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NBAA Update #09-11
Monday, March 16, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues

House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Will Oppose User Fees
Responding to a recent industry trade publication report that the Obama administration might be considering user fees as part of its plan for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding, Rep. Jerry Costello (D-12-IL), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, said last week that he would oppose the administration's plan. "I look forward to discussing this issue with the administration, but let me be clear, user fees on general aviation are a non- starter," Costello said in a statement. To view NBAA's position and resources on FAA funding and aviation system modernization, visit:

Bolen Outlines Concerns With LASP at Congressional Roundtable Session
Following a recent meeting with several members of the House Small Business Committee to discuss concerns about the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week joined representatives from other GA groups in a roundtable discussion on the LASP with members of the House Aviation Subcommittee. At the meeting, in which TSA officials were also present, lawmakers voiced strong concerns about the TSA proposal and advised the TSA to carefully consider the concerns expressed in the roundtable and by the general aviation community as part of its review of the LASP. To access NBAA's online resources for the latest on the LASP and making your voice heard, visit:

National, Local Officials Add to Chorus of Concern Over LASP
A pair of congressional aviators recently sent letters to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to outline concerns about the TSA's LASP. In their letters, Reps. Leonard Boswell (D-3-IA) and John Kline (R-2-MN), both pilots, called for a collaborative effort between government and industry on the development of security policies. Their concerns were echoed by similar statements in recent letters to the DHS on the LASP from members of Alaska's congressional delegation, governor and state legislature, which introduced a resolution expressing opposition to the TSA's plan. A copy of the lawmakers' statements can be viewed at:

NBAA Welcomes TSA Decision to Reconsider Operation Playbook
NBAA last week welcomed a decision by the TSA to significantly change "Operation Playbook," a controversial security program for general aviation introduced through a pilot program last year. "NBAA has raised significant concerns with TSA officials over the application of Operation Playbook, including some of the actions taken by local federal security directors at airport general aviation facilities," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation. View NBAA's press release at:

House Committee Recognizes Importance of GA to Rural Communities
During a recent hearing on "Transportation Challenges of Rural America" held by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, panel Chairman John Olver (D-1-MA), Ranking Member Rep. Tom Latham (R-4-IA) and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-23-TX) all referenced general aviation as an important part of the nation's rural transportation system. "We welcome the committee's recognition of the important role general aviation plays in providing a lifeline to communities across the U.S.," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. NBAA is a member of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, which works to preserve aviation access to towns and rural areas. To learn more, visit:

Message From Wall Street and Main Street: Business Aviation Essential in America
NBAA welcomed recent comments from Wall Street and Main Street alike about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. In a rare interview, financial legend Warren Buffett explained the benefits of business aviation to his company, Berkshire Hathaway. "We have done things I wouldn't have done if I hadn't had a plane," Buffett told CNBC. Also last week, Wichita, KS Mayor Carl Brewer invited President Barack Obama to visit Wichita to see how business aviation helps companies. To view a news roundup of NBAA's comments advocating for business aviation, visit:

No Plane No Gain Augments National TV With Local Appearances
To augment the national print and TV advertising component of the No Plane No Gain initiative, a media interview campaign is underway. Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen talked with "Washington Business Tonight," a news program aired in the Washington, DC market, and viewed by an audience of 1.2 million homes in the DC-Maryland-Virginia region. In the interview, Bolen explained that "business aviation is prudent, cost-effective, and oftentimes, the only way to get where you're going." View a video clip of Bolen's interview at:

Industry Helping Spread the No Plane No Gain Message
Since NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association launched the No Plane No Gain initiative, people from across the industry have approached NBAA to ask how they can help spread the word about the essential role of business in the U.S. Charter companies, brokers, FBOs, media organizations, and industry organizations have posted to their own web sites No Plane No Gain logos, banner ads, and links to the campaign web site, as well as its video and print ads. To incorporate the No Plane No Gain logo or a banner ad into your own web site, visit:

NBAA Expresses Concerns With FAA Policy Change on Aircraft Payload Capacity
The FAA last week published a notice that reverses long-standing FAA policy and may unintentionally force hundreds of N-registered aircraft into new operating regulations. FAA Notice 8900.69, "Changes Reducing Maximum Zero Fuel Weight," asserts that a supplemental type certificate (STC) or an amended type certificate (TC) reducing the maximum zero fuel weight of an aircraft will no longer permit a change in operating rule applicability from Part 125 to Part 91. According to the notice, operating rule applicability will now be determined according to the original TC. NBAA estimates that hundreds of N-registered aircraft rely on an STC or TC to bring payload capacity under 6,000 lbs. and allow operations under Part 91. Dozens more aircraft have STCs providing for payload under 7,500 lbs., allowing operations under Part 135. NBAA believes this policy change is misguided and is working to achieve an acceptable solution. For more information, visit:

FAA Seeking Feedback on Operational Information System Site
As part of the FAA'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 – a more useful "one-stop shop" for operational information. The survey is open for participation now through March 25. NBAA encourages Members to participate in this survey, which can be accessed at:

EBACE2009 Focused on Helping You Navigate Industry Turbulence
Online registration for EBACE2009 is now open, advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available, and housing is also open for registration. The theme for EBACE2009 is "Business Aviation – The Right Tool for Challenging Times," and as such, the show will emphasize the ways that NBAA Members can learn how to do more with less and increase their efficiency, productivity and value to their business operations. To register online or learn more about how EBACE can help your company remain strong during these challenging times, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA's Dallas Regional Forum: An Event Not to Be Missed
NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums have always been recognized as premiere learning and networking experiences for regional business aviation communities. Now more than ever, these events, including the upcoming Dallas Regional Forum, will provide Attendees with practical tools for confronting the economic and workplace challenges confronting the industry, in addition to providing an introduction to business aviation for local business leaders. For example, a session titled "Business Aviation: Weathering the Storm Through Cost-Sharing Strategies" will explore various options for sharing or recouping aircraft costs through the use of joint-ownership, time-sharing, interchange and dry lease agreements, and the real-world applications for each. For more information and to register, visit:

NBAA to Monitor Hearings on Santa Monica Effort to Ban Business Aviation
The FAA will hold hearings this week in Long Beach, CA to review its preliminary ruling that the city of Santa Monica lacks the authority to restrict category C and D aircraft operations and has failed to show that those restrictions would improve safety. In 2008, Santa Monica attempted to ban the operation of category C and D aircraft at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). NBAA will carefully monitor the proceedings and will alert Members to developments, but does not anticipate any change to the situation in the immediate future. For more information, contact NBAA's Jeff Gilley at or visit:

Connecticut Group Testifies Against Bill Restricting Development of BDR
NBAA and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) are actively advocating for business aviation interests on several bills in the Connecticut state legislature. Earlier this month, CBAG Chairman Paul Lange and Vice Chairman Scott Ashton joined 16 other witnesses who testified at a Transportation Committee hearing in opposition to S.B. 563, sponsored by State Senator Dan Debicella (D 21), which would continue to prevent the development and maintenance of Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR). If the bill is defeated in committee, FAA and local authorities can proceed with the installation of a runway safety area and resurfacing for Runway 6/24, because a moratorium on relocating Route 113 will expire at the end of the month. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

California Operators Launch New Regional Group With Safety Seminar
The California business aviation community last week launched the California Business Aviation User Group with an inaugural safety seminar. The group was created to provide a forum for sharing best practices and collaborating on industry advocacy. Sponsored by NBAA, Hewlett-Packard and AirFlite/Toyota, the safety seminar was held at the hangar of NBAA Member Company Hewlett Packard on San Jose International Airport (SJC) and was attended by 142 members and 25 students from San Jose State University. The event featured presentations on safety culture and error management, aeromedical issues, safety management systems, loss of control training, glass cockpit skills and ground aircraft operations. For more information, contact NBAA's Dan Burkhart at

Michigan Group Will Hold Annual Meeting and Legislative Reception, Mar. 17
The Michigan Business Aviation Association will hold its annual meeting and legislative reception tomorrow, March 17. The annual meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol Building in Lansing, MI. Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle will be the guest speaker. The meeting will be followed by a legislative reception and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To RSVP, contact the group's Tara Paksi at For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

Massachusetts Group to Hold Annual Meeting in Lexington, Mar. 23
The Massachusetts Business Aviation Association will hold its annual meeting next Monday, March 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Aloft Lexington Hotel in Lexington, MA. NBAA Government Affairs Senior Vice President Lisa Piccione will be the guest speaker. To RSVP, contact the group's Larry Jorash at or NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Quarterly Meeting, Mar.24
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers (NESD) will hold its quarterly meeting next Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts Mutual facility in Springfield, MA. Paul Lange, president of the Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG), will discuss critical business aviation issues for those in Connecticut and the Northeast, as well as the positive impact CBAG is having on the legislative process and the importance of local involvement. To RSVP and for driving directions, contact NESD's Dianne Tarantino at For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

CABAA Will Host Air Traffic Control Meeting, Mar. 27
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a meeting next Friday, March 27 at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook, IL from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The luncheon will feature presentations on a variety of air traffic control issues, including an overview of Chicago area departure and arrival procedures, an update on the Chicago O'Hare International Airport Class B airspace redesign, a discussion of the temporary flight restriction related to President Obama's Chicago residency and a review of recent FAA fuel and customer meetings. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at To RSVP online, visit:

GSLBAA to Hold Meeting on Friday, Mar. 27
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a meeting next Friday, March 27 at the 3rd floor lounge of the Flight Safety Learning Center located at 4645 LeBourget Drive in St. Louis, MO. The luncheon meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and will address training systems and programs. There is a charge of $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP, contact GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at or by March 25. For more information, contact NBAA's Bob Quinn at

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Stay Up to Date on International Operations: Register for IOC Today
A recent travel alert from the Mexican government is the latest example of guidance NBAA Members should know about if they're flying internationally. This and other important guidance for international operations will be covered at NBAA's 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC). Registration is open for the event, which also offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with industry peers and a chance to meet with the service providers that deliver valuable resources for the strategic, most cost-effective planning of safe and successful international trips. This year's IOC will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in California from March 30 to April 2. For more information and to register, visit:

NBAA Webinar Gives Members Best Practices, Policies for Business Aircraft Use
Held last week, NBAA's third and final webinar on the business case for business aviation focused on applying the best approaches to designing, implementing and reviewing use policies for company aircraft. The discussion was led by a panel of experts who addressed issues such as the role of the aviation department in achieving the company's business objectives and the application of risk management assessments in designing a company's flight use policy. Recordings of this and two earlier webinars focusing on business performance metrics and communicating the value of business aircraft to media organizations are available free of charge to Members online. Learn more at:

NBAA Requests Aircraft Operator Feedback in Environmental Issues Survey
NBAA welcomes Member feedback on environmental issues from a survey that will end on March 31. While general aviation is responsible for only a small fraction of transportation emissions, aviation is part of an ongoing review of all carbon emissions by policymakers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Responses to this 10-question survey will help NBAA work with policymakers to develop reasonable, balanced policies that support the industry's twin goals of promoting the mobility and growth of business aviation while minimizing its environmental footprint. To begin the survey, visit:

NBAA Chairman Calls for Members' Support for No Plane No Gain
In a letter last week, NBAA Chairman Jeff Lee called for NBAA Members to become active supporters of the No Plane No Gain initiative. Lee praised the campaign's use of a wide variety of communication channels, including a dedicated Web site, webinars, podcasts, blog posts and YouTube videos, along with newspaper and television advertising, outreach to print and broadcast news outlets and other proven advocacy techniques. To become an active supporter, visit:

Featured Member Benefit: Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey, long rated among the Association's most popular Member benefits, helps NBAA Members develop and administer the most effective and efficient flight departments. Conducted annually, this industry survey is an indispensable management tool in this challenging business climate, because it provides a comprehensive review of aviation department personnel salaries and other key operational data to help companies ensure that they have the right people and the right fit for their flight operations. Members are encouraged to participate in the survey by visiting:

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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

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 1214, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Non-Business Aircraft Use: An In-Depth Compliance Workshop
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

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
October 2022, 2009, Orlando, FL

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