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NBAA Update #09-16
Monday, April 20, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Closely Monitoring EPA Finding That Greenhouse Gases Threaten Public Health
NBAA is carefully monitoring developments following a formal ruling, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last Friday, that greenhouse gases, including aviation emissions, threaten public health. The ruling could mean that the agency might step in to regulate emissions from aircraft and other sources as public health hazards depending on congressional action on climate change legislation. "As we know, business aviation has a long-standing record of progress on emissions reduction," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Nevertheless, Washington policymakers continue to review aviation emissions as part of an ongoing study of all transportation emissions, and this ruling is more evidence of that fact." Bolen noted that EPA officials have said the agency will gather public input over a 60-day period before taking any further actions. Read more by visiting:

FAA Withdrawing Controversial Repair Station NPRM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun the process of withdrawing a controversial December 2006 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would have established new repair station ratings classifications, capabilities lists and quality system requirements for operators. The rule also would have mandated that repair stations designate a chief inspector and maintain permanent housing for facilities. The NPRM withdrawal, said an FAA spokesman, "is still in executive coordination at the Secretary (of Transportation’s) office. If it is approved and published, we plan to state in the withdrawal that we will be moving forward with a new NPRM." A copy of the proposal is available at:

NBAA Applauds AOPA's New GA Advocacy Campaign
NBAA applauds "General Aviation Serves America," a campaign launched today by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to inform the public about general aviation's (GA’s) crucial role in serving the national interest. "Now is the time for everyone involved in every aspect of general aviation to be proactive in sharing the good news about our industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "At a press conference this morning, AOPA President and CEO Craig Fuller said that GA Serves America and No Plane No Gain are complementary programs that stress many of the same messages but from different perspectives within our community and that is exactly right. It is critical these perspectives be shared and our messages heard." To learn more about No Plane No Gain, visit:

NBAA, GAMA Take No Plane No Gain Message to NPR
Last week, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" aired a story focusing on the No Plane No Gain program, and including an interview with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen about the work being done by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to educate Washington's policymakers and opinion leaders about the essential role business aviation plays in America today. "The audience for this radio show consists of many of the policymakers and opinion leaders our advocacy campaign is designed to reach," Bolen said. "This opportunity to explain the value of business aviation is a good addition to the many other initiatives undertaken through No Plane No Gain to reach Washington decision-makers with our message." To read a transcript of the NPR interview, or listen to an audio clip of the story, visit:

NBAA’s Brown, Piccione to Speak at GA Issues Conference
NBAA officials will represent the business aviation community at the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) 4th Annual General Aviation Issues Conference next week, from April 26 to 28 at Addison Airport (ADS) near Dallas, TX. The conference will cover a wide range of issues affecting general aviation today and the challenges facing the industry in the future. NBAA’s Lisa Piccione, senior vice president, government affairs, will participate in two conference panels: “Flying Through Turbulent Economic Times” and the “State of the General Aviation Industry Roundtable.” NBAA’s Steve Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration, will be a featured speaker on the panel “General Aviation Security: Regulating an Unregulated Industry.” For more information and to register, visit:

Bolen Thanks Participants for Making NBAA’s Dallas Forum a Success
NBAA’s Business Aviation Regional Forum in Dallas, TX this month was a great success and boasted the highest Regional Forum attendance in the last year with more than 900 Attendees. The event was held April 9 at Dallas Love Field (DAL) and featured 64 indoor Exhibitors, 24 static aircraft, and presentations on operational issues such as required navigation performance and runway safety. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed the Association’s gratitude to all the participants, “I want to thank our Exhibitors, speakers, Attendees, and everyone who made the Dallas forum a success. This is a demonstration of how the dedicated members of our community have the strength to meet the challenges we face by coming together.” For more information about NBAA's Regional Forums, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Supports Sensible Aircraft Tax Reform in Florida Legislature
NBAA continues to work with other national and state aviation groups to support common-sense legislation regarding aircraft sales and use taxes currently before the Florida state legislature. Two bills under consideration, H.B. 51 and S.B. 300, 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 state law, pilots landing in Florida 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. Pilots from states with no or low sales tax must pay the difference between their home state’s sales tax and Florida’s 6 percent tax. NBAA also has weighed in on national news coverage about the state tax: Mike Nichols, NBAA vice president of operations, education and economics, told a blogger with The Wall Street Journal that the current tax could adversely impact general aviation in the state and the economic activity it promotes. For more information, contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at

NBAA Members Encouraged to Remain Engaged in NY Budget Process
Although NBAA’s efforts succeeded in removing an onerous tax proposal on business aircraft from the New York state budget, the final plan drastically limits the commercial aircraft exemption from sales and use tax. Many previously exempt transactions could now be subject to sales or use tax at a rate of up to 8.75 percent. The budget eliminates an exemption for commercial aircraft that are owned by a company to transport personnel affiliated with the aircraft owner. Beginning on December 1, the budget also would eliminate a sales tax exemption on maintenance and repair of general aviation aircraft. NBAA Members are encouraged to contact their legislators to advocate for the extension and enhancement of the sales tax exemption. To read an in-depth article on changes and learn more about New York tax issues, visit:

Meeting to Re-Launch RI Aviation Association This Week
A meeting to discuss re-launching the former Rhode Island Aviation Association (RIAA) will be held this Wednesday, April 22 at T. F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence. A group of Rhode Island aviation professionals recently has proposed bringing the community together and re-launching the RIAA so as to more effectively address issues, including a state proposal to repeal the aircraft parts and labor tax exemption. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Warwick Room on the third floor of PVD’s main terminal. Attendees should park in Short Term Lot D and parking tickets will be validated. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Meeting, Apr. 24
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, April 24, at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and will feature a brief presentation by Sherman Griffith and Al Baylis from Gulfstream on the new G250 aircraft. Also, a G150 will be available for viewing from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for guests. The meeting will be held at Aero Charter on the airport, located at 501 Turbine Avenue. To attend, contact GSLBAA’s Bev Lehenbauer at (314) 845-3102 by noon on Wednesday, April 22 to make a reservation. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at or visit:

Chicago-Area Business Aviation Association Meets Apr. 24
The Chicago-Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, April 24, at Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW). The meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. and include a presentation by Jim Guerin and Paul Robinson from Gulfstream on the G150 and G250 aircraft. A G150 and a G250 mock-up will be available for viewing. The meeting will be held in the hangar located at 5923 S. Central Avenue on the airport. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at To attend, make a reservation on the CABAA web site at:

San Diego Group Hosts Scholarship Fundraiser, Apr. 27
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA) will host its 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’s Fred Gammon at For more information, contact NBAA’s Dan Burkhart at or visit:

Apollo 17 Commander Speaks at Georgia Meeting, May 1
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) has announced that former astronaut Gene Cernan will be the dinner speaker for the association's 10th Annual Membership Meeting on May 1. Cernan, who is also a retired navy pilot, commanded the Apollo 17 moon mission and was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo Program. The GBAA 10th Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Marriott Stone Mountain Evergreen Resort outside Atlanta, GA. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at For hotel and event registration, visit:

Speakers Announced for Greater Washington Safety Standdown, May 7
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) will hold its 3rd Annual Safety Standdown on May 7 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Alfred C. Haynes, recognized for his performance during the 1989 emergency landing of United Airlines Flight 232, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Flight Safety Foundation's Jim Burin; ServiceElements' Bob Hobbi; Dassault Falcon Jet's John Rahilly; and NTSB Training Center's Paul Schuda. NBAA is an event sponsor and attendees will qualify for credit toward NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at To register, visit the GWBAA web site at:

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NBAA Marks the Passing of John S. “Jack” Broome
NBAA extends condolences to the friends and family of Jack Broome, who passed away on April 10 at his family home in Oxnard, CA. A member of NBAA’s Board of Directors from 1980 to 1989, Broome was also a longtime rancher, businessman and pilot who touched many lives in the aviation industry and beyond. Broome made his first solo flight in 1935, served as an Army Air Force pilot during World War II and later launched several businesses. He flew for over 70 years, owning and operating Beech 18 and MU-2B aircraft. For more information, visit:

54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar This Week
The 54th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) is being held this week in Orlando, FL, April 21 to 23. NBAA, in partnership with the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), is co-sponsoring the event. 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, unmanned aircraft systems, and strategies for creating a company-wide safety culture and addressing aviation personnel shortages. For more information, contact FSF’s Namratha Apparao at For more information about CASS or to register, visit the FSF site at:

Register Now for EBACE2009, May 12–14
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) will be held from May 12 to 14 at Geneva PALEXPO in Switzerland. This year’s event will give Attendees the tools needed to improve efficiency, increase productivity, save money and help their businesses grow in this turbulent economy. EBACE2009 also will feature nearly 500 Exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services available and more than 60 state-of-the-art aircraft on Static Display. Join the thousands attending EBACE2009 by registering online at:

International Operators Conference Recordings Available
For those who missed NBAA’s 36th Annual International Operators Conference (IOC), held from March 30 to April 2 in San Diego, CA, videos from the Conference are now available. This year’s IOC brought together a team of experts from around the globe to discuss guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing international operational issues. Download the presentation slides at, and order IOC video recordings or register to participate in a seven-part, interactive IOC rebroadcast series at:

NBAA Announces Maintenance TRACS Recipients
NBAA and its Maintenance Committee last week congratulated the 22 recipients of the 2009 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) at NBAA’s Maintenance Management Conference in New Orleans, LA. Maintenance TRACS offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive initial technician training courses for several aircraft and engine models, as well as professional development courses. For more information and to review this year’s Maintenance TRACS scholarship recipients, visit:

Online Registration Available for Flight Attendants Conference
Online registration is now open for the NBAA Flight Attendants Conference in New Orleans, June 25 to 27. This year’s Conference will focus on cabin safety, security and professionalism. The event will open the evening of June 25 with a welcome session for first-time Attendees and a networking reception. Sessions on emergency situations, personal security and regulatory and security updates will be held on the following two days. To see the complete agenda and to register, visit:

NBAA2009: Discounted Housing, Transportation Available Online Now
Housing and transportation arrangements for NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), to be held from October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL, can now be made online at discounted rates. Event registration also will be made available online soon. NBAA2009 will bring together representatives from every segment of the business aviation industry, representing 82 countries around the world. This year’s Education Sessions will show companies how to do more with less, allowing flight departments to be even more efficient, productive and valuable to their organizations. To learn more about the Convention and to make housing and transportation arrangements, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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