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NBAA Update #08-31
Monday, August 04, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Speaking Out on Fuel Costs
As fuel costs have reached record levels in recent weeks, NBAA has been urging Congress to take action on the issue. Last month, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined a panel of aviation industry leaders to call attention to the effects of rising fuel prices on general aviation. NBAA also joined the Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. NOW) coalition, whose members include commercial airlines, other general aviation groups and highway, agricultural and other interests. Most recently, NBAA joined more than a dozen organizations included in the coalition in signing a letter to congressional leaders urging the prompt passage of legislation that limits excessive speculation and encourages environmentally sound domestic production. NBAA has detailed its work on the issue, and made information available about the impact of high fuel costs for the industry in a background paper on the Association's web site, at:

NBAA Monitoring Developments Related to Last Week's Accident in MN
In a statement issued last week, NBAA extended its condolences to those involved in a tragic fatal accident that occurred near Degner Regional Airport (OWA) in Owatonna, MN. The Association has also made available to reporters information concerning the safety record for the industry. "While it is important to recognize the tragic nature of this accident, we also want to be sure that those outside the business aviation community understand and appreciate the strong historical safety record for the industry, which is comparable to that for the commercial airlines," said NBAA's Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations. "We also want to learn everything we can from events like this one, so that we can continually enhance the safety of our operations." NBAA makes products, services and guidance in support of operational safety available at:

FAA Seeking Comments on EFB Operational Authorization Process
Part 135 and 91K operators utilizing electronic flight bag (EFB) computing devices are encouraged to review a draft of the EFB operational authorization process recently posted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The authorization process is designed for operators utilizing a Class 1 or 2 EFB with Type A or B software applications. Once formally approved, FAA principal inspectors will use this process to issue the appropriate operations or management specifications authorizing EFB use. Operators that have comments on the draft are encouraged to provide them to NBAA's Operations Service Group at To download the draft authorization process, visit:

NBAA Members Invited to Offer Airspace Feedback to FAA Via Online Tool
NBAA offers a valuable tool to assist operators seeking to provide feedback to the FAA regarding air traffic control and airspace issues. FAA Systems Operations has assigned directors of tactical operations (DTOs) to various regions of the U.S. These individuals are responsible, within their assigned regions, for oversight and customer service pertaining to National Airspace System operations. The NBAA web tool allows Members to simply click on a particular region, provide some background information and then submit their feedback directly to the appropriate DTO.

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA, Regional Groups Discuss Operational Proposals for NY Area
Although overall general aviation traffic in the New York area has declined in recent years, and business aviation makes use of small airports away from the big airline hubs, the industry continually works with stakeholders to consider ways to increase the efficiency of operations in the New York region. It's in that spirit that NBAA representatives and regional business aviation groups met to discuss the issue at a meeting on July 31 at the FAA's Eastern Region Headquarters. At the meeting, NBAA GA Desk Assistant Manager Dean Snell was joined by the FAA's Eastern Region Administrator Manny Weiss, Director of the New York Integration Office Marie Kennington-Gardiner, Director of Air traffic Systems Operations Carmine Gallo and Manager of Systems Operations, NY Air Route Traffic Control Center, Mike Golden, along with representatives from the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, Long Island Business Aviation Association, Morristown Aviation Association, Teterboro Users Group and Westchester Aviation Association. The meeting served as a starting point for similar future sessions focused on improvements to operational efficiency in the region. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Alaska Makes Plans to Accommodate Travelers to the Beijing Olympics
With Alaska currently at the height of its tourist season, fixed base operators (FBOs) at Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC) and Fairbanks International (AFA) have planned for anticipated traffic by blocking additional hotel rooms and acquiring extra crew cars and personnel. FBOs at both airports are primary tech-stops for travel between the U.S. and Asia, supporting international landing rights with the ability to handle all international needs including full Customs and Immigration. Operators are encouraged to check with FBO service providers in advance. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Register Now for the 2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown
Registration is open for the 2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown, in partnership with NBAA, the FAA and NTSB. This year's event will be held from October 20 to 23 in Kansas City, MO, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. As one of the leading business aviation safety events, the Bombardier Safety Standdown will focus on improving human performance in aviation. Attendance is limited and NBAA Members are encouraged to register early. Registration will close on September 17. To register and for additional information, visit:

Colorado Group to Hold Aviation Insurance Roundtable
The Southern Colorado Business Aviation Regional Group will hold an insurance roundtable at its luncheon on Wednesday, August 20. The meeting will be held at the Colorado Springs Airport Radisson from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when industry experts will discuss various segments of aviation insurance, such as hangar and hull liability, the role of underwriters, competition in the marketplace and risk management. To RSVP, contact Chic Myers at or NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Baldwin Aviation

In NBAA's July/August Newsletter: Business Aviation Keeps Schwan Food Company Connected
NBAA Member Schwan Food Company, based in the small southwestern Minnesota town of Marshall (pop. 13,000), has long understood how important transportation links are for remote communities. Thanks to the company's Beech 1900, which makes the 40-minute flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) and Marshall's Ryan Field (MML) twice daily, the connection between the small town and the major airline hub is quick and easy. The family-owned company, which was founded in 1952, became famous for the yellow home delivery trucks that first distributed ice cream to rural customers who had just been connected to the electrical power grid. The company is profiled in the most recent edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official Member newsletter mailing to Members now. To review the online edition, visit:

NBAA, BBA/Signature Flight Support and KaBoom! Join for NBAA Playground Build 2008 Design Day
NBAA, BBA/Signature Flight Support and KaBOOM! – a national non-profit group – recently came together with local Orlando residents to plan the design for a new aviation-themed playground that will be built in conjunction with the Association's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008). Over 75 children and 50 adults from the Hollowbrook Apartments neighborhood provided ideas and selected components for the playground, which will be built in one day with help from NBAA's Member Companies and community residents. Nearly 300 volunteers will be needed to make NBAA Build 2008 a success. Gary Boekenkamp, vice president, strategy and business development, BBA Aviation, will serve as the Local Project Chair for NBAA Build 2008. Those in attendance will receive a free t-shirt, sponsored by BBA/Signature, and help make the community brighter for the children of this community by giving them a safe place to play. To become a volunteer, or for more information, visit:

Several Professional Development Workshops to Be Offered at NBAA2008
Those planning to attend NBAA2008, which will take place in Orlando, FL from Monday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 8, may also register for pre- and post-Convention professional development Workshops. The Workshops include Emergency Response Planning, designed to help companies prepare and update emergency plans to effectively respond to an aviation-related crisis; Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments, which will provide flight department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance and basic management practices, and with tools for daily flight management; and Flight Operations Manual will prepare attendees to draft an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations-compliant flight manual. To register for the Convention and related Workshops, visit:

Become an NBAA2008 Sponsor
Several sponsorship opportunities are available for this year's NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, offering exposure to hundreds of industry professionals. Options for sponsorship include networking receptions, Convention tote bags and "you are here" Convention floor displays. All sponsorships provide opportunities to display company messages and logos. To become a sponsor, or to learn more, contact NBAA's Kirby Konz at For more information, visit the official NBAA2008 web site at:

Make Housing and Travel Reservations Online Now for NBAA2008
NBAA2008 hotel rates have been negotiated by NBAA to give Attendees the lowest rates at official show hotels; no pre-payment for hotel reservations; immediate confirmations; the option to update or cancel hotel reservations online without fees or penalties; and descriptions, photos and maps to aid in choosing hotels. To make housing and travel reservations online, visit the NBAA2008 housing web site at:

Save the Date for NBAA's Upcoming Annual Events
Dates and locations have been set for NBAA's largest annual events through 2010. Interested members of the business aviation community can make plans now to attend these events. The NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference will be held from January 14 to 16, 2009, in Long Beach, CA; the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009) will be held from February 11 to 12, 2009, in Hong Kong; NBAA's Inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009) will be held from March 12 to 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA; and the 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be held from May 12 to 14, 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. For a full list of dates and locations, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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

NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference
March 12–14, 2009

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