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NBAA Update #08-33
Monday, August 18, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Reminds News Outlets of Security Measures Already in Place for GA
Following a front-page USA Today story published last week about the Transportation Security Administration's ongoing review of general aviation (GA) security measures, NBAA reminded inquiring reporters that security is a top priority for the industry, and a host of measures have been put in place since the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure that aircraft, airports and passengers are safe and secure. "Some of the measures that have been introduced, for instance, include government cross-checks of the records of pilots and aircraft against terrorist watch lists," NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard told CBS radio news for a story that aired on CBS affiliates across the country. While NBAA will continue emphasizing with federal officials that any new policies must balance the need for security with mobility, the Association will also keep working to ensure that news organizations are aware of the security measures already in place. To review NBAA's background paper on the issue, visit:

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2008
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from July 1 to December 31. These data are necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. The data also are needed to impute the income of the traveling employee, as required by the IRS Rules Section 1.61-21(g). NBAA Members may access the SIFL rates and NBAA's personal use calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of personal trips, at:

ADIZ Familiarization Training Mandated for Pilots
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week issued a final rule that requires all pilots flying under visual flight rules within 60 nautical miles of the Washington (DCA) VOR to undergo the online special awareness training for the Washington, DC-metropolitan area. Pilots must be in compliance with this rule by February 9, 2009 and able to present their certificate of completion of the course at the request of an authorized representative of the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board or TSA or any federal, state or local law enforcement officer. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

New Resource Reviews Changes in Aviation Insurance Marketplace
In a new article available on NBAA's web site, insurance broker Stuart Hope reports that increased competition in the aviation insurance marketplace is benefiting aircraft owners and operators. For many years, three major companies wrote insurance policies for business aircraft owners. Recently, a number of well-capitalized and respected companies have decided to enter the marketplace. As a result of this increased competition, aircraft owners may be able to obtain lower premiums, increased coverage limits and additional coverage options that were previously unavailable.

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Closing of Las Vegas McCarran Runway to Cause Delays
Runway 25L/07R at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) will be closed from November 1, 2008 until May 1, 2009 due to construction. The runway closure is expected to have a major impact on arrival and departure frequency, and delays in and out of the airport are likely during construction. Various traffic management initiatives including miles in trail, ground stops and ground delay programs are anticipated. Alternate airports nearby are Henderson Executive (HND) or North Las Vegas (VGT). Both have modern facilities and ground transportation options with no extended ground delays. Additional details will be posted on the NBAA web site in the next few weeks. Learn more at:

Special Traffic Management Programs in Effect for College Football Games
The FAA has implemented special traffic management programs (STMPs) for the 2008 college football season, including all home games for Virginia Tech, Penn State and Notre Dame. Arrival slots will be required during Virginia Tech and Penn State games, and departure slots will be required during Notre Dame games. STMPs also will be in place for three Arkansas home games, for which arrival slots will be required. Details including affected airports and the dates and times that arrival and departure slots will be required can be found on the FAA e-STMP web page at:

Members Invited to FAA Houston Meeting Next Month
NBAA Members are encouraged to attend an FAA Houston-area customer focus meeting on September 9 at the Continental In-Flight Training Center, located at 4375 Wright Road next to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The meeting, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will focus on operations in the Houston area and feature presentations from FAA management on the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system, fuel issues, metric analysis, effects of required navigation performance, hurricane plans and construction at IAH and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The meeting will be followed by a tour of air traffic control facilities at IAH. RSVP by September 5 to the FAA's Lisa Smalley at For more information, contact NBAA'S Steve Hadley at

PNBAA Meeting to Feature Guest Speaker on Recovery of Lost Aircraft
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will hold its next meeting on September 18 at the Museum of Flight at King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA. There will be a featured presentation on "Glacier Girl," a P-38 lost under an ice cap in Greenland during World War II. Bob Cardin, former project manager for the recovery and restoration of the aircraft, will provide a detailed insight into the five-year effort and relate the story of the historic mission of the P-38's "Lost Squadron." Additional notices on the upcoming meeting will be available on the PNBAA web site and via NBAA Update in the coming weeks. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Next IBAA Meeting to Be Held Sept. 18
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold its next luncheon meeting on Thursday, September 18 on Boise Airport (BOI) in Hangar 4 at Western Aircraft from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Idaho-based Quest Aircraft Company, will feature a static display of the company's recently certified KODIAK aircraft, a 10-place single-engine turboprop utility airplane. RSVP to IBAA's Bob Martin at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Baldwin Aviation

Last Chance to Apply for CAM Exam Offered at NBAA2008
This Thursday, August 21, is the deadline to apply for the paper-based Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam that will be administered on October 5, in conjunction with NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in Orlando, FL. The CAM credential is considered the highest recognition for business aviation professionals. Through certification, individuals demonstrate their commitment to the safety, security and effective management of business aviation. Qualification to take the exam is based on a combination of education, work experience and industry involvement. Participation in NBAA events offered throughout the year counts toward qualification for the exam as well as recertification. To learn more or begin the application process, visit:

Register Online Now for NBAA 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic
The NBAA 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 4 at the ChampionsGate Golf Resort in ChampionsGate, FL. NBAA Chairman of the Board Jeffrey W. Lee will preside over this year's tournament, which will be held in conjunction with NBAA2008. All proceeds will benefit NBAA Charities. Nearly $400,000 has been raised for various aviation-related charities since the Charity Classic's founding in 1997. The player fee for this year's tournament is $295, and foursomes can be purchased for $1,180. In addition, several sponsorship opportunities are available. To become a sponsor or learn more, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at Register online now to play in this year's Charity Classic at:

Several PDP Workshops to Be Offered at NBAA2008
Those planning to attend NBAA2008 are invited to register for pre- and post-Convention Professional Development Program (PDP) Workshops. The Emergency Response Planning Workshop is designed to help companies prepare and update emergency plans to effectively respond to an aviation-related crisis. Geared toward flight department managers, Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments will provide flight department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance and basic management practices, and valuable tools for daily flight management. The Flight Operations Manual Workshop will be offered to prepare Attendees to draft an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations-compliant flight manual. To register for the Convention and related workshops, 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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