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NBAA Update #08-24
Monday, June 16, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen's Letter Challenges USA Today's One-Sided Coverage of VLJs
In response to a recent USA Today story that cast a negative light on very light jets (VLJs), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week sent a response letter challenging several claims made in the story. "The USA Today article omitted key facts about the impact VLJs will – or most likely, won't – have on the nation's aviation system," Bolen's letter said. "It's unfortunate that the newspaper gave such negative, one-sided treatment to the introduction of these aircraft, which have captured the imagination and excitement of people across the industry." To read Bolen's letter, which appeared in the June 11 edition of USA Today, visit:

Bolen to Participate in Washington Forum Focusing on Rising Fuel Costs
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will provide his perspective on the challenges facing the general aviation community over spiking fuel costs at a one-day summit of aviation industry leaders focusing on the issue. Bolen will be joined by panelists from other aviation organizations, including the American Association of Airport Executives, Air Transport Association, International Air Transport Association and Regional Airline Association. The event, scheduled for July 10 in Washington, DC, also will include leaders from Congress, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). To review the program for the event, and to register, visit:

NBAA Expresses Concern Over Proposed IRS Deduction and Capitalization Rules
Last week, NBAA filed comments on regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that would modify guidance regarding the deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property. NBAA expressed concern about a number of issues including the deductibility of routine maintenance and inspections, deductions for repairs on previously owned aircraft and IRS guidance on the restoration of property. NBAA's comments provided the IRS with a number of suggestions that would ensure equitable treatment of general aviation aircraft under the proposed rules. For more information, review NBAA's comments at:

NBAA's Jeff Lee, Dean Saucier Recognized by FAA, DOT for Local Efforts
Last week, the FAA and DOT honored NBAA Board Chairman Jeff Lee with the Extraordinary Service Award and NBAA Northeastern Regional Representative Dean Saucier with the Team Spirit Award for the Eastern region. Lee was commended for his outstanding support and oversight of the Westchester Aviation Aerospace Education Expo held last October, when over 1,000 students from local schools were in attendance at the two-day event. Saucier, along with the Teterboro User Group (TUG), were recognized for their efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of the Teterboro 5 Departure. To learn more about NBAA's regional support and initiatives, or how to contact a regional representative, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Leading Challenge to Proposed Burbank Airport Curfew
Last week, NBAA filed strenuous objections to a proposed nighttime curfew for Bob Hope Airport (BUR), being considered by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The curfew is subject to the FAA's Part 161 procedures, requiring the authority to prepare a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the restrictions, and to solicit comments on the analysis from all interested stakeholders. NBAA's comments were among those submitted; if the authority wishes to proceed after reviewing the comments, it must submit its curfew proposal and analysis directly to the FAA. The proposal cannot become effective unless the FAA determines that it meets several statutory standards and satisfies the FAA's "balanced approach" to aircraft noise mitigation. "NBAA has prevailed in challenges similar to this one in the past, and we will continue to voice our opposition to a curfew for Bob Hope Airport," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To review NBAA's comments and an online article with more details, visit:

First-Ever Houston Aviation Alliance Safety Day to Be Held This Week
The Houston Aviation Alliance (HAA) and NBAA will co-host the first annual Houston Safety Day on June 18. The event is targeted toward business aviation operators throughout the Houston region and will feature local, national and international speakers from various organizations, including the FAA, FlightSafety International, CAE SimuFlite, International Business Aviation Council, Aviation Research Group, Marathon Oil, Million Air and MedAir. Topics will include safety management system development, runway incursion prevention, fatigue and human factors, and best practices for flight and maintenance departments. The free all-day event will be held at the Enterprise Jet Center on Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), beginning with breakfastat 8:00 a.m. RSVP to HAA at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at, or visit:

NE Schedulers & Dispatchers to Meet June 25
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers (NESD) will host a lunch meeting on June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, NY. The event will include a presentation by MedAire entitled, "MedAire Travel Health Concerns Seminar." Instructor Ed Mackey will speak about key prevention strategies to mitigate health risks before departure. Drawing upon statistical evidence from more than 46,000 cases handled annually by MedAire, participants will learn to recognize and cope with potential threats, whether in flight or on the ground. The event will be held at Atlantic Aviation, located at 1032 First St., Building 112, New Windsor, NY. For more information, and to RSVP, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

CABAA Will Hold Roundtable Meeting on Maintenance
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a Maintenance Roundtable Meeting on Friday, June 20. The meeting, sponsored by Klein Tools, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Northbrook, located at 2875 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Northbrook, IL, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Topics will include manpower issues and FAA-regulation compliance. RSVP by 12:00 noon on June 19 to For more information, visit the CABAA web site at:

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NBAA2008 Schedule of Events Is Now Online
The program for the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) is now available online for review. NBAA2008 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Monday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 8, with a Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). The event will feature nearly 33,000 Attendees, over 1,200 Exhibitors, 120 aircraft on static display and over 100 Information Sessions. Additional highlights include the 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament and the NBAA Charities Gala, featuring entertainment by The Blues Brothers and the NBAA Annual Live and Silent Auctions. For more information, and to view the complete schedule, visit the NBAA2008 web site, at:

Several NBAA Scholarship Applications Due Aug. 1
Applications for five NBAA scholarships currently are available online: the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, which benefits students at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions; the NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, for students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the USAIG PDP Scholarship, for students at NBAA/UAA institutions offering NBAA's Professional Development Program; the William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, for students in airframe & powerplant (A&P) programs at approved Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147 schools; and the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, for undergraduates pursuing careers in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions. All applications are due August 1, and are available for download at:

Latest Issue of Maintenance Newsletter Now Online
Members can go online now to review the latest issue of NBAA Quick Turns, the Association's newsletter for maintenance professionals. Review a message from NBAA Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Janaitis of IBM Flight Operations, as well as a recap of the record-breaking 2008 Maintenance Management Conference, information on after-hours hangar safety procedures and an introduction to the newly established Aviation Standards Group Subcommittee. This issue began mailing at the start of the month, and maintenance professionals within the Membership will receive their issues soon, if they haven't already. Review the issue at:

NBAA On-Demand Education Offers Safety Resources From CASS
Proceedings presented at the 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), co-hosted by NBAA and Flight Safety Foundation in April, are now available for purchase as streaming video or CD-ROM. The CASS was initiated in 1955 to provide a forum for discussion and review of safety matters that are the focus of the business aviation community. Expert speakers include leaders of industry, operators and users, government officials and university researchers. Available recordings cover topics that focus on runway safety, smoke and fire risk mitigation, implementing a safety management system, airport wildlife hazards, threat and error management and others. For details, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
Flight Operations Manual Workshop
June 23–24, 2008, Tucson, AZ

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
June 25–26, 2008, Tucson, AZ

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

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, 2008, Tucson, AZ

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

12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
October 4, 2008, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Record Keeping and Regulatory Compliance
October 4, 2008, Orlando, FL

17th Annual NBAA Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Flight Operations Manual Workshop
October 4–5, 2008, Orlando, FL

PDP Course: Goal Achievement and Conducting Valuable Performance Reviews
October 5, 2008, Orlando, FL

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam
October 5, 2008, Orlando, FL

61st Annual Meeting & Convention
October 6–8, 2008, Orlando, FL

Maintenance Manual Workshop
October 9, 2008, Orlando, FL

Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
October 9–10, 2008, Orlando, FL

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