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NBAA Update #08-39
Monday, September 29, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Congress Passes Another FAA Funding Extension, NBAA Underscores Need for Multi-Year Reauthorization
NBAA last week urged Congress to use the time provided by a new extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding to complete work on FAA reauthorization as soon as possible. The extension funds the FAA through March 31, 2009. "NBAA applauds Congress for the progress already made on FAA reauthorization, and this funding extension is important for allowing airport projects and other FAA programming to continue," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "At the same time, we think it's also important for Congress to send to the President, as soon as possible, a completed reauthorization package that provides long-term stability and builds on the work already being done to modernize America's aviation system." To view full press release, visit:

House Aviation Panel Reviews Runway Safety Issues
The House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing last week to review progress on efforts to improve runway safety. The hearing comes in the wake of several highly publicized runway incursions, including some involving general aviation. Members of the subcommittee noted that some progress had been made to reduce runway incursions, but urged the aviation community and the FAA to maintain a focus on improving runway safety. Specifically, subcommittee members called for a continued emphasis on pilot fatigue, greater voluntary safety reporting and increased air traffic controller participation in safety efforts. Hank Krakowski, head of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, outlined progress in deploying new runway incursion technologies, and he commended NBAA and other stakeholder organizations for working to improve runway safety awareness. For more information on the hearing, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

Federal Regulators, Industry Leaders to Present at NBAA2008
Attendees at NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) will hear from industry leaders on business aviation's most relevant topics. International Civil Aviation Organization President Roberto Kobeh González will give the keynote address at the Opening General Session, taking place on Monday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. in room S230A of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, followed by political couple James Carville and Mary Matalin. The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will deliver the keynote at the NBAA Safety Committee Town Hall on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room S310E. In addition, NBAA2008 will feature aviation safety and regulatory officials from the FAA and the Department of Transportation at a special "Meet the Regulators" session on Wednesday, October 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in room S320EF. To review the full program for NBAA2008, visit:

NBAA2008 Press Conference Schedule Announced
NBAA Press Rooms will be located in N220E, N220F and N220G in the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center, and will open on Sunday, October 5, at 8:00 a.m. (one day before NBAA2008 begins). Press Conference slots are still available for the NBAA Press Conference Rooms. In an effort to direct members of the press and guests to the appropriate locations, the Association asks that any Exhibitors holding press events at their booths to contact NBAA's Maureen Cameron at To review the press events schedule online, visit:

Students Welcomed to Florida Aviation Day at NBAA2008
NBAA2008 will feature Florida Aviation Day on Wednesday, October 8, to introduce students to the business aviation industry and highlight the opportunities and benefits of careers in business aviation. An introductory session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., where NBAA will welcome university students from across the state of Florida. In honor of Florida Aviation Day, university students presenting a valid student ID, and employees with NBAA Member Companies based in Florida can attend NBAA2008 for free on Wednesday, which includes entry into the exhibit hall and the Static Display of Aircraft. Shuttle buses to the static display will be available throughout the day. For more information, visit:

NBAA2008 Online News Bureau to Provide Coverage During Show
The NBAA2008 Online News Bureau will provide continuous online multimedia coverage of NBAA2008 directly from the show floor on Sunday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 8. During this time, the NBAA2008 web site will become a virtual portal for all key events, featuring stories and multimedia, including photos, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations. To follow highlights from the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show as they unfold, visit the Online News Bureau during NBAA2008:

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Regional News
California Budget Bill Eliminates 90-Day Use Tax Exemption
The current California tax regulations provide for an exemption from use tax for aircraft that are purchased outside of the state and brought back into California more than 90 days after purchase. In an effort to close a major budget shortfall, the state looked for ways to generate additional revenue. The state's new budget, recently signed by the Governor, will change the use tax exemption period from 90 days to one year. With this change, aircraft entering California within the first year after purchase could be subject to the state's use tax; some aircraft owners may qualify for tax exemptions. The NBAA website will provide Members with additional information on this change, such as the effective date, as it becomes available. For additional information visit:

Florida Airspace Redesign to Be Implemented
On September 25, as part of the Florida West Coast Airspace Redesign (FLOWCAR) Project, eight new area navigation (RNAV) arrival and departure procedures were published, with implementation to take place on September 30. Airports and their new procedures include Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL) JINGL ONE STAR; Miami International Airport (MIA) SSCOT ONE STAR; Palm Beach International (PBI) WLACE ONE STAR; Southwest Florida International (RSW) CSHEL ONE SID, SHFTY ONE STAR and TYNEE ONE STAR; Boca Raton (BCT) PRRIE ONE STAR; and Naples Municipal (APF) and Marco Island (MKY) PIKKR TWO STAR and SHFTY ONE STAR. Numerous other arrival and departure procedures for these airports are being modified or deleted. For more information, visit the NBAA web site at:

SRQ Airport RNAV Procedures Kick-Off Meeting Coming Soon
The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) RNAV Procedures Kick-Off Meeting will be held in three sessions from November 5 to 6 on the airport at 1123 General Spaatz Boulevard in Sarasota, FL. The first session on November 5 will include an 18-step RNAV development process and a discussion of the benefits of RNAV standard instrument departures (SIDs) and standard terminal arrival routes (STARs). The second session, also on November 5, will focus on developing a draft of RNAV SIDs/STARs for SRQ. Session three on November 6 will continue the development workshop and is open to operational air traffic control personnel and airport users who wish to provide input. For more information, contact the FAA's Jack Schroeter at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

First Annual Salt Lake Business Aviation Safety Day, Nov. 5
The greater Salt Lake City business aviation steering committee invites operators to participate in the upcoming Business Aviation Safety Day, to be held at Million Air Salt Lake City on Wednesday, November 5. Topics will include winter operations for ground and flightcrews, runway safety for business aviation operators and safety standdown fundamentals. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be a featured speaker at the event, along with Patrick Morley of the Utah Division of Aeronautics, Walter Randa of Leading Edge, the FAA's Mike Meigs and L.J. Aviation's Bob Agostino. For more information, check future issues of NBAA Update or contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Business Aviation Lends a Hand in Hurricane-Ravaged Texas
In the wake of Hurricane Ike, as Texas communities continue to recover from damage caused by the storm, the business aviation community has played an important role in helping authorities with relief and recovery efforts. Employees at airports and fixed-base operators (FBOs) worked through the storm to keep their operations running so that emergency responders were able to get in and out as needed. Million Air, an FBO and charter jet franchise located at Houston William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) just southeast of the city, made sure their new natural gas generator was up and running right after the storm passed, powering their pumps and enabling them to provide fuel to relief workers. To read a web article with more information, visit:

The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser on Monday, October 20 in Herndon, VA. As in years past, a portion of the proceeds from this event will support GWBAA's scholarship and charitable activities. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at [] or visit: " class="head">GWBAA Annual Meeting and Fundraiser, Oct. 20
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser on Monday, October 20 in Herndon, VA. As in years past, a portion of the proceeds from this event will support GWBAA's scholarship and charitable activities. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

SFBAA Annual Meeting and Fundraiser in Boca Raton This Month
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser on Friday, October 24 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL. As in the past, a portion of the proceeds from this event will support the association's scholarship and charitable activities. For more information, contact SFBAA's Tracy Gough at or visit:

NBAA Supports Local Efforts for Bird's Nest Airport Revitalization
NBAA and the local business community in Austin, TX have been working to support the revitalization of Bird's Nest Airport, just 15 minutes east of downtown Austin. The revitalization effort began last September, when Ron Henriksen, developer and owner of Houston Executive Airport (TME), purchased Bird's Nest with the goal of developing it into a new reliever airport for Austin. The Texas capital is a thriving high tech hub, and the revitalization of Bird's Nest is expected to help attract major tech investors and companies. NBAA's Southwest Region Regional Representative Steve Hadley has led an effort to gather local government support for the redevelopment. The revitalization efforts are profiled in the most recent issue of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official Member newsletter. To read the full article, visit:

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Don't Miss NBAA Scholarship Announcements
In conjunction with NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, Association staff will hold a press conference on Tuesday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in room N220A at the Orange County Convention Center to announce NBAA scholarship recipients for 2008. Scholarships will include the Alan Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, David Ewald Journalism Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Scholarship, Nordam Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, USAIG PDP Scholarship, Janice K. Barden Scholarship and William Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. To learn more, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at or visit:

NBAA, Volunteers to Build Playground in Orlando This Saturday
More than 200 volunteers from NBAA Member Companies and the aviation community have already signed up to join NBAA and KaBOOM!, a national non-profit group, to build a new aviation-themed playground at Hollowbrook Apartments in Orlando, FL. The volunteer event, NBAA Build 2008, will be held on Saturday, October 4, in conjunction with NBAA2008. Hollowbrook Apartments is home to over 200 children needing a safe place to play. Designs for the playground came from the children themselves who have only outdated equipment to play on. Many local businesses are lending their support but volunteers are still needed as the playground will be built in one day. Buses will transport volunteers between the Orange County Convention Center and the build site. For more information, visit:

Not Too Late to Register for NBAA2008 PDP Workshops
Those planning to attend NBAA2008 are invited to register now for pre- and post-Convention Professional Development Program (PDP) Workshops. All workshops are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center. On Saturday, the Record Keeping and Regulatory Compliance Workshop, presented by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will be held in room S320E. The Emergency Response Planning Workshop and the Flight Operations Manual Workshop will be two-day Workshops taking place in rooms S320A and S320B, respectively, on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday also will feature a course on Goal Achievement and Conducting Valuable Performance Reviews in room S320E. Thursday will feature the Technical Operations – Policy & Procedures Manual Development Course in room S320B and the Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments two-day Workshop will take place on Thursday and Friday in room S320A. Learn more at:

Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference This Weekend
Registration is still open for the NBAA 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, which will be held this weekend from October 4 to 5 at the Orange County Convention Center, and immediately followed by NBAA2008. The business aviation community could be significantly impacted by proposed regulatory changes from the FAA, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department Of Transportation. 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 to Feature S & D Networking Opportunity, Oct. 6
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee will host a networking event at NBAA2008 on Monday, October 6. Aviation professionals are invited to come and learn more about available NBAA scholarships, training awards and professional development opportunities. In addition, there will be a preview of events planned for the upcoming 20th Anniversary S&D Conference in Long Beach, CA, which will be held from January 14 to 16, 2009. All Attendees at the networking event can be entered to win door prizes, including a free registration to the 2009 S&D Conference and complimentary online access to Conference video proceedings, part of NBAA's On-Demand Education Program. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. in room S310G at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at or visit:

NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Program Update Will be Offered at NBAA2008
The NBAA2008 schedule will include an update on the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program, on Monday, October 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The panel discussion will explain how to prepare for the CAM Exam and become a Certified Aviation Manager. Topics will include qualifying for and completing the CAM application, studying for the exam and what to expect when sitting for the exam. Aviation professionals who want to take their careers to the next level are encouraged to attend and have their questions answered. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at or Sarah Wolf at, or visit:

Registration Still Open for NBAA 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic
It's not too late to register for the NBAA 12th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament, taking place on Saturday, October 4 at the ChampionsGate Golf Resort in ChampionsGate, FL. NBAA Chairman of the Board Jeff 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. To learn more, contact NBAA's Benjamin Schwalen at: To register online visit:

NBAA Board Revises Bylaws
The Association's Board of Directors recently approved restated NBAA Bylaws, which incorporated several amendments, including those proposed by prior Boards, but not formally adopted. The changes were designed to ensure that quorum requirements tied to the attendance of Corporate Members at Board meetings would not prevent the conduct of business. The current NBAA Bylaws may be reviewed at:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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