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NBAA Update #09-07
Monday, February 16, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen Defends Business Aviation at Congressional Hearing
While testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen challenged recent critics who have questioned the value of business aviation and called for companies to divest of business aircraft. During the hearing, Bolen was asked about recent negative media coverage of the industry. "It's a fact: business aviation is essential to America," Bolen told the subcommittee. "Unfortunately, an understanding of that reality is not reflected in calls for companies to divest of their business airplanes," Bolen continued. "It's dangerous because it's costing jobs. It's dangerous because it is threatening an entire manufacturing base. It's dangerous because it is taking away a tool many companies absolutely rely on to remain competitive and survive, especially in this unforgiving marketplace." Bolen further argued that business aviation is the most prudent and cost effective means of transportation for many businesses and should be promoted, not disparaged. Read more at:

NBAA Stands Up for Business Aviation in a Turbulent Climate
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen's testimony before the House Aviation Subcommittee last week (as referenced in the previous item) was just the latest in a series of ongoing efforts by the Association to underscore the value of business aviation with news media organizations, policymakers and others. "NBAA has aggressively stated our message about the importance of business aviation," Bolen said. "While we can't guarantee that our comments will always be accurately portrayed or even included in every story, we will nevertheless continue to press our case." In the past week, Bolen told the Wall Street Journal: "We're all trying to battle misperception. The vast majority of the time, these jets are flying offices, where people can conduct business and have confidential discussions that could never occur on a commercial jetliner." Learn more about NBAA's efforts at:

NBAA Reiterates Commitment to Support Aviation System Modernization
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told members of Congress last week that the business aviation community remains committed to continued progress toward a Next Generation Air Traffic Control (NextGen) system. Testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Bolen emphasized the industry's support for NextGen and a multi-year "reauthorization" (funding) package for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "General aviation has been at the forefront of the modernization effort," Bolen noted. "We were early adopters of GPS navigation systems and supporters of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a technology that is now the cornerstone of the modernization effort. Just as we have supported forward-looking technologies, we will continue to support forward-thinking policies for achieving our shared goal of leading the world in aviation." Read more at:

Stimulus Package Includes Provisions for Aviation
Last week Congress wrapped up negotiations on the economic stimulus package, H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The final measure contains $200 million for FAA facilities and equipment and $1.1 billion for the Airport Improvement Program. The bill requires that priority be given to funding FAA and airport projects that can be completed within two years. The legislation also expands the accelerated depreciation rules enacted in last year's stimulus bill to apply accelerated depreciation to eligible property purchased in 2009 and placed in service by the end of 2010. Finally, the legislation requires any recipient of Troubled Assets Relief Program funds to have a board of directors-approved policy regarding certain expenditures, which could include the use of business aircraft. NBAA has long promoted transparency in business aviation operations because it helps demonstrate that a company's airplane is an essential strategic asset for optimizing productivity, flexibility and efficiency. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison Announce New Commerce Subcommittees
Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), ranking member of the committee, have announced the new Commerce Subcommittees for the 111th Congress. These will include the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, which will be chaired by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and have Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) as its ranking member. NBAA looks forward to working with the subcommittee leaders to address the challenges facing the industry.

DOT Releases SIFL Rates for First Half of 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates for the six-month period from January 1 to June 30. This data is necessary when applying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aircraft valuation formula to compute values of non-business transportation aboard employer-provided aircraft. The data also is needed to input the traveling employee's income, as required by the IRS Rules, Section 1.61-21(g). NBAA Members may access the SIFL rates and NBAA's personal use calculator, which assists flight departments with valuation of personal trips, at:

Registration Now Available for New NBAA Webinar Series on the 'Business Case for Business Aviation'
Registration for NBAA's new webinar series on the "Business Case for Business Aviation" is now available online. The series is designed to help flight department managers and others overseeing flight departments communicate the value of their operations. The first webinar, which will be held on February 27 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET, will evaluate performance metrics that flight departments can implement to document the value their business aircraft provide to the company. Subsequent webinars will be held on March 6 and 13, and will address public relations issues and best practices of aircraft ownership. Each webinar will begin with a panel presentation and moderated discussion, followed by Q&A from the attendees. NBAA will waive registration fees for its Members, a savings of $99 per webinar. To learn more and to register, visit:

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NBAA Presents Silk Scarf to MAC Executive Director Christopher Willenborg
NBAA presented Christopher Willenborg, executive director of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC), with the NBAA Silk Scarf Award at last week's Massachusetts Airport Management Association (MAMA) meeting on February 12. The award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers. Willenborg served as the airport manager at Barnes Municipal Airport (BAF) in Westfield, MA since 1999 and had served as a past president of MAMA, where he was instrumental in establishing MAMA's "On the Hill Day" in Boston, a chance for the general aviation community to meet state legislators and advocate for the industry on key issues such as user fees. NBAA congratulates Willenborg for this well-deserved honor. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

GSAMA Aviation Advocacy Day on the Hill
This Wednesday, Feb. 18 The Granite State Airport Management Association (GSAMA) will conduct its Aviation Advocacy Day in Concord, NH this Wednesday, February 18 starting at 10:00 a.m. GSAMA continues to advocate on behalf of general aviation and airports and has recently testified regarding the continuation of tax initiatives favorable to aviation. Last year, with the support of NBAA, GSAMA made presentations to more than 100 legislators. For more information contact, NBAA's Dean Saucier at

This Weekend: 26th Annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show
The Washington Aviation Association will host the 2009 Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show this weekend, February 21 to 22, in Puyallup, WA. Now in its 26th year, the event will bring together more than 10,000 aviation enthusiasts to network and learn more about safety, education and new products. The program offers a wide variety of educational sessions for pilots, mechanics, airport managers and other aviation professionals, including a keynote presentation by survival expert and author Doug Ritter. Tickets to attend cost $5 and will be available at the door and online. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at To view the full event program, or to purchase tickets online, visit:

GWBAA Organizing Tour of ARINC Headquarters in Annapolis, Mar. 19
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) is organizing a tour of ARINC's international headquarters in Annapolis, MD for its next meeting on March 19. ARINC is marking its 80th year of providing aeronautical communications services to the aviation, defense, and transportation industries. GWBAA members and other business aviation professionals are invited to participate in the tour and complimentary lunch briefing, where GWBAA President Paige Kroner and other board members will update attendees on the association's recent activities and upcoming events. Attendees should RSVP to For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at or visit:

Save the Date: Next PRSDA Meeting in Portland on Apr. 16
The Pacific Rim Schedulers and Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) will hold its next meeting in Portland, OR on April 16. Further details will be published in future issues of NBAA Update and in PRSDA's e-mail updates. To subscribe to the e-mail updates, contact PRSDA's Michaelle Olson at For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey 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 professionals of all disciplines. 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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NBAA Marks the Passing of Aviation Pioneer D.U. 'Dee' Howard
NBAA extends condolences to the friends and family of D.U. "Dee" Howard, the aviation legend who passed away February 11 after a long illness. A former Air Force mechanic, Howard earned dozens of patents for his innovations in the aviation industry. "Dee Howard was an industry legend who traced his roots back to the early days of business jet travel," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Self-made and entrepreneurial, some regard Dee as the father of thrust reversers on business jets. Our industry owes him a debt of gratitude for his service and contributions." Howard is the recipient of the 1993 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, business aviation's most distinguished honor, recognizing extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation. In addition, NBAA's NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship was named in honor of both Howard and Fage to honor their lifetime achievements as aerospace engineering pioneers.

Annual Meeting & Convention Exhibitor Lottery Deadline Is Feb. 20
NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport. With participants from around the globe representing every sector of the industry attending this year's event, NBAA2009 offers Exhibitors the opportunity to reach the entire business aviation community at one event. The lottery deadline for Priority Two and Priority Three Exhibitors is this Friday, February 20. This year for the first time, NBAA is offering the Annual Meeting & Convention Exhibitor Prospectus entirely online. To view all forms and for more Exhibitor information, including booth configurations, pricing, advertising and sponsorships, visit:

Don't Miss This Week's NBAA Webcast
The NBAA 17th Annual Tax, Regulatory & Risk Management Conference, held in October 2008, provided Attendees with in-depth information on legal and financial issues affecting business aircraft ownership and operation. For those who were unable to attend, NBAA will re-broadcast the full Conference as a four-part webcast series starting on February 18. The series will include all of the originally recorded content, including a live Q&A with the presenters. Companies with several staff interested in participating can set up meeting rooms to accommodate group viewing. The four live webcasts are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18 and 25 and March 4 and 11. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at To register, visit:

CAMC Scholarship Recipients to Attend This Week's Leadership Conference
NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC) has selected three individuals as recipients of the 2009 CAMC Scholarship. Each scholarship includes a value equivalent to $1,600 to cover expenses associated with attendance at the NBAA Leadership Conference, taking place this week on February 18 and 19 in New Orleans, LA. Attendance at this Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Now in its fifth year, NBAA's CAMC Scholarship is sponsored by The VanAllen Group. For more information and a list of scholarship recipients, visit:

NBAA Member Benefit: My NBAA Profile
Using NBAA's online profile tool, My NBAA Profile, Member Representatives can make changes to their Member record online at their convenience and changes will be reflected immediately in the Association's Online Directory at They also can use My NBAA Profile to quickly review their information and ensure it is up-to-date and accurate in time for the soon-to-be-printed 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel. Member Reps also can set communications preferences to personalize and enhance their Member experience. To use My NBAA Profile, visit:

Dispatch Resource Management Video Now Available Online
Most problems encountered by flightcrews and aircraft dispatchers are not caused by technical errors, but rather errors in decision-making, communication and resource management. For this reason, human factors awareness is a critical component of scheduler and dispatcher training. NBAA has made video copies available online of a recent education session on dispatch resource management focused on human factors. The session was originally presented during the 2009 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference by Bob Gould, a maintenance safety instructor with Global Jet Services. The session emphasized resourceful decision-making for schedulers and dispatchers. Included in the online videos are synched presentation slides from the conference. For more information and to purchase this and 17 other S&D Conference session videos through NBAA's On-Demand Education Program, visit:

Mar. 1 Deadline for Flying Safety Awards Applications Fast Approaching
March 1 is the deadline for Members to submit applications for the NBAA Flying Safety Awards, NBAA's annual awards for achievement in flying safety and professionalism. Endorsed by the National Safety Council, the Flying Safety Awards are presented at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention and include categories such as the 50 Year Safe Flying Achievement, Corporate Business Flying Safety, Commercial Business Flying Safety, Aviation Maintenance Department Safety, Pilot Safety, Maintenance/Avionics Technician Safety and Aviation Support Services Safety. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1 and submitted to NBAA in hardcopy via mail or fax to (202) 331-8364. For more information, including rules and regulations, visit:

European Business Aviation Award Nominations Due Apr. 12
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) have issued a call for nominations for the 2009 European Business Aviation Award. The award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe. It is presented each year to one or more individuals during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), co-produced by NBAA and EBAA. EBACE is the only European exhibition focusing solely on business aviation. This year's event, EBACE2009, will be held from May 12 to 14 in Geneva, Switzerland at the Geneva PALEXPO. Nominations for the 2009 award are due to EBACE's European Office by April 12. For more information and instructions for submitting a nomination, visit:

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Presidents' Day
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed today, February 16, in observance of Presidents' Day. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17.

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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

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 24, 2009, St. Paul, MN

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

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