aviation industry, the Board of Directors took great consideration in this course of action.

    “We understand the travel precautions our members are taking to protect their staff and communities, and the likely need for a temporary continuation of these restrictions,” stated Jim Blessing, President of NAFA. “Our Annual Conference is a highly anticipated meeting, with an extensive schedule of sessions on the latest developments in aviation and several social events. We don’t want anyone to miss out or be at risk, so our decision is to reconvene in 2021.”

    NAFA will remain apprised of all developments regarding COVID-19, including member and government-imposed travel precautions, and reschedule their Annual Conference based on those factors. The Board of Directors is hopeful about the timeframe and will keep its members and other attendees updated regularly.

    About NAFA:  

    The National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to providing our members with a forum for education and the sharing of information and knowledge to encourage the financing, leasing and insuring of general aviation aircraft. For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA.aero.