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NBAA Update #08-36
Monday, September 08, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Boyer and Saling Announced as Recipients of NBAA's Highest Honors
The Board of Directors of NBAA has announced the recipients of the Association's annual Meritorious Service to Aviation and John P. "Jack" Doswell Awards. Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, will receive the 2008 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation, and George Saling, former vice president of Aviation & Travel Services for Altria Corporate Services, Inc., will receive the 2008 NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award. "NBAA is proud to recognize these two outstanding members of the aviation community for their tireless leadership efforts and dedication to enhancing the industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Boyer and Saling will receive their awards during NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008), to be held from October 6 to 8 in Orlando, FL. Read the full press release at:

Sumwalt to Be Safety Town Hall Meeting Keynoter at NBAA2008
The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NBAA2008 Attendees at the NBAA Safety Committee Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Room S310E of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. He will discuss the value of safety management systems for business aviation. Sumwalt, who last month concluded a two-year term as vice chairman of the board, was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years as an airline pilot with Piedmont Airlines and then US Airways. He logged over 14,000 flight hours and earned type ratings in five aircraft before retiring from the airline in 2005. Learn more about Sumwalt at:

FAA Reminds Operators to Carry Certified Copy of Air Carrier Certificate
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an information for operators (InFO) notice regarding the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for commercial operators to carry a certified copy of their air operator certificate onboard any aircraft operated internationally. In order to meet the ICAO standards, the FAA recommends that operators carry a copy of their air carrier certificate and the associated authorizations, conditions and limitations, when conducting international operations. The InFO notice contains a link to an ICAO document that provides additional information on how operators can certify their certificate. For additional information, view the InFO notice:

Operators Receiving NavCanada GST Invoices
NavCanada has begun sending invoices to business aircraft operators applying a five percent goods and services tax (GST) on air navigation service charges. While NBAA disagrees with the applicability of the tax, the Canadian Revenue Authority (CRA) is asserting that only commercial operations are exempt from GST. The CRA has assessed the tax to NavCanada, which is now attempting to recover payments from aircraft operators. NBAA is working with the Canadian Business Aviation Association to counter this assertion. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

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Regional News
Santa Monica Proceeds With Appeals of FAA Injunction
The City of Santa Monica is proceeding with a challenge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and an administrative appeal of FAA orders prohibiting the city's attempted aircraft ban. Earlier this year, the Santa Monica City Council attempted to implement an ordinance prohibiting category C and D jet aircraft from operating at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The FAA issued an interim order that temporarily prohibited Santa Monica from enforcing the ban while the agency considered a final order based on whether the ban exceeded Santa Monica's authority. Santa Monica unsuccessfully challenged the interim order, and has appealed the court's decision in favor of the FAA. NBAA has continually kept Members advised of the situation; to read an updated web article with the latest developments on SMO, visit:

NBAA to Host Business Aviation Regional Forum in Massachusetts
NBAA will host its next Business Aviation Regional Forum on Wednesday, September 10 on Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. The one-day event will feature approximately 60 Exhibitors, 30 aircraft on static display and hundreds of Attendees. Sessions will focus on the top issues facing business aviation today, such as current regulations and the threat and error management systems approach to safety. In addition, representatives from NBAA's GA Desk and the FAA will be on hand to answer questions on air traffic management procedures and policies in the Northeast region. To register or learn more, visit:

Las Vegas McCarran to Have Runway Closure; Plan Accordingly
Runway 25L/07R at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) is scheduled to 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 rates, and delays in and out of the airport are likely during the construction. Various traffic management initiatives including miles in trail, ground stops and ground delay programs are anticipated. Nearby alternate airports are Henderson Executive (HND) and North Las Vegas (VGT). Both have modern facilities and reliable ground transportation options, and it is likely that delays can be reduced significantly by utilizing one of these alternate airports. Additional details can be found at:

NBAA, NJAA to Testify Before State Legislature on Behalf of GA
NBAA will join the New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) on September 22 in testifying before the New Jersey Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee on the importance of general aviation (GA) to the state. In New Jersey, as in many other states, GA airports, and particularly private-owned/public-use GA airports, have increasingly been affected by local community land use and access issues. During testimony, NBAA and NJAA intend to provide the New Jersey legislature with a better understanding of general aviation and request that the legislature address issues affecting GA airports in the state, such as eminent domain and taxes. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

SFBAA to Hold Third Quarter Meeting in Palm Beach
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its third quarter general membership meeting at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on September 17. Guest speaker Len Knight, a Palm Beach International Airport tower and area controller, will discuss current local airspace philosophy and procedures, with a Q&A session following the presentation. The meeting will take place at the Galaxy Aviation FBO at 3800 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and refreshments will be provided by Silver Lining Catering. Attendees should RSVP to SFBAA's Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

FAA Will Hold Customer Focus Meeting This Month at BOS
The FAA Northeast District will hold a Boston Customer Focus Meeting on September 17 at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). FAA Customer Focus Meetings facilitate discussions between the agency and the local aviation community about operational concerns. The meeting will be held in the Massport Media Room at BOS, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP by September 10, and include their name, address, e-mail address and any agenda requests, to the FAA's Ray German at raymond.german-

NFBAA Meeting in Jacksonville Scheduled for Sept. 24
The North Florida Business Aviation Association will hold a meeting at the SheltAir Building on September 24 at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), located at 14600 Whirlwind Avenue, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., when NBAA Southeast Regional Representative Harry Houckes will provide an update on issues in the business aviation community. J.B. Renninger, director of Jacksonville's Aviation Center of Excellence, will also make a presentation. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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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:

Don't Miss Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference
Registration is open for the 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, offered in conjunction with NBAA2008. The Conference will be held from October 4 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center. Current regulatory changes from the FAA, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Transportation could have significant impact on the business aviation community. The annual two-day event is designed to help flight department personnel and their advisors gain a better understanding of how various tax laws and aviation regulations apply to business aircraft operations.

NBAA2008 Will Feature Several Charity Events
The NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando will feature several charity events hosted by the Association. Events include the NBAA2008 Playground Build, in partnership with the national non-profit group KaBOOM!, on Saturday, October 4; the 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament at the ChampionsGate Golf Club, also on Saturday, October 4; and the NBAA Charities Gala, featuring entertainment by The Blues Brothers and the 4th Annual Live and Silent Auctions, at the Rosen Centre Hotel on Tuesday, October 7. To register for these events or for more information, visit:

Convention Sessions to Cover a Host of Critical Topics
NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention will include an array of Information Sessions offering something for business aviation professionals in every segment of the industry. Topics will include the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, very light jets, the future of aviation maintenance, environmental issues impacting business aviation, operational control for Part 91 and Part 135, emergency response planning and much more. To review the full program schedule for NBAA2008, visit:

Make Plans Now to Attend the 2009 S&D Conference, Reserve Housing
Business aviation professionals with responsibilities for the scheduling and dispatching function are invited to attend NBAA's 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, which will take place next year from January 13 to 16 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA. Housing for this year's event will be handled by the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Online reservations for both Attendees and Exhibitors can be made through the S&D Conference web page. For more information, or to register and make housing arrangements, 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 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 14–16, 2009, Long Beach, CA

NBAA Leadership Conference
February 18–19, 2009, New Orleans, LA

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

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