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Issue #11-05, January 31, 2011


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 TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Congressional Emphasis on FAA Reauthorization
Recent announcements from committee leaders in the U.S. House and Senate indicate that a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a top priority on the congressional agenda in the coming weeks. FAA reauthorization, including a multi-year plan for continued aviation system modernization, has been a long-standing priority for the entire general aviation community, including NBAA and its Members. "The general aviation community supports continued transformation to a modernized aviation system, and we are pleased that, in the coming weeks, Congress will be focused on this issue," Bolen said. Learn more and review NBAA's position on FAA reauthorization.

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Senate Selects Members for Key Committees
Last week, the selection of Senate committee members was announced, including the makeup of the Committee on Commerce Science & Transportation and the Committee on Finance, which have jurisdiction over issues related to business aviation. "We look forward to working with these committees, and others in Congress who recognize the importance of business aviation to local communities and the national economy." Review the committee rosters.

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DHS to Eliminate Color-Coded Alerts
The red, orange, yellow, blue and green security alerts issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have been a source of confusion and anxiety, but they're about to be scrapped for a new system, according to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who announced the change in a "State of America's Homeland Security" address in Washington, DC last week. DHS officials provided representatives with NBAA and other general aviation groups with full details about the agency's new plans in a conference call last week. Learn more.

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FAA Reports Sharp Increase in Aircraft Laser Incidents
Reports of pointer-type lasers aimed at aircraft almost doubled in 2010 from the previous year to more than 2,800, with business-type aircraft accounting for an estimated 25 percent of the incidents involved, the FAA recently reported. "We've known all along that business aviation isn't immune from lasers," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation. "What's really troubling is the rate of increase." Learn more and get tips for avoiding a laser-pointing event.

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Reminder: FAA Aircraft Re-Registration Continues
As NBAA has previously reported, the FAA is working to ensure that information for all aircraft in the agency's database is up to date, and that means aircraft owners are now receiving aircraft re-registration notices from the agency. The registration expiration date and required re-registration period are determined by the month in which the current certificate of registration was issued. Aircraft owners can re-register directly with the FAA in accordance with the FAA's schedule using a new form, AC 8050-1A; the process does not have to be outsourced to a third-party service provider. Learn more.

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Bolen to Represent Business Aviation at Major DC Policy Forum
Since its foundation, NBAA has worked to ensure that Washington policymakers understand the essential role business aviation plays across the U.S. That tradition will continue on February 28, as NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discusses the value of not only business aviation, but the entire aviation community, in an address to the Aero Club of Washington. The organization, founded in 1909, is recognized as one of the nation's most important aviation policy discussion forums. "I'm honored to have an opportunity to address this esteemed group of aviation leaders," Bolen said. His upcoming speech follows an address in January from Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at [email protected].


SIFL Rates for First Half of 2011 Coming Soon
The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the first half of calendar year 2011 have not yet been released by the Department of Transportation (DOT), but are expected in mid-February. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available on the Association's web site as soon as they are released. SIFL rates are used to apply the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to calculate the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. This data is necessary to impute a traveling employee's income, as required by IRS rules. View NBAA's extensive resources on non-business use of aircraft.

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 INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Podcast: Why the Court's Ruling Matters Beyond Santa Monica
In a special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA attorney Jol Silversmith discusses the larger meaning of the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals against banning certain aircraft from Santa Monica Airport (SMO). "What Santa Monica was attempting to do was assert that localities can pick and choose which aircraft can serve their airports," Silversmith reports. "That's a very dangerous position for business aviation, because the next airport may decide they want a more far-reaching ban than Santa Monica [sought]." While Silversmith welcomes the court's ruling, he cautions this fight for business aviation isn't over yet. Listen to the podcast or read the related article.

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At Addison Airport, Focusing on Local Leaders' Support
Many community airports nationwide are fighting for the kind of recognition and support enjoyed by Addison Airport (ADS). "It's very easy for companies to hold meetings on or near the airport, said Addison's Mayor Joe Chow. That reality brings with it significant economic benefits: A recent economic impact study of ADS found it contributed more than $618 million in local revenue, and generated 3,022 airport service-related jobs. An NBAA article outlines the work being done by local officials at ADS to advocate for the airport before local leaders. Learn more.

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Life-Saving Missions: Business Aviation Transports Organs
It's usually in the dark of night, on just a few minutes' notice and sometimes in the worst flying weather, that business aircraft take off to collect transplantable human organs. NBAA Member Venture Aviation in Greenville, SC is one of the leaders among organ transportation companies. "Since operators like Venture Aviation have organized donation flights, literally thousands of lives in the U.S. have been saved," said Mark Johnson of Life Point South Carolina, which helps coordinate organ transplants. Learn more.

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Business Aviation Lends a Hand in Savannah
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Advisory Council is organizing a clothing drive called "Pay It Forward" in conjunction with the 22nd Annual S&D Conference, held next week in Savannah, GA. The Advisory Council is asking every Attendee to bring just one professionally cleaned business outfit that can be donated to Assisting Working Women in Need, a nonprofit dedicated to helping single, working women become self-sufficient. "There is a tremendous need for contemporary, professional clothing, so job candidates can make a strong impression when they go to interviews," said Debbi Laux, MedAire's director of sales operations and chair of the Advisory Council. Learn more.

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 FEATURED STORY

Business Aviation Insider Has Tax Tips for 2011
Business aircraft operators can expect to see an increased amount of scrutiny from both federal and state tax authorities in 2011, to verify that company aircraft are being used for legitimate business purposes. "The stepped-up audits are an example of changing priorities among the tax authorities," said Ed Kammerer, chairman of NBAA's Tax Committee. "Some of the areas they barely looked at a few years ago are getting more attention today." It's important not only to keep careful records of the business use of the airplane, but to document any personal use as well. The latest issue of Business Aviation Insider has the full story. Read the article (Member access required).

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 INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Overseas Events Highlight Need for Flight Security Planning
In the wake of last week's terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport, and in light of unfolding events in Egypt, operators who have concerns about security on international flights should know there is a wealth of U.S. government and NBAA resources available to them. When flying to a foreign country, operators should do their best to get as much intelligence about what's happening on the ground and put procedures in place to keep the aircraft, passengers and flightcrew secure. NBAA's Best Practices for Business Aviation Security and the NBAA Management Guide have detailed guidance for implementing international security procedures.  Learn more.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

Required Reroutes for Traffic Destined to Dallas-Fort Worth Area on Feb. 7
Fort Worth ARTCC has added some required reroutes for traffic flying into the Dallas area on February 7, the Monday after the Super Bowl. This effort to manage inbound traffic should facilitate the significantly higher departures expected the morning after the big game. Because these reroutes were not on the original NOTAM, operators also can expect to see these posted next Monday morning on the FAA Advisory Database page. As a reminder, operators can expedite departures by filing the correct required reroutes for this event. Review the reroutes.

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GBAA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) is accepting applications for its two scholarship programs from now until March 15. The College and Technical School Scholarships are available to Georgia high school graduates accepted or enrolled in a higher education program pursuing an aviation-related field of study. The continuing education scholarships are available to GBAA members seeking to advance their careers. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [email protected]. Learn more and apply online.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

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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February 11, 2011
Tri-State Area Regional Group Meeting
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
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February 22, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Association Technology Seminar
Location TBA
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March 3, 2011
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association Safety Day
Seattle, WA
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March 6–8, 2011
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium (with NDBAA)
Minot, ND
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 NBAA NEWS

NBAA Aircraft Registration Conference Is This Week
For the first time, NBAA will host the industry's Aircraft Registration Conference this week, from February 3 to 4 in Naples, FL. Featuring FAA officials, aviation law and financial experts and other industry leaders, the conference will offer in-depth information on aircraft registration, the new FAA re-registration requirements, aircraft financing, the Cape Town Convention and more. The conference will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort and there is still time to register. Learn more and register now.

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NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Open
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department salaries and operational data, including methods to reduce fuels costs, ownerships options, international travel reports and more. Respondents who submit complete data will have access to free online composite survey results. All survey submissions are held confidential and no individual results will be posted. The 2011 survey is now open and responses are due by March 18. Begin the survey now.

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Lead at a Higher Level at the NBAA Leadership Conference
Business aviation professionals looking to become more engaging leaders should register now for the NBAA 19th Annual Leadership Conference, held February 23 to 24 in San Diego, CA. The conference will feature Ken Blanchard, co-author of 30 best-selling books, including The One-Minute Manager. He will offer new guidance on how to use coaching to create an organizational culture that brings out the best in people. View the agenda and register online.

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NBAA Announces Call for Speakers for 2011 Convention
NBAA is pleased to announce its call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, NV from October 10 to 12. Proposals for presentations on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership and career and leadership development are welcome. Proposals are due by February 28. Learn more.

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA's Damato Offers Tips for Managing Life's Juggling Act
Life as an aviation professional, wife and mother often includes unique challenges – just ask Jo Damato, NBAA's director of operations and educational development, who writes a regular column titled "The Juggling Act" in Aviation for Women magazine. "Women who choose aviation careers can have it all," Damato said, "but like anything in life, you have to be willing to work hard at it and keep your priorities in the right order." Learn more.

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Register for PDP Course at NBAA Leadership Conference in February
NBAA is offering a Professional Development Program (PDP) course on February 22 on Compensation and Reward Programs in conjunction with the 19th Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA. This one-day course, presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will focus on evaluating compensation for the flight department, total compensation packages, responding to employee performance and more. PDP courses are an excellent way to prepare for management roles within flight departments and the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam. Learn more and register now.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Analysis: Santa Monica Airport Ruling

A special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast analyzes the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals against banning certain aircraft from Santa Monica Airport (SMO), and talks about why this fight for business aviation isn't over yet.

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NBAA EVENTS

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

March 8–10, 2011
Introduction to SMS Workshop
Phoenix, AZ

March 20, 2011
PDP Course: Goal Achievement and Performance Reviews
San Diego, CA

March 21–24, 2011
38th Annual International Operators Conference
San Diego, CA









NBAA BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT

Access Workers' Comp Coverage at Reduced Rates

The NBAA Workers' Compensation Insurance Program, managed by NationAir Aviation Insurance and underwritten by Phoenix Aviation Managers, is offered exclusively to NBAA Members that operate aircraft – regardless of size or Member category. All flight department personnel can access the coverage at reduced rates, and there are also provisions for companies using contract personnel. Participating companies even have the opportunity to earn a cash dividend through the program.

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