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NBAA Update #09-06
Monday, February 9, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Meets With New Transportation Secretary, Voices Support for NextGen
Following an intense few weeks of meetings with numerous senators and representatives to discuss Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding and the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) proposed Large Aircraft Security Plan (LASP), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week joined aviation association colleagues in the first broad industry meeting with new Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The meeting primarily focused on funding for the Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen), and also touched on other issues of importance to the entire aviation industry. "Our national air transportation system is critical to the U.S. economy, and we are committed to working with you and your staff to transform and modernize this national asset," Bolen told LaHood.

Bolen to Reiterate Support for Aviation System Modernization at Congressional Hearing
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will testify before a February 11 hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee. Bolen is expected to reiterate the business aviation community's ongoing support for continued transformation of the nation's aviation system. NBAA's web site will make details available following the hearing. To review the Association's issue papers on FAA funding and modernization, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/issues/modernization.

NBAA, GA Associations Seek Rulemaking Committee for LASP
NBAA last week joined other general aviation (GA) associations in requesting a rulemaking committee to address concerns with the TSA's LASP. In a letter sent to TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides, NBAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Experimental Aircraft Association stated that a dedicated committee "would allow industry and the TSA to work together on requirements that would simultaneously enhance general aviation security and facilitate general aviation operations." After signing the letter, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "The business aviation community is committed to security, and as we work toward a final rule, we need to get this right." View the press release at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090202-015.php

NBAA Will Meet With IRS to Dispute Excise Tax on Aircraft Management Fees
NBAA and its Tax Committee leaders will meet with policymakers at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on February 11 to raise significant concerns NBAA has with new IRS interpretations of existing regulations. Contrary to decades of IRS interpretation, the IRS has recently asserted that federal excise tax can be due on monthly management fees paid to aircraft management companies. The IRS's new air transportation audit technique guide provides guidance to this effect to field auditors, and several aircraft management companies are currently undergoing related audits. NBAA invites any company currently undergoing an audit of aircraft management fees to contact NBAA at info@nbaa.org.

FAA Warns Pilots Against Unauthorized Entry Into RVSM Airspace
Recently, the FAA has seen an increase in the unauthorized use of entry into reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace by operators that are not RVSM qualified. In these cases, pilots are utilizing a flight plan suffix that indicates they are authorized for RVSM operations, but stating in the flight plan remarks section that they do not actually hold the proper FAA letter of authorization (LOA) for flight in RVSM airspace. The FAA is now considering filing pilot deviations for future instances where this occurs. Before conducting a flight in RVSM airspace, operators are reminded to verify that they hold a valid RVSM LOA from the FAA. For additional information on RVSM requirements, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/member/ops/cns/rvsm

NBAA Webinar Series on 'Business Case for Business Aviation' Begins Feb. 27
NBAA has developed a new webinar series to help flight department managers and others overseeing flight departments make the business case for business aviation. The first webinar, which will be held on February 27 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET, will evaluate performance metrics that flight departments can implement to document the value their business aircraft provide to the company. Subsequent webinars will be held on March 6 and 13. "We've designed this webinar series to equip Members with tools to communicate the value of their operations in these turbulent times," said NBAA's Mike Nichols, vice president, operations, education & economics. Each webinar will begin with a panel presentation and moderated discussion, followed by Q&A from the attendees. NBAA will waive registration fees for its Members, a savings of $99 per webinar. Online registration will open on February 13 at:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

New Survey on Contaminated Runway Data for Turbojet, Turboprop Operators
NBAA is helping the FAA's Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment Aviation Rulemaking Committee make recommendations on a proposed rulemaking that would affect operators of certain turbojet and turboprop aircraft. To provide valuable information to the committee, NBAA is requesting that turbine aircraft operators complete a brief, five-minute survey pertaining to contaminated runway data. All operators of turboprop aircraft weighing 12,500 lbs. or greater and operators of multi-engine turbojet aircraft are requested to complete this survey by February 13. To access the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/talpa

Members Also Invited to Participate in Survey on Flight Plan Filings
NBAA has been working with the FAA to address a limitation of the FAA's Host flight plan processing system that prevents flight plans filed by general aviation operators from being seen by FAA traffic flow management specialists and systems until 60 to 90 minutes prior to the filed departure time. As part of an effort to resolve this issue, NBAA is requesting Members to participate in a short, two-question survey regarding their methods for filing flight plans. Responses are requested by February 17. To access the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/FAAflightplan

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Regional News
Chicago-Area Presidential TFR Expected to Impact Operations Throughout Obama Presidency
As part of the security surrounding President Obama, a new temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been issued for the Chicago, IL area. This TFR only will be active at times when the President is in residence at his Chicago home. Members should read this NOTAM closely as the TFR is expected to significantly impact Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Gary, IN (GYY) airports each time it is implemented. The first use of these procedures will take place over this coming Presidents' Day holiday weekend. NBAA has created a web page to educate Members on the TFR at:
http://www.nbaa.org/tfr/obama

NBAA Vows to Continue Fight Against Proposed Nighttime Curfew at BUR
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which operates Bob Hope Airport (BUR), has voted to submit to the FAA a study that the authority claims justifies a proposed nighttime curfew at the airport. The curfew is subject to the FAA's Part 161 procedures, which require the authority to prepare a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the restrictions and meet other legal requirements. In 2008, the authority solicited public comments on the curfew; NBAA filed strenuous objections, which noted critical flaws in the study's methodology. Although the authority subsequently made minor revisions to the study, the key issues highlighted by NBAA remain unaddressed. The proposal cannot become effective unless the FAA determines that it meets several statutory standards and solicits further public comments. NBAA expects to reiterate its opposition to the curfew. To review NBAA's 2008 comments and for more details, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/bur

Washington, DC ADIZ Training Due Todays
Pilots who fly within 60 miles of the Washington, DC (DCA) VOR/DME under visual flight rules must complete the FAA's airspace awareness training by today, February 9. The online training course is designed to familiarize pilots with the Washington, DC Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which will be known as the DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) after February 17. After completing the course, pilots should print and retain their certificate of completion. The FAA, TSA, National Transportation Safety Board or any federal, state or local law enforcement officer may request to review the certificate of any pilot operating in the airspace. To complete the training course, visit the FAA web site at:
http://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/course_catalog.aspx?categoryId=11

Video of S&D Conference Session on NYC Airspace Available Online
Though general aviation doesn't drive the congestion found in New York airspace, operators flying near New York City should be aware of the unique traffic flows there. NBAA has made video copies of an educational session on the New York City-area airspace available for purchase online. The session was presented during the 2009 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference by an FAA representative from New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) and members of NBAA's GA Desk. It provides an overview of the New York airspace, examines the area's complex air traffic flow challenges and provides information on specific airport details, such as how each area airport's runway configuration affects operators. Video copies of this session include synched presentation slides. Videos of 17 other S&D Conference sessions are also now available for purchase. For more information and to purchase videos from the 2009 S&D Conference, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ondemand/sdc

St. Louis Group to Focus on LASP at Meeting This Friday
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) meeting on February 13 will feature Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security & regulation, who will speak about the TSA's proposed LASP. Carr will detail the adverse effects the program would have on business aviation and suggest how to provide effective commentary on the proposed regulation. The meeting will be held at Syberg's restaurant located at 2430 Old Dorsett Road, one block east of Highway 270, in St. Louis, MO and will begin at 11:30 a.m. To attend, a donation of $15 for GSLBAA members and $20 for guests is required. To register, contact GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at (314) 845-3102 by 12:00 noon on February 11. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at bquinn@nbaa.org.

Accreditation Board Meeting in Jacksonville Will Feature Forum for Recent Grads
The Aviation Accreditation Board International will hold its Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, FL from February 17 to 20. The meeting, hosted by Jacksonville University (JU), will feature an Industry/Educator (I/E) Forum on February 19, which will focus on skills and technological knowledge critical to the success of recent graduates beginning aviation careers. Captain B. J. Smith, JU professor of aeronautics, will be the keynote speaker and Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations & administration, will participate. The I/E Forum and luncheon will be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk hotel, located at 1515 Prudential Drive. A reduced fee of $50 is available to members of the North Florida Business Aviation Association. For more information, contact JU's Juan Merkt at (904) 256-7894 or jmerkt@ju.edu, or NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

FAA Invites Houston Area Operators to Customer Forum on Feb. 24
The FAA will hold a customer forum for operators in the Houston, TX area on February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Presenters will include representatives from the following FAA offices and organizations: Houston Air Traffic Control System Command Center, Houston Center, Houston TRACON, the Central Service Center, the FAA Liaison to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). The agenda also features an open forum for customer questions and concerns regarding air traffic control and regional airspace operations. The meeting will be held at IAH, at the Houston Airport System facility located at 16930 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. To attend, RSVP by February 20 to the FAA's Lisa Smalley at (281) 230-6310 or lisa.smalley@faa.gov. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at shadley@nbaa.org.

Save the Date: GWBAA Will Hold Annual Safety Standdown on May 7
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its Third Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org. Further details will be made available on the GWBAA web site at:
http://www.gwbaa.com

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NBAA News
NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Site Launches With Key Details for Exhibitors
The web site for the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) has launched, with early information for businesses and organizations interested in exhibiting. As the industry's largest purely civil aviation trade show, NBAA2009 will bring the world of business aviation together in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), from October 20 to 22. Exhibitor information and forms are now available on the NBAA2009 site. To learn more, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/2009

Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Applications Due Mar. 31
The 2009 NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship application is now available online. This scholarship program is administered by the Association's Flight Attendants Committee, which is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians to enhance their professional careers. This year, 37 monetary and training awards are offered by the scholarship's 20 sponsors. Completed application packages are due to NBAA by March 31. For more information and to download an application, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/fltatt

Featured Member Benefit: Business Aviation Insider
Are you receiving your copy of Business Aviation Insider? Provided exclusively to Members, NBAA's bimonthly printed newsletter is delivered right to your mailbox, including operational tips and tools, regulatory hot topics, featured Member profiles and the latest industry news affecting your business and flight operation. If you would like to subscribe to this free Member newsletter, or know of a colleague who would benefit from receiving it, send an e-mail with your name and contact information to dbascomb@nbaa.org to start receiving your copy. To access the latest issue online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

Leadership Conference Preview Podcasts Now Available Online
The NBAA 17th Annual Leadership Conference will be held next week, from February 18 to 19, and will feature many interesting speakers and presentations addressing the theme "Winds of Change." For a preview of the featured speakers, podcasts with interviews of Conference presenters Curt Garbett and Burt Rutan are now available on the NBAA web site. Garbett, of Spencer Johnson Partners, will discuss Spencer Johnson's best-selling book Who Moved My Cheese? to explain how people and companies cope with change. Rutan, the legendary aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace pioneer who was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People of the World," will keynote this year's Conference and share his renowned story. To download and listen to the podcasts, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/leadership/2009/podcast-preview

Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference Available as Webcast Series
The NBAA 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, held in October 2008, provided Attendees with in-depth information on legal and financial issues affecting business aircraft ownership and operation. For those who were unable to attend, NBAA will re-broadcast the full Conference as a four-part webcast series starting on February 18. The series will include all of the originally recorded content, including a live Q&A with the presenters. Companies with several staff interested in participating can set up meeting rooms to accommodate group viewing. The four live webcasts are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18 and 25 and March 4 and 11. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at jdamato@nbaa.org. To register, visit:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

International Operators Conference Registration and Agenda Now Available
The NBAA 36th International Operators Conference, to be held March 30 to April 2 in San Diego, CA, will bring a team of expert speakers from around the world to address international operations issues, along with new technologies that appear in the cockpit and cabin in ever-increasing numbers. This event provides an excellent source of up-to-date information, facilitates networking with industry peers and is an opportunity to meet with the service providers that deliver valuable resources for planning safe and successful international trips. For more information and to register, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ioc

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Upcoming NBAA Events
PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
February 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

17th Annual Leadership Conference
February 18–19, 2009, New Orleans, LA

36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30–April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Aviation Security
April 3, 2009, San Diego, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 9, 2009, Dallas, TX

PDP Course: Managerial Communications
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Technical Operations Policy & Procedures Manual Development
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
April 1517, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 2021, 2009, Orlando, FL

NBAA/EBAA 1st International Aircraft Transactions Conference
May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 1214, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Complying with Regulations on Non-Business Use of Business Aircraft Conference
May 28, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Conferencee
May 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 2527, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Review the Full NBAA Events Calendar
http://www.nbaa.org/events

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