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NBAA Update #08-13
Monday, March 31, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen to Moderate Aviation Forecast Panel at U.S. Chamber
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will represent the business aviation community in serving as moderator for a panel forum focusing on future trends in aviation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 3. Bolen's panel will consider the importance of all aviation segments to the national economy; the outlook for various aviation segments over the next five years; and the challenges and opportunities the aviation industry will face in the years to come. Bolen's panel discussion is part of a day-long Chamber forum focusing on aviation issues. To review the program for the Chamber event, visit:

Bombardier, NBAA and EBAA Will Again Partner for Acclaimed Safety Standdown in Geneva
Bombardier Aerospace, NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced last week that the 2nd Annual European Safety Standdown will be held on Monday, May 19 in Geneva, Switzerland at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel, on the eve of the 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The highly acclaimed Bombardier Safety Standdown, held annually in Wichita, KS since 1996, made its European debut in Geneva last year. The world-class seminar once again will feature an impressive line-up of internationally acclaimed presenters. Safety Standdown is a unique safety program designed primarily for professionals in the aviation community and benefits all international operators – regardless of the manufacturer and type of aircraft they fly – as they discover first-hand how to apply the latest safety intelligence and expertise to their operations. To register, or learn more, visit:

NBAA On-Demand Education Offers Several New Multimedia Resources
In an effort to promote career development for business aviation professionals, NBAA, in partnership with Impact Media Solutions, provides on-demand education through distance learning courses on the Association's web site. Selected conference sessions and informational resources are available by streaming online or video CD-ROM. Some offerings are free and others can be purchased by package or pay-per-view. New resources available include a three-part ground safety support video series focused on aircraft towing best practices; a podcast of Dr. Andrew C. Wicks' presentation at the 2008 NBAA Leadership Conference; and video recordings from the 2008 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference on topics including flight planning, personal use of business aircraft and security. To access these multimedia resources, visit:

NBAA to Make Inaugural Appearance at Sun 'n Fun
NBAA will participate for the first time in the Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, scheduled for April 8 through 13 in Lakeland, FL. "We're very excited to be participating in Sun 'n Fun for the first time," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We look forward to being a part of the enthusiasm and excitement for general aviation that always surrounds this event." Visitors to NBAA's white Sun 'n Fun tent will be eligible to receive a package of free travel, lodging and passes to the Association's Annual Meeting & Convention and other NBAA events. The Association's tent, located at booth space MD-36-B, will have an excellent view of the flight line. To view NBAA's print advertisement for Sun 'n' Fun, visit:

Members Asked to Participate in 2008 Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The 2008 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is now open for participation. This survey, which is a highly rated Member benefit, was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and their company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. Participation by a broad range of companies increases the value of the data compiled. As an incentive to participate, NBAA offers survey participants free online access to the compiled survey results. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or to begin the survey, visit:

ABACE Dates Announced for 2009
The dates and locale for the 2009 NBAA Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009) have been determined. Hong Kong again will host the annual event, which will take place next year on Wednesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 12. Indoor exhibits will be located at the Asia World Expo, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. This year's event was an enormous success, with a total of 1,131 people and 29 Exhibitors in attendance, and numerous information sessions featuring industry experts discussing airspace and regulatory issues for operating in the Asian region. To learn more about future NBAA events, visit:

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Regional News
FAA Challenges Santa Monica Council's Action Limiting Aircraft Access At SMO
Last week, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting Category C and D jet aircraft from operating at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The ban, scheduled to take effect on April 24, is the city's latest attempt to limit operations at the airport. A 1984 agreement between Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the airport to remain open until at least 2015. The FAA and NBAA have attempted to address the city's concerns; for example, in 2007, the FAA proposed that the city install EMAS beds at SMO to enhance runway safety. However, to date, Santa Monica has rejected that and other FAA proposals. Shortly after Santa Monica adopted last week's ordinance, the FAA issued a "show cause" order requiring Santa Monica to justify the prohibition. Following the city's response, the FAA intends to issue an expedited decision as to whether the ordinance complies with regulations applicable to airports like SMO. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at

Georgia Group to Host Electronic Flight Bag Symposium This Week
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its first symposium of the year on April 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Transportation Facility (formerly the BellSouth Hangar) on Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY) in Atlanta, GA. Learn about the history and evolution of electronic flight bags (EFBs), hardware and software, and the future of EFBs and integrated flight decks. An operator panel also will discuss the deployment of EFBs, planning considerations and lessons learned. This is a free event with lunch provided. RSVP with attendee names and company information to For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Several Area Aviation Groups to Host Aviation Safety Symposium in May
An Aviation Safety Symposium will be held on May 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. The symposium will be hosted by the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, Massachusetts Airport Managers' Association, Massachusetts Business Aviation Association and Rhode Island Airport Corporation. Presenters from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, FAA and companies including Honeywell and FlightSafety International will lead sessions on topics such as cabin safety, aviation safety law, airport operations, in-flight firefighting, fatigue management and medical emergencies. The symposium is free and counts toward qualification for the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Exam. RSVP to NBAA's Dean Saucier at

IS-BAO Workshop Is Coming to Raleigh
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is holding an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Workshop on April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the General Aviation Terminal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The workshop is being held to assist operators who are implementing or considering implementing the IS-BAO, to accredit potential IS-BAO auditors and to provide information to other interested parties. The course will include a presentation of background and general information on the IS-BAO, a discussion of how an operator can implement IS-BAO, and an introduction to the risk assessment process and development of an operator's safety management system. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $400. For more information, contact IBAC's Kathy Perfetti at, or visit:

Make Plans to Attend Next NBAA Regional Forum in Las Vegas
NBAA will host its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on April 24 at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) in Las Vegas, NV. The one-day event provides a learning and networking experience for the regional business aviation community and for local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. NBAA staff and industry experts will present information on international aircraft transactions, very light jet operations, state tax issues and other important issues in business aviation. FAA Air Traffic Control personnel also will be available to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Western region. To learn more, or to register, 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.

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Member Company Record Updates Requested for 2008 Member Directory
The 2008 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel will be printed soon. In order to have updated information included in the printed Member Directory, NBAA Member Representatives must make changes to their company's Membership record by Monday, April 14. Membership update forms will not be mailed to Members this year; instead, for the first time, Members will update their information online through "My NBAA Profile," NBAA's new online tool that makes it faster and easier for Members to ensure their record is accurate and up-to-date. Changes can be made at any time and will be reflected immediately in the Online Member Directory. To make a request for a printed form, contact NBAA Membership by April 2 at (800) 394-6222 or at To view and update profiles, visit:

Call for Session Proposals: 2009 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee are now planning the 20th Annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which will be held from January 13 to 16, 2009, in Long Beach, CA. The committee is looking for speakers to propose and lead presentations relevant to schedulers and dispatchers and other professionals that support the scheduling and dispatching function. The theme for the Conference, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary, is "Honoring Our Heritage: Reaching for New Heights." Session proposals should focus on one or more of the following topics: business management, leadership, operations, personnel management, technical and facilities service, flight operations and professional management. Submit proposals by Wednesday, April 23 to NBAA's Jo Damato at

NBAA Seeking Presenters for 2009 PDP and SPDP Courses
NBAA is requesting proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) and Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses to be offered in 2009. NBAA's PDP was developed to prepare business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments. Only providers of current PDP or SPDP Courses are eligible to submit their courses for consideration. Responses must be received by May 15. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at or visit:

Call For Nominations: NBAA CAM Governing Board
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) is calling for nominations for one director position and one public-at-large position. Nominations for either position must be received by June 1, prior to the CAMGB meeting scheduled for June 9 through 11 in Washington, DC. Nominees for the director position must be a current CAM in good standing. Nominees for the public-at-large position must not work directly for a company whose primary source of revenue is aviation. Both of these positions are three-year terms. Submit nominations to NBAA's Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or

Emergency Response Planning PDP Workshop to Be Held in Palm Harbor, FL
NBAA will hold an Emergency Response Planning Workshop for all personnel concerned with the safe operation of business aircraft. The interactive, two-day Workshop will be held from April 28 to 29 in Palm Harbor, FL. Session topics include developing an emergency response team and plan, insurance and legal issues, initial notification and verification procedures and external relations. Senior FAA and National Transportation Safety Board officials are among the scheduled presenters at the event, which includes a simulated accident scenario to identify the key issues in a business aircraft accident. 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
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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2008, Bedford, MA

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