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NBAA Update #09-17
Monday, April 27, 2009

NBAA Update is the National Business Aviation Association's weekly e-mail newsletter, providing the latest operational, regulatory and legislative news for the business aviation community. Subscribe for free or review the archives at www.nbaa.org/update. Send your comments about NBAA Update to update@nbaa.org. Send address changes to membership@nbaa.org.


Business Aviation News & Issues
CDC Web Site Provides Latest Swine Flu Information
NBAA Members planning international travel can ensure that they have the latest information about swine influenza A (H1N1) virus by checking the Internet web site for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which has announcements, considerations for travel to affected areas and a toll-free phone number for questions. Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of influenza-like illness in Mexico, and several cases of swine influenza have now been reported in other countries as well as in California, Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas. Although government officials yesterday declared a public health emergency in conjunction with the disease, no deaths have been reported in the U.S., and the CDC has not recommended that people avoid travel at this time. The CDC’s information is intended to help those traveling to affected areas reduce infection risk and stay healthy. To review the CDC’s web site, visit:
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluUS.aspx

Federal, Local Officials Continue Raising Concerns Over TSA LASP
In recent weeks, lawmakers in and outside Washington have continued to voice concerns with federal security officials about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). “…I am concerned that the proposed rule as written could have a minimal impact on aviation security, prove overly burdensome to general aviation and result in real economic harm by hampering business operations and commerce,” wrote Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) in a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. “While obviously security is, and must remain, TSA’s top priority, I believe that TSA must also attempt to work with those who will be impacted by new security measures to ensure that new measures do not impose unnecessary burdens,” wrote Representative Harry Mitchell (D-5-AZ) in a letter of his own to DHS. The City of Hot Springs, AR, passed a resolution that marked their concerns on LASP because general aviation is a “vital engine of growth in the City of Hot Springs economy.” To review the letters from Sen. Pryor and Rep. Mitchell, and the Hot Springs Board of Directors resolution, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/lasp

NBAA Welcomes Formation of Congressional GA Caucus
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed the formation of the Congressional General Aviation Caucus, co-chaired by Representative Vernon J. Ehlers (R-3-MI) and Representative Allen Boyd (D-2-FL). “NBAA thanks Representatives Ehlers and Boyd for spearheading the caucus, and promoting the value of all general aviation, including business aviation,” Bolen said. “The formation of the caucus demonstrates a recognition in Congress that general aviation plays a critical role in serving citizens and communities in every state. The caucus forms as NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association continue advocating for the business aviation community through No Plane No Gain. To view NBAA’s press release on the GA Caucus, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090427-036.php

No Plane No Gain Expands Online Presence
No Plane No Gain recently launched a new Facebook Page and YouTube Channel to help spread the campaign's message in the online arena. The No Plane No Gain message has been captured at news conferences, at Washington policy events, in national and local television interviews and elsewhere. This video coverage is now all in one place, at a new, dedicated No Plane No Gain YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/NoPlaneNoGain. The new Facebook Page allows No Plane No Gain “fans,” or those who join the Page, access to all the latest news and information, and also provides a venue for online exchange. Become a fan of the new Facebook Page by visiting:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Plane-No-Gain/57690300747?ref=s

NBAA’s Inaugural ‘Flight Plan’ Podcast Focuses on EU Emissions Trading Scheme
NBAA has introduced a new podcast, with news and information about the business aviation community for people on the go. Titled “NBAA’s Flight Plan,” the podcast will provide a regular overview of developments affecting NBAA Members, and the Association’s work to advocate for the industry. The inaugural edition of “NBAA’s Flight Plan” focuses on emissions policy proposals in the U.S. and elsewhere, and what each could mean for the companies of all sizes that rely on business aviation to succeed. To listen to the podcast, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/flightplan

Bolen to Underscore Industry’s Commitment to Aviation System Modernization at U.S. Chamber Event
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will represent the business aviation community when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation convenes its annual aviation summit Wednesday, April 29. The event brings together aviation leaders to discuss U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. Bolen will address the importance of modernizing the nation’s aviation system, and the business aviation community’s continued support for system transformation. Bolen will join other notable speakers, including Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and former Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Robert A. Sturgell. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dixon at ncfevents@uschamber.com. For sponsorship information contact, Evis Vasili at evasili@uschamber.com.

NBAA Encourages Members to Participate in FAA’s GA Survey
NBAA Members are invited to take a short General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey by the FAA which compiles the number of hours flown each year and the reasons people fly. Survey results are used to help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes and measure aviation safety and accident rates. Printed survey forms will be mailed to a sampling of operators, who may complete the form either in hardcopy or online. For additional information, contact NBAA’s Jim McClay at jmcclay@nbaa.org or visit:
http://www.aviationsurvey.org

NBAA Request for Proposals: Advance Passenger Information System
NBAA is evaluating the possibility of offering Members an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission service to meet the requirement that becomes effective on May 18 for all private aircraft conducting international flights to submit passenger and aircraft information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The regulation mandates that operators electronically submit approximately 30 data elements to CBP 60 minutes prior to departing from or arriving in the United States. NBAA has published a request for proposals (RFP) seeking responses from providers who could assist the Association with offering this service. Responses to this RFP are due by May 1. For more information, contact NBAA’s Scott O’Brien at sobrien@nbaa.org. To review the RFP, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/rfp/

EBACE to Show Business Aviation’s Economic Benefits
A highlight of next month’s 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be a session announcing the findings of a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study on the economic value of business aviation to the European economy. Education Sessions like this one will focus on issues of importance to companies operating in Europe, including the changing European operating environment, safety management systems, security requirements, airport and transatlantic access issues and more. Review the full EBACE2009 program schedule at:
http://www.ebace.aero/2009/exhibitors/schedule.php

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Regional News
Orlando International Airport RNAV SID Implementation Delayed
NBAA has been advised that the implementation of area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departures (SIDs) at Orlando International Airport (MCO), originally planned for May 7, has been postponed. Further information, including the rescheduled implementation date, will be published in NBAA Update as soon as it becomes available. For more information, e-mail the GA Desk at GADesk@nbaa.org.

Push to Re-Launch Rhode Island Group Continues
A second meeting to discuss re-launching the former Rhode Island Aviation Association (RIAA) will be held this Wednesday, April 29, at North Central State Airport (SFZ) in Pawtucket, RI for those who were unable to attend last week’s meeting at T. F. Green (PVD). A group of Rhode Island aviation professionals has recently proposed bringing the community together and re-launching the RIAA so as to more effectively address current issues, including a state proposal to repeal the aircraft parts and labor tax exemption. The meeting will be held at Landmark Aviation on the airport at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

SONO Looks at Health of the Industry, Apr. 30
The Southern and Northern California Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (SONO) will meet Thursday, April 30, to discuss the state of the business aviation industry and hot topics. Frank Milan of ACM and Steve Highet of AirBP will cover such issues as business aviation today, how businesses are being affected by the challenging economy and the industry’s future. SONO will co-host the event with the new Sacramento Jet Center facility at Sacramento International Airport (KSMF). A networking session will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Cheli Morrison at chelim@bfsnapa.com or Dan Burkhart at dburkhart@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.sonosd.com

Apollo 17 Commander to Speak at Georgia Meeting, May 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) has announced that former astronaut Gene Cernan will be the dinner speaker for the association's 10th Annual Membership Meeting on May 1. Cernan, who is also a retired navy pilot, commanded the Apollo 17 moon mission and was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo Program. The GBAA 10th Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Marriott Stone Mountain Evergreen Resort outside Atlanta, GA. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org. For hotel and event registration, visit:
http://www.gbaa.org

Speakers Announced for Greater Washington Safety Standdown, May 7
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its 3rd Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Alfred C. Haynes, recognized for his performance during the 1989 emergency landing of United Airlines Flight 232, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Flight Safety Foundation's Jim Burin; ServiceElements' Bob Hobbi; Dassault Falcon Jet's John Rahilly; and NTSB Training Center's Paul Schuda. NBAA is an event sponsor and attendees will qualify for credit toward NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager Program. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org. To register, visit the GWBAA web site at:
http://www.gwbaa.com

New York City-Area Groups Offer Safety Training on May 12
On May 12, the Morristown Aviation Association, Teterboro Users’ Group and Westchester Aviation Association, in coordination with NBAA, will offer a Safety Training Program. The groups are offering the program to enhance safety and assist attendees with reducing costs associated with meeting safety standards set by companies and insurance carriers. The program will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m., and a $25 fee will cover breakfast and lunch for the day. The program will include training on emergency egress, forced landing, ditching and fire fighting. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. To register, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org.

Idaho Group to Host Ed Bolen at Meeting on May 29
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold a town hall meeting on May 29, featuring NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will discuss critical aviation-related issues and provide updates on NBAA initiatives. The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Oxford Suites, Idaho West Conference Room at 1426 S. Entertainment Avenue in Boise. To RSVP by May 26, contact IBAA at rsvp@idbusinessaviation.com, or for more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at kivey@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
NBAA’s Air Mail Service Now Has Archive Search Capability
NBAA has enhanced its popular Air Mail service by adding the capability to search the archives of e mail discussion lists. Members who use NBAA Air Mail to collaborate and share information on a wide variety of business aviation topics now have the ability to instantly search the full Air Mail Archive, which contains more than 170,000 records and is growing at a rate of about 10,000 records per month. Users also have the option of searching the archives of an individual discussion list. The search feature returns results within seconds, and NBAA will continue to improve it based on users’ feedback. To search the full Air Mail Archive or select an individual list to search, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airmail/archives

NBAA Seeks Volunteers for Employment Issues Working Group
To address the specialized issues associated with aviation employment, NBAA is recruiting volunteers for its Employment Issues Working Group. The group plans to focus on legal and regulatory matters related to employment that are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Labor and applicable state agencies. The group will hold quarterly conference calls to discuss goals, assign action items and review changes to employment law or regulation. Speaking opportunities at various NBAA events also may be available to working group members. Employment specialists with experience in the aviation field may apply for this volunteer opportunity by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/leadership/committees/apply.php

European Safety Standdown to Feature Respected Experts, Latest Information
Planning is well underway for the European Safety Standdown, produced by Bombardier in partnership with the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA, and to be held on May 11 in conjunction with EBACE2009. This annual event focuses on reducing the risk of human errors, which are the underlying cause of most accidents, by combining skill-based and knowledge-based training. Featured aviation safety expert presenters will include Tony Kern of Convergent Performance, Sean Roberts of the National Test Pilot School, Mark Rosekind of Alertness Solutions and John Nance, aerospace analyst and author. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090422-035.php

Latest Newsletter for Schedulers and Dispatchers Now Online
The May 2009 issue of NBAA Dispatch has been mailed to subscribing NBAA Members, and is available online. The issue includes a message from NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee Chair Dorette Kerr of John Deere Global Aviation Services. Sponsored by Universal Weather and Aviation, the issue also includes plans for new professional development opportunities; information to help operators comply with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Advance Passenger Information System requirement, effective May 18; professional development testimonials; and news about industry professionals and regional groups. The printed issue has been mailed to NBAA Member schedulers and dispatchers. To read the issue online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/dispatch

2008 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review Now Available
NBAA Member Company Robert E. Breiling Associates has released the 2008 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review, providing a comprehensive guide to business aviation safety and an in-depth analysis of turbine business aircraft accidents in 2008. The review contains over 500 pages of detailed narrative accounts for 425 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft accidents and major incidents reported worldwide in 2008. Three versions of the review are available: the complete review, jet and turboprop-only and twin- and single-turbine helicopter-only sections. NBAA Members are eligible for a $50 discount. To place an order, or for additional information, visit:
http://www.breilinginc.com

PDP Course Deadline Approaching
The Professional Development Program (PDP) Review Committee is calling for potential or existing PDP providers to submit courses for approval by June 8. Course submissions should cover at least one of the 34 PDP objectives, and once approved, the courses can be presented for business aviation professionals in conjunction with NBAA sponsored events such as the Annual Meeting & Convention. Submissions should include a completed PDP Application form, syllabus and detailed course description. For more information, contact NBAA’s Jay Evans at jevans@nbaa.org, or visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/pdp

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