Wisconsin Business Aviation Association

July 2016 Correspondence

WBAA Golf Open 2016
Golfers were welcomed with another beautiful day of Wisconsin weather at the Blackwolf Run golf course in Kohler for the 2016 WBAA Open sponsored by Gulfstream.

Alec Peck from Green Bay was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to further his education and aviation career. Alec is enrolled at Utah Valley University where he has one year remaining before graduation and is currently maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Alec has a private pilots licenses with an instrument rating and will be working on his commercial pilot’s licenses this fall at CAVU flight academy in Green Bay. When Alec is finished with school he wants to fly business jets.

Kyle Budewitz from Watertown was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship to further his aviation career. Kyle is a 2015 graduate of Lewis University. He is currently working as a flight instructor at Wisconsin Aviation in Watertown. With the scholarship that Kyle received last year he completed his CFI training and now this year we will complete his CFI-Instrument rating, so he can teach instrument students. Kyle also wants to be a corporate pilot someday and this scholarship money will help him achieve his aviation career goals.

This year’s top team was: Kevin Hahn, Perry Lake, Brad Dexheimer and Jon Miller.
Longest Putt – Tom Cyr
Longest Drive – Greg Hankins
Closest to the pin – Brad Dexheimer

Thank you to all the sponsors and golfers that made this great event a success. Hope to see you all again in 2017.

Equipping aircraft for the ADS-B mandate will take some time and money, so plan ahead. Starting this Fall, the FAA is offering a monetary incentive to help owners of general aviation aircraft equip with the required avionics that comply with the ADS-B Out rule that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The agency will offer a $500 rebate to eligible aircraft owners. To be eligible, your aircraft must be a fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that is U.S.-registered and not currently equipped with Version 2 ADS-B Out. Go to http://www.faa.gov/go/rebate for more information on the program rules.

FAA Reauthorization and the Privatization of ATC
On Thursday, June 23rd NBAA’s Ed Bolen and EAA’s Jack Pelton shared important information about the FAA Reauthorization and the privatization of ATC with about 60 people at the EAA chapter 838 in Racine. Mr. Bolen explained that the Senate overwhelmingly passed a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration back in April 2016. In a 95-3 vote, lawmakers approved a bipartisan bill that would authorize FAA programs through fiscal 2017. The current FAA authority expires on July 15th, 2016. The House bill has stalled because of the privatization of ATC language that its version of reauthorization includes. Please use NBAA’s Contact Congress to let your representatives know that you are against privatizing of public airspace.

Wisconsin Business Aviation Day at the Capital
We are still looking to get to Madison; therefore, we need to make sure that the representatives on the Transportation Committee know about us. Do you have someone in your organization who wants to participate?
Business Aviation:
• Contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy
• Contributes Jobs - Majority of aircraft are manufactured, operated and maintained in the U.S. Additionally, includes tens of thousands of pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants, training professionals, airport employees, and other support personnel
• Users include governments, universities, charitable organizations and businesses - large, medium, and small
• Reaches over 5,000 public use airports across the country

Please share WBAA with your colleagues and aviation friends. As we grow in numbers, we can have an influence. Also, if you become aware of any legislative issues impacting aviation, let me know.

Matthew Dean

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