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NBAA Update #09-04
Monday, January 26, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
TSA LASP Unaffected by Obama Administration's Regulatory Review
Following a recent White House memo calling for a review of proposed regulatory changes, NBAA contacted officials at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security to clarify whether the White House order affected the status of the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). "TSA officials told us the memo does not impact the current comment and public hearing schedule previously set by TSA," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president, safety, security & regulation. "NBAA is proceeding as though nothing has changed. We'll keep working to bring sanity to the TSA's plan, and we need NBAA Members to continue speaking out as well." To learn more and make your voice heard with Congress and regulators, visit NBAA's TSA LASP web page at:

Proposed Economic Stimulus Bill to Include Aviation Funding, Accelerated Depreciation
The House of Representatives is expected to take up consideration of the Obama Administration's economic stimulus package as early as this week. Known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, the bill would provide over $825 billion in funding for national infrastructure and economic investment projects. The proposed legislation includes $3 billion for airport improvement projects to enhance safety and reduce congestion. The bill would require that 50 percent of the proposed aviation funding be released within 120 days of any airport improvement grant approval. Also included is an accelerated depreciation provision to encourage new business investments through 2010. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA Welcomes Confirmation of Ray LaHood as Transportation Secretary
NBAA welcomes the confirmation of Ray LaHood as secretary of the Department of Transportation. "We congratulate Secretary LaHood, and we look forward to working with him on our industry's highest priorities," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We have reached out to the secretary, and we are confident that he and his staff will be eager to hear our ideas about aviation system modernization and other industry concerns." For more information, visit:

Members Urged to Take Action on New Fire-Suppression Hangar Requirements
Recently proposed guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) could adversely impact general aviation hangars across the country. These proposed guidelines would require all Type III hangars (greater than 12,000 square feet, with hangar doors 28 feet high or less) to install expensive foam fire suppression systems. NBAA encourages Members to contact the NFPA and request an extension to the comment deadline of March 6, so that NBAA and the industry can better understand the proposed requirements. To submit comments, e-mail the NFPA's Timothy Hawthorne at NBAA will keep Members advised of this issue as it unfolds. For more information, contact NBAA at

NBAA Opposes Canadian Agency's User Fee Tax
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has agreed to meet with NBAA, the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) and NavCanada staff this week to discuss industry concerns with the CRA's interpretation that user fees paid to NavCanada are taxable for Part 91 operations. NBAA disagrees with the CRA's assertion that air navigation services are provided to the pilot of the aircraft who is flying for the business of the company. NBAA will inform the CRA about business aviation operations and will argue that these operations should not be subject to the goods and services tax. The meeting will take place this Thursday, January 29, in Ottawa, ON. For more information, contact

New SIFL Rates Expected by Mid-February
New SIFL Rates Expected by Mid-February The Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the first half of calendar year 2009 have not yet been released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) but are expected in mid-February. NBAA is in contact with DOT staff members and will make the rates available on the NBAA web site as soon as they are released. SIFL rates are used to apply the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft and impute the income of the employee as required by IRS rules. For more information, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Works With Regional Groups to Address Onerous State Aviation Tax Proposals
As states across the nation face budget deficits, tax exemptions are coming under increased scrutiny by state legislatures that are seeking to raise revenue. NBAA's regional representatives and the NBAA Tax Committee are closely monitoring state legislative proposals that could increase tax burdens on business aircraft owners and operators, and are speaking out about the value of aviation-related tax exemptions. States that have implemented such exemptions have created new, well-paying jobs at airports in those states, resulting in additional tax revenue. Together with regional business aviation groups, NBAA will continue to educate state legislators on aviation tax issues. Local Member involvement is critical in preserving a sensible tax policy. To learn how to get involved with business aviation regional groups, visit:

Final TSA LASP Public Hearing Is This Wednesday in Houston, TX
Public hearings on the TSA's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program will conclude this week. The last hearing will take place this Wednesday, January 28 at the Conference Center of the Hilton Houston North Hotel in Texas, located at 12400 Greenspoint Drive. The hearing will 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:

Video Recording of LASP Public Hearing at HPN Available Online
The first TSA LASP public hearing, held on January 6 at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York, was a standing-room only event that included testimonies by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and representatives from many aviation associations and operators from the region. A recording of the hearing is now available through NBAA's On-Demand Education Program. Watch this hearing to review key issues designed to focus public comments on the topics that the TSA must consider to complete its review of the LASP proposal. To order the free video, visit:

FAA Test of Reduced Wattage at New York VOLMET Station Ends Today
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been conducting a test on New York's VOLMET station, which broadcasts meteorological information to aircraft in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. During the test, which concludes today, Monday, January 26, the wattage of the New York VOLMET station is 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 have been 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:

NBAA Has Resources for Travel to Tampa Area This Weekend
Two temporary flight restrictions associated with this year's Super Bowl will be in effect for Tampa-area airports this coming Sunday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time. There will be no slot requirements, but traffic management initiatives such as ground delay programs are possible. Prior to arriving at any of the Tampa area airports, NBAA Members are encouraged to contact their fixed base operators to confirm parking and obtain special procedures information. For more information, visit:

CABA Safety Seminar Is This Wednesday, Jan. 28
The Centennial Airport Business Association (CABA) safety seminar and networking event will be held this Wednesday, January 28 in Denver, CO. At the seminar, 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. RSVP to CABA's Brittany Davies at (303) 917-0186 or at For more information, contact NBAA's Steve Hadley at

CABA's February Meeting to Focus on LASP Proposal
NBAA and the Centennial Airport Business Association will hold a meeting on the TSA's proposed LASP in the Wright Brothers Room at the Centennial Airport (APA) Tower, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10. NBAA's Doug Carr will present an in-depth review of the LASP's provisions and potential impact as well as guidance for developing effective comments on the proposal. The deadline for submitting comments is February 27. Attendees should RSVP to CABA's Brittany Davies at (303) 917-0186 or at

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Bolen Honored With Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently received the Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award, which recognizes dedication to the aviation industry. It is presented each year during the "Living Legends of Aviation" ceremony, sponsored by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a Colorado nonprofit dedicated both to honoring individuals who have made significant contributions in aviation and to fostering youth interest in aviation careers. Pete Bunce, last year's honoree and president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, presented the award to Bolen. "We are pleased to grant Ed Bolen this award for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the many thousands of small and mid-size businesses that rely on airplanes to compete and succeed," said academy spokesman Paul Lips. For more information, visit:

NBAA Rolls Back Prices for 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
Exhibitor and Attendee pricing for the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will remain unchanged from last year's Convention fees. "Knowing how difficult these times are with the global economy in general, and for NBAA's Members and Exhibitors in particular, we felt it only appropriate to waive any increases planned for this year's Convention. All pricing for the 2009 Convention will remain the same as in 2008," stated NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. NBAA2009 will be held from Tuesday, October 20 to Thursday, October 22 in Orlando, FL. The NBAA2009 web site will be announced by the end of this month at:

Insider Has Advice for Selecting Entry-Level Aircraft
In the November/December issue of Business Aviation Insider, sponsored by Universal Weather & Aviation, NBAA offers insight on questions to ask when selecting an aircraft for business use. Industry experts Rob Massari, Josh Rosenblatt and Tom Phillips share important information on the due diligence and careful consideration that can make the difference between a valuable business tool and a costly mistake. "When looking at an airplane, there is no substitute for planning and working with people who have done it before," says Rosenblatt. Business Aviation Insider is a free benefit of Membership. To view the article and access the full issue, visit:

Leadership Conference to Feature Exciting Array of Speakers
The NBAA 17th Annual Leadership Conference, themed "Winds of Change," will 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 Conference provides two days of valuable management education and networking opportunities with the industry's most successful leaders. In addition to a keynote address by famed aircraft designer and visionary Burt Rutan, this year's event will feature presentations by Bill Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, Spencer Johnson Partners of "Who Moved My Cheese," and popular business speaker and motivational humorist, Craig Zablocki. Learn more and register online now at:

20th Anniversary Video Highlights Importance of S&D Conference, Profession
The NBAA 20th Anniversary Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Commemorative Video premiered on January 14 at the Opening General Session of the Association's 20th Annual S&D Conference. In keeping with the Conference theme, "Honoring Our Heritage Reaching for New Heights," the video features recollections from schedulers and dispatchers who have been integral to the success of the profession and the Conference. Watch this video and share in the 20th anniversary celebration of the NBAA S&D Conference at:

January and February Scholarship Deadlines Are Fast Approaching
Application deadlines for the International Operators Scholarship and the Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) are coming up quickly. For the International Operators Scholarship, all documents, including a completed and signed application form, an essay and at least one letter of recommendation, are due by January 30. This scholarship is offered by NBAA in partnership with ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats, to benefit business aviation professionals engaged in international operations, and can be applied toward any professional development program. Applications for NBAA's Maintenance TRACS, which offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive technician training courses for several aircraft models, are due by February 13. For more information and to apply to these and other NBAA scholarships, visit:

NBAA Flying Safety Award Applications Due Mar. 1
Applications for NBAA'sFlying Safety Awards are due on March 1. The awards are given annually as a testament to the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations and as a tribute to the skill and ability of a company's management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams. They have brought worldwide attention to business aviation's safety record and have been endorsed and approved by the National Safety Council. Award applications must be submitted to NBAA by mail or faxed to (202) 331-8364. A printed copy of the rules and regulations with application forms has been mailed to all Member operators, and PDF versions are available online. To learn more about award categories and download an application, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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