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NBAA Update #08-44
Monday, November 03, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
As TSA Publishes New Security Proposal, NBAA Helps Members Send Comments
Following the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) announcement last week that the agency had published its proposed new Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) for general aviation in the Federal Register, NBAA released a web site link for Members to use to send comments. "Our Members have expressed real concerns about the TSA's proposal," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, "and we want to ensure that their voices are heard by government officials on this issue." Questions about filing comments should be directed to NBAA's Doug Carr at Members are encouraged to submit comments to:

NBAA, AOPA Request Extension to Comment Period on TSA's LASP Proposal
On the heels of the TSA's announcement last week that its new general aviation security proposal had been published in the Federal Register, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen announced last week that the Association had joined forces with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in asking the TSA for an extension to the comment period on the agency's new security proposal for general aviation. "We believe that the 60-day comment period is insufficient in order to provide TSA with answers to the substantial number of questions posed in the proposal and to provide sufficient time for community education and feedback...TSA will benefit substantially by a 60-day extension to the comment period and the use of public meetings," the letter from NBAA and AOPA states. To review a copy of the joint letter, visit:

Bolen Tells TSA Administrator Comments on GA Security Proposal Will Be 'Substantial'
In a meeting last week with TSA Administrator Kip Hawley, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said that the business aviation community is committed to promoting security, and that the industry's actions since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reflect this fact. In view of this, Bolen told Hawley that the business aviation community is disappointed that the TSA's proposed LASP appears to have been written with commercial operations in mind. "It is important that whatever is done to promote security be tailored to the operation and the risk involved," Bolen told Hawley. "It also has to be prudent, effective, reasonable and workable. This proposal does not appear to be in line with those principles. I think our comments will be substantial." This meeting marked the second time in two weeks that Bolen discussed the matter with Hawley. The meeting is referenced in a news release that NBAA issued last week, which can be viewed at:

Military Warning Areas to Be Utilized Again to Curb Holiday Travel Delays
In an effort to minimize holiday air travel delays, the U.S. military will again be opening the Virginia Capes Operating Area (VACAPES) airspace off the mid-Atlantic coast to civilian air traffic from November 25 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to December 1 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Two routes from the Northeast will go southbound to Florida and two routes will go from Florida up into the Northeast. New this year, another set of routes will be opened farther offshore, which air traffic control can use to reduce congestion in the Jacksonville and Washington centers. Operators are urged to file the routes as published in the advisories and ensure that they meet the equipment requirements specified in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for their operations. For more information, and to view the FAA presentation, visit:

NBAA Announces Cessna Sponsorship for LBA2009 Single Pilot Safety Standdown
NBAA today announced that the Cessna Aircraft Company will sponsor the Single Pilot Safety Standdown that will be held on March 14, 2009 in conjunction with the Association's inaugural Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009). "NBAA is honored that Cessna has chosen to partner with us in producing our first-ever Single Pilot Safety Standdown at our new show," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. LBA2009 will be structured to address the specific needs of single-pilot business airplane operations. The Single Pilot Safety Standdown will feature sessions on emerging technologies in cockpit information and decision-support systems to enhance operational safety, best practices for on-the-ground operations and planning for flights outside the continental U.S. To view the full press release, visit:

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Regional News
FAA to Run Reduced Wattage Test of New York VOLMET Station
The FAA will be conducting a test on the New York high frequency VOLMET station, which broadcasts meteorological information to aircraft in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. During the test, which runs from November 3 to December 20, the wattage of the New York VOLMET station will be reduced from 5,000 watts to 1,000 watts on all four of the VOLMET station's frequencies. General aviation operators flying in the North Atlantic airspace are requested to provide feedback on the signal strength of the broadcast to NBAA using the FAA's VOLMET testing form. Completed forms should be sent to NBAA's Mark Larsen at To download the FAA's VOLMET testing form, visit:

LAS Runway 25L/07R Closed Through May 1
Runway 25L/07R at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) was closed this past weekend for a major construction project. The runway is scheduled to return to service on May 1, 2009. This runway closure is expected to have a major impact on arrival and departure rates, and delays in and out of the airport are likely during the construction. Various traffic management initiatives including miles in trail, ground stops and ground delay programs are anticipated. NBAA recommends that operators consider alternate airports in the Las Vegas area such as Henderson Executive (HND) and North Las Vegas (VGT). Both have modern facilities and reliable ground transportation options, and it is likely that operators can significantly reduce delays by utilizing one of these alternate airports. For more information, visit:

Attend First Annual Greater Salt Lake Safety Day This Wednesday
The first annual Greater Salt Lake Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) Safety Day will be held at Million Air Salt Lake City on Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) this Wednesday, November 5. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be a featured speaker at the event, along with 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. The program will include presentations on human factors, winter ramp operations for flight and ground crews, runway safety and pilot monitoring. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

PRSDA Meeting Will Be Held Nov. 6
The Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will hold a meeting in Seattle, WA this Thursday, November 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the McCormick & Schmick's Harborside Restaurant on Lake Union. The meeting's featured speaker will be nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave of Jan Hargrave & Associates. The meeting is sponsored by Castle & Cooke, Chevron, Glacier Jet Center, Miami Executive Aviation and Scottsdale Air Center. The restaurant is located at 1200 Westlake Avenue North. There is a charge of $25 for members and $40 for guests. Attendees are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

David Rimmer of ExcelAire to Present at Friday's PBNAA Meeting
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) is holding a luncheon meeting this Friday, November 7 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport/Boeing Field (BFI). The meeting will feature a presentation by David Rimmer, executive vice president for ExcelAire, who will recount his eyewitness experience of ExcelAire's tragic mid-air collision with a commercial airliner over Brazil in September 2006. Jeff Agur, director of business aviation and emergency response planning consultant for the VanAllen Group, and Brint Smith, global aviation practice leader of Marsh Aviation Risk & Insurance, will both join Rimmer in providing valuable guidance for operators planning overseas travel and insights about enterprise resource planning. Cost is free for PNBAA members and $25 for non-members. Attendees are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to PNBAA Membership Chair Brint Smith at, as seating is limited. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit:

First Annual International Customer Forum Will Be at MIA on Nov. 10
The FAA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will co-host the First Annual South Florida and San Juan International Customer Forum at Miami International Airport (MIA) on November 10. Items on the agenda of interest to the business aviation community will include airspace projects and airport safety initiatives, visual separation and visual approaches. The forum will be held in Concourse A in the 3rd Floor Conference Room from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Space is limited. To attend, send an RSVP with each attendee's name, title, company name and phone number to the FAA's Sherry Perez at


Online Registration Now Available for LBA2009
Members may now register online for the first-ever NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA2009). LBA2009 is a new show that addresses the unique challenges and needs of entrepreneurs who rely on light business airplanes, specifically focusing on operators of piston airplanes, turboprops and light jets. The new event will take place from March 12 to 14, 2009, in San Diego, CA. To register, visit:

NBAA Will Launch New Web Site Soon – See a Preview Today
NBAA will soon launch its completely redesigned web site, which will be easier to use and more clearly organized. Over the course of this year, NBAA collected extensive feedback from Members on the Association's current web site, which was launched in 1995. Members reported that the site was a great resource, but that it was sometimes difficult to find the information they were looking for. "We're doing this redesign to dramatically improve the experience of using of the site," said NBAA's Jason Wolf, director, Internet communications. The new web site is being designed to organize information more logically and several new navigation features are being added to make NBAA's many online resources easier to find. To view a video presentation of the new web site, which will launch later this year, visit:

Computer-Based CAM Exam Available at 250 Locations All Month
The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam is being offered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format through the end of November. 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 earlier this year to provide greater convenience and flexibility for Members who would like to become CAMs. The next opportunity for the CBT CAM Exam is January 2009. 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. For more information, visit:

Rutan to Keynote 2009 NBAA Leadership Conference
The Association has announced today that Burt Rutan, aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace pioneer, will keynote next year's NBAA Leadership Conference, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans from February 18 to 19. Hosted by the Association's Corporate Aviation Management Committee, the NBAA Leadership Conference provides two days of valuable management information along with networking opportunities with the industry's most successful leaders. Widely regarded as one of the world's most innovative designers of air and spacecraft, Rutan will address the theme for the 2009 Leadership Conference, "Winds of Change," by sharing the work he is doing today to inspire creativity and innovation within the aviation industry as well as providing his predictions for the future of space flight. To view the full press release, visit:

Save the Date: 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, Jun. 25–27
The Association has announced the dates for the NBAA 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference. Recognized as the industry's best educational and networking event for business aviation flight attendants, the Conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, LA from June 25 to 27, 2009. The Conference will educate Attendees on cultural and industry changes as they affect the business aviation flight attendant in providing cabin safety, security and service. The full agenda and registration will be published on the NBAA web site, where general information is currently available. For more information, visit:

Applications Available for International Operators and Maintenance TRACS Scholarships
Applications are now available online for NBAA's Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) and the International Operators Scholarship. Maintenance TRACS offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive technician training courses for several aircraft models. The deadline to apply for the Maintenance TRACS scholarship is February 13, 2009. The International Operators Scholarship is offered by NBAA in partnership with ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations, and can be applied toward a professional development program of the recipient's choice. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2009. To learn more about these and other NBAA scholarships, and to apply, visit:

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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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