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NBAA Update #09-09
Monday, March 2, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Submits Comments on LASP; More Work Lies Ahead
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on February 27 submitted comments that clearly articulate the serious concerns raised by the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) highly controversial Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). NBAA's comments added to those submitted by more than 4,000 businesses, associations and individuals. Bolen noted that NBAA and the industry still have much work to do on the issue, but thanked NBAA Members for making their voices heard. "We will continue to count on Members' support" Bolen said, "but we appreciate their hard work to date, and their commitment to sensible security policies." View NBAA's full comments at:

With TSA's LASP Comment Window Closed, What's Next?
The end of the public comment period on the TSA's LASP marks the beginning of a new, equally rigorous chapter in making the industry's concerns about the proposal known in Washington. Although the TSA is not required to notify the industry on the progress of its review of the comments submitted on LASP, NBAA will keep pressing its concerns with officials at the Department of Homeland Security and TSA. Another key area the Association will continue to focus on is Congress, where some lawmakers have already voiced concern about the LASP. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and other officials will continue meeting with lawmakers in the coming weeks to discuss the business aviation community's concerns. To find out what you, as an NBAA Member, can do, read the full web article at:

NBAA Troubled by Aviation User Fee References in White House Budget
Responding to references about aviation user fees in the Office of Management and Budget's 2010 federal budget-planning document, NBAA was "troubled" by the budget outline, because it appeared to leave the door open to consideration of user fees for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Operational user fees have no place in a funding plan for the FAA," NBAA said in a statement. NBAA supports building on the fuel tax for general aviation to help support modernization. View NBAA's statement at:

NBAA Reminds White House: Business Aviation Is Essential to America
NBAA last week expressed disappointment with President Obama's comments about business aviation during a recent address to Congress. "NBAA wants to work with the Administration on ways to address the economic crisis," Association President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "But the President's reference to a 'private jet' as a perk rather than a business tool was a mischaracterization. The President focused on the tools needed to recover from the crisis, and business aviation should be on that list. The fact is, manufacturing and maintaining business airplanes provides millions of jobs as well as a lifeline to about 100 communities that have lost airline service. Furthermore, business airplanes provide a tremendous advantage to businesses struggling to survive and preserve jobs in these challenging times." View the entire statement online at:

No Plane No Gain on Air: Campaign Ads Launched on TV
The No Plane No Gain campaign was on the air over the weekend, reminding Washington policymakers and opinion leaders about the importance of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. A 30-second television spot was broadcast during a series of network public affairs shows, including nationwide placement on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," as well as placement on NBC's "Meet the Press" and FOX's "FOX News Sunday" in select markets. More announcements on No Plane No Gain advertising are expected this week. To view the No Plane No Gain TV ad, visit:

NBAA Launches No Plane No Gain Report
A new No Plane No Gain newsletter, launched last week, outlines the activities undertaken through the campaign to remind key audiences of the essential role business aviation plays for citizens, communities and companies across America. Last week's inaugural roundup provides a look at the campaign's new TV advertisement, web site and resources. Also included in the issue are recent news reports with comments from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce. Regular installments of the No Plane No Gain Report will be issued in the coming weeks; subscribers to NBAA Update will automatically receive them. View the first edition of the No Plane No Gain Report at:

Show Your Support for No Plane No Gain: Sport the Logo
To show their support of business aviation, NBAA Members can download and display the No Plane No Gain logo on web sites, printed materials and elsewhere. The logo uses the words "No Plane No Gain" and a bold image to illustrate how business airplanes help lift the performance of American companies. NBAA encourages Members to download the logo and add it to their web sites to help create a united front of support for the campaign. To view and download the logo and a web banner, visit:

NBAA Launches Webinars to Help Members Show the Value of Business Aviation
NBAA held the first webinar in its three-part series designed to help flight departments make the case for business aviation last Friday, February 27. The webinar, titled "The Business Case for Business Aviation Business Performance Metrics," was moderated by Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president of operations, education & economics, and featured Pete Agur, president of the VanAllen Group and Bill Quinn, chairman of Aviation Management Systems. The panelists presented essential performance metrics for documenting the value business aircraft provide to the company. The next two webinars will be held on March 6 and 13, and will address public relations issues and best practices of aircraft ownership. While registration for these two webinars has closed, recordings will be available online after 5:00 p.m. ET the day of each event. To learn more or access the first webinar recording now, visit:

Due to NBAA Member Feedback, CBP Resolves eAPIS Response Issue
As NBAA has reported, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation requiring the electronic submission of advance passenger information for private aircraft conducting international flights became effective on December 18, 2008, but compliance is voluntary until May 18, 2009. During this voluntary compliance period, several Members notified NBAA that after they used the CBP Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) to submit the required information, the e-mail they received from CBP with their clearance to arrive or depart the United States was incomplete. NBAA reported this issue to CBP and worked closely with officials to identify the problem. CBP has resolved the issue and Members should now be receiving complete e-mail responses from the eAPIS system. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at or visit:

FAA Seeking Feedback on Operational Information System Site
As part of the Administration's End of Season Review, the FAA Routes and Planning Workgroup is soliciting feedback on the Operational Information System (OIS) web page from aviation professionals, particularly dispatchers and air traffic control coordinators, through an online survey. The FAA wants to make the OIS page which provides information regarding current airspace issues, including ground delay programs, ground stops and other airport delays a more useful "one-stop shop" for operational information. The survey is open for participation from now through March 25. To access the survey, visit:

More Important Than Ever: NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey
NBAA's annual Compensation & Benchmark Survey is now open for participation. The survey can help Members ensure that their flight departments are optimized for today's challenging business climate because it provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries, ownership options, maintenance details, international travel data and more. All data is 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. Survey responses are due by March 31. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at To participate, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Opposes Proposed Illinois Tax on Business Aircraft
NBAA opposes a legislative proposal in Illinois that fails to recognize the essential role of business airplanes to companies by treating them as a "luxury" for tax purposes. The legislation would impose a 5 percent Illinois "luxury" tax on aircraft valued at over $500,000, which would come in addition to the current state and local use taxes. NBAA Regional Representative Bob Quinn has attended several meetings and twice met with the bill's sponsor to convey the Association's concerns about this proposal, which would drive aircraft operations and jobs out of Illinois. NBAA encourages Members located in Illinois to contact their state representatives to ask them to oppose this legislation, which currently is under review by the legislature's Sales and Other Taxes Subcommittee. For more information, visit:

Airports in Focus: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
NBAA's Airports in Focus program profiles important general aviation (GA) airports across the country and explains how these airports benefit local communities. NBAA most recently profiled Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), located only five miles north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL. With more than 450 hangars, FXE is home to 700 aircraft. As a designated reliever airport, FXE has customs services, aircraft rescue, firefighting and police services stationed on the airport. Airport professionals also participate in career days at area schools and hold events like the Challenge Air Community Fly Day to remind neighbors that FXE contributes more to the community than just commerce. To read more about FXE, visit:

Tour of ARINC's Annapolis Headquarters, Sponsored by GWBAA, Mar. 19
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) invites members and other business aviation professionals to participate in a tour of ARINC's international headquarters in Annapolis, MD on March 19. ARINC is marking its 80th year of providing aeronautical communications services to the aviation, defense and transportation industries. The tour will accompany a 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:

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). Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation 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 facility on the airport. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Jeff Ramsden at (954) 359-0208 or For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

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Attendees Learn to Navigate "Winds of Change" at NBAA Leadership Conference
More than 150 leaders in business aviation attended the NBAA Leadership Conference last month to learn and share ideas for navigating change in the industry. The Conference, held in New Orleans, LA from February 18 to 19, featured many exciting speakers addressing the theme "Winds of Change." NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen launched the Conference by challenging Attendees to demonstrate the importance of business aviation through grassroots activism. Keynote speaker Burt Rutan reiterated the need for the industry to embrace a culture of innovation. Other presentations explored the "Winds of Change" theme, including a panel discussion on the business case for business aviation. Review event highlights at:

At Maintenance Event, Journalist Lombardo to Speak on Quantifying Business Aviation Value
The NBAA 24th Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), to be held from April 15 to 17 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in Louisiana, will feature a presentation by leading industry journalist David Lombardo about essential tools for demonstrating the value of a business airplane and justifying a company's flight department. Lombardo is a senior editor at Aviation International News and Business Jet Traveler and reporter for AINtv. For more information and to register, visit:

At Flight Attendants Conference, Speaker to Provide Tips for Challenging Times
Scheduled for June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, the 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference (FAC) will feature keynote speaker Fred Reid, president of Flexjet, who will focus on business aviation business cycles and what aviation professionals can do during these challenging economic times. Other session topics will include regulatory and security updates, safety management systems and personal security in a global environment. This year's FAC will offer a new format to include vendor display tables. Vendors interested in purchasing a display table should contact NBAA's Dina Green by March 16 at For more information or to review a preliminary agenda, visit:

Act Now to Take Advantage of Reduced Housing Rates at IOC
The deadline for reduced hotel rates has been extended to benefit Attendees of the NBAA 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), which will be held from March 30 to April 2 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California. 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. Four days of intensive education sessions will teach best practices for providing international transportation to passengers. To take advantage of the extension and register for the event, visit:

NBAA Member Directory Updates Due Online by Mar. 5
Member updates for the 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel are due this Thursday, March 5. To ensure the Member Directory remains the most comprehensive and accurate source of business aviation resources in the industry, it relies on Member record information, which must be kept up-to-date. For more information, contact NBAA's Membership Department at To review and update Member records, visit:

NBAA Member Directory Advertiser Artwork Submissions Due Mar. 11
The March 11 deadline to submit advertisement artwork for the 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel is fast approaching. This year's Member Directory will be distributed to more than 8,000 NBAA Members and accessed online by thousands more, representing the largest concentration of buying power in business aviation today. A few preferred advertising positions are still available and special discounts apply to those advertising in both the Member Directory and the NBAA Show Guide. For those east of the Mississippi wishing to purchase advertising, contact NBAA's Steve Champness at (800) 878-7555 or For those west of the Mississippi, contact NBAA's Melissa Murphy at (785) 856-5111 or For more information, visit:

Are You Taking Advantage of Your Company's NBAA Membership?
Did you know that every employee of a Member Company has access to Member benefits and services? Create your log-in account and immediately access exclusive benefits such as Air Mail, the Online Directory and all of the Members-only resources available on our web site. Create your account today at:

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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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