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NBAA Update #07-40
Monday, October 01, 2007

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA2007 an Enormous Success, Breaks Exhibitor Record
NBAA announced a record total of 1,152 Exhibitors at its 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007), a sold-out Static Display of Aircraft at nearby Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) and a final attendance total of over 32,000. "This was an enormously successful Convention, and NBAA's 60th anniversary has been an enormously successful year," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. Review highlights from the week's activities, including videos, photos, podcasts, articles and more, at NBAA's Convention News Bureau online at:

NBAA's Steve Brown Tells Congress: Airline Delays Are 'Self- Inflicted Wound'
Despite airlines' attempts to shift blame for their recent record-setting delays, the commercial carriers' scheduling practices are in fact a leading cause of flight delays, second only to adverse weather, said Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations and a former associate administrator for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Services. Brown's comments were made during testimony last week before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation. Learn more and review the testimony at:

NBAA Announces New Board Officers; Jeffrey W. Lee Appointed Chairman
NBAA implemented its Board officer succession plan last week, when Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM Corporation succeeded Kenneth E. Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel Services as Board Chairman. Pat Cunningham of PepsiCo, Inc. is NBAA's new vice chairman and treasurer, filling the role vacated by Lee. Read the press release at:

Five Directors Elected to NBAA Board
The NBAA Voting Membership elected five Directors during the Association's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention last week. Paul Anderson of UTFlight, Elizabeth Dornak of DuPont Aviation, Thomas Frist of Hospital Corporation of America, Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM and Douglass Schwartz of Conoco Phillips were all elected. Read the press release at:

Award Recipients Honored at Annual Meeting & Convention
NBAA presented several awards during NBAA2007 in Atlanta. The awards recognize service to aviation, advocacy, humanitarian efforts and journalism. NBAA also presented its Flying Safety Awards in recognition of over one million hours of safe flight operations. For a full list of awards and recipients, visit:

NBAA2007 Security Panel Featured DHS Official, Other Experts
Last Wednesday's panel discussion on security protocols and considerations in general aviation featured guests from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), security consultants and former members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The panelists examined how the aviation environment has changed since 9/11, both in terms of regulatory changes and the increased responsibility of flight departments for security. Although general aviation is not currently considered a threat to national security, panelists agreed that security for the industry continues to be a focus in Washington policymaking circles. Read the article at:

FAA Officials Featured at NBAA's Meet the Regulators Session
At one of the most well-attended sessions at NBAA2007, and what one panelist called "a time-honored event," the NBAA Meet the Regulators session featured three of the FAA's top officials. The panel stressed the importance of Safety Management Systems (SMS). Read this article and others on NBAA2007 information sessions at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Oakland, CA Will Host Regional Forum Next Month
NBAA's next Regional Forum will be held November 8 in Oakland, CA. The event will open with an address by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, alongside local and regional officials. Following the opening session, experts will discuss effective ways to advocate for the value of airports in local communities. The Regional Forum also will feature sessions on managing expectations in aircraft transactions and the threat "rogue pilots" cause to business aviation operations. A static display will be open to Attendees throughout the day, featuring approximately 30 aircraft. NBAA hosts a series of Regional Forums across the country to meet the needs of the regional business aviation community and introduce business aviation to interested local business leaders. To learn more, visit:

FBOs Will Provide Uninterrupted Service for Aircraft During AOPA Expo 2007
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo 2007 will be held this week from October 4 through 6 in Hartford, CT. Increased traffic should be expected at Hartford-Brainard Airport (HFD) and Bradley International Airport (BDL). Atlantic Aviation and Tac Air, serving HFD, as well as Signature Flight Support, serving BDL, will provide sufficient parking and services for business aircraft arriving at HFD and BDL. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Minnesota Group to Host Safety Awareness Forum, Oct. 8
The Minnesota Business Aviation Association (MBAA) will host a Safety Awareness Forum on October 8 at the Country Inn and Suites in Bloomington, MN. This one-day event for business aviation professionals will focus on the "accident prevention mindset" and hangar safety. NBAA's Doug Carr, vice president safety, security & regulation, will be the luncheon speaker. Guest speakers include Ed Mackey, senior medical instructor for Medair and Ben Hogan, vice president for the United States Aviation Underwriters (USAG). The registration fee is $60 for MBAA members and $75 for non-members. To register, contact Dave Clark of MBAA at 952-261-5945, Monica Babcock at 651-225-1900 or NBAA's John Balsiger at 405-260-0889.

Greater St. Louis Area Meeting Set for Oct. 12
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting on Friday, October 12 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will take place at Midcoast Aviation, Hangar 21, 6400 Curtiss-Steinberg Drive on St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS). Greg Babcook, regional sales manager for Embraer Aircraft, will discuss the company's aircraft developments and have an Embraer Legacy 600 on display. Midcoast will provide a tour of its new expanded facilities. Donations of $15 for members and $20 for non-members are requested at the door. RSVP by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 10 to Bev at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

South Florida Group Will Raise Money for Local Charities
On November 2, the South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host a meeting and fundraiser to benefit charitable efforts in South Florida. The event is part of continuing efforts by the SFBAA to promote safety, provide education and grassroots advocacy, and keep the South Florida business aviation community informed about issues affecting it. To sponsor this event, contact Tracy Gough at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit the SFBAA web site at:

Cessna Aircraft Company

NBAA Offers On-Demand Education to Those Who Missed NBAA2007
Those unable to attend last week's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2007) can virtually attend information sessions using NBAA's On- Demand Education Program. The program enables members to watch or listen to entire seminars using distance-learning technologies, such as Internet-based streaming video, CD-ROM video or audio feeds through podcasts. To see a list of sessions available, visit:

NBAA and Bombardier Partner for Next Month's Safety Standdown
In its ongoing commitment to safety, NBAA will partner with Bombardier, the FAA and NTSB to host the 11th Annual Safety Standdown in Wichita, KS. The three-day event, taking place from October 23 to 25, will cover a variety of critical safety issues such as human factors, international procedures, medical and emergency training, and aviation law and security. The Safety Standdown is free for all Attendees, and participants can receive credit for NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager Program. For more information, visit:

NBAA Members Updated on CAM Program
Last Wednesday, NBAA held a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program Update in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center, as one of the numerous sessions offered during NBAA2007. Three members of the Association's CAM Governing Board gave the presentation, covering the CAM Exam and related NBAA education programs, such as the Professional Development Program (PDP). To learn more about professional development and certification programs, visit:

NBAA Releases Journal of Business Aviation at NBAA2007
Last week in Atlanta, NBAA released advance copies of the NBAA Journal of Business Aviation. The issue offers a lineup of articles for business aviation managers, including features about the complexities of leasing business aircraft, tips for flight departments undergoing a merger, use of very light jets in support of business, storm strategies, flight attendant training, work/life balance issues and electronic flight bags. With a new, shorter title, the NBAA Journal of Business Aviation has widened its focus to include not only management and safety topics but also operations, maintenance and career development articles. Members can expect to receive the publication in October, and are encouraged to direct any feedback to

Last Chance to Apply for S&D Scholarships, Deadline Oct. 5
The deadline for Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships is this Friday, October 5. NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee offers scholarships through two separate, but related, programs that promote professional and career development for schedulers and dispatchers in business aviation. The Committee offers cash grants, which can be used for a variety of professional development initiatives. The programs offer a monetary award reserved for Canadian residents, along with a separate scholarship program that enables recipients to enroll in on-site training courses. For more information about these and other scholarships, and to download applications, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

Upcoming NBAA Events
11th Annual Safety Standdown
October 22–25, 2007, Wichita, KS

Business Aviation Regional Forum
November 8, 2007, Oakland, CA

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
November 9, 2007, Oakland, CA

SPDP Course: International Scheduling
November 9, 2007, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Weather and Aircraft Performance
January 28, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Resource Management for Aviation Leaders
January 28–29, 2008, Savannah, GA

19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 29–February 1, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Aviation Security for the Business Aviation Flight Department
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

SPDP Course: Building a Higher Performance Flight Department Team
January 29, 2008, Savannah, GA

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