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NBAA Update #08-45
Monday, November 10, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
TSA Grants the NBAA and AOPA Joint Request for LASP Comment Extension
Acting on a joint request from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Transportation Security Administration today extended the time period for public comment on the agency’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal by an additional 60 days. As a result of the extension, the new deadline for public comment is February 27, 2009. On October 30, NBAA and AOPA jointly requested additional time to comment on the LASP, which increases security requirements for all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. “Granting our request will provide much needed time for analysis, community education and feedback,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “This is a very important development and we look forward to effectively using the additional time.” For more information on the TSA’s LASP, including a detailed analysis of the plan, a list of major concerns NBAA and industry have raised about the proposal, a list of questions the TSA has asked the industry (so Members can provide answers to the agency in their comments) and a direct link for Members to submit comments to the government's public docket, visit:

NBAA Has New Resource on Issues Related to International Aircraft Transactions
The increase in international business transactions and currency fluctuations has resulted in an expansion in the sale of U.S.-registered aircraft to foreign purchasers. Cross-border transactions may introduce requirements for compliance with the Patriot Act and other federal regulations pertaining to money-laundering prevention, aircraft registration and exportation issues. A new NBAA web resource, compiled by NBAA Tax Committee member Clifford Maine, Esq., addresses the issues that the aircraft seller must consider. To access Maine’s article on this topic, visit:

NBAA Reiterates Importance of Aviation System Investments in Letter to House Committee
In a letter sent to a congressional committee last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reiterated the Association's call for investments in the nation’s transportation system. Bolen’s letter was sent in response to the committee’s request for comment from industry groups, to help inform a hearing on transportation infrastructure investments. In the letter, Bolen reminded committee members, “In these challenging economic times, the importance of a robust transportation system cannot be overemphasized … Aviation plays a critical role in driving economic growth and investment across the country. We strongly support the shared goal of keeping our aviation system the safest and most efficient system in the world.” For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at To review Bolen’s full letter, visit:

Nav Canada Delays ADS-B Implementation for Hudson Bay Region
Nav Canada has recently determined that few aircraft will be approved for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) operations by the originally planned date of November 20, and has therefore elected to postpone the operational implementation of ADS-B in the Hudson Bay airspace to January 15, 2009. Nav Canada will take time during this delay to complete upgrades to many air traffic management systems without affecting other projects. For more information, visit:

FAA Rule to Standardize Aircraft Noise Certification Requirements
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations that will impact operators flying aircraft subject to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 16 outside the United States. The FAA NPRM will require a specific standardized format of noise certification data for all affected aircraft, which will comply with the ICAO requirement and be readily recognizable to foreign authorities. ICAO Annex 16 has required aircraft operating internationally to carry a certificate with proof of noise category since 2001, but U.S. airworthiness certificates do not currently contain noise information, and aircraft manufacturers have employed various non-standardized means of compliance with ICAO Annex 16 in their flight manuals.

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Regional News
NBAA’s Bolen Addresses Safety, Security, Activism at GSLBAA Safety Day
At the first annual Greater Salt Lake Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) Safety Day, held last week at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), NBAA’s President and CEO Ed Bolen emphasized the importance of safety, security and grassroots involvement in making sure the industry’s voice is heard by federal and local policymakers. At the event, which drew more than 100 attendees, Local Steering Committee Chair Jeff Hansen reported an overwhelming attendee response to his call for participation in the newly-formed GSLBAA. Additional event highlights included presentations on pilot monitoring from Shannon Forrest of FlightSafety International, flight department fatigue from Dr. Carol Ash of Sleep For Life, runway safety from Mike Meigs with the FAA’s Office of Runway Safety, and an update on Utah airports and airspace from Pat Morley of the Utah Division of Aeronautics. For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at

SRQ Airport RNAV Procedures Kick-Off Meeting This Week
The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) RNAV Procedures Kick-Off Meeting has been rescheduled this week, to be held in two consecutive sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, November 12–13 at SRQ. The first session, this Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will include an 18-step RNAV development process and discussion of the benefits of RNAV standard instrument departures (SIDs) and standard terminal arrival routes (STARs). Thursday’s session, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will focus on developing a draft of RNAV SIDs/STARs for SRQ and is open to air traffic control personnel and airport users who wish to provide input. The meeting will be held at 1123 General Spaatz Boulevard in Sarasota, FL. For more information, contact the FAA’s Jack Schroeter at

WBAA to Host Safety Day at Dane County Airport Next Tuesday
The Wisconsin Business Aviation Association (WBAA) will hold a Safety Day next Tuesday, November 18 at Wisconsin Aviation on Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). The event will take place from 10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Presenters will include Jan Gestner from the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) Flight Standards District Office; Greg Babcock, regional manager of Embraer Executive Jets; and Linda Augustine, MedAire senior medical instructor. Registration is required, and a downloadable form is available on the WBAA's web site. Contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at with any questions. To register, visit:

CABAA to Hold Luncheon Meeting on Nov. 21
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting on November 21 at the Wyndham O'Hare hotel. The meeting will feature a presentation from the FAA’s Joe McCarthy on requirements for SIDs, STARs, en-route procedures for Required Navigation Performance (RNP), and special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (SAAAR) approaches. A designated RNP SAAAR consultant from Honeywell will provide an overview of the operational approval process. The meeting will begin with a networking reception at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and presentations to conclude at 2:00 p.m. The hotel is located at 6810 North Mannheim Road in Rosemont, IL. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at To register, visit:

Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center Orientation Scheduled for Dec. 4
The FAA invites operators in the Pacific Northwest region to attend the next Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Orientation, to be held on December 4 in Auburn, WA. The orientation, set to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will provide informative insights into daily air traffic and traffic management operations. The event will be held at the FAA facility located at 3101 Auburn Way South. Seats are very limited and it is recommended that attendees make reservations as early as possible by contacting the FAA's John Howard at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

FLL Runway Closure to Have Significant Impact on Traffic
Runway 09L/27R at Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) is scheduled to close for approximately 60 days on April 14, 2009, in order to accomplish high speed taxiway construction. Runway 13/31 will be used during the closure and operators should expect delays due to different airport configurations during construction. Further details will be available in future issues of NBAA Update as the construction date nears. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Lamond at


Board Modifies NBAA Bylaws
In recent weeks, NBAA’s Board of Directors has amended the Association’s bylaws to simplify requirements for Business Membership. Specifically, Business Membership will now require companies to have their airplane flown by a licensed pilot who has an instrument rating and undergoes annual proficiency training. “This simplification will not allow a company to qualify for NBAA Membership if it did not previously qualify,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “However, it will more accurately classify the company’s airplane operations.” Bolen noted that many NBAA Members that operate an airplane have found themselves in NBAA’s Associate Member classification, which is designed for companies that are primarily industry vendors. A current version of NBAA's bylaws is always available at:

Online Registration Now Available for LBA2009
Online registration is now available online for NBAA’s inaugural 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 be held at the San Diego Convention Center in California from March 12 to 14, 2009, with a Static Display of Airplanes at nearby San Diego International Airport (SAN) and a host of Education Sessions on topics of interest to business owners and operators of light airplanes. To register, visit:

Make Plans to Exhibit or Advertise at NBAA’s Newest Show
There is still time to secure exhibit space and advertise in the Show Guide for LBA2009, NBAA’s newest show, and exhibitors from every segment of the light business airplane industry are welcome. NBAA is extending attendance invitations to entrepreneurs already using light airplanes to help their businesses succeed, as well as to concept buyers, to ensure that those who want full control of their business travel have the information they need about business airplanes. For more information and to download forms for exhibiting or advertising, visit:

Exhibit Space, Sponsorships Available for 20th Annual S&D Conference
Exhibit space and sponsorships are still available for the NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, to be held next year from January 13 to 16 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in California. In recognition of the event’s 20th anniversary, the theme for the 2009 Conference is “Honoring Our Heritage – Reaching for New Heights.” The three-day event will feature a number of Education Sessions and Schedulers Professional Development Program courses addressing key issues for the profession. The 2008 Conference broke records with 391 exhibiting companies and more than 2,600 registered Attendees. To apply for exhibit space or to become a sponsor, visit:

Registration Open for EBACE2009; Exhibitor Deadline Next Week
The 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be held next year in Geneva from May 12 to 14. EBACE is the preeminent forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. Priority exhibit space at EBACE2009 will be assigned by lottery drawing. The deadline to apply for the lottery is next Friday, November 21. The Exhibitor Prospectus is currently available online. For more information, contact NBAA’s Linda Peters at, or visit:

Plan Ahead for 2009 NBAA Seminars
The 2009 NBAA seminar lineup has been announced. The Leadership Conference, to be held in New Orleans, LA, from February 18 to 19, will address staying ahead of the changing needs of companies in a global market. The 36th Annual International Operators Conference will be held in San Diego, CA, from March 30 to April 2, and will focus on international operational issues and new technologies. The Maintenance Management Conference, offering sessions on leadership management, trends in technology and regulatory issues, will be held in New Orleans, LA, from April 15 to 17. The 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA, from June 25 to 27, and will educate Attendees on cultural and industry changes. For a complete list of next year’s NBAA seminars and more, visit:

See a Preview of NBAA’s New Web Site, Launching Soon
NBAA's web site, introduced 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 year, view a video presentation at:

NBAA Headquarters Closed on Tuesday for Veterans Day
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12.


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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