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Issue #11-30,  July 25, 2011


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TOP NEWS

Bolen to Members: Act Now to Stop User Fees
As the stalemate in the negotiations over the debt ceiling between the White House and Congress continued last week, and policymakers explored a host of proposals for raising revenues, including user fees, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen message to Members calling on them to use NBAA's toll-free Legislative Action hotline to urge their representatives to oppose user fees in any debt-ceiling legislation. Tell your representatives to oppose user fees today.

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GA Groups Urge Congress to Reject User Fees
The nation's leading general aviation organizations last week sent a joint letter to all members of Congress, urging them to abandon a proposal to charge a $25 "departure fee" on both airline and general aviation flights as part of legislation resulting from the debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington. "Over the past five years, both chambers of Congress have carefully considered new aviation user fees and overwhelmingly rejected them," read the letter signed by NBAA and five other organizations. Read the letter and statements by association leaders.

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Industry Groups Press Ahead Toward Day in Court on BARR
NBAA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) announced last week that following a court's decision not to suspend the government's looming deadline for curtailing the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, they will move ahead toward a full hearing on the matter. In a purely procedural move, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a "motion for stay" filed by AOPA and NBAA and supported by EAA that would have halted the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) plan until after the hearing. The case will now proceed to a hearing focused on the merits, where the associations are confident the court will strike down the DOT's unprecedented change to the BARR program. Learn more about the court battle.

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FAA Shutdown Not Disrupting Business Aviation
Congress adjourned last week without passing the 21st temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since its last long-term budget was approved in 2007. "For all practical purposes, they've gone home," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt noted in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. However, NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration Steve Brown said critical daily functions such as ATC services, and ATC support functions such as weather service, flow control and the ATC System Command Center, would continue without disruption. NBAA has also prepared a resource on the Association's web site with information on how business operators' tax collection duties might be affected by the shutdown. Learn more.

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FAA Tests and Deploys New Runway Status Lights System
The FAA has begun to unveil a new automated warning system aimed at further reducing runway incursions and collisions. The Runway Warning Status Lights System is a series of flush-mounted unidirectional red lights that illuminate to warn pilots and ground vehicle operators when traffic is detected on or approaching the same runway they are. The system is intended to add a layer of runway safety without impacting airport capacity. Testing began in May at Orlando International (MCO) and is proceeding at Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, Los Angeles and Boston, with deployment planned for 23 airports by 2016. Get more details and watch a demonstration video to learn more about the new runway safety system.

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FAA Focuses on Communicating Importance of Small Airports
The term "general aviation airport" can include so many varying activities that even the FAA wants to better describe the function of the nation's nearly 3,000 "non-primary" airports, and NBAA has recently participated in FAA-led workshops on the issue. "The aviation community will benefit if the industry and FAA can better communicate to the public and elected officials the value and role of the myriad essential functions that take place every day at these airports," said Jeff Gilley, NBAA director of airports & ground infrastructure. Learn more about the airport category work.

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IRS Guidance on Accelerated Depreciation Planning Explained
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Revenue Procedure 2011-26, 2011-16 IRB, which now permits taxpayers to elect 50 percent rather than 100 percent bonus depreciation. It also permits taxpayers to amend their calendar year 2010 tax return or any other tax year that includes September 9, 2010, in order to step down from 100 percent to 50 percent bonus depreciation. An article prepared for NBAA Members explains this IRS guidance and how to take advantage of it.

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NBAA Encourages Owner Participation in FAA Survey
Each year, the FAA invites owners of general aviation aircraft to participate in the General Aviation & Part 135 Activity Survey, which is used by the FAA for planning purposes and by the industry for statistical data. NBAA strongly encourages all aircraft owners who have received the survey to complete and remit the form or complete the survey online. For more information, contact survey administrator Tetra Tech at [email protected]. Take the FAA survey.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Kansas Representative Champions GA on House Floor
Congressman Mike Pompeo from Kansas (R-4) rose to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives on July 22, and challenged recent remarks about general aviation by President Obama, echoing what individuals and companies from every corner of the industry have said since the president's comments on June 29. "General aviation doesn't want a bailout… We have a community that just wants to create jobs and grow our economy," declared Pompeo during a speech, which was broadcast on the C-Span cable network. Hear more about Pompeo's statement and view a video clip.

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Civil Liberties Group Joins Fight to Preserve BARR
Calling the government's plans for disabling the BARR program "an unnecessary risk to individual privacy and corporate security," the group Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) on July 17 joined the groundswell of opposition to curtailing the congressionally enabled program. "Flight tracking data has already been used to invade individual privacy on multiple occasions," said the group in a blog post by CDT's Patrick McKay. "Individuals should not be forced to articulate a specific security threat in order to enjoy basic privacy." Read about privacy groups' concern for the BARR.

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NBAA Concerned Over Draft Advisory Circular on EFBs
A proposed advisory circular by the FAA to regulate use of electronic flight bags (EFBs) has caused concern for NBAA and Part 91 users, who may soon be required to seek approval prior to using the popular electronic devices. That would add a new regulatory burden, given that currently Part 91 pilots in command may approve use of certain personal electronic devices onboard an aircraft. "There is not a clear regulatory basis for [the new requirement], and more importantly, existing FAA guidance materials state that Part 91 operators do not require operational approval for EFB use," said NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr in comments filed with the FAA. Review NBAA's comments.

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FEATURED STORY

To Build His Practice, Surgeon Relies on Relationships – and a Citation Mustang
Dr. Lance Ferguson is one of the country's premier ophthalmologists and relies on relationships with primary care physicians to build his referral-only surgery practice. He keeps a busy schedule – a typical day has him finishing surgery at 3:00 p.m. and meeting with a doctor in another town at 5:30. "Fatigue is just as much an issue for a surgeon as it is for a pilot," noted Ferguson, who said it would not be feasible for him to drive three hours one way to make a business meeting. "But if I can do it by flying 30 or 40 minutes, it's much easier on me." For more on how business aviation helps Ferguson succeed read his story in Business Aviation Insider.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

NBAA Welcomes Bipartisan House Bill Opposing EU-ETS
NBAA last week praised the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for introducing legislation prohibiting U.S. participation in a European-led Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) that would impose new fees on U.S. aircraft flying into and out of the European Union. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said the lawmakers who introduced the measure "are to be commended for taking strong action to prevent the EU from implementing a plan that will have negative economic consequences for our economy, and for business aviation. Read NBAA's full statement on the legislation opposing the EU-ETS.

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In cooperation with NBAA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a recent issue of its newsletter on best practices for complying with Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements. In the issue, CBP explains the basic APIS procedures that most private aircraft operators must comply with when conducting international flights arriving in or departing from the United States. .

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British Parliamentarian Visits NBAA to Discuss EU Aviation Policies
As part of a fact-finding mission about business aviation in the U.S., British Conservative Party member and European Parliamentarian Jacqueline Foster visited NBAA Headquarters on July 21. Foster, who also is the conservative party spokesperson on the EU Transport & Tourism Committee, discussed issues such as the EU-ETS and decreasing access at smaller European airports with Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security & regulation. Learn more about the parlimentarian's meeting with NBAA.

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REGIONAL NEWS

TSA Adds Five Gateway Airports for DCA Flights
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added five gateway airports to the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), which allows certain general aviation aircraft to apply for access to Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Signature Flight Support locations at Denver International (DEN), Denver Centennial (APA) and Corpus Christi International (CRP); Amway Aviation in Grand Rapids (GRR); and Atlantic Aviation in South Bend (SBN) have all been added as gateways. Learn more about the DASSP program.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

July 29, 2011
South Florida CPR Certification Class
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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August 4, 2011
Pacific Northwest/Pacific Rim Associations Lunch
Seattle, WA
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August 18, 2011
Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Classic
Woodridge, IL
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August 24, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Association Safety Day
Atlanta, GA
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August 29, 2011
Minnesota Business Aviation Association Tournament
St. Paul, MN
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September 17, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Association Charity Ride
Atlanta, GA
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NBAA NEWS

NBAA Releases Updated Charter Consumer Guide
The Association has released a new edition of the NBAA Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide, a valuable tool for anyone seeking advice on choosing a Part 135 air charter operator or aircraft charter broker. Available in print and PDF formats, the updated guide includes additional tips for selecting the right aircraft and operator for a user's needs. It also offers advice on how to obtain information about international operations, insurance coverage, and operator experience and safety records. Request a copy of the NBAA Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide.

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For the Business Aviation Insider July poll, NBAA is asking Apple iPad users how they utilize the device for business aviation operations and administration. Do you use your iPad to view navigation charts, file flight plans, get weather forecasts before a flight or in other aspects of your operations? Take the quick two-question poll and tell NBAA; the results will be reported in an upcoming issue of Insider. .

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Stop By NBAA's Tent at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Anyone attending AirVenture Oshkosh this week is invited to stop by NBAA's Hospitality Tent, #465 on the flight line. A Bonanza XTRA will be on display outside the tent, and NBAA's staff will be available to discuss resources specifically designed for owner/operators and single pilots using their light general aviation airplanes for business. Visitors will be welcome to leave a business card, making them eligible for giveaways, including a chance to win free passes to NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas. Learn more about NBAA's plans for Oshkosh.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Nominate a Scheduler/Dispatcher for NBAA Leadership Award
Do you know a scheduler or dispatcher who deserves recognition? NBAA requests nominations for the Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Outstanding Achievement and Leadership Award, which recognizes top industry expertise, extraordinary service, leadership and significant contributions to the S&D function. The award will be presented on January 16 at the Association's 23rd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Diego, CA. Nominations are due August 31. Submit a nomination for the S&D award.

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Operators Focus on Safety at NBAA Regional Forum
The education sessions at this month's NBAA Regional Forum in San Jose, CA, focused on two critical safety issues for business aviation: aircraft icing and tire care. Reviewing recent icing accident and incidents, NTSB Member Dr. Earl Weener presented the risks of icing and best practices for avoiding it. Michelin North American's Keat Pruszenski discussed the importance of tire safety. "Aircraft tires are special," he said. "[They're] very susceptible to under-inflation and foreign objects on the runway." Learn more about the NBAA safety sessions.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

FAA's Babbitt Discusses the Agency's Shutdown


Congress adjourned June 23 without passing a funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Administrator Randy Babbitt and NBAA Senior Vice President Steve Brown tell Members what to consider when they're preparing for their next business aviation mission.

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NBAA EVENTS


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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