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Issue #11-52,  December 26, 2011


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Opposes European Court's Ruling on Applicability of EU-ETS
NBAA last week spoke out in opposition to the recent European Court of Justice ruling that the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) should apply to all aircraft operators across the international aviation community, including those based in the U.S. "The court's ruling goes against established policy and long-standing practice when it comes to aviation regulations," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "It appears to set aside the principle, established in the Chicago Convention, that because aviation is a global industry, aviation policies should be developed and implemented on a global basis. Any new standards should be developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization." Read more about the European court decision and EU-ETS.

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Customs Commissioner Alan Bersin Resigns
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the resignation of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin. Early in his tenure, Bersin worked with aviation industry groups, including NBAA, to develop ways that CBP could address security-related challenges faced by the aviation community. Under Bersin's leadership, CBP partnered with the general aviation community and other government agencies on a number of programmatic changes that have reduced the burden for business aviation operations arriving into and departing from the U.S., while retaining a high level of confidence surrounding the security of those operations. For example, changes to the CBP's process for industry to provide information prior to arrival (eAPIS) and pre-clearance screening at foreign airports have reduced the government's workload – in some cases, by up to 60 percent – and reduced processing time for aircraft at ports of entry. The DHS noted that Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar will serve as acting commissioner. Read the DHS statement.

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Compromise Over? LightSquared Strikes Back in FCC Filing
Following tests confirming widespread interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers from its signal, on December 20 upstart telecommunications provider LightSquared lashed out at the GPS industry in a Federal Communications Commission filing, claiming poor design of the units is solely to blame for the problem. In its filing, LightSquared asserts that the GPS industry "claims, without justification, that these GPS receivers somehow are entitled to 'protection' from the LightSquared-authorized operations that occur entirely within the MSS band." The Coalition to Save Our GPS, of which NBAA is a member, was quick to respond. Learn the latest about the LightSquared situation.

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Podcast: Industry Confronted Punitive Rhetoric, Policies in 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, business aviation looks back on a year in which optimism over a tentative recovery from the economic downturn of 2008 was tempered by fresh challenges from the Washington policy arena. A year-end review edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast – the second in a three-part series – looks back at the work done by NBAA and the industry to forcefully push back against punitive rhetoric and policy proposals aimed at business aviation. Listen to the NBAA Flight Plan podcast and read the full article.

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Another Industry Forecaster Predicts Gradual Industry Rebound
Yet another business aviation forecaster is predicting the start of a long-term industry recovery in 2012. Forecast International (FI), a provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries, expects modest improvements next year, with stronger growth coming in 2013. In a year-end roundup, FI representatives and several other industry analysts recently provided NBAA their expectations for 2012 and beyond. Learn more.

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Review the Top 20 NBAA Update Stories of 2011
NBAA invites readers to view a Top 20 countdown list to show the "most-clicked" stories in NBAA Update over the past year. It comes as no surprise that some of the most popular topics of 2011 were those dealing with complex or evolving operational topics and regulatory issues, where NBAA has long been a resource for its Members. For example, four of the most-clicked articles in 2011 documented the industry's emerging use of iPads as electronic flight bags. NBAA thanks readers for their ongoing support of the publication and welcomes any feedback at [email protected]. Review the list of the Top 20 most-clicked stories of 2011.

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Corporate Angel Network Marks 30th Year Since First Flight
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which offers free flights aboard business aircraft to patients traveling across the country for medical care, celebrated the 30th year since its first flight this month. CAN Executive Director Peter Fleiss said Leonard Greene, founder of the Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, flew the first Corporate Angel Network flight on December 22, 1981, in his company's King Air 200. As of last week, over 550 companies have donated seats on their aircraft for CAN flights, and the organization flies roughly 250 to 300 patients a month. Learn more about CAN.

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

Massachusetts Legislator Sounds Call to Action on Tax Exemption
Massachusetts Rep. Donald Humason, the chair of the state's House of Representatives Aviation Caucus, recently warned of another threat to state tax exemptions for aviation, and says elected representatives need to hear from the aviation community on the matter. "I don't need to tell you how vital it is that members of the Aviation Caucus and the Massachusetts aviation community impress upon state legislators how important that exemption is to the aviation industry in our state," he wrote in a recent call to action. Learn more about the Massachusetts aviation tax exemption.

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FEATURED STORY

Ten Money-Saving Tips for Controlling Costs
In the current economic climate, many flight departments are being asked to operate within increasingly tighter budgets. The challenge is to provide the same service at lower cost – and to help the company avoid having to sell aircraft or cut staff. The latest issue of Business Aviation Insider, the "Money Matters" issue now online, has 10 tips for controlling aircraft operating costs. Number one is tracking expenses as carefully as possible. "The only way to know where you could be saving money is by benchmarking," said the aviation manager at one New York-based flight department. Review Insider's 10 tips for controlling costs.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

What's Good for China May Be Good for General Aviation in Florida
When Jin Qiang Shen, secretary-general of the China Aviation Industrial Base, visited general aviation facilities on Florida's east coast last month, it exemplified both the potential and the challenges that beset companies on both sides of the world as they try to find ways to capitalize on China's growing general aviation industry. According to Chad Lewis, managing director of North America for Federal Aerospace, some obstacles must be cleared before China and the U.S. can take advantage of growth opportunities. "Getting Chinese companies to expand here is exceptionally difficult because of our policies in the U.S.," Lewis reported. Learn more about China's growing GA industry.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Regional Groups in the West Get Jump on New Year
Several regional business aviation groups have already planned their first events of 2012, getting a jump-start on advocacy, safety, networking and mentoring activities for the New Year. The Northern California Business Aviation Association will hold its first safety day in Oakland, CA on January 10. Also on January 10, the Arizona Business Aviation Association will hold its first monthly meeting of the year, and on January 11, the Idaho Business Aviation Association will host a scholarship benefit in Nampa, ID for students in aviation endeavors. Learn more about these and other upcoming regional group events.

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REGIONAL EVENTS

January 10, 2012
Arizona Business Aviation Assn. Monthly Meeting
Location TBA
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January 10, 2012
Northern California Business Aviation Assn. Safety Day
Oakland, CA
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January 11, 2012
Idaho Business Aviation Assn. Scholarship Benefit
Nampa, ID
Learn More

February 7, 2012
Carolina Aviation Professionals Assn. Meeting
Concord, NC
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March 1–3, 2012
Montana Aviation Conference (Featuring NBAA Speaker)
Bozeman, MT
Learn More

March 4–6, 2012
Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium
Bismarck, ND
Learn More

VIEW ALL REGIONAL EVENTS


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NBAA NEWS

Business Aviation Insider 'Money Matters' Issue Now Online
As there are extraordinary cost pressures on flight departments in this economic environment, NBAA has dedicated an issue of Business Aviation Insider to budgetary, tax and financial topics. The 2012 "Money Matters" issue is now online, offering money-saving tips for aircraft operators, as well as guidance on new election rules for providing flights to candidates for office, state tax exemptions, flight department salaries and more. Printed issues are mailing to Member subscribers now and in the coming weeks. Read Business Aviation Insider online or subscribe today.

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Vote for Your Favorite Insider Cover by Dec. 30
With the survey deadline approaching, don't forget to vote for your favorite 2011 cover of Business Aviation Insider. All poll participants are eligible for a chance to win an NBAA- or No Plane No Gain-branded hat, and votes must be cast by December 30. Results will be announced in NBAA Update and in the March/April 2012 issue of Insider. Vote now.

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SMS Workshop Series Kicks Off in Miami, Jan. 24–26
In a joint partnership with ARGUS, NBAA will host a two-and-a-half day Safety Management System (SMS) Workshop from January 24 to 26 in Miami, FL. Through interactive presentations and group exercises, attendees will be provided with details on both the safety benefits and business case for SMS. Guidance will be provided on how to utilize the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) SMS Toolkit, which takes operators through the complete implementation process. Learn more and register online.

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Update Your Records With NBAA's New Payment Address
If Members have not already updated their records with NBAA's new payment address, they should do so immediately, as forwarding services from the old payment address will be suspended on January 31, 2012. Any new Membership applications or renewal payments should now be sent to: National Business Aviation Association; Attn: Membership; P.O. Box 55481; Boston, MA 02205-5481. Learn more.

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NBAA Offices Closed for Holidays
The Association's offices are closed today, December 26, in recognition of the Christmas holiday, and they also will be closed next Monday, January 2, in recognition of the New Year's Day holiday. Season's greetings to all of our NBAA Update readers.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NBAA Webinar Will Answer Questions on Charter in China
As business aviation takes off in China, many companies doing business in the country are considering or already using aircraft charter for supplemental lift. To assist these businesses, NBAA will offer a webinar titled "Chartering Business Aircraft in China" on January 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar, moderated by Jay Mesinger, CEO, J. Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales, Inc., will cover best practices for vetting charter operators, risk management and insurance, operational challenges, restrictions and more. Register for the Charter in China webinar now.

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Register Now for Emergency Response Course at S&D
Presented by Aviem International and the Family Assistance Foundation, this two-day, hands-on course offered on January 14 and 15 details the challenges faced by any organization experiencing a serious aviation-related accident. Participants will take away important skills and materials needed to develop or enhance their organization's emergency response plans, including sample plan documents and checklists. The course is offered in conjunction with next month's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in San Diego. Register for this course and the S&D Conference now.

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Industry Confronted Numerous Policy Challenges in 2011

In the past year, business aviation came under surprise attack from the White House as President Obama vilified the industry, saying operators enjoy tax cuts afforded to no one else. He also attempted to institute a $100 per-flight user fee on companies using business airplanes. In this edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and others describe the industry's efforts to push back against the proposals.="font-size:>

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NBAA EVENTS

January 11, 2012
Webinar: Chartering Business Aircraft in China
1:00 p.m. ET

January 14–15, 2012
SPDP and PDP Course: Emergency Response and Family Assistance Planning for Business Aviation
San Diego, CA

January 15, 2012
SPDP Course: International Operations
San Diego, CA

January 15, 2012
SPDP and PDP Course: Achieve Leadership Success by Setting Strategic Goals
San Diego, CA

January 15–18, 2012
23rd Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
San Diego, CA

January 24–26, 2012
Introduction to SMS Workshop
Miami, FL

February 2, 2012
Business Aviation Regional Forum
New Orleans, LA

February 9–10, 2012
Aircraft Registration Conference
Delray Beach, FL

February 21, 2012
PDP Course: Effective Leadership in Aviation
San Diego, CA

February 22–23, 2012
20th Annual Leadership Conference
San Diego, CA







 

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