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Issue #11-36,  September 5, 2011

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TOP NEWS

As 9/11 Nears, Government and Industry Emphasize Security Vigilance
As the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, government security officials are highlighting the need for continued vigilance. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued guidance and resources for reporting suspicious activity. NBAA representatives, who agree with the need for heightened awareness, are also pointing out the GA community's record on security measures. "Government officials have not cited a specific general aviation concern," said NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr. "The TSA's document simply reminds industry to redouble the focus on many precautions we're taking." Following the issuance of the advisory, NBAA has once again been highlighting GA security measures for news outlets.

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With BARR Court Brief Filed, What's Next?
Since filing their opening court brief last week to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association are working toward the next milestones in the legal battle against the government's curtailment of the program. Up next: By September 28, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to file a response to the associations' brief. After that, the associations will file a final brief by October 12. Shortly after that, the Court of Appeals is expected to schedule arguments. "As this case moves forward, we have seen a number of individuals and organizations support the BARR Legal Defense Fund, and we're using those funds to help make the best case possible that the FAA's revisions to the BARR should be invalidated," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To learn more, visit the NBAA BARR resource page.

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Senator Questions DOT's Rationale for BARR Dismantlement
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) recently termed "disturbing" a letter he received from Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood in response to questions the senator asked LaHood about the DOT's rationale for severely curtailing the BARR program. Noting that LaHood cited transparency concerns as part of his agency's rational for limiting the program, Roberts said in a press statement: "I find it troubling that the Obama administration would associate removing the BARR program with the need for greater transparency. Transparency has everything to do with citizens being able to see how the government carries out its business, not the other way around. Maintaining the BARR program has everything to do with an individual's Constitutional right to privacy, and I will continue to fight for all private citizens' right to travel and conduct business without having to worry about who is spying on them." Read Roberts' full statement, or review NBAA's BARR resource page.

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FAA Releases Final Rule on PIC Proficiency Checks
Effective October 31, recurrent pilot-in-command (PIC) proficiency checks will be required for pilots serving as PIC of turbojet-powered aircraft. Currently, Part 61.58 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) only requires recurrent proficiency checks for individuals serving as PIC of aircraft requiring more than one pilot. The final rule amends FAR 61.58 to require proficiency checks in all turbojet-powered aircraft, including those that can be operated by a single pilot. Pilots of experimental turbojet-powered aircraft that have a single seat or do not carry passengers are not required to undergo the checks required by the rule change. The final rule also makes a variety of other changes, such as allowing pilots to apply concurrently for a private pilot certificate and instrument rating. Learn more about the final PIC rule.

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Business Aviation Mobilizes Hurricane Irene Relief
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, volunteers from the business aviation community – often in single- or twin-engine piston airplanes – have been flying relief missions to communities in the Bahamas. Many have also registered with NBAA's Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database to help out in the Northeast U.S. "I'm very proud that there are so many people in business aviation involved," said Bob Showalter, head of an Orlando FBO, who's flown several missions in his 1974 Aztec. Read more about Hurricane Irene relief efforts.

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Report: Pre-owned Aircraft Market Has Slowly Improved in 2011
Recent monthly figures from aviation research firm, JETNET LLC, offer a mixed picture of the health of the business aviation market. In a positive sign that a business aviation recovery is taking hold, sales of pre-owned business jets rose by 11.2 percent in July. "Used inventories definitely are being reduced but at a snail's pace," said Michael Chase, who analyzes used aircraft statistics for JETNET. "However, the increase in asking prices in June and July are a very positive sign." Learn more.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Local Advocacy Prompts Customs Policy Changes in Columbus
A recent, collaborative effort between government and industry in Columbus, OH, prompted improvements to clearance policies from U.S. Customs and Border Protection for business aviation at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Ohio. "It was the perfect example of a partnership of industry and government getting something accomplished," reported NBAA Security Council Chairman Greg Kulis. Read more about the success of this industry mobilization on policies impacting business aviation.

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FEATURED STORY

Podcast: USDA Program Encourages Growth of Biofuel Crops
The U.S. government's Biomass Crop Assistance Program is aimed at encouraging California, Washington and Montana farmers to grow camelina, a non-food source of oil used in the production of biofuel. Why does this matter to business aviation operators? Because biofuel – even in a 50-50 blend with Jet-A – burns much cleaner than straight jet-A, which means a significant reduction in carbon output for aviation enterprises. "This is a product that can be a competitive and long-term alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel," said Scott Johnson, president of Sustainable Oils. Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast with more on the story, and learn more about biofuels.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

China's First-Ever GA Fly-In Postponed
The AOPA-China Fly-In, planned as a first-of-its-kind event in China, was scheduled for September 22 to 24. But, last month, an Agusta-Westland AW139 helicopter operated by the Beijing Police Department crashed into the MiYun Reservoir northeast of the Chinese capital. Four of the five people on board were killed. "Amid the impact of the police helicopter crash, AOPA China and its partner of the event, Reignwood Star General Aviation, decided to postpone this year's Fly-In," AOPA-China board member Yinjie Jason Zhang said in a statement to NBAA. Learn more about the China fly-in postponement.

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Passports: When One Is Not Enough for Business Travelers
A lively chat thread on NBAA's Air Mail discussion lists recently threw a spotlight on passports, and why just one might not be enough for business pilots and their passengers. For example, second passports are invaluable for frequent travelers who apply for a visa, since many countries hold a traveler's passport while processing a visa application. However, getting a second U.S. valid passport has some wrinkles. Learn more about getting second passports.

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REGIONAL NEWS

New Instrument Procedures, Parking Reservations Required for NBAA2011
Since 2004, NBAA, the FAA and Las Vegas-area aviation authorities have worked to improve air traffic operations for this year's NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, including developing new instrument procedures for Henderson Executive Airport (HND). While no FAA arrival slot reservations will be required for NBAA2011, operators who intend to park their aircraft at HND for any length of time need to obtain a parking reservation online. Aircraft attempting to remain at HND without prior permission will be assessed a $400 per hour parking fee. The Convention notice to airmen (NOTAM) has additional operational details. Make your parking reservation now, or review the new instrument procedures and the NOTAM.

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Local Advocacy Improves Approaches in Denver Area
NBAA members in the Denver area have been raising the bar when it comes to working cooperatively with FAA officials on airspace access issues, and their efforts have been paying off in terms of better access and more business-aviation friendly approaches into area airports. Learn more about Denver-area access issues.

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Aviation High School Set to Fly High With Pacific Northwest Fundraiser
Seattle's Aviation High School is the first college preparatory aviation-themed high school in the nation. Late last month, school and aviation officials from the Seattle area participated in the ground-breaking for a $43.5 million new school building, to be built next to, and in collaboration with, the Museum of Flight at King County International Airport/Boeing Field (BFI), with an expected opening in 2013. The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association is hosting a fundraising event on September 21 to benefit the high school. Learn more about the Pacific Northwest event.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

September 8, 2011
Tampa Bay Aviation Association Meeting
Tampa, FL
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September 13, 2011
Corporate Aviation Professionals Assn. Meeting
Greensboro, NC
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September 14, 2011
New Jersey Aviation Assn. Awards Luncheon
Princeton, NJ
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September 17, 2011
Georgia Business Aviation Assn. Charity Ride
Atlanta, GA
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September 19, 2011
Southern California Aviation Assn. Safety Standdown
Carlsbad, CA
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September 21, 2011
Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Assn. Charity Event
Seattle, WA
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NBAA NEWS

IBAC's Spruston to Retire, New Director General Sought
NBAA congratulates Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), on the announcement of his retirement. Under Spruston's leadership, IBAC has effectively advocated for the interests and concerns of business aviation before the International Civil Aviation Organization – the global standards-setting body for civil aviation around the world, including for safety and operations standards. In recognition of Spruston's efforts on behalf of business aviation, NBAA will present him with the 2011 John P. "Jack" Doswell Award this October. "The global business aviation community would not be the same without visionaries like Don Spruston," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Review the IBAC notice of position availability.

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Join in the Chairman's Charity Classic Tournament at NBAA2011
The NBAA 15th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 9, at Revere Golf Club in Henderson, NV, in conjunction with this year's Convention. NBAA Chairman of the Board Pat Cunningham will preside over this year's tournament. Since the tournament was founded in 1997, it has raised over $400,000 for charity. All proceeds from the 2011 event will benefit NBAA Charities, which raises funds to support philanthropic organizations that use general aviation airplanes for humanitarian purposes. Sign up for the tournament today.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Sign Up for NBAA2011 Course: Highly Effective Teams at Work
This interactive Professional Development Program (PDP) course includes videos, role-playing, breakout sessions and group discussion. One of several PDP courses offered in conjunction with NBAA2011 in Las Vegas, NV, this all-day seminar on October 9 introduces new motivational concepts for enhancing teamwork, such as finding talent through a strength-based philosophy, diversity, mutualism and inclusion. It will also explore teamwork for project management. Register for this and other NBAA2011 PDP courses.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Encouraging Aviation Biofuel Crop Growth

In this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Scott Johnson, president of Sustainable Oils, discusses the progress his company is making in the development of high-value seeds for growing camelina, a non-food source of oil used in the production of biofuel.

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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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