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NBAA Update #09-13
Monday, March 30, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
Bolen to Represent Business Aviation at FAA’s Annual Planning Forum
At the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Annual Forecast Conference on April 1 in Washington, DC, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will reiterate the business aviation community’s ongoing commitment to transforming the nation’s aviation system to one based on Next Generation satellite technology. Bolen, along with a panel of other aviation leaders, will point out that although the industry faces daunting economic challenges, there is widespread recognition that continued investment in aviation system upgrades will significantly contribute to economic growth and job creation. To learn more, visit:

House Panel Examines Viability of Aviation Biofuels
Last week, the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to review research and development of the use of aviation biofuels. Witnesses included officials from NASA, the FAA and representatives of the aerospace and the aviation industry. Lawmakers agreed that aviation biofuels could hold great potential for reducing carbon-based emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels, and that renewable fuels might be ready for use by 2015. The consensus of the committee was that the benefits of these fuels &ndash coupled with airspace modernization efforts and new, more efficient aircraft engine technology &ndash will dramatically reduce the already low emissions generated by aviation. For more information about the industry's continuing progress on carbon emissions, visit:

NBAA: Randy Babbitt ‘Excellent Choice’ for FAA Administrator
NBAA last week commended the selection of Randy Babbitt as the next administrator of the FAA. “Randy is an excellent choice for FAA administrator. He's a pilot, with a thorough understanding of how our nation's aviation system works. He also has a businessman's expertise, having started a successful aviation consulting company,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Clearly, Randy will be able to hit the ground running at a critical point in the evolution of the nation's air transportation system." Babbitt's nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. To view the entire statement, visit:

New Resource Helps Quantify Your Flight Department Value
A new question-and-answer document, assembled by NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee, helps confront misperceptions about business aviation by providing the most common questions about a company's use of its aircraft, and offering helpful answers. The document, which gathers information from a number of industry sources, encapsulates the best thinking from the people in the industry about quantifying the value of business aviation to companies of all sizes. Review the document by visiting:

No Plane No Gain TV Ad Showing at FBOs Nationwide
In recent weeks, the No Plane No Gain initiative's 30-second television ad has been broadcast nationally and in targeted markets. Now, through a partnership with JetSet Media, the ad is being broadcast through digital displays positioned at 82 fixed base operators (FBOs) nationwide. "Hundreds of thousands of business aviation travelers every day, including the opinion leaders No Plane No Gain is designed to reach, will see the 30-second spot," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Our thanks to JetSet media for helping us get the message out about the essential role business aviation plays in America today." To view the ad, visit:

NBAA Members Can Follow No Plane No Gain on Twitter
When the No Plane No Gain initiative was launched in February, the announcement was made that various new media would be used to help deliver the campaign's message. Using Twitter, No Plane No Gain will post short messages known as “tweets” each day about the latest news, commentary, video clips, blog entries and other places where the real story of business aviation is being told. Tweets also provide information about helpful resources, like webinars that help people in the industry quantify the value of business aviation to their companies. Follow the No Plane No Gain Twitter feed by visiting:

EBACE 2009 Preparations Well Underway
Improving efficiency, increasing productivity, saving money, and expanding the reach of your business has never been more important, especially in this turbulent economy. The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE 2009) will give Attendees the tools needed to help their businesses grow, and help Exhibitors stay in front of customers. Join the thousands attending EBACE2009 by registering online at:

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Regional News
Florida Considers Reform to Burdensome Sales and Use Tax
Legislation currently under consideration by the Florida legislature &ndash H.B. 51 and S.B. 300 &ndash would allow non-Florida residents who recently purchased aircraft to visit Florida for up to 21 days during the first six months of ownership without having to pay a use tax. Under current Florida law, pilots landing in the state with an aircraft purchased within six months prior to their visit must pay up to a 6 percent tax on the aircraft’s sales price. This rule is especially burdensome for aircraft registered in states with no or low sales tax on aircraft because pilots must pay the difference between their home state’s sales tax and Florida’s 6 percent tax. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

San Francisco Airport Runway Construction Begins Apr. 5
Beginning this Sunday, April 5, Runway 28R/10L at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be closed every night from 10:30 p.m. to 8:45 a.m. for runway repaving. Additionally, there will be four weekend-long closures beginning Friday, April 17, from 10:30 p.m. through 8:45 a.m. Monday. Traffic management initiatives, including ground delay programs, ground stops and miles in trail are possible during the construction. If wet weather is expected, closures may be cancelled. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in mid-May. For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Snell at

STMP for Augusta Area Airports, Apr. 6–13
As part of a long-standing effort between the FAA and industry to manage additional flights from the airlines and general aviation for special events, a special traffic management program (STMP) will be in effect for airports in the Augusta, GA area from April 6 to 13 during the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Arrival slots will be required daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Augusta Bush Regional Airport (AGS), Daniel Field Airport (DNL), Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK) and the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU). There will be preferred arrival and departure routes throughout the week. For additional information, view the FAA’s Special Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM, at:

Runway Closures at Bradley Airport Begin on Apr. 13
Due to scheduled runway reconstruction at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT, Runway 6/24 will be closed from April 13 to June 22. For the duration of the closure, Runways 15/33 and 1/19 will remain open, providing several instrument approaches to the airport, including one instrument landing system approach to Runway 15/33. During the reconstruction, Runway 15/33 also will be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on several consecutive weekends, which are yet to be determined. NBAA's GA Desk recommends that operators check FAA notices to airmen to confirm which runways will be available before flying to BDL. For more information, contact the GA Desk at

Runway Closure at Colorado’s Eagle County Starting Apr. 15
Operators flying general aviation (GA) aircraft to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Eagle, CO need to be aware of a runway closure that will impact operations from April 15 through September 1. The airport’s only runway will be closed during that time. Taxiway A will be reconfigured as Runway 7/25, providing 7,100 feet of usable runway to daylight VFR-only traffic, and only aircraft with a wingspan less than 79 feet and an approach speed of less than 120 knots (category B-II) will be permitted to use the runway. The taxiway will be repainted with non-precision approach markings and neither runway edge lights nor precision approach path indicator (PAPI) will be available. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at, or visit:

Morristown Aviation Association Monthly Meeting, Apr. 1
The Morristown Aviation Association (MAA) hosts its monthly meeting this Wednesday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Signature Flight Support on Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU) in New Jersey. Guest speaker and NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Lisa Piccione will provide an update on the Association's work to advocate for the industry in the midst of a challenging legislative and regulatory environment. For more information, contact MAA’s Eric Bossard at or Maria Renner at NBAA’s Dean Saucier is also available to answer questions regarding the event at

Connecticut Business Aviation Group Quarterly Meeting, Apr. 1
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) will hold its quarterly meeting this Wednesday, April 1, at the Avon Old Farms Hotel, 279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon, CT. Peter Gioia will provide updates on Connecticut economic issues and their impact on local aviation jobs. He is a representative of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. He also works for State Representative Demetrios Giannaros, the Connecticut General Assembly chief assistant deputy speaker for economic affairs. For more information and to RSVP, contact CBAG’s Heather Carroll at or NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

GBAA Hosts Atlanta Operations Benchmarking Event, Apr. 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a Flight Operations, Maintenance & Safety Benchmarking Program on April 1 at the Home Depot hangar on Fulton County Airport (FTY) in Atlanta, GA. The event will provide a forum for the regional business aviation community to share best practices through several discussion sessions. The event, which will include a lunch, is free for GBAA members, but attendance is limited to three members per organization. To RSVP, contact For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

AZBAA Hosts Annual Scholarship Benefit in Scottsdale, Apr. 4
Arizona's business aviation community will gather in Scottsdale, AZ, on April 4 for the 8th Annual Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) Scholarship Benefit and Awards Dinner. Since its inception in 2002, AZBAA has awarded 49 scholarships worth $68,750 to students pursuing careers in business aviation at Arizona colleges and universities. The event will be held at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. For more information, contact AZBAA President Ryan Horst at or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at, or visit:

SDRAA Hosts Annual Scholarship Fundraiser in Oceanside, Apr. 27
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host is 3rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser on April 27 at Arrowwood Golf Course in Oceanside, CA. SDRAA is committed to supporting aviation education, and this event benefits students in the San Diego area pursuing aviation careers. Last year's event raised nearly $10,000 to support SDRAA's scholarship fund. For tickets, details on sponsorship opportunities or scholarship information, contact SDRAA Director-at-Large Fred Gammon at or visit:

GWBAA Safety Standdown to Feature Alfred C. Haynes
Alfred C. Haynes will serve as keynote speaker for the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association’s (GWBAA's) 3rd Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Haynes is widely recognized for his performance during the 1989 emergency landing of United Airlines Flight 232, 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 are available on GWBAA’s web site at:

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NBAA Appoints New Board Member Scott Moore
NBAA’s Board of Directors last week announced the appointment of Scott A. Moore as its newest member. The appointment is subject to ratification by a vote of NBAA Members at the Association's Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL this October. "Scott brings a wealth of valuable experience to the Board, and ensures its continued diversity,” said Board Chairman Jeff Lee. Moore serves as chief pilot and director of aviation for Luck Stone, in Manakin, VA, and he is an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). For more information, visit:

Deadline Extended for NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey
The deadline for completing NBAA's 2009 NBAA Compensation & Benchmark Survey has been extended to this Friday, April 3, to provide additional time for Members to complete the survey. NBAA strongly encourages companies to participate in the survey to ensure that the results are as comprehensive and accurate as possible. The survey provides a review of aviation department personnel salaries, ownership options, maintenance details, international travel data and more. Respondents who complete the survey will have free access to online results. Only NBAA Member Representatives from Member Companies that operate aircraft, or those designated by the Member Representative, may enter survey data. For more information or to participate, visit:

Special Insider 'Advocacy' Edition Coming to Your Mailbox
In a turbulent time for business aviation, NBAA has continued to advocate for you, your company and your industry, not only by working to educate policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation through No Plane No Gain, but also with a variety of resources for helping businesses of all sizes quantify the value of their flight departments. These efforts are detailed in a special advocacy-focused supplement of Business Aviation Insider, NBAA's bi-monthly Member newsletter. The issue, which has been mailed along with the March-April edition of the traditional newsletter, is a free Member benefit. To view the supplement online, visit:

Register for the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, Apr. 20–23
NBAA, in partnership with the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), is co-sponsoring the 54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) in Orlando, FL, from April 20 to 23. This year’s CASS features presentations on automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), the effect of the recent politicization and criminalization of accidents, performance-based navigation, creating a company-wide safety culture and addressing aviation personnel shortages. For more information, contact FSF’s Namratha Apparao at To register, visit:

Call for Nominations: NBAA CAM Governing Board
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) is calling for nominations for governing board positions. All nominations must be received via mail or e-mail by April 30, prior to the CAMGB meeting scheduled for June 1 through 3. Nominees must be CAMs in good standing and able to contribute to the work of the CAMGB. To submit a nomination or for more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at Learn more about the CAM Program at:

Sign Up for Two New PDP Courses to Be Held at MMC
Two new PDP courses are being offered in conjunction with NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), each of which meets separate PDP objectives. The first course prepares Attendees to create a maintenance manual that can be executed at all levels of activity. The second course teaches effective communication techniques, including optimum use of verbal and non-verbal communications skills. Both courses will be held on April 14. For more information, contact NBAA's Jay Evans at To register, 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 Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2009, New Orleans, LA

PDP Course: Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 20–21, 2009, Orlando, FL

9th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009)
May 12–14, 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

Non-Business Aircraft Use: An In-Depth Compliance Workshop
May 28, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
May 29, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

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

14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 25–27, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Business Aviation Regional Forum
September 10, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

62nd Annual Meeting & Convention
October 20–22, 2009, Orlando, FL

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