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NBAA Update #09-03
Monday, January 19, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Removal of Anti-Business Aviation Language From TARP Bill
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week welcomed the decision by Congress to strike language from a legislative proposal that would have fueled general aviation job losses across the country. The language, which was included in legislation to amend the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) first passed by Congress last year, would have required companies receiving TARP funds to divest of business aircraft. "Congress has clearly recognized that it is important to provide Americans with strong oversight of the federal dollars in the TARP program, but that the language addressing business aviation had the potential to fuel job losses for countless people in the general aviation community," said Bolen. NBAA Members played a critical role in voicing their concerns about the TARP proposal with their congressional representatives. For more information, visit:

Bolen Outlined TARP Concerns on Talk Radio
As part of NBAA's effort to turn back the legislative proposal that would have led to tens of thousands of job losses in the general aviation community, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week appeared in a live interview on the nationally syndicated Neal Boortz Show on Atlanta-based WSB-AM 750 radio. Bolen underscored the necessity and importance of business aviation to companies and communities across the U.S. "There are tens of thousands of well-managed, cost-conscious companies that are using business aviation to help their companies survive and succeed in a very competitive marketplace," Bolen said. The radio interview is one of several ways NBAA and its Members made their voices heard on the issue before the provision was stripped from the final bill. For more information and to listen to the full interview, visit:

House Leadership Details Stimulus Bill Spending Priorities
The House Democratic leadership has released preliminary details on the planned $550 billion national "Economic Stimulus" package, which they hope to enact by mid-February. Included in the plan supported by President-elect Obama are provisions important to general aviation, including accelerated depreciation and $3 billion in new funding for airport improvement activities. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

Have You Contacted Congress About TSA's LASP Yet?
NBAA strongly encourages Members to use the Association's Contact Congress letter template to advise their elected representatives of the potentially devastating impact and unduly burdensome regulations of the TSA's LASP. The proposal, which was introduced last October, would affect all aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight above 12,500 lbs, and would negatively impact jobs and businesses without providing clear security enhancements. NBAA also provides a resource with guidelines for developing and submitting comments on the proposal directly to the TSA. To access NBAA's LASP resources, including the new Contact Congress letter and the Member Resource titled "Writing Comments to Federal Regulatory Proposals," visit:

Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Featured Well-Attended LASP Briefing
Industry leaders urged everyone who attended a crowded LASP briefing last Thursday during NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference to make time to submit comments regarding the TSA's proposed rule and to express their opposition to their representatives before the potentially catastrophic proposal is adopted. NBAA warned Attendees that the onerous TSA proposal would directly affect everyone in business aviation, not just operators of aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds. "This is a real concern for the freedoms you will be losing as a result of this proposal," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation, who characterized the LASP as imposition of airline security measures on general aviation, not a security plan tailored to the unique operations of business flying. To access an overview of the briefing, visit:

NBAA Deeply Saddened by Passing of John H. Winant
NBAA is deeply saddened to report the passing last week of former NBAA director and president John H. Winant. "John was respected and trusted by aviation professionals, company executives, cabinet secretaries and elected officials," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. A funeral was held on January 17 at St. John's Church in Williamstown, MA and a memorial service will be conducted in early spring at St. John's Church in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. Winant is survived by his wife Kathryn, their two children, Peter Winant and Claudia Elliot, and their families, including five grandchildren. The family may be contacted at 963 Hancock Road, Williamstown, MA 01267-3019. To view the full press release, with more information on Winant's contribution to aviation, visit:

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Regional News
DC Airspace Guidance for Inauguration Tomorrow, Jan. 20
There will be a temporary flight restriction in place for Washington, DC-area airports tomorrow, January 20, in conjunction with the Presidential inauguration. Only operators on active IFR flight plans to or from Washington Dulles (IAD), Baltimore-Washington (BWI) or Manassas (HEF) airports will be permitted within the Air Defense Identification Zone airspace. Prior permission is required for parking at BWI, but neither IAD nor HEF require reservations. The FAA has indicated its intention to implement the least restrictive tools possible to maintain the best possible traffic flow. As a result, there will be no special traffic management programs in effect for any DC-area airports. Also, miles-in-trail restrictions and departure spacing delays are more likely to be used than ground stops or ground delay programs. A GAAP is the least likely traffic management initiative to be used. For more information, visit:

NBAA and Regional Groups Engage With NJ Legislator to Promote General Aviation
With the new administration coming in, it is an important time to visit legislators and promote the general aviation industry and its airports. NBAA, Teterboro Airport (TEB) officials and regional aviation groups including the Teterboro Users' Group (TUG), Morristown Aviation Association and New Jersey Aviation Association recently met with State Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (NJ-38). Wagner is a member of the New Jersey Assembly committee with jurisdiction over transportation and represents the district containing TEB. The groups promoted the economic benefits business aviation and airports bring to local and state economies as well as the philanthropic activities of the industry. Assemblywoman Wagner responded positively, saying, "One of the things you need to do is promote yourselves and the good you provide a state and community." For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

RSVP Now for ORBAA Annual Safety Day, Jan. 21
It is not too late to attend the Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) Annual Safety Day, to be held this Wednesday, January 21 at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). Presentation topics will include safety management systems and safety response plans, and speakers will provide updates on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway safety and Ohio aerospace initiatives. The meeting, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, will be held at Lane Aviation on the airport, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Attendees should RSVP as soon as possible to Lori Williams of AircraftLogs at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

NBAA's Carr to Present on TSA LASP in Seattle, Jan. 22
NBAA and the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will hold a meeting on the TSA's proposed LASP at King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA this Thursday, January 22. NBAA's Doug Carr will present an in-depth review of the LASP's provisions and impact as well as guidance for developing effective comments on the proposal. The deadline for submitting comments is February 27. The meeting will be held in the main terminal building on the airport from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attendees should RSVP to NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

LASP Hearings in Burbank This Week, Houston Next Week
The TSA's series of public hearings on its proposed LASP continues this week and next with meetings in Burbank, CA this Friday, January 23 and in Houston, TX on Wednesday, January 28. The Burbank meeting will be held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel, 2500 North Hollywood Way. The meeting in Houston will be held at the Conference Center at the Hilton Houston North Hotel, located at 12400 Greenspoint Drive. All hearings begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at To review the specific LASP provisions the TSA is seeking comment on and for further details, visit NBAA's LASP page at:

NBAA Seeks Feedback on FAA Test of Reduced Wattage at New York VOLMET Station
The FAA is conducting a test on New York's high frequency volatile meteorological (VOLMET) station, which broadcasts meteorological information to aircraft in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. During the test, which runs until next Monday, January 26, 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 or faxed to (202) 478-0035. To download the FAA's VOLMET testing form, visit:

RSVP Now for Safety Seminar Hosted by Denver Group, Jan. 28
The Centennial Airport Business Association will host a safety seminar and networking event next Wednesday, January 28 in Denver, CO. International safety and security consultant Greg Feith will present "Lessons Learned to Enhance Aviation Safety and Security." The event will be held in the Wright Brothers Room at the Centennial Airport (APA) Tower, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. Attendees are asked to RSVP as soon as possible to Brittany Davies at (303) 917-0186 or at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

Idaho Group to Hold Next Meeting in Boise, Feb. 4
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold its winter networking meeting, sponsored by Hawker Beechcraft, on February 4 at Western Aircraft on Boise Airport (BOI). Hawker Beechcraft representatives will make a presentation as well as display the Hawker 4000 aircraft. The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the cost to attend is $15, which includes a buffet lunch. RSVP by January 28 to For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit IBAA's web site at:

PNBAA Will Hold Safety Event in Seattle, Mar. 5
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will host "The Human Side of Aviation," a one-day safety event, in Seattle, WA on March 5. The event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized safety experts, interact with industry leaders and promote business aviation safety. Featured speakers, including decorated pilot and author Hugh Mills, will discuss topics such as fatigue management, human factors and aviation risk management. The event will be held at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI). Breakfast and lunch will be provided and seating will be limited. For more information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Douglas Wilson at or at (206) 291 6335. In the next few weeks, online registration will be available on the PNBAA web site, at:

Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo in Boise, May 3031
The Idaho Aviation Association and the Idaho Aviation Foundation will host the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo in Boise, ID on May 30 and 31. Building on the tradition of the Idaho Aviation Festival, the Expo will have an expanded exhibit hall and additional seminar rooms. It will feature static displays of business, light and experimental aircraft, and live product and service demonstrations will be performed. At this important annual event, attendees will learn about aviation job opportunities and the latest in aviation technology. To participate, contact the Idaho Business League's Lee Hudson at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

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Thousands Gather for Milestone Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
More than 2,000 people gathered from January 14 to 16 in Long Beach, CA for the NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference, which provided instruction, training and exhibits designed to benefit schedulers and dispatchers of every experience level. Themed "Honoring our Heritage, Reaching for New Heights," NBAA also commemorated the event's 20th anniversary with several activities and observations. Attendees and Exhibitors displayed an upbeat attitude in sessions and on the exhibit floor, with many Exhibitors characterizing this event as the most productive one they've experienced in years. Additionally, the Conference continued its tradition of attracting newcomers, with more than 140 people attending this year's event for the first time. To review Conference highlights, including articles, photos, podcasts and presentations, visit NBAA's Online News Bureau at:

"Ask the OSG" Feature in Latest Insider Makes the Business Case for IS-BAO
NBAA's Member newsletter, Business Aviation Insider, features a regular installment called "Ask the OSG" providing answers to questions Members frequently ask NBAA's Operations Service Group (OSG). In the November/December issue, sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation, "Ask the OSG" provides detailed information for operators to make the business case for implementing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Securing IS-BAO registration provides peace of mind for management and passengers that operations are being conducted to the highest industry standards. Business Aviation Insider is a free benefit of Membership, and all employees of NBAA Member Companies are eligible for their own subscriptions. To receive printed copies of the newsletter in the mail, Members should contact NBAA's Dave Bascomb at To view the full article online, visit:

2009 Member Company Updates Due This Friday, Jan. 23
All updates to Member Company information must be submitted to NBAA online by this Friday, January 23 to be included in the printed 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. Any necessary changes can be made using "My NBAA Profile," NBAA's online tool that allows Members to access and make changes to their company records. Changes are immediately reflected in the Online Directory. To view and update Member profiles now, visit:

Last Chance to Register for PDP Workshops in Savannah
It's not too late to register for next week's Professional Development Program (PDP) Workshops in Savannah, GA. The NBAA Flight Operations Manual Workshop, held next Monday and Tuesday, January 26 and 27, will incorporate the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). The NBAA Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop, offered from Wednesday to Thursday, January 28 to 29, will provide education for flight department managers on safe operations, regulatory compliance, budgeting and accounting, vendor selection, personnel management and other issues. The workshops will be held at the Hilton Savannah Desoto Hotel. For more information, contact NBAA's Sandy Wirtz at To view a full list of PDP offerings and register for courses, visit:

Speaking Proposals for Flight Attendants Conference Due Jan. 31
Speaking proposals for the 2009 Flight Attendants Conference are due by January 31. Interested speakers should submit original, forward-thinking ideas that clearly and concisely speak to this year's conference theme of cabin safety, security and professionalism. Hosted by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee, the Conference will open the evening of June 25 with the First-Time Attendees Welcome Session and Networking Reception. Education sessions will be held from June 26 to 27. A complete agenda will be available online in April. Interested presenters should contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

Deadline Fast Approaching for Award Nominations, Due Feb. 6
Nominations for NBAA's most prestigious awards, the Meritorious Service to Aviation and the John P. "Jack" Doswell Awards, are due in less than three weeks. 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:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Martin Luther King Day, Inauguration
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, and Tuesday, January 20 due to the Presidential inauguration. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 21.

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Upcoming NBAA Events
PDP Course: Flight Operations Manual Workshop
January 2627, 2009, Savannah, GA

PDP Course: Management Fundamentals for Flight Departments Workshop
January 2829, 2009, Savannah, GA

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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 9, 2009, Dallas, TX

PDP Course: Managerial Communications
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Technical Operations Policy & Procedures Manual Development
April 14, 2009, New Orleans, LA

NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
April 1517, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 2021, 2009, Orlando, FL

NBAA/EBAA 1st International Aircraft Transactions Conference
May 11, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 1214, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

NBAA Complying with Regulations on Non-Business Use of Business Aircraft Conference
May 28, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

NBAA Business Aviation Taxes Conferencee
May 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

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