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NBAA Update #09-05
Monday, February 2, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Tells President Obama: Business Aviation Means Jobs
Responding to recent comments from some Washington policymakers who discourage the use of general aviation for business purposes, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week sent a letter reminding White House officials of the role general aviation plays in promoting jobs, local investment and economic activity across the U.S. NBAA is scheduling follow-up meetings with Treasury and Department of Transportation officials to further discuss the points made in its letter to the President. Download Bolen's full message to the White House in PDF format at:

Tell Congress Business Aviation Is Important to Companies, Communities Across the U.S.
In a letter to NBAA Members last week, Association President and CEO Ed Bolen outlined ongoing efforts by NBAA to address the industry's challenge in the media and policy arena. Bolen added that the direct involvement of the people in business aviation would be critical to NBAA's ability to advance the industry's priorities. "Your voice is needed to remind policymakers in Washington that business aviation generates jobs, economic activity and local investment in every state and congressional district in the country," Bolen's letter states. NBAA has provided a new Contact Congress letter to help Members tell elected officials about the value of business aviation. The sample letter can be accessed by visiting:

NBAA Opinion Piece Reminds Media Organizations: Business Aviation Makes Sense
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent an opinion piece to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to remind the news organizations that "most people recognize that productivity, flexibility and dependability are attributes of well-managed companies. They are also the benefits of business aviation." At the end of last week, the newspapers had no word on whether or not the piece would be published, so the Association today made it available on NBAA's web site. "The newspapers may or may not choose to publish our op-ed on the importance of business aviation," Bolen said. "Regardless, we'll continue our aggressive advocacy for the industry." To review the piece in its entirety, visit:

NBAA Announces New Webinar Series on the Business Case for Business Aviation
NBAA is developing a new webinar series to address the business case for business aviation, which is geared towards flight department managers and executives with oversight of the flight department. Save the dates to participate in these important webinars. The first session, scheduled from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 27 will evaluate performance metrics that flight departments and company executives can implement to document the value their business aircraft provides the company. On Friday, March 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, experts will address public relations issues surrounding aircraft ownership, explaining the value of the aircraft to the media, shareholders and others. The third and final session, to be held on Friday, March 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET, will examine best practices and policies surrounding the use of business aviation. Each session will begin with a panel presentation and moderated discussion, followed by Q&A from the attendees. Registration details will be announced in the February 9 issue of NBAA Update. E-mail questions in advance, on any of these topics, to

Canadian Agency Hears NBAA's Opposition to User Fee Tax
At a meeting on January 29, representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency defended their position that a 5 percent goods and services tax (GST) is applicable on user fee charges for Part 91 operators using NavCanada's air navigation services. However, CRA officials were sympathetic to NBAA's arguments and viewpoint, and encouraged NBAA to take the matter up with Canada's Department of Finance to seek a change to tax policy. NBAA will continue its coordination efforts with the Canadian Business Aviation Association and NavCanada on this matter. For more information, contact NBAA at, or visit:

Satellite Monitoring of 121.5 MHz ELT Distress Signals Terminated
On February 1, the Cospas-Sarsat Organization an international search and rescue program that provides service to the United States terminated processing of distress signals emitted by 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). Now only signals from 406 MHz ELTs will be processed by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. This change is expected to result in a reduction in false alerts while increasing the responsiveness of rescuers to actual distress calls. Pilots flying aircraft equipped with 121.5 MHz ELTs must now depend on pilots of overflying aircraft and/or ground stations monitoring 121.5 MHz to report distress signals transmitted from a possible crash site. For further information visit:

New NBAA Resource Provides Guidance on Airport and Airspace Obstructions
When microwave towers, office buildings, wind turbines or other structures are built near airports, they can become obstacles to navigable airspace. As the country's navigable airspace continues to shrink due to such construction, business aviation's access to airports decreases. Even uncontrolled tree growth next to airports is an issue that affects access. NBAA has created a new online resource to bring awareness to these obstructions and the adverse effect they have on business aviation. For more information and to view the resource, visit:

Reduced Introductory Price for New SMS e-Learning Course
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), of which NBAA is a founding member, and FlightSafety International are offering a newly developed e-Learning course on safety management systems (SMS) at a reduced introductory price for NBAA Members who register before March 13. The course is particularly helpful for operators who have implemented the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) or are currently engaged in the implementation process. At the core of the IS-BAO is a scalable SMS tool for business aircraft operators, from single aircraft/single-pilot operations to large multi-aircraft flight departments. NBAA advocates that flight departments of all sizes implement an SMS for aircraft operations. For more information and to register for the course, visit:

NBAA to Merge LBA2009 Into Annual Meeting & Convention
NBAA announced last week that the programming from the anticipated 2009 Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) will now be incorporated into the Association's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) in Orlando, FL, scheduled for October 20 to 22. The LBA event was originally scheduled to take place in San Diego, CA, on March 13 and 14. However, the state of the economy has caused NBAA to make adjustments to ensure maximum value for Attendees and Exhibitors. "By incorporating the Conference into the Convention, the entrepreneurs and pilots for whom LBA was designed will now be able to participate in the full two days of education sessions, including the Cessna Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, while attending NBAA2009," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. View the press release at:

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Regional News
NBAA and Connecticut Group Advocate Against Bill Threatening BDR Runway
NBAA and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group are advocating against a bill in the Connecticut state legislature that threatens the continued use of Runway 6/24 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR). The bill, S.B. 563, introduced by State Senator Dan Debicella (D-21), would continue to prevent the addition of an engineered material arresting system (EMAS) to Runway 6/24 by extending the moratorium on the relocation of Route 113. Runway 6/24 and Route 113 are currently divided by a blast fence, identified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a much less safe means of arresting overruns than EMAS. Until the EMAS is established, the FAA will not authorize desperately needed repairs to Runway 6/24 and has requested BDR close the runway to Part 139 aircraft. NBAA Members in Connecticut are urged to contact their respective legislators and ask them to oppose the bill. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at, or visit:

Implementation of New Communications Procedures at SFO Delayed
Due to charting complications, the FAA has delayed the implementation of new communications procedures used during precision runway monitor approaches when simultaneous offset instrument approach (SOIA) operations are in progress at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). A NOTAM has been issued that indicates that the SOIA approaches at SFO are unavailable until further notice. The next interim charting date is February 12, at which time the FAA expects that the publications should come out correctly. For more information, visit:

Las Vegas McCarran Runway Closure Continues
The Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) Runway 25L/7R construction closure continues, and the runway is expected to return to service on or near May 1. The preferred runway configuration during the closure (arrive Runways 1L and 25R; depart Runways 1R and 1L) provides the greatest capacity and will be used if at all possible. Business aviation operators have mitigated the effects of this closure by using alternate airports in the Las Vegas area such as Henderson Executive (HND) and North Las Vegas (VGT). Both have modern facilities and reliable ground transportation options. NBAA and local FAA air traffic personnel have been developing long-term improvements to the airspace and procedures in the Las Vegas basin which, as they come online, will improve access to and from satellite airports in the Las Vegas area, especially Henderson Airport. For more information, visit:

Idaho Business Aviation Association Winter Meeting to Be Held on Feb. 4
The next Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) networking meeting, sponsored by Hawker Beechcraft, will be held this Wednesday, February 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Western Aircraft at the Boise Airport (BOI). The meeting will include a presentation from Hawker Beechcraft as well as a display of the Hawker 4000 aircraft. Admission to the meeting will cost $15, which is payable at the door and includes a buffet lunch. To attend, RSVP as soon as possible to IBAA at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at or visit IBAA's web site at:

South Carolina Aviation Association Will Hold Annual Conference Feb. 11-13
The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) will hold its 31st Annual Conference this year in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Marriott Grande Dunes from February 11 to 13. Michael O'Donnell, director of the FAA Office of Airports Safety and Standards and former South Carolina Division of Aeronautics executive director, will be among the featured speakers at this year's event. To register or for more information, contact SCAA's Katie English at or NBAA's Harry Houckes at, or visit the SCAA web site at:

Register Now for the PNBAA Aviation Safety Day in Seattle, Mar. 5
Registration is now open for a one-day safety event hosted by the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA), titled "The Human Side of Aviation." The event will be held at Seattle's Museum of Flight on March 5 and features nationally recognized experts in fatigue management, human factors and aviation risk management. Offering unique opportunities to learn from the experts, interact with key decision-makers and promote business aviation safety, the event is ideal for aviation department managers, chief pilots, line pilots, safety officers, risk managers, directors of maintenance, and schedulers and dispatchers. Registration is limited for this full-day event and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, including registration and sponsorship information, contact PNBAA's Douglas Wilson at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at, or visit the PNBAA Safety Day web site at:

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Member Benefit: Did You Know About NBAA's Operations Service Group?
NBAA Members should all be aware of a valuable membership benefit: NBAA's Operations Service Group help desk. Members can tap the Association's on-staff industry experts in the Operations Service Group to get answers to their operations questions. With a single phone call or e-mail, Members have access to a designated staff person for real-time answers on technical and operational information, business aircraft ownership, FAA regulations, tax issues and much more. Contact the OSG today at (202) 783-9250 or, or learn more at:

NBAA Leadership Conference to Focus on Navigating 'Winds of Change'
The NBAA 17th Annual Leadership Conference, to be held from February 18 to 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, LA, is fast approaching. This year's theme, "Winds of Change," will offer Members exciting opportunities to tackle change in the business aviation industry head-on. 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. Featured speakers include famed aircraft designer and visionary Burt Rutan, named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People of the World," as well as Bill Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, and Craig Zablocki, popular business speaker and motivational humorist. For additional information and to register online, visit:

Video Copies of S&D Conference APIS Session Now Available for Purchase
A session titled "Understanding the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)," held on January 20 during the NBAA 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in Long Beach, CA, is now available for purchase in video format. The well-attended session, presented by Scott O'Brien of NBAA's Operations Service Group, provided an overview of the proposed APIS submission requirements for Part 91 operators and reviewed current APIS requirements for Part 135 air carriers. Video copies of this session include synched presentation slides. Videos of 17 other S&D Conference sessions are also now available for purchase. For more information and to purchase the videos, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
PDP Course: Capitalize on Human Resources
February 17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

17th Annual Leadership Conference
February 18–19, 2009, New Orleans, LA

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

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

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 2527, 2009, New Orleans, LA

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