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NBAA Update #08-41
Monday, October 13, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Closely Scrutinizing New TSA Proposal
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen said last week that a new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposal sent to The Federal Register for public comment is being reviewed carefully to ensure it reflects the industry's need for security and mobility. "Business aviation is a vital link in our nation's transportation infrastructure and a critical engine in our nation's economy," said Bolen. "So we're going to closely examine anything the government proposes if it impacts our industry's operations. And, frankly, we won't support any proposal if it's not done right. Based on what we've seen so far, and what our Members are saying, we expect to file substantial comments on the plan." Bolen noted that when the TSA makes a web site available for direct input, NBAA will advise Members accordingly, and also that in the coming weeks, NBAA will conduct a series of town hall meetings on the TSA's proposal. NBAA's news release is available at:

NBAA Makes Information and Resources on GA Security Available to Members and News Organizations
As Washington policymakers and news organizations have continued to examine the issue of general aviation security in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, NBAA has made information available about the host of measures the industry has implemented to reduce security vulnerabilities. The Association has also made tips and tools on best practices for secure operations available online and in NBAA's newsletter, Business Aviation Insider. To view NBAA's security resources, visit:

TSA Official Updates NBAA Members on Security Initiatives
Ms. Michal Morgan, general manager of the general aviation (GA) branch of the TSA, updated business aircraft operators on the agency's general aviation security programs during a Tuesday afternoon Information Session held last week at NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008). Ms. Morgan began by assuring Attendees that the TSA realizes that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to aviation security. She also said the agency "clearly understands" that operators are willing to adopt additional security measures, but that they do not want those procedures to adversely impact their daily operations. To view the full web article, visit:

NBAA Closely Watching Continuing Developments on Emissions Policies
As NBAA has previously reported to Members, Congress has been considering emission reduction proposals as part of an overall debate about environmental policy. As the latest evidence of this trend, U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, last week released a 461-page "discussion draft" of new climate change legislation, which he plans to introduce in Congress next year. The draft proposes to reduce emissions by nearly 80 percent by the year 2050. A "cap-and-trade" approach included in the proposal would permit affected industries to buy, sell or "bank" emission allowances depending on their success at meeting or exceeding emission caps set by the government. Congress is currently out of session, but is expected to consider climate change issues early in 2009. "Business aircraft emissions account for a tiny fraction of all emissions," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We will review this proposal with an eye toward our industry's goals of promoting the mobility and growth of business aviation while minimizing its environmental footprint." Emissions policy was the focus of a discussion at NBAA2008; a web article on the issue is available at:

At NBAA2008, FAA Announces Revision to A008 OpSpec for Part 135 Operators
FAA personnel announced pending changes to the five-page Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Operations Specification (OpSpec) A008-Operational Control, which is issued to all Part 135 operators, and has been the focus of significant attention over the past several years. The change, announced at last week's FAA-Industry OpSpec Working Group meeting hosted by NBAA, is intended to clarify, via the OpSpec, that all Tier One personnel must be direct employees of the certificate holder. While this issue is clear in FAA guidance, including the FAA's response to industry Frequently Asked Questions, which was facilitated by NBAA and published by the FAA earlier this year, the OpSpec language needs to be clarified to minimize ongoing confusion. NBAA will work with the FAA to ensure that exceptions for basic Part 135 and single-pilot, single-aircraft operations remain. For more information on OpSpec A008, visit:

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention Closes With Over 30,000 In Attendance
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 NBAA's full press release about this year's Convention, visit:

NBAA2008 Session Addressed Confusion Surrounding Operational Control Systems for Part 91 and Part 135 Aircraft
Because of the increased focus on Part 135 operations in recent years, attention has turned to the issues surrounding operational control for Part 91 aircraft operations, including managed aircraft. In many cases, managed aircraft are used in Part 135, or charter-flight, operations as well as non-commercial operations for the aircraft owner. There are a number of questions that arise when a Part 91 aircraft is being managed by a separate company. Is an owner responsible for a flight managed by another company? How is the aircraft insured in that situation? To read full web article, visit:

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Regional News
Boulder City VORTAC (BLD) Outage Tomorrow
The Boulder City very high frequency omnidirectional range and ultra high frequency tactical air navigation (VORTAC) (BLD) in Boulder, NV will be taken out of service tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Many of the departure and arrival procedures for McCarran International Airport (LAS), North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), and Henderson Executive Airport (HND) require the use of BLD. The BLD outage will also make some low level route segments temporarily unusable. The FAA is expecting that BLD VORTAC will be returned to service no later than 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14. For further information please view the FAA notice at:

2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown Coming Next Week
The 2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown, held in partnership with NBAA, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, will take place from October 20 to 23 in Kansas City, MO, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. As one of the leading business aviation safety events, the Bombardier Safety Standdown focuses on improving human performance in aviation. This year's event will include a variety of safety topics and feature an exciting lineup of presenters, including John J. Nance, author and aerospace analyst at ABC News; Dr. Mica Endsley from SA Technologies; Air to Air photographer Paul Bowen of Paul Bowen Photography; and Clay Lacy of Clay Lacy Aviation. For additional information, visit:

FAA to Hold Detroit/Cleveland Customer Forum, Discuss Class B Redesign
The FAA Detroit Tower/Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) and the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) will hold a customer forum on October 29 at Willow Run Airport (YIP) in Belleville, MI. The forum will feature briefings on current and future projects, including traffic management advisor, precision runway monitor and the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) Class B Airspace Redesign. The Class B Airspace redesign is of particular importance to the general aviation community, and NBAA Members are highly encouraged to attend this meeting. The meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at YIP, in the Flight Standards District Office located at 8800 Beck Road in Belleville, MI. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

GWBAA Annual Meeting and Fundraiser, Oct. 20
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser next 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:

KCBAA to Hold Annual Charity Event Next Week
The Kansas City Business Aviation Association (KCBAA) will hold its annual charity event, an afternoon of sporting clays and trap shooting, at Powder Creek Shooting Park next Friday, October 24. Proceeds from this event will benefit several local charity organizations, including Angel Flight Central, Challenge Air and the KCBAA Scholarship Endowment Fund. The event begins with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and ends with an award ceremony at 5:00 p.m. For additional information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at, or visit:

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NBAA's Online Resources Bring NBAA2008 to Those Unable to Attend
NBAA's Online Convention News Bureau provided on-site, online coverage of NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention, and features stories and multimedia – including photos, webcams, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations – depicting highlights from the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show. Podcasts from the Convention's Media Kick-off Breakfast and Opening General Session are among the News Bureau offerings that also include information on safety, security, taxation and other issues. It is also possible to order audio- and video-recordings from select educational sessions through NBAA's On-Demand Education program. Twelve sessions were video-recorded onsite and will be available with session materials via streaming video and CD-Rom access. An additional seven sessions will also be available as downloadable audio recordings. Recordings will be available in early November. For more information, visit:

New NBAA Web Site Is Coming – Get A Sneak Peek Today
NBAA's web site, launched in 1995, is undergoing a complete overhaul to improve usability. "Our Members told us the web site is a great resource, but that it was sometimes difficult to find what they were looking for," said NBAA's Jason Wolf, director, internet communications. The architecture of the web site is being revised to organize information more logically, and several new navigation features are being added to make NBAA's many online resources easier to find. "We're doing this redesign to dramatically improve the experience of using of the site," said Wolf. To preview the new web site, which will launch later this fall, view a video presentation at:

NBAA/UAA Reaching Future Business Aviation Professionals
As part of Florida Aviation Day at NBAA2008, NBAA and the University Aviation Association (UAA) sponsored a panel session for students to highlight the benefits of business aviation as a career and provide an introduction to the industry. The panel offered students advice on getting into the industry, what to do to succeed in their chosen careers and how to secure employment in this challenging economy. Janet Bressler of ExcelAire, who began her career as an aviation insurance broker, noted that while it is not a path many students consider, it is a great example of the many innovative ways available to enter the industry. "You should look for jobs that will give you great exposure to every facet of the industry, particularly as you are at the beginning of your careers," advised Bressler. To view the full web article, visit:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Columbus Day
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Monday, October 13 in observance of Columbus Day. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14.


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PDP Course: Scheduling and Dispatch Function
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Highly Effective Teams at Work
January 12, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Human Factors
January 12–13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

SPDP Course: International Operations
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: Finance and Budget Accounting
January 13, 2009, Long Beach, CA

NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
January 14–16, 2009, Long Beach, CA

PDP Course: International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
February 10, 2009, Hong Kong

2009 NBAA Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009)
February 11–12, 2009, Hong Kong

PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
February 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

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

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

36th Annual International Operators Conference
March 30 – April 2, 2009, San Diego, CA

PDP Course: Aviation Security
April 3, 2009, San Diego, CA

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