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Congratulations Bill McShane-- NBAA Silk Scarf Award Recipient!!!
NYAMA congratulates Treasurer and former NYAMA President William “Bill” McShane Director of Business Development & Special Projects at SheltAir Aviation, who was recently honored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) with their prestigious “Silk Scarf” Award. The award was presented by Douglas Carr, NBAA, on March 25, 2014 for Mr. McShane’s outstanding contributions to Aviation. Mr. Carr recognized Bill for founding the Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) and the Aerospace Education Corporation (AEC). Both organizations are not-for-profit organizations that promote the interests of aviation industry and encourage young adults to pursue careers in this field. Mr. McShane has also served as President for LIBAA and AEC in addition to the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA). He has spent many years of advocating, supporting and speaking out for the aviation industry as a whole and particularly aviation business in New York.
“Bill has worked hard to improve the aviation industry during his work career and free time,” said Ann Crook, NYAMA President. “I’m delighted that NBAA has recognized his tireless and ongoing efforts with this prestigious award.”
Bill was nominated for this award by Dean Saucier, NBAA Northeast Regional Representative. The Silk Scarf Award is presented to those individuals who make a significant impact on aviation.
NBAA was founded in 1947 and since its inception, the Silk Scarf Award has been presented to approximately 100 aviation professionals world-wide, in an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators. The NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers and who have advanced, advocated for, educated and dedicated themselves to business aviation. Award presentations are made either at Association events, such as the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or at events hosted by regional business aviation groups at locations nationwide. Former notable recipients include Nick Sabatini – FAA Associated Administrator, Don Humason – Massachusetts State Senator and Matt Zuccaro –Helicopter Association International President, among others. The award is not given lightly and is closely scrutinized.
With the passage of all the budget bills and with the Governor’s approval on March 31, the Legislature has now passed four on-time budgets in a row.
NYAMA sought to have included in the budget $10 million for the AIR 99 airport capital program, a fully-funded AIP state match program for the federal Airport Improvement Program and the language from the Aviation Jobs Act (AJA) legislation to exempt general aviation aircraft from the state’s sales and use taxes.
The budget does include $10 million for AIR 99 but, similar to last year, some of this funding (as much as $3 million) may be used to cover the expected shortfall in the AIP program funding level. While NYAMA agrees that the state AIP program needs to be fully funded so as to maximize the amount of federal funding available to New York, the shortfall should not be made up with the limited AIR 99 funding. NYAMA will continue our efforts to have the AIP deficit funded in a way that will not reduce the AIR 99 appropriation this year. NYAMA seeks to address this underfunded AIP issue and the establishment of a permanent, more robust state airport development capital program in the next 5-year transportation capital plan to be released by NYSDOT in a few months.
The AJA tax exemption language did not make it into the final budget despite being included in the Senate’s one-house budget bill and the strong push by NYAMA in the Assembly and with the Governor’s office. NYAMA will continue to pursue the legislation, S.273-B (Larkin)/A.3677-B (Lupardo), which the Senate is expected to pass again prior to the scheduled June 19 end of the 2014 session.
Thank you to everyone who came to Albany to support NYAMA's Advocacy Day! Be sure to watch our weekly e-currents newsletter and nyama.com in the coming weeks for additional ways you can help the aviation industry in New York State!