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NBAA Update #09-10
Monday, March 9, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Applauds Senator's Statement Supporting Business Aviation
NBAA last week commended Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for speaking on the Senate floor about the value of business aviation. Brownback told colleagues that whether a piston or a jet, a business aircraft "is often what ends up connecting a lot of people on a rapid basis throughout the country." To view the senator's speech, visit: To view NBAA's statement welcoming Brownback's remarks, visit:

No Plane No Gain on Air, in Print
The television and print advertising components of the No Plane No Gain initiative continue, with the campaign's 30-second showing on nationwide weekend public affairs programming, including ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," FOX's "FOX News Sunday" and DC-area cable shows on CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. Targeted No Plane No Gain print advertising is also appearing in national newspapers, like USA Today, and periodicals targeted to the Washington policymaking community, including The Hill and Politico. "Our advertising reminds policymakers and opinion leaders that business aviation works for America," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. To see the TV and print ads and review a report on recent No Plane No Gain activities, visit:

No Plane No Gain in the Blogosphere
NBAA has been taking the No Plane No Gain message to the blogosphere. As one example, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently provided a post to the blog administered by CNN Correspondent Anderson Cooper, outlining the many reasons companies rely on business aviation. Bolen also responded to a blog entry titled "Corporate America, Ground Your Jets" posted on, a web site with commentary on recent news and events. "When we launched No Plane No Gain, we said it would take advantage of new media," Bolen said. "The blogosphere will continue to be just one of the places we'll take the No Plane No Gain message." To read Bolen's response and the original posting, visit:

Search Terms Take Google Users to No Plane No Gain Web Site
Google users searching the Internet with terms like "corporate jet," "business jet" and a host of related words are getting an opportunity to learn about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the US. That's because, through the No Plane No Gain initiative, dozens of keywords related to business aviation now provide Google users with a link to the campaign's web site. To see the ad, try a Google search at:

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Calls on TSA to Delay LASP Proposal
House Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson (D-2-MS) last week sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), urging the agency to delay action on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) until a new administrator is in place to review the proposal and "engage with Congress and industry stakeholders." The chairman also questioned the costs associated with proposed third-party audits to measure LASP compliance, the development of a prohibited items list and other aspects of the proposal. To download Thompson's letter in PDF format, visit:

House Transportation Panel Advances FAA Reauthorization Measure
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week completed work on H.R. 915, the "FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009," and reported the bill for consideration by the full House of Representatives. Like the bill passed by the House last year, the legislation submitted by the committee last week does not include operational user fees to fund FAA. The tax portions of the legislation must still be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee at a future date. For more information, contact NBAA's Dick Doubrava at

NBAA, Industry Call for Robust 'General Fund' Contribution to FAA Funding
In a continuing effort to support FAA modernization, and in recognition of the benefits a strong aviation system provides to all Americans, NBAA last week joined 11 other industry groups in calling upon Congress to provide a strong contribution from the "General Fund" available to lawmakers for supporting the FAA budget. The coalition's letter noted that in the past, "General Fund revenues have been used to pay for a significant portion of the FAA's costs and reflect the public's interest in a safe and efficient air transportation system." The letter encourages Congress to increase the General Fund investment to at least 25 percent of the FAA's budget. To review a sample of the letter sent to congressional leaders, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA and New York Group Oppose NY Tax Provisions
The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) last week held a successful Advocacy Day in Albany, NY to oppose tax provisions adverse to business aviation in Governor Paterson's state budget. In meetings with close to 30 state legislators, NYAMA members explained that treating business aircraft as a "luxury" fails to recognize the critical importance of the asset to companies of all sizes in New York state and elsewhere. Additionally, implementing the new tax would negatively affect employment and tax revenue in the state. NBAA and NYAMA are encouraging the New York business aviation community to oppose the tax provisions by contacting their legislators and the governor. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

FAA to Implement Next Phase of Houston Airspace Redesign This Week
The FAA will implement the next phase of the Houston Area Air Traffic System (HAATS) airspace redesign project this Thursday, March 12. This phase of the redesign significantly changes the arrival and departure procedures on the east side of Houston Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) airspace as well as severe weather avoidance program (SWAP) routes. The FAA has provided additional information to NBAA on the changes to Houston TRACON standard instrument departures, standard terminal arrival routes and SWAP routes. To review the information on the forthcoming changes, visit:

PNBAA Safety Day a Sold-Out Success
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) hosted a powerful, one-day safety event last week called "The Human Side of Aviation." The sold-out event, held at Seattle's Museum of Flight, featured nationally recognized experts in fatigue management, human factors, and aviation risk management. The event provided 140 attendees an opportunity to learn about real issues facing today's flight crews as well as identification of root causes for incidents and accidents, and practical steps for risk reduction. Speakers included Drs. Tony Kern, Mark Rosekind and Key Dismukes, and decorated pilot and author Hugh Mills. For more information on PNBAA events, visit:

GWBAA Safety Standdown to Feature Alfred C. Haynes
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) has announced that Alfred C. Haynes will serve as keynote speaker for GWBAA's Third Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Haynes, captain of United Airlines Flight 232, is widely recognized for his performance during the flight's 1989 emergency landing, when decision making helped save the lives of 175 passengers. NBAA and Bombardier will sponsor the event. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at Further details will be made available on the GWBAA web site at:

Annapolis ARINC Tour Sponsored by GWBAA, Mar. 19
GWBAA invites members and other business aviation professionals to a tour of ARINC's headquarters in Annapolis, MD on March 19. ARINC is marking its 80th year providing aeronautical communications services to the aviation, defense and transportation industries. At a complimentary lunch briefing following the tour, GWBAA President Paige Kroner and others will update attendees on recent GWBAA activities and upcoming events. 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 will host its first-quarter meeting March 25 at Boca Raton Airport (BCT). Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation, will 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. To RSVP, contact Jeff Ramsden at (954) 359-0208 or For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes 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 with an expanded exhibit hall and additional seminar rooms. The event will feature static aircraft displays and live product and service demonstrations. Attendees can also 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

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NBAA Launches New Safety Air Mail List
This month, in conjunction with a safety-themed edition of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA launched a new Air Mail list focused exclusively on the subject of business aviation safety. The Air Mail list enables business aviation professionals to go to a single, comprehensive resource for discussion of safety best practices. NBAA Air Mail a series of e-mail discussion lists that allow Members to discuss and collaborate on a variety of business aviation topics is one of the most popular Association resources available. Members can subscribe to the new Safety Air Mail list by visiting:

Second NBAA Webinar Helps Members Communicate Value of Business Aviation
NBAA's second webinar on the business case for business aviation was held last week with a focus on communicating the value of business aircraft to media organizations, shareholder groups and activists and elected officials. Panelists included Lisa Piccione, NBAA senior vice president for government affairs, Rod Bosco, director of Navigant Consulting, and Martha Boudreau, president of the mid-Atlantic region for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. The third and final webinar in the series will be held on March 13, and will address best practices for aircraft ownership. Registration for the last webinar has closed, but NBAA makes recordings available online. To learn more, visit:

International Operators Conference Will Feature Safety Day
NBAA's 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC) will feature a dedicated Safety Day with sessions focused on threat and error management (TEM) in international operations. A team of experienced international operators and leading safety instructors will address threats in regions ranging from the North Atlantic to Africa to Russia. The Safety Day will be offered on April 1, the third day of the Conference, which will be held from March 30 to April 2 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California. The presenters will analyze real-world incidents that occurred during international operations and provide Attendees with information necessary to implement an effective TEM program. For more information, visit:

Safety Is Theme of NBAA Flight Attendants Conference
Scheduled for June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, the 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference (FAC) will promote the theme "Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety." Also featured will be keynote speaker Fred Reid, president of Flexjet, who will focus on business aviation business cycles and quantifying the value of business aviation during these challenging economic times. 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:

Compensation & Benchmark Survey Respondents Have Free Access to Results
NBAA's 2009 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey is now open for participation. The survey provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries, ownership options, maintenance details, international travel data and more. Respondents who complete the survey will have access to free online results. No individual results will be posted and all data is held strictly confidential. 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:

NBAA Marks Passing of Sid Baker, Aviation Leader and CAM
NBAA regretfully reports that Sid Baker, who retired as director of aviation at NBAA Member Company Eastman Kodak in December 2008 and was an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), passed away on February 27 in Rochester, NY. Baker's Eastman Kodak flight department was the first to have six CAMs, and NBAA has recognized Eastman Kodak with an award for more than 60 years of safe flight. A memorial service will be held on March 13 at Spiritus Christi Church, 121 North Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Earn Three Additional Months of Membership Free
NBAA is actively building its membership to become an even stronger voice for business aviation and our Members are our biggest advocates. Help us strengthen our community. If you know of a company that would benefit from NBAA, let us know and you could earn an additional three months of membership free with your next paid renewal. Take advantage of this offer now by contacting NBAA at (800) 394-6222 or To review NBAA's Member benefits, 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

24th Annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference
April 1517, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 2021, 2009, Orlando, FL

54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 2123, 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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