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NBAA Update #09-24
Monday, June 15, 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
NBAA Welcomes Hersman Nomination as NTSB Chair
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week commended the Obama Administration for nominating Deborah A.P. Hersman as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). "Debbie has a good understanding of business aviation,” Bolen said. “She knows that our industry has long recognized that safety is Job One and that we are constantly working to build upon our already strong safety record. We look forward to continuing our work with Debbie and her colleagues at the NTSB." Since her appointment to the board, Hersman has been the member on scene at more than a dozen major transportation accidents, including several high-profile business aviation incidents. To read an interview with Hersman included in the March/April edition of NBAA’s Business Aviation Insider newsletter, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/insider/2009/0409/capview-0409.php

Newspaper Editorial’s Headline: No Plane No Gain
In a recent editorial published under the headline, "No Plane, No Gain," the Savannah Morning News echoes the message from the industry's advocacy campaign in pointing out that 1.2 million people are employed in business aviation nationwide, and that "the industry's annual $150 billion output ripples through communities, supporting hosts of local businesses and key social service organizations like the United Way." No Plane No Gain, jointly supported by NBAA and GAMA, communicates with policymakers and opinion leaders about these and other benefits of business aviation. Read the editorial in its entirety at:
http://www.noplanenogain.org/index.php?m=51&s=340&id=96

NBAA Challenges One-Sided News Coverage of Aircraft Use
Following a story published recently by several news organizations about a study examining only a company's non-business use of its airplane, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement noting that nearly all of the coverage had "flown right past some key points." The statement, sent to all news outlets that ran the story and posted widely on social networks like Twitter, points out: "Most flights are made strictly for business reasons, which is why business aviation is so important to companies of all sizes, all across the U.S. The fact is, business aviation allows companies to increase their competitiveness and productivity, which is especially important in the current economic climate." Read the full statement at:
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2009/20090610-046.php

NBAA2009 Has Only One Official Show Guide
The official directory for NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention is called the NBAA2009 Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies and is produced and published by NBAA. All correspondence regarding participation in the Show Guide will be emailed directly to Exhibitors from NBAA in Washington, DC. Any correspondence requesting that you update your “data, listing, listing under NBAA, Orlando” that references the following guides or companies are not sanctioned by or affiliated with NBAA, NBAA2009 or any of its events: Exhibitors Directory in the Expo-Guide, Exhibitors Directory in the Fair Guide, Expo-Guide, Exhibitors Directory for Fairs and Exhibitions, The Exhibitors Fair Guide or FAIRGuide, The Exhibitors Fair Guide, Construct Data Verlag AG, Commercial Online Manuals, Butler International or Expo Guide. NBAA provides all Exhibitors one free listing in the NBAA2009 Show Guide per exhibit space. Additional listings are available through NBAA for a fee of $300 each. For more information, contact NBAA’s Maureen Cameron at: mcameron@nbaa.org. For information on NBAA2009, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/2009

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NBAA, Las Vegas-Area Members Help Bring New Route to Western Region
On July 2, the FAA will implement a new jet route from San Diego International (SAN) to Nevada’s Henderson Executive (HND). NBAA and Las Vegas-based Members have worked for the past year with the Las Vegas and Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities and Los Angeles Center to make this route available. This route will take HND-bound jet aircraft off the Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) arrival routes, saving operators time and distance; will reduce workload for air traffic controllers; and will increase capacity for the airport. NBAA anticipates that soon, aircraft departing from airports across the San Diego area and as far north as John Wayne Orange County (SNA) could be offered the new route. The routing for jets will be: JLI.V514.ZELMA..USCUP..TILOE..HAKID..HND Arrivals will be descended to cross Tiloe (approximately two miles south of the L30 boundary) at 11,000 with TRACON control. View the route graphic at:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airspace/regional/western/2009-san-hnd.php

NBAA Members Encouraged to Comment on Jackson Hole Airport Lease Extension
NBAA is strongly encouraging Members that utilize the Jackson Hole, Wyoming Airport (KJAC), to comment on a draft environmental impact statement issued by the National Park Service (NPS). The comment period closes today, June 15. The airport land is controlled by a lease from the NPS which is set to expire in 2033. Under FAA regulations, an airport must own its land or have more than 20 years remaining on its lease or use agreement to obtain funds under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). If the lease is not extended, the airport would lose its eligibility for AIP funds in 2013 and close in 2033. Members are encouraged to file comments in support of the alternative proposal that extends the lease to 2053. For more information, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/ops/airports/jac

TADS Meets June 17 at Trenton-Mercer Airport
The Tri-State Area Dispatchers and Schedulers (TADS) will hold their quarterly meeting this Wednesday, June 17 at Pfizer’s Hangar on Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), located at 1001 Jack Stephen Way in West Trenton, NJ. The agenda will cover the latest updates to the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS), Transportation Security Administration policies and other current security issues. At this Wednesday’s meeting, TADS will aim to attract more local participants by previewing a new meeting format, which will go live for the September meeting. Updates will also be provided on the NBAA 21st Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, to be held next year in San Antonio, TX. A brief networking session will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. To RSVP, contact Debra O’Donnell at debra_odonnell@merck.com, Christina Milano at Christina.d.milano@pfizer.com or Kim Lamond at kimberly.lamond@jeppesen.com.

NBAA’s St. Paul Regional Forum Features IS-BAO Workshop
NBAA’s Regional Forum in St. Paul, MN on June 24, will offer practical tools for purchasing, owning and operating business aircraft during these turbulent economic times. In conjunction with the Regional Forum, NBAA will offer a workshop on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) on June 23. The IS-BAO is a comprehensive set of guidelines in line with newly revised International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for international general aviation operations and provides a means of achieving high levels of safety and performance. To register for the IS-BAO workshop, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/events/forums/20090624

Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association Meeting on June 24
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 24, at Lane Aviation on Port Columbus Airport in the 2nd floor Conference Room. The theme of the meeting is “The Business of Aviation” with presentations and discussions concerning the challenges facing operators in the industry. The meeting will also touch on a possible $2.4 million cut in the state’s aviation funding recently approved by the Ohio legislature. Since the Ohio House and Senate have both acted on versions of this bill, a conference committee will convene soon to address the differences between these two versions. The meeting will start with at continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and will also include a networking lunch sponsored by ARG/US at 12:00 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 3:15 p.m. To attend, RSVP by June 22 to RoyceAnn Martin at ramarti@bgsu.edu. For additional information, contact the NBAA’s Bob Quinn at bquinn@nbaa.org.

GBAA Hosts Cabin Communication Session, June 26
The Georgia Business Aviation Association will hold a cabin communications session from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Georgia Department of Transportation Hangar at Fulton County Airport (FTY). The event will focus on important considerations and pitfalls to avoid before investing in emerging cabin technologies. There is no charge to attend, and the event will be followed by a complimentary networking lunch. Space is limited and RSVPs will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP to GBAA at GBAAadmin@mindspring.com. For more information, contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at hhouckes@nbaa.org.

No Plane No Gain

NBAA News
Spring Revision to NBAA Management Guide Now Available
The Association has released the spring revision to the NBAA Management Guide, a publication designed to assist existing flight departments with their operational and administrative requirements, and to provide overall guidance for operating a flight department. Available only via the Members-only section of the NBAA web site, the revision introduces changes to the Administration and Flight Operations sections that include new or updated guidance on EEO and workplace behavior laws; business aviation internship programs; position guidelines for flight attendants; crew training; crew fitness and health; flight, duty and rest time considerations; and crew and passenger relations. Member operators are encouraged to download the new pages in PDF format and familiarize themselves with the changes. To review the updated Management Guide online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/admin/management-guide

NBAA Member Feedback on MMC Survey Due June 17
NBAA welcomes Member feedback on its 24th Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), which was held this year from April 15 to 17. Members are encouraged to provide feedback by participating in a survey open until June 17. The NBAA Maintenance Committee wants to ensure that the annual MMC provides Attendees with a strong offering of knowledge and tools necessary to manage aircraft maintenance activities in the context of complete asset management and ground operations. Participation in this short survey will help NBAA deliver an improved conference in 2010. To take the survey, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/surveys/mmc

Register for the Europe Regional Review Online Rebroadcast, June 17
NBAA will rebroadcast the Europe Regional Review this Wednesday, June 17, at 2:00 p.m. The rebroadcast is part of a seven-week regional review series that began on May 6 featuring sessions pre-recorded at this year’s NBAA International Operators Conference (IOC), which took place in March. At IOC, NBAA brought teams of experts together from around the globe to discuss guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing international operational issues. Session 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 to Focus on Business Aviation Safety
NBAA’s 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held from June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, LA and will center on the theme “Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety.” The agenda includes topical education sessions on safety management for department managers, altitude physiology and hypoxia awareness training for all crewmembers and special sessions on safety and personal security for overseas travel. For schedulers and dispatchers, the event offers information on emergency response preparedness and conflict resolution sessions. For more information and to register online, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/fac/2009

Call for Nominations: S&D Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award
Members are encouraged to submit nominations for the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual who shares outstanding business aviation industry expertise, provides extraordinary service, exhibits leadership and has made significant contributions to the scheduling and dispatching function. The inaugural award was presented earlier this year to Sharon Forbes, supervisor of scheduling operations and facility manager for DuPont Aviation headquartered in Wilmington, DE, at the NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in Long Beach, CA. Nominations will be accepted now through August 31. More information on this award, including nomination requirements and forms, is available at:
http://www.nbaa.org/about/awards/sdola

Featured Member Benefit: Online NBAA Advocacy Tools
NBAA’s web site now features a “Get Involved” page in its Advocacy section with useful tools for NBAA Members who want to advocate for their company and the industry. The page features resources for building relationships with elected officials, submitting comments to regulators and members of Congress, as well as quantifying the value of business aircraft to companies of all sizes. In the near future, NBAA plans to add more resources to the page, with guidance for contacting the media and other tools. To utilize NBAA’s resources and become an advocate for the industry, visit:
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/get-involved

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention

Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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