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NBAA Update #08-48
Monday, December 1, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Launches New Web Site Today
NBAA this morning launched the new version of, with a completely revised look and navigation that has been carefully tailored to NBAA Members’ specific requests and needs. The new look and improved usability of the site provides Members with faster and easier access to the up to date information and in depth resources they rely on. NBAA staff undertook the web site re design after strategically seeking Members’ feedback on their experiences using Members expressed that while the web site has always been a great resource, it was sometimes difficult to find the information they were looking for. The new puts a premium on navigation and ease of use. The redesigned web site features landing pages for Members, Exhibitors and others; drop down menus on the home page; and a new search engine powered by Google. To view the full article, visit:

Bolen to Represent Industry in FAA Safety Panel Discussion
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will represent the business aviation community in a panel discussion hosted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nick Sabatini, focusing on the review of the safety record for general aviation and considerations for effective measures to continue building on the industry's safety record into the future. Sabatini's panel is part of the FAA's Fifth Annual Aviation Safety Forum, which will be held in Washington, DC, and is expected to draw more than 500 attendees from around the world. "As everyone knows, safety is our industry's highest priority," Bolen said. "I look forward to talking with these industry leaders from across the world about ways we can continue to improve our already strong safety record." For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at

NBAA Podcast Explains 2008 ESA Bonus Depreciation Provision
As the year comes to an end, companies using business aircraft may be able to take advantage of two provisions of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (ESA) for new aircraft purchases or upgrades to aircraft. Fifty percent "bonus" depreciation (meaning the depreciation is accelerated in the first year the asset is placed in service), and increases in Section 179 expensing (which companies might be able to use for new aircraft, fractional aircraft shares or equipment upgrades) were both included in the ESA. In a podcast presentation for NBAA, available at no cost to Members, NBAA Tax Committee Member Keith Swirsky explains the ESA and the potential offerings for the business aviation industry. Members can download the ESA presentation at:

NBAA Conducting Air Charter Broker Best Practices Survey
The role that air charter brokers play in arranging transportation has gained attention in recent years as the U.S. Department of Transportation has published guidance documents (Broker Notices I and II), taken enforcement actions against certain brokers and issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require customers to be advised of the names of both the company operating their flight and any broker involved in arranging their flight. An NBAA working group has developed a survey for air charter brokers to share information that may provide insight on common best practices. The survey was designed for air charter brokers who do not own or operate aircraft. The survey questions only pertain to non-exclusive information, and responses will be kept completely confidential. NBAA encourages air charter brokers to participate in this 10-minute survey, which will be open through December 17. To view the survey, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
FAA Will Hold Seattle ARTCC Orientation on Dec. 4
The FAA will hold a Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Orientation this Thursday, December 4, in Auburn, WA. The event will provide operators in the Pacific Northwest region with insight into daily air traffic control and traffic management operations. The orientation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the FAA facility located at 3101 Auburn Way South. It is recommended that attendees make reservations as soon as possible by contacting the FAA's John Howard at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

GWBAA Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception This Friday
All Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) members are invited to attend the GWBAA official Annual Meeting and Holiday Reception on Friday, December 5. Attendees should note the location has changed from previous years: This year’s event will be held at Signature Flight Support at Dulles International Airport (IAD). The annual meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the reception, which will include refreshments and prizes. To attend, RSVP to Signature Flight’s Kyle Herbig at

Slot Reservations Will Soon Be Required at JFK and EWR
Although NBAA has opposed slots for general aviation, the FAA has decided to push ahead with their implementation John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) for all non-scheduled arrivals and departures. Beginning next Tuesday, December 9, the FAA will require slot reservations every day from 6:00 a.m. until 10:59 p.m. EST. Each reservation slot will be valid for one hour, from the top of the hour until 59 minutes past the hour for which it was requested. For example, a reservation slot request for 1:45 p.m. will be valid from 1:00 p.m. until 1:59 p.m. For additional information regarding the rule change, or to request a reservation, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

Five SPDP Courses Offered in Conjunction With S&D Conference, Jan. 12–13
NBAA’s 20th Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) Conference will be held from January 14 to 16, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in California. In conjunction with the 2009 Conference, NBAA will offer five Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses designed to meet the needs of schedulers and dispatchers. These will include: Scheduling and Dispatch Function, Highly Effective Teams at Work, Human Factors, International Operations and Finance and Budgeting Accounting. The courses will be held during the two days preceding the Conference, January 12 and 13, also at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Conference dates are right around the corner, and Attendees are encouraged to register early. For more information, and to register online, visit:

Deadline to Register for Next CAM Computer-Based Test Is Jan. 15
The deadline to sign up for the next available Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam offered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format is January 15. The test will be held in March 2009 at various locations throughout the country. In 2009, NBAA will offer the CBT version of the CAM Exam in January, March, May, July, September and November. In addition, one paper version of the exam will be offered on October 19 at the 2009 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. NBAA introduced computer-based testing for the CAM Exam to provide applicants greater convenience and flexibility. The CAM credential is considered the highest recognition for business aviation professionals. Through certification, individuals demonstrate their commitment to the safety, security and effective management of business aviation. To learn more, visit:

Save the Date: 54th Annual CASS to Be Held in April 2009
NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation will host the 54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) in Orlando, FL from April 21 to 23, 2009. CASS provides a forum for government, industry and academic professionals to discuss and review the safety matters that are always the first priority of business aviation. More than 300 attendees are expected at the 2009 Safety Seminar, which will focus on innovation and change in business aviation safety. The program is tailored to meet the needs of decision-makers responsible for safety in design, manufacture, development, training, maintenance and operation. To learn more, 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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