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NBAA Update #08-03
Monday, October 08, 2008

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NBAA2008 News
NBAA2008 Closes With Over 30,000 In Attendance
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) concluded its 61st Annual Meeting & Convention with 30,811 people in attendance, "a solid turnout," according to Association President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This year's show comes amidst spikes in the cost of fuel, tightening credit markets and a challenging economy," Bolen said. "Business aviation has been impacted by adverse economic trends like every other industry, so we're pleased that our Convention continues to offer a valuable marketing and networking opportunity for our Member Companies." To view full press release, visit:

Florida Aviation Day Creates Career, Networking Opportunities
NBAA today welcomed Florida-based business aviation professionals and students considering the aviation industry as careers, and other interested parties to the Association's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) free of charge for an exciting career development and networking opportunity. Florida Aviation Day built upon the success of last year's inaugural event at NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta. This unique event is another aspect of NBAA's ongoing commitment to provide career development opportunities to the business aviation industry. To read the full web article, visit:

New Enforcement Panel Emphasizes Importance of Seeking Counsel When in Doubt
Formed in light of multiple high-visibility enforcement actions by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the past two years, NBAA's "Aviation Enforcement Actions Panel: What to Expect, How to Prepare," was held yesterday for the first time, with experienced aviation lawyers providing NBAA2008 Attendees with critical advice and information. Any certificated person or entity can be impacted by recent intensification of investigations, including pilots, mechanics, air carriers and Part 145 repair stations. Both airmen's certificates and medical certificates are at stake under the FAA's heightened scrutiny. To read full web article, visit:

Environmental Concerns Will Have Growing Impact on General Aviation
In yesterday's "NBAA Update on Environmental Issues Impacting General Aviation," speakers predicted that business aviation will continue to face worldwide concern about the overall effect of aviation on the environment – including that for general aviation – despite the fact that the industry has had an exemplary track record of minimizing its impact on climate change. Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), said, "The real hot-button issue today is climate change. The public perceives it as a problem, so it is a problem for our industry." To read the full web article, visit:

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Emergency Response Planning – What Flightcrews Can Do to Be Prepared
Tuesday afternoon brought a unique training session to NBAA2008, as Pete Agur, of the VanAllen Group, Inc, in conjunction with the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee, presented to cabin crew professionals and flight department managers, a proven strategy to develop a "readiness" plan for coping with the aftermath of an aircraft accident. "Why do you want to develop a plan?" asked Agur. "It comes down to the difference between emergency preparation and emergency response. When we go through our mandatory training in the aviation industry, almost all of what we learn is 'immediate action' activities. But when an accident occurs, every company needs a plan in place that your team has been trained on and can immediately activate." To read the full web article, visit:

At NBAA's Convention, NTSB Member Encourages Business Operators to Adopt SMS
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member Robert Sumwalt told Attendees at NBAA's annual "Safety Town Hall Meeting" that operators should consider adopting a safety management system (SMS). Addressing those in attendance at the meeting, Sumwalt, a former airline pilot and flight department manager, said he believes that a systematic approach to safety will help improve business aviation's already good safety record. To read the full web article, visit:

Panel on Air Taxi Operations Says VLJs, Air Taxi Hold Great Promise
At a session yesterday, a panel of industry experts discussed the latest in technology and innovation with regard to technologically advanced aircraft (TAA) and very light jets (VLJs) in air taxi operations. Air taxi companies aim to facilitate business travel, offering on-demand air transportation with per-hour fares, replacing long hours of driving and more expensive or time-consuming air travel options. Panelists stressed that air taxi operations are in no way a competition for commercial aviation, but rather are complementary to the carriers. To read the full web article, visit:

Travel and Your Health: What You Don't Know Can Hurt
A session held yesterday during NBAA2008 on confronting air travel health issues provided guidance and information on the best way companies can prepare for health risks, prevent serious consequences and deal with episodes if and when they occur. To read the full web article, visit:

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LBA2009: A New NBAA Show Addressing Single-Pilot Needs
As many people know, business aviation is a diverse community of companies of all sizes that use general aviation (GA) aircraft of all types. The operational challenges these companies face, and the resources needed to confront them, are as varied as the businesses and airplanes themselves. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has unveiled a new show to address the unique challenges and needs of businesses that rely on light business airplanes to make their business models successful. The first-ever NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009) specifically will focus on operators of piston airplanes, turboprops and light jets. The new event will take place from Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit:

NBAA 17th Annual Tax Conference Available On Demand
A host of Information Sessions offered during NBAA2008, as well as the entire proceedings from the NBAA 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, are available for pre-purchase through NBAA's On-Demand Education Program. Select sessions were video-recorded and presentations will be synched so that virtual Attendees can benefit from the same critical information as those on-site in Orlando. Additional sessions were audio-recorded, and coordinating materials also will available beginning in November. All recorded sessions can be purchased individually or as a package. Members receive a discount on the purchase price. For more information and to place an order, visit:

Business Aviation Insider: Do You Get It?
Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's official bimonthly Member publication, reports on all the latest issues and trends facing the industry and documents the Association's efforts to support the business aviation community by addressing the challenges it faces. Insider is one of the newer benefits of NBAA Membership. Introduced in 2006 as a quarterly publication, the magazine went bimonthly earlier this year and now offers 24 pages of information on all aspects of business aviation & from safety and security, to taxes and accounting, professional development and industry advocacy. For more information, visit:

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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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