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NBAA Update #08-02
Monday, October 07, 2008

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NBAA2008 News
Day Two of NBAA2008 Concludes With 30,000 On Hand
At the close of the second day of the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in Orlando, FL, 30,164 people have registered for the show. This week, 1,100 Exhibiting Companies at the Orange County Convention Center are providing side-by-side comparisons of their products and services and a record-breaking 139 state-of-the-art business aircraft are being featured at the Static Display of Aircraft on nearby Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). In addition, more than 100 Information Sessions are being held on a wide range of topics of interest to the business aviation community. Get continuous news and highlights from the world's largest purely civil aviation at the NBAA2008 Online Convention News Bureau at:

NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention Kicks Off With Media Breakfast
The most exciting three days of the year for the business aviation industry began yesterday in Orlando at the NBAA2008 Media Kickoff Breakfast. NBAA Chairman Jeffrey Lee opened the annual breakfast by discussing how the aviation community had come together before the start of the show to build a playground for area children at the Hollowbrook apartment complex, located near the Convention's Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). In addition, 220 golfers participated in the NBAA Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament, raising over $30,000 for NBAA Charities. "When we come together for a common cause, we can do great things," Lee said. To read the full web article, visit:

NBAA2008 Opening General Session Recognizes Trends, Issues and Contributions to Industry
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Attendees of the NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention at yesterday's Opening General Session, which featured distinguished speaker Roberto Kobeh González, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) president, along with Ron Kaplan, executive director of the National Aviation Association Hall of Fame, who announced this year's recipient of the Combs-Gates Award. To read the full web article, visit:

Matalin and Carville Give Political Commentary; FAA Administrator Cuts Ribbon
NBAA this year welcomed veteran political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville to speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA2008, offering their perspectives on this year's election, and marking the couple's second appearance at an NBAA Convention. To read the full web article, visit:


NBAA2008 Static Display Breaks Records With Cutting-Edge Aircraft
One of the highlights of NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention has always been the Static Display of Aircraft, but this year's display showcases more cutting-edge developments in business aviation than ever before, highlighting innovative aircraft and systems to help businesses ascend. The three-day event, being held at the Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), features a record-setting 139 aircraft, marking a significant increase of last year's 115 aircraft on static display at Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta. Displaying the most exciting aircraft in the marketplace, the static display offers NBAA2008 Attendees an unparalleled opportunity for a one-stop shopping experience to compare and contrast and discover what best suits their business needs. To read the full web article, visit:

Recipients of NBAA's Flying Safety Awards Honored at Convention Luncheon
The NBAA Flying Safety Awards were presented at an Awards Luncheon held during NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention to recognize leaders in safe flight, the industry's highest priority. Three NBAA Member companies were recognized for flying 50 or more years without an accident. Five more NBAA Members were honored for six accident-free decades of flight. "Flying for 50 or 60 years without an accident is truly a remarkable achievement," said NBAA's Doug Car, vice president, safety, security & regulation. "It is a pleasure to recognize the efforts of these companies who share NBAA's safety priorities." To read full web article, visit:

How Much Does It Cost Not to Have a Safety Management System?
By now, nearly everyone in the aviation industry has heard about the safety benefits that accrue to business aircraft operators who embrace the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the set of safety and professional best practices developed over the past six years by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, including NBAA. However, some may not have considered the business case for adopting the "gold standard" of business aviation safety management systems (SMSs). An informational session, held yesterday, shed light on the price paid by operators who did not have an SMS and experienced an accident. To read the full web article, visit:

NBAA Helps Business Aviation Professionals Ascend the Career Ladder
NBAA's commitment to promoting business aviation as a career and helping individuals already working in the industry to enhance their knowledge and professionalism is evident in the Association's scholarship program. NBAA offers more than a dozen awards that offer provide tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, as well as monetary and training awards for working professionals. Recipients of NBAA scholarships have reported that winning these awards have often provided career-changing experiences. To read the full web article, visit:

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NBAA's Security Council Working on New 'Positive Pilot ID' Program
NBAA's Security Council, which met on Saturday in conjunction with NBAA2008, is busy working with federal security officials to develop a trial program designed to confirm the identity of aviators at the controls of an aircraft in flight. The so-called "Positive Pilot Identification" Program, which could start by the year's end, would seek to validate the use of certain communication channels – such as the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) and satellite data link – to confirm that a pilot flying an aircraft is who he says he is. The pilot program would run for 60 to 90 days, and several NBAA Member flight departments have already volunteered to participate. To read the full web article, visit:

NBAA's Safety Committee Redefining VLJ "Mentor Pilot," Pursuing New Initiatives
Now that very light jets (VLJs) have been in service for some time, NBAA's Safety Committee, which met Saturday in conjunction with NBAA2008, has decided that it is time to revisit Section 3.5.1 of the NBAA Training Guidelines for Single-Pilot Operations of Very Light Jets and Technically Advanced Aircraft to see how advice for "mentor pilots" can be improved based on operational experience. Using input provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and others, the NBAA Safety Committee hopes to produce a rewrite by year-end. To read the full web article, visit:

NBAA2008 Safety Panelists Discuss Aircrew Training Challenges
Industry leaders discussed challenges facing flight departments in today's "NBAA Business Aviation Aircrew Training Challenges" session. The challenge, according to the experts, is the need for quicker and cost-effective training for pilots, but with an emphasis on best practices and procedure standards. "There are more challenges than ever before because the cockpits are such increasingly complex environments," said Casey Norman, chief pilot for Cargill. "There is also an increasing reliance on technology and people are less forgiving of human error now." To read the complete web article, visit:

Updates to the CAM Program Unveiled at NBAA2008
NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program continues to evolve and expand, providing business aviation professionals in every segment of the industry an opportunity to ascend in their careers. At NBAA2008, CAM Program leadership met to approve critical updates to the program. The CAM Governing Board met yesterday in Orlando to review and approve a new job analysis, which serves as the basis for the development of CAM certification exam. This comprehensive analysis, conducted by practioners in the field, provides a detailed job description for a CAM. To read the full web article, visit:

Schedulers Conference Offers Training Opportunities for All
The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee sponsored a networking opportunity yesterday afternoon at NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, in which leaders briefed Attendees about the upcoming NBAA 20th Annual S&D Conference, scheduled for January 13 through 16, 2009, in Long Beach, CA. The goal was to acquaint flight department managers with how the Conference will provide an expanding array of training, education, professional development and networking opportunities for all business aviation professionals, not just schedulers and dispatchers. To read the full web article, visit:

Flight Attendant Committee Pursuing Multiple Initiatives
NBAA's Flight Attendant Committee is moving forward on a number of projects designed to enhance the safety and efficiency of business aviation operations. Today, at NBAA2008, the Flight Attendants Committee held a public meeting where the committee continued formulating plans for its upcoming 2009 Flight Attendants Conference, scheduled for June 25 to 27 in New Orleans. Visitors were encouraged to come to the meeting to provide input. This year's NBAA 13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference was held on June 27 and 28 in Tucson, AZ, attracting more than 275 people. To read the full web article, visit:


NBAA2008 Highlights
NBAA Playground Build
October 4, 2008, Orlando, FL

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

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

Opening General Session and Ribbon Cutting
October 6, 2008, Orlando, FL

NBAA Static Display of Aircraft
October 6–8, 2008, Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, FL

Florida Aviation Day
October 8, 2008, Orlando, FL

Technical Operations -- Policy & Procedures Manual Development PDP
October 9, 2008, Orlando, FL

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

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