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Issue #11-26,  June 27, 2011


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TOP NEWS

Wall Street Journal Publishes NBAA Response to One-Sided Business Aviation Story
As NBAA Update reported last week, when the Wall Street Journal recently published an article that failed to provide context about personal use of business airplanes, NBAA responded right away with the real story. "Personal use of a company's airplane typically accounts for only a tiny fraction of the aircraft's flights," wrote NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in a letter to the editor published by the newspaper last Thursday, June 23. Companies in the business aviation community echoed Bolen's comments in their own letters. "The executive's life today requires 'round the clock communications with all 24 time zones," wrote Jet Aviation President Gary Dempsey. "And that dictates the use of business jets." Learn more.

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GA Groups Join Together in Court Fight to Protect the BARR
On behalf of all general aviation (GA) operators, NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) have made a formal court filing challenging the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. The Experimental Aircraft Association also plans to support the legal challenge, which began with a formal notice of appeal filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be followed by a motion to prevent the DOT from making any changes in current practice pending the court's consideration of the appeal. In response to requests from NBAA and AOPA members, the associations have also established a fund for the industry to support the legal fight. Listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast featuring NBAA and AOPA leaders on this topic, or read more.

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FAA Responds to NBAA Questions on BARR Program Changes
While working to challenge the government's plan to dismantle the BARR program, NBAA has also been responding to questions from Members about how to document a "certified security concern," as required if the Department of Transportation's plan for the BARR goes into effect. Under that plan, an aircraft owner or operator must demonstrate a "valid security concern" or meet the Treasury regulations for a business-oriented security concern in order to ensure that flight-tracking information is not publicly disclosed. Last week, FAA officials provided a response to some of the questions posed by the Association on the submission of certified security concerns. Review the FAA's response together with other relevant information, on NBAA's BARR web page.

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In Testimony, NBAA Underlines Need to Preserve GPS
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted written testimony to Congress last week highlighting the need to protect the Global Positioning System (GPS) when considering a plan by broadband provider LightSquared to deploy new 4G communications technology that uses frequencies adjacent to those of GPS signals. "Our Members are not opposed to the development and deployment of new or improved technology systems like LightSquared," said Bolen, "as long as it is conclusively proven that it will not result in radio interference with GPS systems or pose any threat to the global aviation transportation system." Bolen was among several industry leaders submitting testimony to a joint hearing of two House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittees. Learn more.

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FAA Makes Formatting Changes to NOTAMs
Effective June 30, the FAA will make certain formatting changes to notices to airmen (NOTAMs). New keywords will be used and notices relating to items such as standard instrument departures will be issued under Flight Data Center NOTAMs as opposed to Distant NOTAMs. While these changes are expected to make NOTAMs easier to understand, NBAA recommends that operators review the formatting modifications. Learn more.

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NBAA Committee Meets With IRS to Advance Federal Tax Initiatives
Earlier this month, representatives from NBAA's Tax Committee met with more than a dozen senior-level officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address a variety of tax challenges that affect business aircraft owners and operators. The Tax Committee representatives discussed the status of specific rulemaking efforts for which NBAA had offered substantive comments and the impact of several IRS rules, including the tax penalty associated with charitable flights and traps for the unwary associated with certain ownership and leasing structures. NBAA urged the IRS to carefully consider the industry's perspective and take action on these rulemaking initiatives. Learn more.

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'Leaders Take Flight' Workshops Motivate Teachers, Students
Twelve teachers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania flew left seat in general aviation airplanes over the weekend, in a grassroots effort to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including aviation careers. "These Take-Flight workshops use airplanes as a learning environment," said Linda Castner, the central New Jersey director for the program. "The benefit of having teachers who can stand in front of a class and explain fluid dynamics with a model airplane wing can't be overstated." Learn more.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

New NBAA Brochure Series Supports Airport Advocacy
NBAA has produced three new brochures focused on airport advocacy. The first two provide useful models of how community members in two different regions of the U.S. have addressed noise issues at airports, and the third describes one state's successful effort to convert a surplus military airport to civilian use. These three publications start a special series to provide tools for NBAA Members working with critical airport issues. Learn more.

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FEATURED STORY

Transocean Trips Demand Navigational Diligence
While business aircraft make up only 5 percent of total traffic on North Atlantic routes, operators should continuously be striving to eliminate gross navigational errors in the airspace. "Pilots have told me that they don't get enough training in ground school about avoiding oceanic airspace errors," said David Maloy, a flight operations inspector in the FAA's Boston Regional Office. According to Maloy, the most common scenario that leads to gross navigational errors on oceanic routes is a "re-clearance," or change in the clearance previously received by the crew. Read more and learn how to deal with re-clearances on oceanic trips in a Business Aviation Insider online extra.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Radiation Screening Change Speeds Shannon Pre-Clearances
The decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ease restrictions on the use of auxiliary power units (APUs) during radiation screening of business aircraft is already leading to faster pre-clearances at Ireland's Shannon Airport (EINN). The new APU policy followed nearly two years of work between NBAA and CBP to find ways to expedite pre-clearances. "We appreciate the hard work from NBAA to make this change happen," said Joe Buckley, business development manager at Shannon. "It really is a fantastic achievement for NBAA as a representative in the industry." Learn more.

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NBAA and SAA to Sign Long-Term Agreement
NBAA and the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) will host a signing ceremony to mark their long-term cooperation agreement and preparations for the 2012 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This special event will take place on Wednesday, June 29 in the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao, beginning at 10:45 a.m. local time. Media are welcome to attend the ceremony and news conference. Learn more.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Fort Lauderdale Airport Runway Returns to Full Service
The Broward County Aviation Department is reporting that the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) project involving the closure of Runway 09L/27R has been completed early. The runway resumed normal operations as of last Friday, June 24, meaning that previously planned closures, through July 7, have been canceled. NOTAMs detailing the changes to the airfield as a result of this construction will be forthcoming shortly. Another phase to this project, which will affect Runway 09R/27L, is not expected to get underway until an as-yet-unspecified future date. NBAA will provide updates on this situation as they become available. Direct any questions to update@nbaa.org.


Maine Passes Tax Relief for Business Aviation
The state budget passed by Maine last week includes a new exemption for aircraft and aircraft maintenance and repair parts from the state's 5 percent sales tax. The budget also repeals the burdensome use tax on new aircraft owners from out of state who brought their airplanes to Maine for more than 20 days. "NBAA has been in the trenches each year we've tried to do this," said Mark Goodwin, vice president of a Portland, ME fixed base operator. "We're confident it will bring more people to Maine." NBAA supported the grassroots advocacy effort that pushed for the tax relief, which is expected to bring more business to Maine's airports, FBOs and repair stations. Learn more.

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In Texas, Giving Back to Build for the Future
To help foster interest in aviation careers among students, many regional organizations in business aviation offer scholarship programs. That's been the case for the North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA), an all-volunteer association that recently awarded its first scholarship, for $3,000, to a University of North Texas student to support her educational expenses for the 2011–2012 academic school year. The recipient was chosen for the scholarship because of her interest in global aviation. If you have news to share about your regional scholarship program, share it with update@nbaa.org. Learn more.

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NBAA NEWS

Members Invited to Take Management Guide Survey
NBAA invites all Members to participate in a brief, 20-question survey about one of the Association's most valued Member benefits, the NBAA Management Guide. NBAA is gathering Member feedback to help improve future editions of this publication, which exists to assist flight departments with operational, maintenance, administrative and other considerations. Take the survey now.

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May's Member Drive Winners Announced
As part of NBAA's Member-Get-a-Member drive last month, each new Member that joined was entered to win prizes, along the Members that referred them. The Grand Prize of $250 and two free passes to NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011) was won by new Members Brian Rich and Jason Graf at International Propeller Service. They were referred by Louis Velasquez of Southeast Turbines, who was also won a prize. Three additional new Members and the companies that referred them also won their choice of $100 or one free pass to NBAA2011 in Las Vegas this fall. See a full list of winners and learn how you can refer a new Member today.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tomorrow's Webinar: Security Best Practices for Female Travelers
Limited space remains for tomorrow's live NBAA webinar titled "Safety & Security: Threat Mitigation for the Traveling Businesswoman." Learn to be proactive, not reactive, about security from an experienced panel of female travelers. The webinar, presented tomorrow, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET, will be moderated by aviation journalist Benét Wilson and will feature a pilot who flies internationally, a flight attendant and ASI Global's Katie Colberg. Register now or read a related article.

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NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Recipients
Earlier this month, the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee recognized 39 scholarship recipients during the Association's 16th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference. Through the generosity of sponsors, the NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship program offers monetary and training awards to be used for professional development. Learn more.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Bolen, Fuller Discuss Court Battle Over BARR

As NBAA and AOPA announced on June 22, the two associations are taking their case for protecting the Block Aircraft Registration Request program to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Department of Transportation recently moved ahead with its plan to dismantle the BARR; NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller discuss the need to pursue the legal action in a special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. "We're concerned and we're confounded," Fuller said. "This is an initiative from the Department of Transportation which solves no known problem."

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NBAA EVENTS


June 28, 2011
Safety & Security Webinar: Threat Mitigation for the Traveling Businesswoman
2:00 p.m. ET

July 14, 2011
Business Aviation Regional Forum
San Jose, CA

October 8, 2011
PDP Course: Enhancing Productivity Through Business Aviation
Las Vegas, NV

October 8–9, 2011
PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

October 8–9, 2011
PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

October 8–9, 2011
PDP Course: Introduction to Aviation Safety Management System
Las Vegas, NV

October 9, 2011
PDP Course: Highly Effective Teams at Work
Las Vegas, NV

October 10–12, 2011
64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011)
Las Vegas, NV

October 13–14, 2011
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

October 13–14, 2011
Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Las Vegas, NV









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