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NBAA Update #08-17
Monday, April 28, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Commends Senate Committee Leaders for Agreement on FAA Funding Measure
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued a statement regarding an agreement reached between the Senate Finance and Commerce Committees over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernization of the nation's aviation system. "NBAA has long been at the forefront of the effort to modernize the nation's aviation system, and we applaud Finance and Commerce Committee leaders for coming to an agreement that facilitates that effort. NBAA's Members appreciate the work Congress has done to adequately fund the FAA and modernize the system by building upon the proven and efficient fuel tax for general aviation. NBAA will continue to work with all members of Congress on this critical issue." To read the full press release, visit:

Regional Forum in Las Vegas a Success
The NBAA Regional Forum held last week on Henderson Executive Airport (HND) in Las Vegas, NV was a success, with nearly 800 Attendees and a sold-out exhibit floor. The event featured 58 indoor exhibits, 11 outdoor exhibits and 20 aircraft on static display. NBAA Regional Forums are one-day learning and networking events for the regional business aviation community and local business leaders interested in learning more about business aviation. The next NBAA Regional Forum will take place in Dayton, OH on June 26. For more information, visit:

DCA Now Has Additional Gateway Airport in Minnesota
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named St. Paul Downtown Airport-Holman Field (STP) in St. Paul, MN the newest gateway airport for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The designation allows certain pre-cleared general aviation (GA) operations, including business aircraft, charter flights and on-demand operations, to fly directly from STP to DCA. Signature Flight Support is the approved fixed base operator for this location. Currently, the TSA allows GA flights that meet criteria of the DCA Access Standard Security Program to land at DCA. Aircraft must arrive from one of 22 gateway airports, including STP and Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), after flightcrews have been vetted and passengers screened. For more information, visit:

NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation Will Co-Host CASS This Week
NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) will partner for the upcoming 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) this week from April 29 to May 1 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, FL. More than 300 business aviation operators and users will meet with leaders of industry, government officials and university researchers to review current business aviation safety issues. Agenda highlights include sessions on flight safety and enhanced awareness for aircrews; reducing in-flight smoke, fire and fumes; threat and error management; how to implement a safety management system; and more. To register, or for more information, visit:

Latest Edition of IBAC Publication Is Now Available
The latest edition of IBAC Update, the official newsletter of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), is now available on the IBAC web site. NBAA, along with 12 other national and regional organizations, is a supporting member of IBAC, which represents business aviation in international forums around the world. Details of these activities can be found in the IBAC Update. For more information, contact NBAA's Bill Stine at, or to view current and past editions of the IBAC Update, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
SMO Large Aircraft Ban In Effect As Issue Goes to Court
A ban on large jet aircraft at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), adopted last month by the Santa Monica City Council, now appears to be before the District Court for the Central District of California. Last week, the FAA issued a cease-and-desist order directing the City of Santa Monica to suspend its ban by the close of business today. The city has yet to respond to the order, and the FAA appears prepared to enforce its directive – a hearing on the matter is listed in the docket for the issues to be considered today by California's Central District Court. In spite of this development, operators should consider the ban in effect until withdrawn, and those using Category C and D aircraft at the airport while the ban is in effect could be subject to substantial fines. NBAA will continue to monitor the situation and report all new developments. For more information, visit:

GBAA to Hold Annual Meeting This Friday
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold its annual meeting and fundraiser on Friday, May 2 at the Marriott Stone Mountain Evergreen Resort. As in the past, a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the GBAA scholarship program. The association currently is offering various scholarships to students and aviation professionals. College and technical school scholarships are available to graduates of Georgia high schools pursuing a career as an aviation management professional, aviation maintenance technician or professional pilot. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit:

Westchester Aviation Association to Host Annual Luncheon in NY
The Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) will host its 4th Annual Business Aviation Community Luncheon on May 6 at 11:00 a.m. on Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. The event, open to both members and non-members of the WAA, showcases the value of local airports and the local aviation community's support for education, safety, security and the environment. Former astronaut and Aviation Week President Tom Henricks will be the featured speaker and, with Bruce Whitman, president and CEO of FlightSafety International, will present the Donald D. Engen Scholarship Award, which is awarded annually to the top student in the graduating class of Aviation High School in Queens, NY. To attend, contact WAA's Margaret Walsh For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Arizona Group Will Host 1st Annual Safety Day Next Month
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) will host its 1st Annual Safety Day on Tuesday, May 13, when NBAA Vice President of Safety & Security Doug Carr will outline the Association's safety initiatives. The event also will feature Catherine Fish, national accident prevention counselor, who will discuss decision-making and human factors; Richard Komarniski of Grey Owl, who will address maintenance and safety management systems; and Timothy McCulloch of Baird Williams & Greer LLP, who will review safety risks and regulatory issues. In addition, Medaire will sponsor a raffle, where one attendee will win a global positioning system. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Southern Colorado Regional Group to Feature EFB Presentation on May 21
Jeppesen – a digital aggregator of data and content for the aviation industry – will send two representatives, Mark Ruger and Chai Navanich, to address the current state of electronic charting and electronic flight bags (EFBs) at the Southern Colorado Business Aviation Luncheon in Colorado Springs, CO. Navanich has extensive experience developing integrated software applications for avionics systems used in multiple aircraft, including the recently certified Pilatus PC-12. The luncheon will be held at the Colorado Springs Airport Radisson Hotel on May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Chic Myers at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Baldwin Aviation

Last Chance to Participate in 2008 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The deadline to participate in the 2008 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is this Thursday, May 1. This survey was developed to help NBAA Member Representatives and company salary administrators evaluate their flight departments by providing a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. Member Companies can learn about company backgrounds and composite results of individual position salary data; flight department information, such as size, policies and manuals utilized; budget and tax information; and maintenance details, including hours and days out of service and types of inspections performed. All NBAA Member Representatives for companies that operate aircraft are eligible to participate. To begin the survey, visit:>

Preparation Well Underway for EBACE2008 in Geneva This May
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008) – the flagship forum for the European business aviation community – will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20 to 22. Agenda highlights include the 2nd Annual European Safety Standdown, hosted by Bombardier, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA; an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations Workshop; a session entitled "Business Aviation and the Environment – Setting the Standard," moderated by Brian Humphries, president of the EBAA; and numerous Maintenance & Operations Sessions. In addition, nearly 300 Exhibitors featuring the latest products and services available in business aviation today will be on-site at the Geneva PALEXPO, where over 11,000 Attendees are expected. To learn more about EBACE2008, visit:

NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum to Include Session on Flights for Candidates
In this election year, the NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Forum will include a session on providing flights for political candidates, which will cover the use of business aircraft for charitable purposes and the rules and tax consequences for carriage of political candidates. Additional sessions will cover Internal Revenue Service "hobby loss" rules to provide information on how to preserve tax deductions for aircraft involved in small or start-up businesses, federal aviation regulations and taxes, state aviation taxes, fuel excise taxes and the various non-business uses of general aviation aircraft. The event will be held at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York, NY on May 30.

13th Annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference Will Have Global Focus
The 13th Annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference will take place from June 27 to 28 in Tucson, AZ. The theme for this year's event is "Going Global, New Challenges for Today's Flight Attendants." Keynote speaker Terri Morrison, author of several books on cultural issues involved in doing business in different countries, will offer guidelines for successfully serving international travelers. Additional session topics will include global health challenges for crew and passengers, international catering etiquette and fatigue issues for international crews. To register online or review the agenda, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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