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NBAA Update #09-08
Monday, February 23, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA and GAMA Launch Multimedia Advocacy Campaign: No Plane No Gain
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last week unveiled a comprehensive joint advocacy campaign to reinforce the value of business aviation under the trusted industry banner No Plane No Gain. The campaign will educate American workers, policymakers, companies and communities on the many contributions of business aviation to the country's economic well-being. "No Plane No Gain will underscore why business aviation is critical to tens of thousands of cost-conscious companies fighting to succeed in a difficult market," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. The program, which adopts the name of a previous advocacy campaign the two associations led in 1993, will take full advantage of new communication technologies while building on proven advocacy techniques. A dedicated web site, thorough research, paid advertising, educational webinars, YouTube placements and podcasts all will be part of the new initiative. Learn more at:

NBAA on the Air: Bolen Underscores the Value of Business Aviation on TV, Before Congress
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week explained the true value of business aviation in appearances on "Your World With Neil Cavuto" on Fox News and "Countdown to the Closing Bell" on the Fox Business Network. On the latter program, Bolen reported that NBAA had recently made the case for business aviation to congressional lawmakers. "And the point we're trying to make," said Bolen, "is if you're trying to reach communities with little or no airline service or hit multiple sites in a single day, or bring products to the market that you can't put in an overhead bin, or discuss proprietary information en route, business aviation is not only a good way to go, it's essentially the only way to go." View both of Bolen's video appearances and his congressional testimony outlining the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities at:

Members Urged to Comment Now on LASP: NPRM Deadline Is This Friday
The deadline to comment on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) is this Friday, February 27, and NBAA Members are encouraged to submit their comments as soon possible. The LASP would apply new mandatory security requirements to all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds and the airports serving such aircraft. Among the proposal's provisions affecting operators are requirements for criminal history record checks and security threat assessments for flightcrews, checking passenger names against the TSA's watch lists and development of a security program. NBAA has provided several in-depth resources on its web site for understanding and commenting on the LASP. For more information, and to submit comments, visit:

View NBAA's Draft LASP Comments
NBAA has published a draft version of its comments to the TSA's proposed LASP on the Association's web site. This draft highlights the major provisions that NBAA will cover in its comment submission on Friday, February 27, the day that all comments are due. This week, the Association is finalizing several elements of these comments, including content and layout. NBAA encourages Members to download and view these comments as a guide for development of their own individual submissions. This document is not copywrited and Members can use elements for inclusion in their comments. For more information, contact NBAA's Doug Carr at or visit:

Now Showing at an FBO Near You: NBAA's Ad Calling for Action on TSA LASP
NBAA has partnered with JetSet Media to distribute a digital display ad calling on the businesspeople that rely on business aviation every day to speak out on the TSA's proposed LASP. The ad can be seen on JetSet Media's digital displays positioned at 82 fixed base operators (FBOs) nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of business aviation travelers every day will see an image illustrating the proposed security requirements and the message: "The Transportation Security Administration's Large Aircraft Security Program would impose substantial burdens on your flight operation. Speak out today!" The ad calls on viewers to submit comments to the proposal by February 27 and contact Congress. To view the ad, visit:

Register Now for First Webinar on the Business Case for Business Aviation
The first webinar in NBAA's three-part series on the "Business Case for Business Aviation" will be held this Friday, February 27 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. NBAA has developed the series to help flight department managers and company leaders justify their flight operations to company executives, shareholders and the public. Friday's webinar will focus on tools for measuring the productivity, flexibility and dependability of the flight operation, and how it contributes to the company's bottom line. Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president, operations, education & economics, will moderate a panel discussion with Pete Agur of The Van Allen Group; Pat Andrews, recently retired from ExxonMobil; and Bill Quinn of Aviation Management Systems. Subsequent webinars will be held on March 6 and 13 and all will include Q&A sessions. For more information, visit:

President Signs Stimulus Package With Accelerated Depreciation
Last week President Obama signed H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The final bill expands the accelerated depreciation rules enacted in last year's stimulus legislation to apply accelerated depreciation to eligible property purchased in 2009 and placed in service by the end of 2010. Accelerated depreciation provides a tax benefit for companies that purchase capital assets used for business purposes. In the first year of the asset life, businesses can depreciate 50 percent of the asset cost, in addition to the normal depreciable amount, thus reducing the company's overall tax liability. For more information on accelerated depreciation, view the new NBAA member resource at:

NBAA Plays Leadership Role in NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Plan
The FAA recently held a kickoff meeting for an RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force. The FAA requested that the task force assist in developing recommendations on operational priorities for implementation by 2018. As a co-chair of the RTCA Requirements and Planning Work Group, NBAA played a key role over the past two months in establishing the goals and guidelines for the task force. The task force will consist of two work groups, the first oriented towards prioritizing development of operational capabilities and the second focused on business strategies to implement those operational capabilities. The task force's final report will be presented to the FAA by this fall and will be provided to Members when complete. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Compensation & Benchmark Survey Now Open
The 2009 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is now open for participation. The survey was developed by NBAA to provide a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and operational data. All data will be held strictly confidential and only NBAA Member Representatives from Member Companies that operate aircraft, or those designated by the Member Representative, may enter survey data. Respondents who submit complete data will have access to free online composite survey results; no individual results will be posted. Non-participating Members may purchase access to the survey results, but NBAA strongly encourages companies to participate so the results are as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Survey responses are due by March 31. Learn more and take the survey at:

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Regional News
Don't Miss Next NBAA Regional Forum in Dallas, Apr. 9
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. The Dallas Regional Forum, to be held at the Business Jet Center on Dallas Love Field (DAL) in Texas, will feature hundreds of Attendees, 60 indoor exhibits, approximately 30 static aircraft and a number of presentations with valuable information for those operating in the Dallas region. Additional Regional Forums will be held this year on June 24 at the Signature Flight Support facility on St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP) in St. Paul, MN, and on September 17 at the Ribeiro Corporate Hangar on Henderson Executive Airport (HND) in Las Vegas, NV. More information for these events is online at:

NBAA and CBAG Weigh in on Key Connecticut GA Issues at Hearing
Representatives of NBAA and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) testified before a combined Transportation and Commerce Committee Hearing at the State Capitol in Hartford last week, weighing in on several pending bills important to the state's general aviation (GA) community. NBAA and CBAG strongly opposed two bills, S.B. 692 and H.B. 5898, that together would lead to the privatization of all six state-owned airports in Connecticut, increasing the cost of aviation and affecting communities across the state. The groups also opposed S.B. 154, which would impose an additional level of bureaucracy on Bradley International Airport (BDL). Additionally, the groups advocated for S.B. 745 and H.B. 6270, which would provide support to Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN). For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

FAA to Hold Meeting This Thursday on Chicago Class B Airspace
The FAA will hold a meeting this Thursday, February 26 regarding the proposal to modify the Chicago International Airport (ORD) Class B Airspace. At the meeting, Mark Zakula, chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) Air Traffic Control Committee and the ORD Class B Users Group, will discuss the long-term issues related to the modifications. Attendees also will have an opportunity to provide input on the proposal. The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. on DuPage Airport (DPA) at the DuPage Flight Center located at 2700 International Drive in West Chicago, IL. For additional information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at CABAA has posted details of the airspace modification proposal on its web site, including the ORD Ad Hoc Committee's Final Report. To learn more, visit:

FAA Airports Division Manager to Present at CABAA Meeting This Friday
CABAA will hold a meeting this Friday, February 27, featuring a presentation by Jeri Alles, the FAA Great Lakes Region airports division manager. Alles will discuss potential new federal funding for aviation infrastructure development in Illinois and how President Obama's Chicago residency will impact airspace issues in the Chicago area. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held at the Westin Hotel located at 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling, IL. For additional information contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at Attendees should make reservations online at:
South Florida Business Aviation Association Meeting, Mar. 25
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will host its first quarter meeting on March 25 at Boca Raton Airport (BCT). NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr will brief the group on the state of the business aviation industry and provide the latest information on the TSA's proposed LASP. The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Boca Aviation FBO on the airport. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Jeff Ramsden at or (945) 359-0280. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Save the Date: GWBAA Will Hold Annual Safety Standdown on May 7
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its Third Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at Further details will be made available on the GWBAA web site at:

Plan Ahead: Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo in Boise This May
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. For more information or to participate, contact the Idaho Business League's Lee Hudson at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at


NBAA2009 Details Online, Prices Held to 2008 Levels
NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009) will be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL. As the nation's eighth-largest trade show, NBAA2009 will feature more than one million square feet of indoor exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center, 150 aircraft on static display at Orlando Executive Airport, 100 Education Sessions and Attendees from every sector of the business aviation industry. This year for the first time, as an environmental stewardship initiative, NBAA is offering the Annual Meeting & Convention Exhibitor Prospectus entirely online without a printed counterpart. Also, in recognition of the economic challenges facing its Members and Exhibitors, NBAA is holding prices for NBAA2009 to 2008 levels. All forms and Exhibitor Rules & Regulations, including booth configurations, pricing, advertising and sponsorships, are available on the NBAA2009 web site at:

Operators Flying in Europe Should Plan Now to Attend EBACE2009
The 9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be held May 12 to 14 in Geneva, Switzerland. As the flagship forum for the European business aviation community, EBACE recognizes the contributions that business aviation makes to regional economies around the world, offers a variety of Education Sessions of interest to operators flying in Europe and provides opportunities to perform direct comparisons of products and services from the world's top vendors. Attendee registration will be available soon, and the full Exhibitor Prospectus is available online, complete with details about exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to download forms, visit:

NBAA Member Benefit: Education and Career Development Opportunities
NBAA provides dozens of educational and career development opportunities for Members every year. The educational events NBAA sponsors year-round include seminars, PDP courses and certification programs for professionals in every business aviation discipline. Held at convenient locations across the country, these educational opportunities are designed to increase Members' professional knowledge and advance their careers. Through networking, shared best practices and industry-leading presentations, NBAA's educational events have the latest information and training Members need to maximize their job performance. Plus, if you cannot make it to an event in person, NBAA also makes educational content available through our On-Demand Education program, so you can participate at your convenience. View the On-Demand program offerings at To browse the full list of upcoming educational events, visit:

Members Encouraged to Update Records by Next Week
NBAA will soon print and mail the 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel, the most comprehensive source of business aviation resources in the industry. Information in the Member Directory is drawn from Member's online records, and Member Representatives can make changes to their records using NBAA's online tool, My NBAA Profile. Members are encouraged to use My NBAA Profile before March 5 to quickly review their information and ensure it is up-to-date and accurate in time for printing of the Member Directory. Changes also will be reflected immediately in the Association's Online Directory at Member Reps who prefer to use a paper Membership Update Form may contact NBAA's Membership Division at To use My NBAA Profile, visit:

NBAA Announces Two Inaugural Recipients of Baldwin Scholarship
NBAA presented pilots Thomas Kimbrough and Darren Wilson with the first Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship awards at the NBAA 17th Annual Leadership Conference last week in New Orleans, LA. The scholarship will be given annually in coordination with the family of the late Donald A. Baldwin Sr., and benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs). Baldwin, an accomplished pilot, was a member of NBAA's Board of Directors from 1968 to 1971. Both scholarship recipients are Citation captains with SIG Aviation in Goldsboro, NC and plan to obtain CAM certification in order to prepare for further leadership opportunities. The scholarship presentation capped the NBAA Leadership Conference, which also featured keynote presentations by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan. Read more at:

Register Now for International Operators Conference in San Diego
Online registration is now available for the NBAA 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), which will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California from March 30 to April 2. This year's event will feature expert speakers discussing highly relevant international operations and technology issues affecting the 190 states that comprise the International Civil Aviation Organization. The IOC is also an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers and offers a great opportunity to meet with the service providers that deliver valuable resources for planning safe and successful international trips. Four days of intensive education sessions will teach best practices for providing international transportation to passengers. For more information and to register, visit:

Register Early for April's CASS, and Save
The 54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), co-presented by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation, will be held from April 21 to 23 in Orlando, FL. Held annually since 1955, CASS offers an opportunity for the business aviation community to discuss and review important safety issues. Over 300 people are expected at this year's CASS, including industry leaders, operators, government officials and university researchers. Those who register by the early registration deadline on February 28 will save $100. For more information, visit:

S&D Training Subcommittee Seeking Proposals for Educational Instructor
NBAA's Schedulers and Dispatchers (S&D) Committee is seeking an educational provider to conduct a two-day course titled "Dispatch Recurrent" at the 2010 NBAA S&D Conference. The class will require only 16 classroom hours and will be open to both dispatchers and non-dispatchers. To apply, provide a completed proposal by April 1 that includes a detailed description of the course, a course outline or agenda, any promotional material for the course and institution, an outline of both the overall costs and costs to NBAA, and an outline of the revenue sharing for the course proposal, including invoice procedures. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at

Act Now to Apply for 2009 NBAA Flying Safety Awards
The deadline is March 1 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 recognized at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention and include the following categories: 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:

Members Invited to Submit Nominations for Flight Safety Foundation Awards
The Flight Safety Foundation's annual safety awards program recognizes individual and group achievements in aviation safety. NBAA Members are encouraged to submit nominations for the well-respected international awards. Award recipients will be selected by several independent selection boards. The first nominations are due April 1. For more information about the nine different awards, contact the Flight Safety Foundation's Feda Jamous at or visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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

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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