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NBAA Update #08-52
Monday, December 29, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Public Hearings on New TSA Proposal Start Next Week – Prepare Now
As NBAA has previously reported, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin a series of public hearings next week concerning its planned Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), with the first scheduled for January 6, at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will testify along with other representatives from many aviation associations and operators from the local area. The TSA has asked to hear from the public on a number of specific issues, which will help determine the final outcome of the proposal. Members planning to provide oral testimony will be required to sign in upon arrival. Registration will be available as early as 8:00 a.m. local time, but oral testimony will continue throughout the day to give as many attendees as possible the opportunity to testify. For questions, contact NBAA’s Doug Carr at To review the hearing locations, the provisions TSA officials are seeking comment on, and other information, visit:

NBAA Advocating for Industry's Priorities With Obama Transition Team
As President-elect Barack Obama's transition team reviews government policies and considers appointments and nominations that are important to the business aviation community, NBAA has worked diligently to ensure that incoming Administration officials are aware of the concerns and priorities for business aviation. The Association has been circulating a handout making clear the industry's strong safety and security record, its need for access to airports and airspace, and its opposition to user fees for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding. The document is also useful for NBAA Members in helping inform local officials about the importance of business aviation in local economies across the U.S. To review the document, visit:

Newspapers Publishing NBAA Response to Negative Industry Coverage
In recent weeks, as the business aviation community has been confronted by a drumbeat of negative media coverage, NBAA has aggressively worked to set the record straight on the importance of business aviation to companies and communities across the U.S. As the latest example, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent letters to dozens of newspapers that had published a national Associated Press story that largely mischaracterized the industry. Bolen's letter has appeared in newspapers in California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota and elsewhere. NBAA Members who spot misinformed news coverage about the industry in their local news outlets can contact NBAA Communications Manager Patrick Dunne at To review a sample of a published Bolen letter, visit:

Operators Should Use Experience, Judgment in Considering NTSB Ice Bridging Alert
Following several accidents where in-flight icing was found to be a contributing cause, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a safety alert questioning the existence of ice bridging and highlighting the need for continued vigilance for even small amounts of ice build-up on aircraft surfaces. The alert states that the NTSB “has no known cases where ice bridging has caused an incident or accident, and has investigated numerous incidents and accidents involving a delayed activation of deice boots.” NBAA believes operators should continue to base their decisions about de-icing on their experience and judgment, because proving the existence of ice bridging after an accident is difficult, and many documented cases resulted in successful outcomes due to the skill and professionalism of the flight crew. To review a copy of the alert, visit:

Due to Economic Realities, NBAA Cancels ABACE for 2009
NBAA announced last week that economic conditions have led to the cancellation of the 2009 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), originally scheduled for February 11 and 12 in Hong Kong. “At a time when our economy is moving into its second year of a recession, NBAA is not in a position to provide ABACE with the attention and resources required to make the show the success it needs to be for our Attendees and Exhibitors,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We regret the circumstances that have led to this year’s cancellation, but we look forward to working through the challenges of today and resuming the show in future years.” To view the full press release, visit:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
NBAA’s Doug Carr to Present on TSA LASP at Upcoming Professional Pilots Association Meeting
The Professional Pilots Association (PPA), based in Columbus, OH, will hold a meeting next Wednesday, January 7, at Bolton Field Airport (TZR) featuring a presentation by NBAA’s Doug Carr, vice president, safety, security & regulation, on the TSA’s proposed LASP. Carr will provide details on the proposed regulations and how they might impact operations, and will solicit feedback from attendees. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at Capital City Jet Center on the airport, located at 2000 Norton Road in Columbus, OH. Dinner will be served. Interested parties must make a reservation on the PPA web site. Questions may be directed to NBAA’s Bob Quinn at For more information and to make a reservation, visit:

NBAA, Dallas Regional Groups Will Host TSA LASP Comment Workshop, Jan. 13
NBAA, the North Texas Business Aviation Association and the Love Field Pilots Association (LFPA) will hold a workshop addressing concerns about the TSA’s LASP on January 13, at Dallas Love Field (DAL). The workshop is intended to help Members develop comments on the proposed regulation plan, which has been met with much concern by the business aviation community. NBAA’s Doug Carr will provide opening remarks and answer Members’ questions. Additional participating regional groups will include the Friends of Meacham Airport Association, Addison Business Aviation Association and Texas Corporate Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers. The workshop will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Auditorium on the airport, located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, TX. For more information, contact LFPA's Bob Chrampanis at

Plan Ahead for Flights to Tampa Area Airports on Feb. 1
The Super Bowl and other yearly national events always produce increased activity of all kinds in the cities where they are held. Such will be the case for aviation activity, which is expected to significantly increase in the Tampa area in conjunction with Super Bowl XLIII, to be held at Raymond James Stadium on February 1, 2009. No special traffic management programs or slots will be required, but operators should expect other traffic management initiatives at Tampa area airports. Heightened security will require that a temporary flight restriction (TFR) be put in place on game day, which will affect Tampa International Airport (TPA). As soon as the TFR notice to airmen (NOTAM) is published, NBAA will provide the NOTAM and all pertinent details on the Association's web site and in future issues of NBAA Update.

New CA Emissions Rules for Airport Ground Equipment Take Effect This Week
The California Air Resources Board’s revised emissions standards and test procedures for off-road large spark-ignition (LSI) engine-powered equipment will take effect as early as this Thursday, January 1. The tougher standards will apply to 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. For more information, visit:

Beginning March 2009, UK Will Standardize Services Outside Controlled Airspace
In the UK, air traffic services outside controlled airspace (ATSOCAS) are currently provided to operators by a variety of civilian and military organizations. In order to establish a single suite of clearly defined ATSOCAS for use by all controllers, flight information service officers and pilots in the UK, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has developed standardized UK Flight Information Services (FIS). The UK FIS include basic, traffic, deconfliction and procedural services. Beginning March 12, the UK FIS (excluding aerodrome services) will be the only air traffic service provided in Class F and Class G airspace within the UK flight information region. Until March 12, the pre-existing ATSOCAS services remain available to all operators as needed. For more information on the UK FIS, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

NBAA’s S&D Conference to Include Session on TSA’s Proposed LASP
NBAA’s 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference is now only two weeks away and Attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The Conference will be held from January 14 to 16 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in California. Newly added to the event is a January 15 education session on the TSA’s proposed LASP, led by NBAA's staff and Security Council. Separately, NBAA will provide five Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) courses, designed to meet the needs of schedulers and dispatchers. The Conference is the premier venue for professional networking and educational opportunities for schedulers and dispatchers. For more information and to register online, visit:

Member Company Record Updates for NBAA’s 2009 Member Directory Are Due
The 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel will be printed soon. In order to ensure that all Member information is up-to-date in the printed Directory, NBAA requests that Member Representatives make any necessary changes to their company’s Membership record by Friday, January 23. Members may update information through “My NBAA Profile,” NBAA’s online tool that allows Members to access and make changes to their record. Changes can be made at any time and are immediately reflected in the Online Directory. Membership update forms will not be mailed this year. To make a specific request for a printed form, Member Representatives are asked to contact NBAA by January 14 at (800) 394-6222, or To view and update Member profiles now, visit:

Online Registration Now Available for NBAA 20th Annual Leadership Conference
Online registration is now available for the NBAA 20th Annual Leadership Conference, to be held from February 18 to 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the Association’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee, the NBAA Leadership Conference provides two days of valuable management education and networking opportunities with the industry's most successful leaders. The keynote address will be delivered by famed aircraft designer, visionary and aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, who will address the event’s theme for 2009, “Winds of Change,” by sharing his latest efforts to inspire creativity and innovation in aviation. For more information and to register online, visit:

NBAA to Offer Flight Operations Manual and Management Fundamentals Workshops, Jan. 26–29
This Wednesday, December 31, is the last day to make hotel reservations at the Hilton Savannah Desoto Hotel in Savannah, GA, where NBAA will be offering two Professional Development Program (PDP) courses in January. Registration is currently available online for the courses. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, which incorporates the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), will be offered from January 26 to 27. Immediately following, the NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop will be offered from January 28 to 29. This course provides education for flight department managers on safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues. For more information, contact NBAA’s Sandy Wirtz at To view a full list of PDP course offerings and register for next month’s courses, visit:

March 2009 CAM Exam Registration Deadline Is in Two Weeks
The deadline to sign up for the next available Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Exam is January 15. The test will be offered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format in March 2009 at various locations throughout the country. NBAA will also be offering the CBT version of the CAM Exam in May, July, September and November. 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 a year ago 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:

NBAA Works With National Aviation Hall of Fame to Educate and Inspire Youth
The November/December issue of NBAA’s Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation, features an article detailing NBAA’s support for the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) in working towards a shared goal of inspiring a new generation of aviators and engineers. Located in Dayton, OH, the birthplace of aviation, the NAHF honors the memory and achievements of more than 200 aviation leaders, a number of whom come from business aviation. NBAA regularly contributes to NAHF’s fundraising campaigns and events. Business Aviation Insider is a free benefit of Membership. To view the full article and access the online version of Insider, 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: 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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