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Issue #11-34,  August 22, 2011

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TOP NEWS

UK Considering Public Release of EU-ETS Information
Last week operators assigned to the United Kingdom for purposes of complying with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) received letters regarding UK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The first FOIA request sought to obtain certain information from operators' metric ton-kilometer monitoring plans submitted to the UK. Officials with the UK Environment Agency recently stated that information on non-commercial operators will not be released, but NBAA is providing a sample letter Members can submit to request limitations on the public release of ETS data. In a second communication, the agency stated it may release a list of operators that submitted a metric ton-kilometer monitoring plan. Since the information sought by the second FOIA request is only a list, and not specific data, it is likely not exempt from release. Learn more about confidentiality of EU-ETS information.

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Solar Storms Might Impact GPS
A huge explosion on the surface of the sun recently sent a wave of radiation sweeping outward into space and heralded the coming of an active solar storm season. Although the flare wasn't aimed at the Earth, Joes Kunches, a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Los Angeles Times that solar storms like this one can cause temporary disruptions in signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, making GPS approaches sometimes unreliable. Learn more about solar storms' effects.

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SIFL Rates for Second Half of Calendar Year Delayed
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has advised NBAA that release of the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the second half of calendar year 2011 has been delayed. Due to data processing issues, financial results for many major air carriers, which DOT requires to generate revised SIFL rates, are not available. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available 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 and impute the income of traveling employees as required by IRS rules. Direct questions to [email protected]. View a list of historic SIFL rates and NBAA's Personal Use Calculator.

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Analyst: Continued Economic Turbulence Won't Derail GA Recovery
The economy's third-quarter slowdown is not expected to scuttle what to date has been a slow, gradual recovery for general aviation (GA), according to investment analyst Brian Foley, of Brian Foley Associates in a recent report titled "General Aviation Won't Repeat 2008 Rout." He stated, "With equity markets whipsawing, sovereign debt issues and overall economic uncertainty, some in the general aviation sector wonder if it's a precursor to another 2008-like industry free-fall. Not so." Read more about prospects for the GA sector.

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New NBAA Resource Explains Rules Governing Overtime Pay
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and U.S. Department of Labor establish rules governing overtime pay for certain employees. Some employees in a flight operation may be exempt from overtime pay, and others non-exempt. Due to the complexities of the laws, NBAA's Employment Issues Working Group and Corporate Aviation Management Committee have developed a resource that provides an overview of the rules regarding overtime pay and offers strategies that flight department managers can implement to determine their compliance with relevant labor laws. Review NBAA's new FLSA resource..

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA Salutes Regional Groups in Fight to Preserve BARR
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen applauded a recent surge of contributions from a host of regional business aviation associations to a legal defense fund established to support a court fight to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. "The business aviation community is once again demonstrating its readiness to mobilize behind the industry's priorities," said Bolen. "We salute the leaders and members with these regional business aviation associations for contributing to the fund. Their financial backing for our court fight to preserve the BARR program highlights how important it is to the people and companies in our industry." Learn more about the BARR Legal Defense Fund.

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FEATURED STORY

Keeping Your Head Above the Paperwork
Pilots who fly their own aircraft for business face operational challenges all on their own, but they also face a whole set of challenges outside the cockpit. Perhaps the most daunting is recordkeeping. Regulatory, financial and safety demands require the owner/operator keep pilot logbooks, flight records, tax returns, passenger manifests, insurance documentation and maintenance records. "If you're using your aircraft to support your business, you have the same recordkeeping requirements as a corporate flight department," said Doug Stewart, president of AircraftLogs. Read more about aircraft recordkeeping in a Business Aviation Insider online extra.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

China to Host Its First General Aviation Fly-In
Raising awareness about general aviation and promoting an interest in flying are the twin goals of a first-ever fly-in being hosted in Beijing next month by representatives with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in China. The fly-in is part of a larger summit focusing on challenges confronting GA in China. "Because of the rigid restrictions of the airspace, in China there is not that much of an aviation culture," Jason Liao, NBAA's chief representative in Asia, said from his office in Beijing. "Aviation is something far away from people's daily lives. I think this fly-in will spur lots of interest." Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, or read more about the first general aviation fly-in for China.

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Cross-Border Issues Conference to Address Needs of Canadian, U.S. Operators
In addition to sharing the longest border in the world, at over 5,500 miles, Canada and the United States are also top trading partners. With this close geographic and economic relationship, many business aircraft operators from both countries conduct frequent cross-border flights. NBAA and the Canadian Business Aviation Association have jointly developed a seminar to address the common challenges faced by operators transporting passengers across the border to conduct business in both countries. Representatives from agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Canada Border Services Agency have been invited to participate in this interactive event, to be held December 8 and 9 in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about key cross-border issues to be covered.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Bolen to Receive New Jersey Excellence in Aviation Award
The New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) will hold its annual Excellence in Aviation Awards Luncheon on September 14 at the TPC Jasna Polana Golf Club in Princeton. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has been named as one of this year's award recipients and will also serve as the luncheon keynote speaker. Several New Jersey legislators also will receive awards for their leadership in supporting aviation this year. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at [email protected]. Seating is limited; to reserve a place, contact NJAA President Arlene Feldman at [email protected].


Fort Lauderdale International Taxiway Alert
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has seen several recent incidents of pilots mistaking Taxiway Bravo for Runway 9L and attempting to depart on the taxiway. To prevent such incidents, the Broward County Aviation Department has distributed a pilot alert to post at FBOs, and FLL air traffic control has changed phraseology to direct aircraft on Taxiway Charlie departing Runway 9L to cross Taxiway Bravo before receiving departure clearance. The airport has removed all taxiway centerlines that lead from Taxiway Charlie to Taxiway Bravo, installing surface painted signs – and soon green reflectors with LED lights – directing pilots to Runway 9L. Review the FLL pilot alert.

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FAA Hosting Customer Forum in Fort Worth This Thursday
The FAA will hold its first annual Central Service Center Customer Forum this Thursday, August 25 in Fort Worth, TX from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Central Service Center provides air traffic organization services to 17 states from New Mexico to Michigan, promoting standardization of airspace system operations. This first-ever event, held at the American Paint Horse Association at 2800 Meachum Boulevard, will cover national and local FAA projects, including a new Flight Deck Training Program similar the ride-along program discontinued after September 11, 2001. For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at [email protected]. RSVP as soon as possible to the FAA's Fabiola Mendiaz at [email protected].


REGIONAL EVENTS

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 14, 2011
New Jersey Aviation Association Awards Luncheon
Princeton, NJ
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September 17, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Association Charity Ride
Atlanta, GA
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September 19, 2011
Southern California Aviation Association Safety Standdown
Carlsbad, CA
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September 21, 2011
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association Charity Event
Seattle, WA
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NBAA NEWS

Doctor, Former Senate Leader to Receive Humanitarian Award
Esteemed doctor, pilot and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been awarded the 2011 NBAA Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of his life-saving efforts worldwide, and the importance of business aviation to those endeavors. "Bill Frist has combined his skill as an aviator with his expertise in medicine to reach people in need of life-saving treatment at home and all over the world," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "He exemplifies the humanitarian spirit that's always been a part of business aviation." Learn more about NBAA Humanitarian Award winner Bill Frist.

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Exhibiting at NBAA2011? Have a Marketing Strategy
As business aviation's biggest event, NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011) offers the chance to connect with thousands of potential customers, but reserving a booth is just the first step to closing a deal. "What you do before the show matters much more than what you do during and after," said Paula Williams, co-founder of Aviation Business Consultants International. "Having a great plan and doing some preparation will do more for your success than having fireworks above your booth." Communicating with your customers, advertising, sponsorship and post-Convention follow-up all are important elements of a long-term marketing strategy. Learn how to leverage your presence at NBAA2011 this October in Las Vegas.

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Warning to NBAA Exhibitors About Unauthorized Show Guides
NBAA2011 Exhibitors may receive solicitations from companies for paid listings in trade show directories in the guise of directory update forms. Companies making such offers are not affiliated with NBAA. For all NBAA events, NBAA is the only official publisher of Exhibitor directories. NBAA urges Exhibitors to review all solicitations carefully, particularly those received by fax and email. To report a third-party solicitation that claims to represent NBAA, contact Maureen Cameron at [email protected]. Find more about how to avoid show guide scams.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA and AOPA to Offer Light Business Airplane Programming
For the third year, NBAA's Convention will include the Light Business Airplane (LBA) Conference, a full agenda of education sessions for owner/operators of light aircraft. The LBA Conference is offered jointly with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the sessions also are presented at the annual AOPA Aviation Summit. This year's LBA Conference at NBAA2011 will feature sessions on minimizing the cost of operating an aircraft, changes when flying above FL180, regulations on getting reimbursed for flights and more, and it again will be held in conjunction with the Cessna/NBAA Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. Register now for LBA Conference sessions.

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Sign Up for the Management Fundamentals Workshop at NBAA2011
In conjunction with NBAA2011 in Las Vegas, NV, six Professional Development Program (PDP) courses will be offered, including the Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop on October 8 and 9. This two-day workshop will educate Attendees in safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and many other skills for running a flight department. Register for this and other NBAA2011 PDP courses now.

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Speaker Proposals Invited for 2012 Leadership Conference
As it plans for the 2012 NBAA Leadership Conference, scheduled for February 22 and 23 in San Diego, CA, the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee is seeking potential presenters to address the conference theme "Leadership = Competence + Character." Presentation proposals are due August 31 and should include a title, brief description of the topic and background on the presenter. Submit material or direct questions to NBAA's Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or [email protected]. Review results of the 2011 Leadership Conference.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

A Fly-In Comes to China

Raising awareness about general aviation and promoting an interest in flying are the twin goals of a first-ever fly-in being hosted in Beijing next month by representatives with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in China. Jason Liao, NBAA's chief representative in Asia, joins others in discussing the event in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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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
15th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
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 11, 2011
NBAA/CAN Charity Benefit
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

December 8–9, 2011
CBAA/NBAA Cross-Border Issues Conference
Mississauga, ON, Canada







 

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Among the most popular benefits offered by NBAA are the venues it offers for networking and commerce – from seminars and conferences to the flagship NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. NBAA also offers significant savings to Members in a challenging economic climate by providing discounted rates for these events. Exhibitors, Attendees, members of the press and students can register online for NBAA2011 now, and Members will save $200 on their ticket price.

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