NBAA Update Archive

Bookmark and Share

NBAA Update #09-19
Monday, May 11, 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 [email protected]. Send address changes to [email protected].


Business Aviation News & Issues
This Week’s EBACE to Show Value of Business Aviation
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) starts tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s event will give Attendees the tools needed to quantify the value of business aviation to companies of all sizes. One of the highlights of the show will be a session announcing the findings of a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study that provides detailed data on the strategic and competitive benefits business aviation brings to companies. For those in the business aviation community unable to attend, NBAA will provide event highlights the EBACE2009 web site at:
http://www.ebace.aero

NBAA on White House FY2010 Budget Plan for FAA, NextGen
In its fiscal year 2010 budget, the Administration intends to continue the existing taxes next year, but has previously signaled that they are considering a shift to user fees for 2011. The plan, released last week, only maps out funding for FY2010, which led NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to observe: "It's good to see that there are no user fees for general aviation in the Administration's budget plan for 2010. However, we remain concerned that the Administration's long-term planning could leave the door open to user fee proposals for general aviation. This would be a very divisive approach at a time when the industry needs to come together and move forward in making NextGen a reality. We will continue to work with members of Congress and the Administration on a funding plan that builds upon the proven and efficient fuel tax for general aviation."

House Leaders Supporting GA Fuel Taxes in FAA Reauthorization Proposal
In testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on the status of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Trust Fund, leaders of a separate committee – the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – urged support for building on the aviation fuel tax for general aviation operators to contribute to FAA funding and aviation system modernization. During testimony, Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN), said H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, is in line with that vision, and that “the aviation excise taxes that support the Trust Fund have proven to be a stable and adequate source of funding for aviation programs, without imposing undue administrative burdens on system users.” Other Transportation Committee members also supported the bill. NBAA provides updates on FAA reauthorization and other legislative issues at:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/issues

Bolen to Represent Business Aviation at Senate NextGen Hearing
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will testify on FAA reauthorization this Wednesday, May 13, before a hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security. Bolen will tell the committee that, while the general aviation community continues to be challenged by the turbulent economy, the industry remains supportive of investment in aviation system modernization, including an adjustment to the fuel tax to help pay for system transformation. NBAA has more information on FAA funding and aviation system modernization at:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/issues/modernization

Sen. Bennet Joins Lawmakers Voicing Concern Over TSA LASP
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) recently joined lawmakers who have voiced concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). “These measures would be very costly, yet stakeholders have not sufficiently been engaged in the process,” wrote Senator Bennet in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. View Bennet’s letter and those from other legislators at:
http://www.nbaa.org/lasp

Homeland Security Panel Plans LASP Hearing
Last week, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure Protection approved H.R. 2200, a bill to reauthorize TSA programs. During consideration of the bill, Representative Pete Olson (R-TX) raised concerns about the pending TSA LASP and its potential impact on the general aviation community. In response, Subcommittee Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) announced that the subcommittee will schedule a hearing on the LASP to review the status of the TSA proposal. Full Homeland Security Committee action on the bill is expected shortly.

NBAA Flight Plan Has the Latest on the LASP
In the most recent NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen talks about a recent meeting he and other general aviation leaders had with TSA officials to discuss the agency’s controversial LASP proposal. Bolen discusses the status of the proposal, and his expectations going forward. Hear the podcast at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/flight-plan

New Article Quantifies Flight Department Value
As a follow-up to the webinars in NBAA’s “Business Case for Business Aviation” series, the Association has made available a new article titled “The View from the Corner Office: Best Practices in Business Aviation Policies & Procedures.” Available only to NBAA Members, the article reviews best practices for drafting business aviation policies, including determining when it is cost-effective to fly a mission, describing who can fly on the aircraft and outlining restrictions on non-business use. Download the article in PDF format at:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/policies

New NBAA Advocacy Site Helps Members Make Their Voices Heard
NBAA recently added a new “Get Involved” page to the Advocacy section of the Association’s web site. The page provides resources for building relationships with elected officials, submitting comments to regulators and quantifying the value of business aircraft to companies of all sizes. NBAA plans to add more resources to the page, with guidance for contacting the media and other tools. To access NBAA’s resources and become an advocate for the industry, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/get-involved

Prepare for New e-APIS Requirements With NBAA Video
NBAA’s newest On-Demand Education course focuses on regulations requiring international general aviation (GA) flights to transmit advance information to border authorities. Beginning May 18, all international GA flights departing from or arriving to the U.S. will be required to provide passenger manifest and aircraft information to Customs and Border Protection 60 minutes prior to departure using the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS) or an approved third party vendor. NBAA’s new video recording with synched slides, titled “Understanding APIS,” helps operators understand and comply with the new requirements. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/apis/e-apis

Baldwin Aviation

Regional News
Nevada’s New Program Detects Sales and Use Tax Evasion
Nevada officials have implemented a program to determine if residents have evaded sales and use taxes by registering property in a state or jurisdiction which either does not levy sales and use taxes or does so at a lower rate than Nevada’s. If the program determines that a Nevada resident is attempting to evade the tax, a 10-percent penalty on the amount owed plus 1 percent interest per month the tax is not paid could be assessed. In some cases, the penalty assessed could be 300 percent. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/taxes/state

Chicago-Area Group’s Safety Day Is May 18
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) holds its annual Safety Day event next Monday, May 18 at DuPage Airport. Featured speaker David Rimmer of Excelaire will provide an account of the midair collision over Brazil in September 2006 with lessons learned. Other presenters include representatives from Flight Safety on pilot monitoring, the International Business Aviation Council on safety management systems, and Medaire on travel health. The event will be held at the Dragon Leasing Hangar on the airport, located at 2727 Freedom Drive in West Chicago, IL and begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at [email protected]. To register, visit:
http://www.cabaa.com

Southern California TRACON Hosts Safety Training, May 20
All members of the business aviation community are welcome to attend a Safety Training Seminar hosted at the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) next Wednesday, May 20, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. Attendees can tour the facility and discuss local air traffic control issues, including readback/hearback clearance; processing of pilot deviation; and terrain clearance and minimum vectoring altitude. The TRACON is located at 9175 Kearny Villa Road in San Diego, CA. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible by contacting the FAA’s Jim Burgan at [email protected] or Richard Pyke at [email protected].

Idaho Group Hosts Ed Bolen at May 29 Meeting
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) holds 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 [email protected], or for more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at [email protected].

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 expert panel discussion to address the state of the industry. The forum, which will take place on May 20, 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 more. For more information, contact the Idaho Business League's Lee Hudson at [email protected] or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at [email protected].

Register to Participate in NBAA‘s St. Paul Regional Forum
Registration is open and exhibit spaces are available at NBAA’s June 24 Regional Forum in St. Paul, MN. The event will feature sessions that will provide practical tools for navigating the economic turbulence confronting the industry. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will provide an update on No Plane No Gain, the industry’s campaign to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the value of business aviation. The forum will feature a Static Display of Aircraft, dozens of indoor exhibits and hundreds of Attendees. To register online or reserve exhibit space, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20090624

Gulfstream

NBAA News
Rebroadcast of Russia/China Regional Review, May 13
This Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, NBAA will rebroadcast the Russia/China Regional Review originally recorded at the 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), held from March 30 to April 2 in San Diego, CA. The Russia/China review is second in a seven-week series that began on May 6 rebroadcasting all the regional reviews from this year’s IOC. The conference brought together a team of experts from around the globe to discuss guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing international operational issues. Recordings are also available for instant, on-demand access. To download and order IOC video recordings or to register to participate in the interactive IOC series, visit:
http://nbaa.impactlearning.org

Flight Attendants Conference Ideal for Cabin Professionals
NBAA’s 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held from June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, LA. This year’s sessions will address the theme of “Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety” by focusing on changes affecting cabin safety and security. Participants will have an opportunity to meet face to face with colleagues, vendors and customers all in one place, saving their companies time and money. This annual event is planned and hosted by NBAA’s Flight Attendants Committee, which promotes the use of professionally trained flight attendants and flight technicians aboard business aircraft. Learn more and register online at:
http://www.nbaa.org/fac/2009

MMC Presentations Now Available Online
For those who missed this year’s Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), held from April 15 to 17 in New Orleans, LA, presentations and podcasts from the conference are now available on NBAA’s web site. The podcasts and presentations include the MMC sessions on technology trends, operational hot topics, regulatory issues and professional development. To download the presentations and podcasts, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/mmc/2009/presentations

Business Case for Business Aviation Webinar Recordings Available
NBAA's three-part webinar series on "The Business Case for Business Aviation" provides tools to flight department personnel and company executives to help them clearly articulate the value a business airplane adds to a company's productivity, efficiency and bottom line. The first webinar, "Business Aviation Performance Metrics – Dollars and Sense Reasons Your Business Owns an Aircraft," was presented live in late February. The other segments, "Articulating the Business Case for Business Aviation" and "Best Practices & Policies for the Use of Business Aviation" followed in March. To view the webinar recordings, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ondemand/business-case

Advertise in NBAA Update

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

No Plane No Gain

Honeywell

Corporate Angel Network

Join NBAA Today