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NBAA Update #08-42
Monday, October 20, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
In Meeting With TSA Officials, NBAA Underscores Concern Over New Security Proposal
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen participated in a meeting with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and representatives from other general aviation groups in which concerns were raised about the TSA's recently-introduced Large Aircraft Security Program. "Business aviation takes a back seat to no one on security," Bolen told TSA officials. "We're frustrated that the proposal as written doesn't reflect an understanding of how these private operations really work, and the effective security measures that have been in place for years." NBAA is encouraging the TSA to extend the comment period for the proposal. When the public comment docket opens, NBAA will provide Members with instructions for submitting comments. In the coming days, NBAA will also provide dates for town hall meetings with Members to discuss the TSA plan and gather Member comments in person. To review the NBAA news release on the proposal, visit:

IRS Publishes 2009 Aviation Excise Tax Rates
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published 2009 inflation adjustments to excise taxes on commercial air transportation. For calendar year 2009, these rates will be as follows: domestic segment fee, $3.60; international arrival/departure tax, $16.10; and tax for Hawaii or Alaska flights (applies only to departures), $8.00. The IRS did not modify the 7.5 percent taxation that applies to the amount paid for domestic commercial air transportation. These tax rates are applicable until March 31, 2009 to coincide with the pending FAA reauthorization. At that time, depending on possible actions by Congress, these rates could be extended or modified. To view NBAA's excise tax resources and the updated IRS Revenue Procedure, visit:

FAA to Expand Use of Runway Status Lights
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded last week to Sensis Corporation a contract to install runway status lights at 22 major U.S. airports. Designed to improve runway safety at airports, runway status lights process Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X (ASDE-X) surveillance data to warn pilots when it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway. The FAA previously installed runway status light prototypes at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and San Diego International (SAN) airports, which proved effective in helping avoid potential runway conflicts. The FAA has now elected to install the lights at airports that are or will be equipped with ASDE-X systems. For more information, visit:

New Resource Online: Tips on Adding Aircraft to a Part 135 Certificate
In a new article on NBAA's web site, W. Ashley Smith, chair of the Part 135 Working Group of NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee, offers tips for charter operators. According to Smith, adding an aircraft to an existing charter operating certificate does not need to be difficult. As President and Director of Operations for JetLogistics, Smith has dealt with this issue in adding aircraft onto his company's air carrier certificate. Based on his experience, Smith's recommended best practices for charter operators adding aircraft to a part 135 certificate include understanding the regulations and guidance on the process, and maintaining a good relationship with the local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). To read the full article, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Regional Groups, NBAA Focused on Safety – NBAA's Newsletter Has the Story
The September/October issue of NBAA's official Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by GE Capital, highlights the leadership role taken by NBAA and local business groups in promoting safety best practices. As one example, NBAA helps coordinate and promote safety events like the one started three years ago by the Georgia Business Aviation Association. On the national level, NBAA and its industry partners promote safety best practices at events such as the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar and the annual Bombardier Safety Standdown. To read the full article, visit:

2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown Starts Today
The 2008 Bombardier Safety Standdown begins today at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO, and will run through Thursday, October 23. Held in partnership with NBAA, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, this three-day event is one of the leading business aviation safety events. The Safety Standdown focuses on improving human performance in aviation, and this year's event will cover a variety of safety topics, featuring 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:

KCBAA to Hold Annual Charity Event This Friday
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, this 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:

ACP Annual Conference This Week
The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania (ACP) will hold its 28th annual conference at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, PA this Wednesday, October 22 through Friday, October 24. Themed "Pennsylvania Aviation Prepares for Takeoff," the conference will offer excellent networking opportunities, and should prove useful for representatives of PA airports eligible for state or federal grant funding. Sessions will include workshops for fixed base operators, consultants and more, with special-topic seminars on NextGen technologies. Registration is $495.00. For more information and for registration, visit:

MAMA Annual Conference Next Week
The Massachusetts Airport Managers' Association (MAMA) will hold its annual conference next week, October 29 through 30, at the Doubletree Boston/Bedford Hotel in Bedford, MA. Seminars will include Safety and NOTAMs review. Registration is $200.00. For more information and for registration, visit:

Additional Speakers at First Annual GSLBAA Safety Day to Be Held Nov. 5 at SLC
The list of speakers for the first annual Greater Salt Lake Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) Safety Day has expanded. Along with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, Dr. Carol Ash of Sleep For Life, Walter Randa of Leading Edge, Patrick Morley of the Utah Division of Aeronautics, Mike Meigs of the FAA Office of Runway Safety, and Shannon Forrest of FlightSafety International will be featured speakers at the event. Program content will include presentations on human factors, winter ramp operations for flight and ground crews, runway safety for business aviation operators, and pilot monitoring. The event will be held at Million Air Salt Lake City on Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) Wednesday, November 5. RSVP to GSLBAA's Michelle Favatalla at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Last IS-BAO Workshop of the Year – St. Louis, Nov. 6
Members are encouraged to participate in the last International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) Workshop of 2008. Hosted by the Emerson Electric Flight Department, the Workshop will take place on November 6 at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS). The IS BAO program is designed to provide flight departments with a complete package of industry best practices, a safety management system (SMS) and a method for the implementation of both. The program has received wide international recognition as a premier resource for business aviation operations. November's Workshop will offer attendees an in-depth look at IS-BAO, explaining the program's benefits and outlining the process of becoming a registered IS-BAO flight department. For more information, or to register, contact Kathy Perfetti, IS-BAO Standards Manager, at, or visit:

2008 Corporate Aviation Maintenance Seminar Set for Nov. 7 at CLT
Duke Energy will host the 2008 Corporate Aviation Maintenance Seminar on November 7 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina. Maintenance and flight operations personnel are invited for a chance to catch up on the latest trends in business aviation maintenance from the experts at the original equipment manufacturers, and from leaders in training and security. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Duke Energy Hangar, located at 4620 First Flight Drive in Charlotte, NC. For more information contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at To register, contact Katrina White at or visit:

NBAA Will Soon Call for Speakers for 2009 Business Aviation Regional Forums
In addition to indoor exhibits and static display of aircraft, NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums include valuable educational sessions on current industry topics. NBAA is pleased to announce that the Call for Speakers for the 2009 Regional forums will go out on November 10. Presentations on a variety of business aircraft ownership and operation topics, such as safety, security, management and tax and regulatory issues are encouraged from throughout the industry. A Call for Speakers form, including dates and locations of the 2009 Regional Forums, will be available online as of November 10. Speaking proposals will be due to NBAA by December 8. For more information, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

Forbes Publisher To Keynote NBAA's 2009 Light Business Airplane Show
NBAA has announced that Forbes magazine publisher and pilot Rich Karlgaard will be a featured speaker at the opening of NBAA's inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009). Karlgaard will share what he has learned about using single-pilot airplanes for business as an entrepreneur and publisher of one of the nation's preeminent business magazines. An avid supporter of business aviation, Karlgaard currently owns and flies a Cirrus SR22. LBA2009 will be held from March 12 to 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center, with a Static Display of Airplanes at nearby San Diego International Airport (SAN). To view full press release, visit:

NBAA Announces New Board Officers: Shine and Reagan
NBAA Members confirmed two new officers to NBAA's Board of Directors during NBAA2008: Richard Shine, CEO of Manitoba Recycling, and Dr. Charles Reagan, associate to the president at Kansas State University (KSU). Shine and Reagan will each serve three-year terms on the 18-member Board. A former U.S. Air Force pilot, Shine has been a Member of NBAA since 1995 and runs a family-owned recycling business in Lancaster, NY. Reagan oversees the flight department at KSU and is a commuter airline pilot, charter pilot and flight instructor. In addition to the new elections, six current NBAA Board members were re-elected to three-year terms. To view the full press release, photos and a video, visit:

NBAA Participates in Event To Attract Youth to Aviation Careers
NBAA's Jo Damato, NBAA Director for Operations & Education Development, last week attended the National Conference on Aviation and Space Education in Arlington, VA to find ways to help teachers encourage youth to pursue careers in aviation. The bi-annual event, hosted by the National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE), brought dozens of teachers and industry leaders together. "We of course want to emphasize business aviation careers, but realize the steps it takes to get there involve the entire industry," Damato said. To read a web article about the event, visit:

Computer-Based CAM Exam Available at 250 Locations Nov. 1–30
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam will be offered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format from November 1 to 30. Individuals who successfully applied for the CBT CAM Exam by the September 17 deadline will be able to take the test at 250 testing centers nationwide. NBAA introduced the CBT CAM Exam last year to provide greater convenience and flexibility for Members who would like to become CAMs. The CAM credential is considered the highest recognition for business aviation professionals. Through certification, individuals demonstrate their commitment to safety, security and effective management in business aviation. To learn more, visit:

NBAA 20th Annual S&D Conference to Offer Variety of Sessions, SPDP Courses
NBAA's 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be held next year from January 14 to 16 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in California. In recognition of the event's 20th anniversary, the theme for the Conference will be "Honoring Our Heritage – Reaching for New Heights." Conference sessions will cover a wide variety of topics, including international operations, safety management systems, aircraft runway performance and how to promote the value of the flight department internally. Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses offered in conjunction with the event will be "Scheduler and Dispatcher Function," "Highly Effective Work Teams," "Human Factors," "International Operations" and "Finance and Budgeting Accounting." For more information, or to register and make housing arrangements, visit:

Make Plans to Attend ABACE2009 in Hong Kong, Feb. 11–12
The 2009 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2009) will be held in Hong Kong from February 11 to 12. The event will be located at AsiaWorld-Expo, adjacent to Hong Kong International Airport and will include a Static Display of Aircraft at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre. ABACE2009 will feature business aviation's top vendors, industry leaders and experts from around the world joining together to focus on the value of business aviation to emerging Asian markets. Over 50 Exhibitors and multiple Information Sessions will demonstrate how aviation can help businesses succeed in the global economy. For more information and to download an Exhibitor Prospectus, view the newly-launched ABACE2009 web site at:

Applications for Several NBAA Scholarships Due in Two Weeks
The November 3 deadline for three NBAA scholarships is quickly approaching. The UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship offers tuition reimbursement for students enrolled at NBAA/UAA member institutions. Administered by the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee, the Corporate Aviation Management and Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarships offer monetary and training awards for working professionals. For more information, or to begin an application, visit:


Upcoming NBAA Events
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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