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Issue #11-06, February 7, 2011


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 TOP NEWS

House Committee Hearing to Focus on FAA Reauthorization
As Congress debates "reauthorization" for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation system modernization, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee has scheduled hearings this week on the matter. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has previously testified at similar hearings, and he will submit testimony for the February 9 hearing, which will gather input from aviation industry stakeholders. For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione lpiccione@nbaa.org. Read NBAA’s previous congressional hearing testimony about FAA reauthorization.

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Senate Approves Laser-Pointer Restrictions to Reauthorization Bill
The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill that would make aiming laser pointers at aircraft a federal crime. The measure passed by a vote of 96–1 on February 3, as the Senate continues to push for approval of long-awaited reauthorization legislation. The amendment comes on the heels of an FAA report showing that incidents 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. Read the full story.

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Bolen: Changes May Be Coming to BARR Program
As the Department of Transportation considers significant limitations to the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen today sent a message to all Association representatives to advise companies that changes could be coming, as early as next week, for companies that utilize the BARR. Bolen’s letter follows a recent survey NBAA sent to companies currently participating in the program. Read a copy of Bolen’s message.

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NBAA Welcomes FAA Advisory Committee on Unleaded Fuel
Last week, NBAA welcomed a new FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee on the proposed phase-out of 100 low lead aviation gasoline (avgas), the fuel that powers almost all 150,000 piston-engine aircraft in the U.S. "We're committed to finding an acceptable answer to this challenge," said Eli Cotti, NBAA director, technical operations. "It's a very complex problem, in part because aviation safety cannot be compromised." Learn more about NBAA's work on the avgas issue.

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FAA Issues Guidance on Pilot Responsibilities During Visual Approaches
Before accepting a visual approach, pilots are encouraged to review the "pilot's responsibilities" sections of the Aeronautical Information Manual. When flying under instrument flight rules, a visual approach authorizes the pilot to proceed to the airport while remaining "clear of clouds." Certain airports also have charted visual flight procedures, which require the pilot to have a specific landmark in sight before conducting the approach. Especially during marginal visual conditions, pilots must notify ATC if they are unable to complete the visual approach while remaining clear of clouds, following the preceding aircraft, or keeping the airport in sight. Review the InFO notice online.

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Market Snapshot: Pre-owned Business Aircraft Sales Rising
In another sign of a budding turnaround for the business aviation market, JETNET said last week that sales of pre-owned business jets rose by 16 percent in 2010 from a year earlier, which led to further declines in used inventories. Sales also were 4.8 percent higher than in 2008. Sales of pre-owned turboprops rose by 4.4 percent. Learn more.

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 INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Congressional Newspaper Ad Reminds Policymakers: 'No Plane, No Gain'
As the 2011 congressional session gets underway with nearly 100 new lawmakers as a result of November's midterm elections, NBAA is again making sure that policymakers understand the importance of business aviation. NBAA has placed its first ad of the new Congress in Roll Call, Capitol Hill's oldest newspaper, and one closely read by Washington decision-makers. "We need to continue to ensure that policy leaders clearly recognize the importance of business aviation, and our campaign's advertising is designed to do just that," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more.

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NBAA Advocates for Business Aviation With Company Travel Managers
Members trust NBAA to advocate on their behalf in Washington, DC, but the Association works beyond Capitol Hill to further business aviation, including by building partnerships within the travel industry. For example, NBAA has fostered a key partnership with the National Business Travel Association (NBTA). "The travel managers represented by NBTA have deep travel industry expertise, but they don't have a lot of experience with business aviation, which is where NBAA can help," said NBAA Vice President, Operations, Education & Economics Mike Nichols. Learn more.

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 FEATURED STORY

Portland Airports' Keys to Success: Advocate, Educate, Collaborate
The noise management staff of the Port of Portland in Oregon is committed to public outreach and encouraging community input on aircraft noise concerns. "Our role is to advocate, educate and collaborate," says noise manager Jason Schwartz, who is responsible for noise programs at the Port of Portland's three airports: Portland International Airport (PDX), Hillsboro Airport (HIO) and Troutdale Airport (TTD). Schwartz's staff participates in dozens of public events every year to educate local residents about noise mitigation programs and the importance of airports to the Portland area. Get the full Business Aviation Insider story online.

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 INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Mission Egypt: Business Aviation Provides Evacuation Flights
Air Partners, a worldwide charter broker, has extensive experience airlifting people and supplies into and out of danger zones. The company was also a part of the business aviation community's effort to rush relief workers and urgently needed supplies to Haiti after the earthquake more than a year ago. Philip Mathews, Air Partners vice president, recounts his company's recent experience coordinating the evacuation of more than 3,000 people from Egypt as civil unrest spreads across the country. For more information, listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast or read the details in a web article.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

Aircraft Excise Tax Battle Returns in Washington State
The Washington State legislature will consider new legislation that would increase taxes for airplane owners. House Bill 1847, introduced to the legislature’s Ways & Means Committee on February 4, would impose a 0.5-percent excise tax for all general aviation aircraft, to provide funding for other government programs in the state. During last year's legislative session, NBAA Members and others in the general aviation community fought and won the battle over a similar tax proposal in the state. NBAA is again actively working with a coalition of aviation organizations opposing this onerous tax legislation. NBAA Members in the state are encouraged to advise legislators about the importance of business aviation to individuals, companies and communities in the state of Washington. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at kivey@nbaa.org. Learn more and review the legislative proposal.

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President's Day Weekend Traffic Program in Effect for Rocky Mountain Area
As in the past, the FAA will implement a special traffic management program (STMP) for Rocky Mountain area airports over Presidents' Day weekend. Arrival slots will be required for all domestic, non-scheduled instrument flight rules (IFR) arrivals at Eagle County Regional (EGE), Aspen-Pitkin County (ASE) and Rifle-Garfield County (RIL) airports from February 17 to 21 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. At Bozeman-Gallatin Field (BZN), Sun Valley-Friedman Memorial (SUN) and Jackson Hole (JAC) airports, slots will be required for all domestic, non-scheduled IRF arrivals from February 17 to 22 between 9:00 a.m. and 8:59 p.m. Slots can be reserved through the FAA's e-STMP web site. Learn more.

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New Departure Procedure at SNA Helps Noise-Abatement Efforts
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce aircraft noise over communities surrounding John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA, the FAA has introduced a new departure procedure that will be available later this month. The new STREL area navigation (RNAV) route will be available to appropriately equipped aircraft for departures headed to destinations east of Las Vegas, NV. View the new route online.

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Colorado Group Produces Video on Value of Business Aviation
Members of the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) have come together over the last year, volunteering their time to produce a high-quality video that takes the No Plane No Gain talking points to the local level and makes the value of business aviation easy to understand. While videos of similar length and quality typically cost $15,000 or more to produce, this project cost CABA just $1,500. CABA has posted the video to its web site, YouTube and Facebook and will send copies on CDs to local stakeholders. Learn more.

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Texas 'Smackdown' Mobilizes Local Safety Expertise
Operators in San Antonio, TX formed the Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT) to help flight operations of all sizes in the area conveniently and cost-effectively share safety expertise. Learn more about what PCAT has to offer small and mid-size companies by listening to a special NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

February 8, 2011
Arizona Business Aviation Association Monthly Meeting
Mesa, AZ
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February 9, 2011
Kansas City Business Aviation Association Meeting
Kansas City, MO
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February 10, 2011
Westchester Aviation Association SM4 Human Factors
West Harrison, NY
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February 14, 2011
San Diego Regional Aviation Association Lunch
Carlsbad, CA
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February 15, 2011
Northern California Business Aviation Association Meeting
Mountain View, CA
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February 18, 2011
Chicago Business Aviation Association Meeting
West Chicago, IL
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 NBAA NEWS

Register Online for 10-Percent Discount on Boca Raton Regional Forum
NBAA's first of four Business Aviation Regional Forums in 2011 will be held next week, February 17, in Boca Raton, FL, and Attendees who register online will receive a 10-percent discount. Exhibit space has sold out, with more than 70 Exhibitors and nearly 20 aircraft on Static Display. The program includes several timely education sessions including a presentation by NBAA Tax Committee member Jed Wolcott, CPA, on recent changes to the Florida sales-and-use tax. Register online now.

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Preview S&D Conference Presentations Online, Still Time to Register
To help Attendees prepare in advance and get the most out of this year's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, NBAA has made the breakout session presentations available online. Attendees can download and review the presentations in PDF format to decide which sessions to attend. Session topics include crew scheduling and fatigue management, emergency preparedness, maintenance and many more. There is still time to register for the conference, which will be held from February 9 to 11 in Savannah, GA. View the presentations and register now.

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Nominations for Meritorious Service and Doswell Awards Due Feb. 25
NBAA is still accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Award, from now until February 25. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifelong contributions to aviation. The Doswell Award honors lifelong individual achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. The 2011 award recipients will be recognized at the NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, NV. View the nomination guidelines online.

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Exhibitors Visit Las Vegas as Momentum Builds for NBAA2011
Working alongside major Exhibitors to prepare for NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), the Association’s convention staff conducted a site visit in Las Vegas, NV last month. The Exhibitors and NBAA staff toured the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND), where the Static Display of Aircraft well be held. Over the last seven years, local leaders have partnered with NBAA to improve Las Vegas’ infrastructure and facilities to provide the best setting possible for NBAA’s Convention – now the fourth-largest trade show in the United States. Learn more.

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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Be a More Engaging Business Aviation Leader
Are you ready to become a more engaging leader and be more effective in engaging others? Business aviation leaders at the NBAA 19th Annual Leadership Conference will return to their organizations with new skills and ideas. Presenters include Colonel Mark Tillman, former commander of Air Force One, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Dr. Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager. The conference will be held from February 23 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. Register now.

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Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship Recipients Announced
NBAA has announced the recipients of the 2011 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarships: Morgan Hall, a master's of aviation management student at Purdue University; Matthew Nelson, satellite operations manager for Duncan Aviation; Kevin Otterstrom, a graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Chad Schweinzger, a revenue management analyst for American Airlines who aspires to work in business aviation. The scholarship covers costs associated with attending NBAA's 19th Annual Leadership Conference, where the recipients will be recognized. Learn more.

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Reminder: Maintenance Scholarship Applications Due This Friday
Applications for NBAA's Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) are due this Friday, February 11. The Maintenance TRACS program offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive professional aircraft, engine and avionics training in conjunction with leading manufacturer sponsors. Recipients will be announced at the NBAA 26th Annual Maintenance Management Conference, to be held April 5 to 7 in San Diego, CA. Apply for Maintenance TRACS today.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

In Egypt, Business Aviation Provides Lift for Evacuees

As civil unrest disrupts business in Egypt, this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast includes a report from Air Partners Vice President Philip Mathews about the evacuation missions his charter company has flown into the country.

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NBAA EVENTS

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 22, 2011
PDP Course: Compensation and Reward Programs
San Diego, CA

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

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