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NBAA Update #08-51
Monday, December 22, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Challenges Inaccurate Picture of Business Aviation Presented in AP Article
NBAA this week forcefully challenged the mischaracterizations presented in a December 21 Associated Press article about companies that rely on business aviation. In a letter to the story’s author, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen notes that the article completely misses the reality that tens of thousands of well-managed and cost-conscious U.S. companies use business aviation to help them survive and effectively compete in an intensely unforgiving marketplace. “The basic value of business aviation is that it is a tool that allows companies to do more in less time, and often at a lower cost than other alternatives,” Bolen wrote. “It’s unfortunate that your story leaves readers with a view of business aviation that reflects none of these realities.” Throughout the holiday week, NBAA will respond to newspapers that publish the story. To view the full letter, visit:

Don’t Forget: NBAA Has Resources to Help Members Respond to Negative Media Coverage
While NBAA’s professional staff will continue working to correct media distortions about business aviation, the Association has also made resources available to help Members respond to negative local coverage about the industry. The resources include media “backgrounders,” a list of questions NBAA received most often from reporters (and the Association’s answers) and studies commissioned by NBAA explaining the value of business aviation to companies and their shareholders. Members may utilize these resources as they craft their comments and responses. To view these resources, visit:

Treasury Provision on Business Aviation in Auto Package Appears to Mimic Failed Legislative Approach
As the White House finalizes details of a financial-assistance package for the nation’s auto makers, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen wrote U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to express concern about the business airplane divestiture provision in the Administration’s package. This provision largely mimics the misguided approach of the auto assistance bill that recently failed in Congress. “This language unfortunately suggests that U.S. policymakers do not recognize the critical importance of business aviation to American jobs and to the vitality of the U.S. economy,” Bolen’s letter said. NBAA is in contact with the Treasury Department and the National Economic Council, and the Association has shared its views with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. To view Bolen’s letter, visit:

NBAA Comments on LaHood Nomination as Transportation Secretary
In a statement issued last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that Rep. Ray LaHood (R-18-IL), who was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of the Department of Transportation, “is widely recognized as an effective public servant, with a solid grasp of transportation policy, as demonstrated by his work on the House Appropriations Committee. NBAA congratulates Rep. LaHood on his nomination as transportation secretary, and the Association looks forward to working with him to continually strengthen and transform the nation’s aviation system, so that it remains the world’s largest, safest and most efficient.” Rep. LaHood’s nomination requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and NBAA will keep Members advised of that process as it unfolds. To view the full press release, visit:

NBAA Encourages Members to Participate in Upcoming Public Meetings on LASP
The Transportation Security Administration last week released the schedule of official public hearings for the business aviation community to provide the agency with feedback on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). There will be five separate meetings held at the following locations: White Plains, NY, Jan. 6; Atlanta, GA, Jan. 8; Chicago, IL, Jan. 16; Burbank, CA, Jan. 23; and Houston, TX, Jan. 28. The meetings will each begin at 9:00 a.m. local time. “NBAA Members have been frustrated by the proposal because it seems to lack a true understanding of how a general aviation airplane fits into a company’s operations and security culture,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “I strongly encourage anyone able to participate in these meetings to mark their calendars and plan to attend.” To view the full press release, visit:

Electronic APIS Rules In Effect, Compliance Not Required Until May 2009
The final rule regarding the electronic submission of advance passenger information for private aircraft conducting international flights, issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), became effective December 18, but compliance is voluntary until May 18, 2009. “Some Customs officials incorrectly assume that compliance became mandatory last week, but we’re telling the agency that this is not the case,” said NBAA’s Doug Carr, vice president, safety, security & regulation. “If NBAA Members are told they must comply before next May, they should contact the supervisor at their local CBP office.” NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference next month will include a class on electronic advance passenger information system (eAPIS) compliance. Upon the rule’s compliance date in May 2009, affected operators will be required utilize CBP’s eAPIS system or an approved third-party vendor to transmit all specified data elements to CBP no later than 60 minutes prior to departure, whether travelling to or from the U.S. For more information, visit:

Pilot Focus Group Will Solicit Feedback on FAA NOTAM System, Jan. 10
On January 10, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a not-for-profit research organization, will be hosting a one-day focus group meeting in Washington, DC for general aviation pilots to provide feedback on the current notice to airmen (NOTAM) system and suggestions for the new NOTAM system being developed as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) modernization effort. The focus group’s findings will be shared with the FAA’s AIM group. The focus group will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at AIR’s offices at 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW. For details and registration information, contact Cori White at or visit:

NBAA Recalibrates LBA2009 to Address Changes in the Economy
NBAA announced last week that the Association is making adjustments to the schedule, format and pricing for its inaugural Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009). The Conference is now scheduled to take place on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, a change from the original three-day format. The Association has limited allowable sizes for indoor exhibits and reduced attendance and exhibit fees. “NBAA is adjusting LBA2009 to ensure that the conference offers exceptional educational content while also remaining manageable and affordable. This is about tightly focusing an inaugural conference for a very important segment of the business aviation community so that it provides real and tangible value in a very challenging economy,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To view the full press release, visit:

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Regional News
Temporary Flight Restrictions Issued for Presidential Inauguration
As the Presidential inaugural events unfold in the nation’s capital, they bring heightened security and increases in all kinds of traffic, including aviation traffic, to the Washington, DC area. In anticipation of the situation, the FAA has released a notice to airmen (NOTAM) that outlines the temporary flight restrictions and air traffic procedures for the Washington, DC region on January 20. To view the full NOTAM and additional resources for Members planning travel in the Washington area, visit:

New CA Emissions Rules for Airport Ground Equipment to Affect Business Aviation
The California Air Resources Board last week made the emissions standards and test procedures more stringent for off-road large spark-ignition (LSI) engine powered equipment, which includes airport ground support equipment with engines of 25 or more horsepower. Business aviation operators with LSI engine-powered equipment in California are subject to the revised standards, which take effect as early as January 1. For more information, visit:

New Communications Procedures Issued for Simultaneous Approaches at SFO
On January 15, the FAA will make changes to the communications procedures used during precision runway monitor approaches when simultaneous offset instrument approach operations are in progress at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Aircraft flying the ILS PRM 28L and LDA PRM 28R approaches will remain in communication with the final radar controller and monitor the PRM frequency until reaching the end of the No Transgression Zone, which is as close as 3.4 nautical miles from the runway threshold. At that time, aircraft will be switched to the tower frequency of 120.5 MHz for both runways. To view the FAA Letter to Airmen, visit:

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S&D Conference Book Proceeds Will Go to NBAA Charities
Attendees of the NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference have the opportunity to make a contribution to NBAA Charities by purchasing The Heritage, a commemorative book celebrating the Conference’s past twenty years. Sponsored by Air Routing International, The Heritage can be purchased for $10 during the online registration process, and the books will be distributed onsite. NBAA will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from book sales to NBAA Charities, which helps support a number of philanthropic organizations and initiatives that use general aviation airplanes for humanitarian purposes. Book quantities are limited. The Conference will be held in Long Beach, CA from January 13 to 16. To register and order a copy of The Heritage, visit:

Registration Now Open for Two PDP Courses in Savannah, GA, Jan. 26–29
Registration is now open for two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses that NBAA will be offering next month in Savannah, GA at the Hilton Savannah Desoto hotel. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop will take place from January 26 to 27, and now incorporates International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) compliance. The NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop will be offered from January 28 to 29. This course provides flight department managers with key information about safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues. For more information, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at To register or learn more, visit:

Nominations for NBAA’s Meritorious Service and Doswell Awards Due Feb. 6
NBAA is accepting nominations for its two most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes those individuals who have made significant lifelong contributions to aviation. The Doswell Award honors lifelong individual achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. NBAA Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for both awards. The 2009 award recipients will be officially recognized at the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL. For more information and nomination guidelines, 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

International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Course
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 13–14, 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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