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NBAA Update #09-18
Monday, May 04, 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
EBACE2009 Only Days Away, May 12–14
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be held from May 12 to 14 at Geneva PALEXPO in Switzerland. This year’s event will give Attendees the tools needed to improve efficiency, increase productivity, save money and help their businesses grow in this turbulent economy. EBACE2009 also will feature nearly 500 Exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services available and more than 60 state-of-the-art aircraft on Static Display. Join the thousands attending EBACE2009 by registering online at:
http://www.ebace.aero

Bolen Takes No Plane No Gain Message to FOX News
In his latest TV interview, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week explained to FOX News viewers the importance of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country. “This is an important business tool,” Bolen noted, “and whether a company is large or small, we want companies to have every tool available to them to try to be productive. We also need to understand that business aviation in the United States means jobs – the kinds of jobs we need to turn this economy around.” View the interview at:
http://www.nbaa.org/videos/fox-business

Another Placement for the No Plane No Gain Print Ad
No Plane No Gain supporters can find the most recent placement of the campaign's print advertisement in the pages of the April 20 edition of Barron's Magazine. "This edition of Barron's features a special report detailing the value of business aviation to companies of all sizes," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "That's one of the central messages of the No Plane No Gain program, so our print ad is a good fit." View the Barron's Special Report by visiting:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/npng/barrons

Bolen Highlights Value of NextGen at U.S. Chamber Event
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently spoke on a “NextGen” panel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington, DC. Bolen emphasized that through a shared commitment and now a growing partnership between all segments of the aviation, modernization of the nation’s Air Traffic Control system to one based on satellites – a system known as NextGen – could be a reality. “Every segment of aviation knows that accelerating the transition to NextGen will advance important national objectives like expanding system capacity and reducing congestion, reducing long-term costs to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), enhancing safety and even reducing the industry’s environmental footprint,” Bolen said. To read more about the panel, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/issues/modernization/200904.php

Swine Flu Updates Available Through NBAA’s Web Site, Podcast
NBAA continues to post updates regarding Swine influenza A (H1N1), so that Members whose missions require travel into affected areas have the latest information about the virus. NBAA’s web site has prevention guidance and helpful links to the many government entities involved in efforts to address the outbreak. The Association’s Flight Line podcast features tips and tools from two medical experts. To access these resources, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/swine-flu

FAA Issues InFO Notice on Operation of Deicing Boots
The FAA is encouraging operators of aircraft equipped with pneumatic deicing boots to ensure that pilots receive proper training on the operation of these systems and the importance of maintaining appropriate airspeed in icing conditions. Training programs should include material on ice accumulation, shedding and ice-bridge formation. Operators should place a special emphasis on the proper operation of deicing boots according to the airplane flight manual (AFM) or FAA-approved operator’s manual. If icing conditions are encountered, it is also critical that pilots adhere to minimum icing airspeeds contained in the AFM. To review the FAA Information for Operators Message (InFO), visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/safety/icing

New, Exclusive NBAA Member Benefit: Workers’ Compensation Insurance
To help Members in a challenging economy, NBAA is proud to announce the NBAA Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, managed by NationAir and underwritten by Phoenix Aviation Managers. This program, designed to provide a better, more cost-effective approach to workers’ compensation, will provide significantly reduced insurance costs, access to broad coverage specific to the needs of general aviation, educational resources and consulting to maximize workplace safety, opportunities to share in cash dividends and backing for NBAA’s mission to support the business aviation community. Policies cover all employees involved with a company’s flight operation, including pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, flight department managers, aircraft operators – even provisions for contract pilots. To receive a quote, contact your current insurance broker or visit:
http://www.nbaaworkerscomp.com

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Regional News
NBAA Continues to Monitor, Support FL Sales & Use Tax Reform Proposals
Despite the best efforts of several state and national aviation advocacy groups, it appears that general aviation sales and use tax reform legislation will stall in the Florida State Senate for the second year in a row. Proposals H.B. 51 and S.B. 300, which NBAA supports, would allow non-Florida residents who recently purchased aircraft to visit Florida for up to 21 days during the first six months of ownership without having to pay a use tax. Under current state law, pilots landing in Florida with an aircraft purchased within six months prior to their visit must pay up to a 6 percent tax on the aircraft’s sales price. Pilots from states with no or low sales tax must pay the difference between their home state’s and Florida’s sales tax. NBAA will continue to monitor the situation and advocate for the common-sense reforms proposed, but state budget challenges and a looming conclusion to the state’s legislative session increase the likelihood that the needed reforms will not be passed this year. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaaa.org.

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) Closures Begin This Month
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Wyoming will have several closures between May 4 and June 1 due to the re-surfacing of Runway 1/19. From May 4 to May 24, the airport will close between the hours of 0400z and 1200z. The airport will be closed entirely from May 25 to June 1. For more information, please visit the airport web site at:
http://www.jacksonholeairport.com

NBAA Comments on Proposal for Stage 2 Aircraft Phase-Out at Van Nuys
NBAA last month filed comments on a proposal by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to phase out Stage 2 aircraft at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) over a seven-year period. Revisions made to an earlier draft from 2008 have not resolved factual and legal flaws in the proposal. According to LAWA, the phase-out, first proposed in 1990, can be implemented without FAA review or approval because it is sanctioned by the federal Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA). NBAA’s position is that ANCA is not applicable to the 19-year break between the proposal and adoption of restrictions and that LAWA’s factual justifications for the proposal are flawed. The phase-out would eliminate an average of only five operations per day, and the evicted aircraft would relocate to other airports in the Los Angeles area, resulting in an overall increase in noise and emissions for the region. To read NBAA’s comments, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/airports/vny

Northeast Regional Groups Assist Returning Wounded Military Veterans
The Morristown Aviation Association (MAA), Teterboro Users’ Group (TUG) and the Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) have partnered with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to participate in fundraising for the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The groups’ donations will be used to purchase wheelchairs for veterans in need and will be presented to them on June 28 at Central Park in New York. For more information or to become involved, contact Peter Bellini at peter_bellini@bd.com or Eric Bossard at eric.bossard@basf.com.

Speakers Announced for DC 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; John Rahilly, formerly with Dassault Falcon Jet; 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

NYC-Area Groups Offer Safety Training, 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 for 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. 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 May 29 Meeting
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 South 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.

Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo to Feature Industry Leaders
As part of the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo (RMWAE) in Boise, ID, the Idaho Aviation Association and the Idaho Aviation Foundation will host an industry expert panel discussion on the morning of May 30. The panel will address the state of the industry and will feature NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen with leaders from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The Idaho Aviation Festival RMWAE will be held from May 30 to 31 and feature the latest aviation technology, static displays of aircraft and live product and service demonstrations. For more information or to participate, contact the Idaho Business League's Lee Hudson at league@idahobusinessleague.com or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at kivey@nbaa.org.

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NBAA News
EBACE2009 Education Sessions Address Industry Challenges
At EBACE2009, industry experts will lead Education Sessions on the most relevant and pressing issues facing the business aviation industry. Sessions will focus on showing Attendees that business aviation is the right tool for successful businesses, especially in the challenging global economy. Findings of a PricewaterhouseCoopers study will show the economic value of business aviation; another session will focus on Europe’s environmental trading schemes; and others will cover airport access, new avionics and more. For a full list of Education Sessions, visit:
http://www.ebace.aero/2009/exhibitors/schedule.php

New NBAA Aviation Tax Seminars Offered This Month
Compliance with aviation tax matters is mandatory for all companies that own and operate business aircraft. A team of experts from NBAA’s Tax Committee want to make sure you don’t leave any money on the table and ensure tax compliance. Experts will deliver two high-quality and important seminars this month in Los Angeles, CA, for flight department employees, charter & aircraft management company staff, fractional aircraft programs, aircraft owners and their tax and legal advisors. The first seminar, offered on May 28, is an in-depth workshop examining the complex rules related to non-business travel on a company-provided aircraft. The May 29 seminar will delve into hot aviation tax matters the industry is grappling with. Review the seminar agendas and register today at:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/taxes

Subscribe to NBAA’s Award-Winning Business Aviation Insider Today
NBAA’s official Member publication, Business Aviation Insider, has received three prestigious Hermes Creative Awards. NBAA’s Insider won a Platinum Award in the Publications/Newsletter category, the highest award level. Insider also won a Gold Award in the Design/Publication Overall category for the second year in a row, and an Honorable Mention in the Graphic Design category. Hermes is an international competition that recognizes achievement in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Insider also won the 2009 American Inhouse Design Award, which showcases outstanding work by in-house designers. If you are a Member and would like to subscribe to Insider, send your contact information to subscriptions@nbaa.org to start receiving your copy. View the publication archives at:
http://www.nbaa.org/insider

Interactive International Operators Conference Rebroadcast Now Online
For those who missed NBAA’s 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), held from March 30 to April 2 in San Diego, CA, a seven-part interactive rebroadcast series is now available online. This year’s IOC brought together a team of experts from around the globe to discuss guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing international operational issues. To download and order IOC video recordings or register to participate in the interactive IOC series, visit:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

European Safety Standdown

Upcoming NBAA Events
9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 12–14, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Non-Business Aircraft Use: An In-Depth Compliance Workshop
May 28, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, 2009, St. Paul, MN

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 25–27, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando, FL

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

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