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NBAA Update #08-10
Monday, March 10, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Signs on to Industry Letter Urging Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
NBAA last week was included among the more than thirty organizations that sent an open letter to the U.S. Senate urging the timely passage of a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has been under consideration by the Congress for more than a year. "We wish to express our collective hope that passing a bill in a timely fashion will be a priority for the U.S. Senate in this second session of the 110th Congress," the letter states. To review the letter, visit:

FAA NPRM Would Require Aircraft Re-Registration Every Three Years
In an effort to increase the validity of its aircraft registry, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require every aircraft owner to re-register an aircraft within a certain timeframe, and then complete a registration renewal every three years thereafter. The FAA estimates that approximately 30 percent of its 343,000 aircraft registrations are incorrect. If adopted as proposed, this new re-registration process, much like state automobile registration requirements, would increase the burden on aircraft owners and impart penalties on owners who do not comply with the registration requirements. NBAA will prepare and submit comments, which are due May 28, in response to the NPRM. To view the notice and learn more, visit:

New NBAA Podcast Explains 2008 ESA Bonus Depreciation Provision
The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (ESA) includes provisions that may benefit companies that purchase aircraft for business purposes. In today's climate, with many manufacturers holding multi-year backlogs, NBAA has been asked what benefit the ESA might offer business aviation. The ESA offers 50 percent "bonus" depreciation, which means the depreciation is accelerated in the first year the asset is placed in service, and increases in Section 179 expensing, which companies might be able to use for new aircraft, fractional aircraft shares or equipment upgrades. In a podcast presentation for NBAA, available at no cost to Members, NBAA Tax Committee Member Keith Swirsky explains the ESA and the potential offerings for the business aviation industry. Members can download the ESA presentation at:

Aviation Community Marks the Passing of Long-Time Museum Director
NBAA regretfully reports that Don Lopez, long-time deputy director of the National Air and Space Museum, passed away on Monday, March 3 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. He was 84 years old. Lopez was a renowned fighter pilot, test pilot, engineer, professor and author who worked with the National Air and Space Museum since 1972. An online tribute has been created in his memory, and includes a three-segment video recalling his time as a pilot during WWII and an area where individuals can share personal stories. To contribute to the Don Lopez Memorial Fund, or view the online tribute, visit:

FAA Declares March Surface Incident Awareness Month
To raise awareness of runway incursions and to promote runway safety, the air traffic managers of several metropolitan FAA towers in the National Airspace System (NAS) are declaring March "Surface Incident Awareness Month." A key component of the program will be the emphasis on clear, concise, pilot-controller communications and read-back. Often when an incident occurs, it is due to a breakdown in communication. An FAA letter with additional details on this program is available at:

NTSB to Hold Unmanned Aircraft Safety Forum
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from April 29 to May 1 at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, DC. The forum will address regulatory standards, integration with the NAS, design, certification and airworthiness, future UAS applications and perspectives of current UAS operators and users of the NAS. Representatives from the military, industry, the FAA and government agencies involved in UAS operations will participate in the forum. Exhibitors from the UAS industry will display unmanned aircraft scale models, systems and technologies. Interested members of the aviation community and the general public are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the NTSB web site, at:

EBAA and NBAA Call for 2008 European Business Aviation Award Nominations
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA, co-producers of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), have called for nominations for the 2008 European Business Aviation Award. The award, which was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, is presented each year to one or more individuals during EBACE, the only European exhibition focusing exclusively on business aviation. Nominations for the 2008 award are due to EBACE's European office by April 20. For more information, read the press release, at:

Member Newsletter Features Preview of NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
A feature article in the latest edition of NBAA Quick Turns – the Association's newsletter for maintenance professionals – highlights the upcoming NBAA 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference, which will be held on April 15 through 17 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village in Daytona Beach, FL. The three-day event provides valuable information regarding aircraft maintenance and maintenance management, as well as an important venue for maintenance professionals interested in furthering their personal development. To read the article, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Burbank Airport Proposes Night Curfew
NBAA is reviewing an application to implement a 10:00 p.m. to 6:59 a.m. curfew at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA. The regional airport authority will meet on Monday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m., and will provide a presentation on the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 161 study and its mandatory curfew application, after which a subcommittee of the airport authority is expected to recommend their Commissioners accept the mandatory curfew application. NBAA Members are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Burbank Marriott. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or review the Part 161 study, at:

Notice to Operators Using DFW RNAV SIDs
Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) Tower reported a recent occurrence where a business jet departed on an area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departure (SID) procedure with the incorrect runway loaded in the aircraft's flight management system (FMS). Air traffic controllers (ATCs) took immediate action to resolve the situation, but it is critical that flightcrews ensure that the correct runway, SID and transition are properly loaded into the aircraft's FMS prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in the flight director commanding a turn in the opposite direction to intercept the track loaded in the FMS, resulting in a deviation from the course assigned by ATC. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

NBAA Regional Forum Is Coming to San Antonio, Mar. 27
NBAA will host its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on March 27 at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in San Antonio, TX. Speakers will include: Mark Hazard and David Solo of Universal Weather & Aviation; Mike Crownover of Valero Energy; Texas Department of Transportation Director of Aviation Dave Fulton; FAA Air Traffic Organization COO Hank Krakowski; and NBAA's Senior Vice President of Operations Steve Brown, among others. The forum will feature a number of static aircraft on display, dozens of exhibits, and the FAA's ATC management personnel will be available to answer questions on ATC policies and procedures in the Southwest region. The event also will feature regionally focused briefings. To register or learn more, visit:

Notice: PNBAA Meeting Date Has Changed to Apr. 1
The next Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) meeting has been moved from Tuesday, March 11 to Tuesday, April 1, and will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event still will take place at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle, WA. For more information, contact the PNBAA's Gene Clow at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Chicago Group Will Hold Meeting This Week
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, March 14. The featured speaker will be Mitch Gallo, senior air safety investigator from the NTSB's Central region, who will discuss the anatomy of an NTSB investigation and what business aviation should know. Networking will begin at 11:00 a.m., and the lunch will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago, IL. The cost for members is $15 and $20 for non-members. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at, or visit the CABAA web site, at:

IBAA Meeting to Feature FAA and Universal Avionics Speakers
At this week's Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) meeting, FAA Program Manager Tom Salat and Universal Avionics Systems COO Paul De Herrera will present on the evolution of the wide area augmentation system (WAAS). The meeting will be held at the Boise Air Terminal (BOI) in the second-floor Boise River Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. WAAS, a first step toward performance-based navigation, provides numerous benefits, including enroute primary means of navigation and WAAS-enabled approach procedures. The speakers will discuss the infrastructure and equipment requirements of WAAS. RSVP immediately to IBAA's Mike Pape at (208) 869-9929 or Skip Davies at (208) 229-2244.

Former NTSB Investigator Will Speak at SFBAA Meeting
At next week's South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) meeting, Greg Feith, former NTSB senior air safety investigator, will be the guest speaker. Feith has been featured on the History Channel series "Secrets of the Black Box." The meeting will be held on March 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jetscape fixed base operator (FBO) facility at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The Jetscape FBO is located at 240 SW 34th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to the SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at, or for more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

LIBAA Quarterly Meeting Will Be Held Next Week
The Long Island Business Aviation Association (LIBAA) will hold its quarterly meeting on March 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant on Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, NY. LIBAA Chair Bill McShane, also a New York Aviation Management Association representative, will give a presentation on the current tax situation in New York, legislative issues and community outreach programs. The attendance fee, which includes dinner, is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact the LIBAA's Doris at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA Announces Two Recipients of 2008 ExxonMobil and the Avitats IOC Scholarship
NBAA last week announced the two individuals to receive the 2008 ExxonMobil and the Avitats International Operators Conference (IOC) Scholarship. The scholarship is given annually in coordination with ExxonMobil and the Avitats and NBAA's International Operators Committee, and is designed to benefit individuals seeking to further their education applicable directly or indirectly to international flight operations. The recipients of the 2008 ExxonMobil and the Avitats IOC Scholarship are Cynthia Black, a scheduler/dispatcher for Citigroup Corporate Aviation in White Plains, NY, and Scott Walker, a pilot for Riley Air Charters of Yorba Linda, CA. Both recipients will be recognized at the NBAA International Operators Conference being held this week on March 12 in San Antonio, TX. Read the full press release at:

Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship Applications Are Due Mar. 31
The deadline for NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship applications is March 31. NBAA offers aspiring and current flight attendants and flight technicians the opportunity to receive scholarships in conjunction with several sponsors. These scholarships support the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee's mission of promoting education and training opportunities for business aviation flight attendants and technicians. For more information, to review the list of sponsors or download the application, visit:

NBAA Online Resource Promotes Business Aviation Internship Programs
NBAA has updated its Management Guide to include information on business aviation internship programs. Undergraduate student internships are an effective way to introduce aviation students to careers in business aviation. Through internships, a company flight department provides exciting work in business aviation and a rewarding learning experience for young professionals. Companies participating as internship program hosts also gain many benefits, such as increased productivity and professional relationships with participating schools. This resource is available on NBAA's web site for Member Companies interested in participating in such programs.

EBACE2008 Offers Show Guide Advertising, Publication Bin Reservations
The 2008 NBAA European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) is the premier event for the European business aviation community, taking place this year from May 20 to 22 at the Geneva PALEXPO. As a service to Exhibitors and publishers of trade publications, EBACE2008 will offer advertising opportunities in the Show Guide & Directory of Exhibiting Companies and publications bins for reservation. The Show Guide is distributed to each registrant at EBACE2008, and includes pertinent information relative to exhibits, meetings, social gatherings and other events. Also available is an area of bins where publications may be displayed on-site at the Geneva PALEXPO. For more information about either of these promotional opportunities, contact NBAA's Maureen Cameron at, or visit:

Registration Now Open for NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum
Registration is now open for the NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum, which will be held on May 30 at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York, NY. The Forum educates owners and operators of business aircraft on aviation tax issues, critical for ensuring proper planning and compliance. Accountants, attorneys, advisors and flight department personnel will benefit from the information on the latest tax and legal developments affecting business aviation. Presenters will address a variety of current tax topics at an intermediate-to-advanced level. Discussion topics will include FARs, excise taxes, state aviation taxes and various non-business uses of general aviation aircraft.

NBAA Will Offer Two PDP Workshops in New Orleans
This month in New Orleans, LA, NBAA will offer two Professional Development Program (PDP) Courses: the NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, "Employing the International Standard – Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO)" and the NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop. The IS-BAO Workshop, designed to fully prepare Attendees to draft an IS-BAO compliant manual, will be offered from March 25 to 26. Immediately following, the Management Fundamentals Workshop, which provides flight department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues, will be offered from March 27 to 28. Both Workshops will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in New Orleans. To register, or for more information, visit:

PDP Course Offered in Conjunction with Las Vegas Regional Forum
Following the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Las Vegas, NV on April 24, NBAA will offer the PDP Course "Customer Service – Common Sense or a Business and Management Tool?" The Course, which will be presented by ServiceElements International, focuses on using customer service to improve internal team relationships and morale, as well as increasing the organization's value to its customers, and will be held at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) on April 25.

Emergency Response Planning PDP Workshop to Feature Simulations
NBAA will hold an Emergency Response Planning Workshop from April 28 to 29 in Palm Harbor, FL. The interactive, two-day Workshop will provide information and hands-on experience, including a simulated accident scenario to illustrate the flow of events and identify the key issues in a business aircraft accident. Additional session topics will include developing an emergency response plan and insurance and legal issues. Senior FAA and NTSB officials are among the scheduled presenters. The Workshop is being held in conjunction with the 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, a forum on business aviation safety matters. Attendees also will be eligible to receive NBAA PDP credit.


Upcoming NBAA Events
35th Annual International Operators Conference
March 10–13, 2008, San Antonio, TX

Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 27, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 9, 2008, Raleigh, NC

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

PDP Course: Customer Service
April 25, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 28–29, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 29–May 1, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

2nd Annual Safety Standdown Europe
May 19, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008)
May 20–22, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
May 30, 2008, New York, NY

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 26, 2008, Dayton, OH

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, Tucson, AZ

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