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Issue #11-04, January 24, 2011


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 TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Congressional Letter to White House Urging 'No User Fees'
Last week, NBAA welcomed a bipartisan congressional letter urging President Obama to keep user fees out of the administration's fiscal year 2012 budget. Reps. Jerry Costello (D-12-IL) and Tom Petri (R-6-WI), who serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined with 114 other House members in signing the letter calling for user fees to be excluded from the next fiscal year budget proposal. Read NBAA's press release and view the letter.

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Leadership, Members Selected for Key House Aviation Subcommittee
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee announced the leadership and members of the T&I aviation subcommittee on January 20. "We look forward to working with the members of this subcommittee, those on the full Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and all in Congress on proposals that continue to strengthen the nation's aviation system, so that it remains the world's largest, safest and most efficient system," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more and view a list of all subcommittee members.

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NBAA: Formal Rulemaking Process Needed for FAA's Duty Interpretation
As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers changes to duty and rest requirements for Part 135 charter operations, NBAA told the agency this week that because of the complexity of the issue, the industry's voice must be heard on the matter, through a formal rule-making process. "The FAA's proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time...is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation," said NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president for safety, security & regulation, in comments submitted to the FAA today. "The FAA should apply this change via a formal rulemaking process to insure that...FAA has the ability to understand and analyze the impact of this change." The agency has recently considered applying newly developed duty and rest requirements for FAR Part 121 operations onto FAR Part 135 charter operations. Learn more.

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 INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Video Promotes Business Aviation's Lift for Veterans
American businesses provide thousands of donated mercy flights every year to people in need, and many companies are looking to do even more. A heart-warming video released this month shows how companies with business airplanes can support disabled veterans' participation in an annual event honoring their bravery and sacrifice, called "Impact a Hero." Equally important, the video, produced by NBAA Member Universal Weather & Aviation, educates viewers about the broader benefits of business aircraft to citizens, companies and communities nationwide. Learn more and view the video.

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Colorado Group Marks Achievements at First Anniversary
Nearly a year after its reformation from a local aviation group into a statewide organization representing the interests of business aviation, the Colorado Business Aviation Association (CABA) has expanded its membership, established new relationships with state and local government and business leaders, and helped create new aviation groups in several Colorado locations. "Have we met all of our goals?" asked David Purvis, CABA's chairman. "I'd say, no. Have we met the majority of them? I'd say, absolutely." Learn more.

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 FEATURED STORY

FAA Alerts Pilots About Tire Pressure – What Should You Know?
The FAA recently issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) stressing the importance of ensuring aircraft tires are properly inflated and warning of the potential consequences if they are not. The guidance follows a National Transportation Safety Board determination that inadequate tire maintenance was the probable cause of a fatal 2008 runway overrun at South Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). The FAA advises that regular pressure interval checks specified by the maintenance manual should be followed to ensure tires remain inflated. NBAA has a wide variety of resources on this topic, including a safety alert web page and an NBAA Flight Plan podcast on the 2008 accident. Review the Business Aviation Insider online extra.

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 INTERNATIONAL NEWS

EBAA Launches Campaign to Curb Illegal Charters
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) this month launched a campaign to curb illegal charter flights in Europe. "It's a safety issue," said Pedro Vicente Azua, EBAA chief operating officer. "If the flight is not performed by a duly certified and licensed operator, it may be operated to considerably less-demanding standards than those for certified public transport flights." Learn more.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

Court Ruling Helps Preserve Access to Santa Monica Airport
NBAA applauded a ruling last week from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC that marks another step in ensuring that business aviation will have continued access to Santa Monica Airport (SMO). In a January 21 decision, the court ruled in favor of the FAA's position that the most recent attempt by the officials with the City of Santa Monica to ban Category C and D aircraft from SMO violates terms of a grant agreement made when accepting federal funds for the airport. "Access to community airports is absolutely critical for companies of all sizes, all across the U.S., and the court's decision helps ensure that this access will be preserved," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To learn more about NBAA's battle to preserve access, read the press release.

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Flying Into Dallas at Super Bowl Time? Be Prepared
As everyone knows, the National Football League's Super Bowl championship is one of those infrequent but large events that brings an influx of people into the host city. Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation – including all types of aviation traffic – in the host city for the event. If your flight operation is planning a trip into the Dallas/Fort Worth region, what should you know ahead of time? This week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast covers the issue, and NBAA's web site has tips and tools.

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Addison Airport Uses Online Radio for Effective Advocacy
Communicating in today's multimedia environment often requires employing a variety of vehicles to reach the widest audience and effectively deliver a message. Addison Airport Deputy Director Darci Neuzil has teamed up with Robert Mark, CEO of CommAvia, an aviation-focused communications firm, to create Addison Airport Radio, a series of radio-style interviews with local business leaders and government officials. The segments aren't broadcast over the airwaves; instead, they're distributed via podcast to iPod users who sign up for the service. The innovative advocacy technique is detailed as part of a three-installment series on Addison's advocacy efforts. Learn more.

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Bolen to Speak at Chicago-Area Regional Meeting This Friday
This Friday, January 28, the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold its annual meeting, which will feature NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen speaking about hot topics in business aviation. The luncheon meeting, which will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, will also include networking and officer elections. For details and registration, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at bquinn@nbaa.org or visit the CABAA web site. For other upcoming regional business aviation activities, visit NBAA's Regional Events web page.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

January 28, 2011
Chicago-Area Business Aviation Association
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
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February 1–4, 2011
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training Smackdown
San Antonio, TX
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February 10, 2011
Westchester Aviation Association SM4 Human Factors
West Harrison, NY
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March 3, 2011
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Seattle, WA
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March 6–8, 2011
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium (with NDBAA)
Minot, ND
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March 26, 2011
South Carolina Aviation Safety Council Fly-In
Rock Hill, SC (UZA)
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View all regional events.



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 NBAA NEWS

Bolen Offers Perspectives About New Congress
The 112th Congress convened this month with nearly 100 new lawmakers, prompting questions about what the changes might mean for business aviation. "As 2011 gets underway, and a new Congress convenes, there are some things we know for certain," writes NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in the most recent edition of Business Aviation Insider. The issue, sponsored by PiperJet, includes a special advocacy supplement detailing the accomplishments of the No Plane No Gain campaign in its first two years. Read Bolen's column and view the advocacy supplement.

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Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Opens in Two Weeks
NBAA's 22nd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be held from February 9 to 11 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Georgia. The keynote speaker at the opening session will be Susan O'Malley, the first female president of Washington Sports and Entertainment, which runs the Washington Capitals and Wizards. Attendees and Exhibitors can download a new Conference Prep Guide online with information on conference programming and logistics. View the Conference Prep Guide and register now.

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Education Opportunities at Regional Forum in Boca Raton
The first of four NBAA Regional Forums will be held at Avitat Boca Raton on February 17. In addition to nearly 20 aircraft on Static Display and more than 70 Exhibitors, several education sessions will be offered to attendees, including one focusing on the latest business aviation safety issues with National Transportation Safety Board Member Dr. Earl Weener, who has served on the Board since June 2010. Also, NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr will talk about the challenges facing business aviation. Exhibit space has sold out for this highly anticipated event. Learn more and register.

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Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar Coming Soon
The 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) will be held from April 19 to 21 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California. Co-sponsored by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation, CASS is the premier forum for operators to focus on business aviation safety issues. Education sessions at this year's event will cover fatigue management, runway excursions, legal risks of safety data disclosure and many other topics. Online registration is now available. Learn more.

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA Aircraft Registration Conference Approved for CAM Credit
NBAA's 2011 Aircraft Registration Conference, held next week from February 3 to 4, is eligible for credit toward the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential. The conference focuses on aircraft re-registration, international transactions, financing and leasing aircraft and related issues, all of which are relevant to CAM's business management learning objective. Attendees can earn one point toward qualifying for the CAM exam or CAM recertification. Learn more and register now.

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Last Call to Apply for NBAA International Operators Scholarship
Applications are due in one week, on January 31, for the International Operators Scholarship, offered by NBAA and sponsored by ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats. The scholarship benefits business aviation professionals entering the industry or seeking to develop their careers in international operations. The scholarship will be awarded at the NBAA 38th Annual International Operators Conference, held March 21 to 24 in San Diego, CA. Apply now.

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Applications Now Online for Flight Attendants and NORDAM Scholarships
Applications have just been released for the Association's 2011 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship and 2011 NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship. The Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarships benefits business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians seeking to enhance their careers. Applications for this scholarship are due March 31. The NORDAM Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate currently enrolled as an aerospace engineering or aeronautical systems maintenance engineering major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Applications are due July 29. Learn more.

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Webinar Focuses on Managing Across Different Generations
In an NBAA webinar held January 20, nationally recognized adviser on intergenerational issues Lynne Lancaster discussed how the four generations working alongside each other in today's flight department can communicate effectively. "The differences in values, attitudes and expectations in day-to-day managing and communicating are the things that can make us crazy," said Lancaster, partner and co-founder of BridgeWorks. She presented the backgrounds and values of the four generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials. Learn more and download the webinar.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Super Bowl Week Preparations

The Super Bowl is a major regional event, and NBAA has worked with government officials and FBOs in Dallas to ensure that all aviation traffic – including business aviation – flows smoothly. What should companies using business aviation know before flying into the area at the end of next week?

Listen now.




NBAA EVENTS

January 25–27, 2011
Introduction to SMS Workshop
Houston, TX

February 3–4, 2011
Aircraft Registration Conference
Naples, FL

February 8, 2011
SPDP Course: Basic Aircraft Scheduling and Customer Service
Savannah, GA

February 8, 2011
PDP Course: Aviation Security
Savannah, GA

February 8, 2011
PDP Course: Strategic Leadership
Savannah, GA

February 9–11, 2011
22nd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
Savannah, GA

February 17, 2011
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Boca Raton, FL

February 23–24, 2011
19th Annual Leadership Conference
San Diego, CA









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