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NBAA Update #09-20
Monday, May 18, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
At Senate Hearing, Bolen Reminds Lawmakers: Planes = Gains
Last week, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen took the No Plane No Gain message to a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. At the hearing, which was focused on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization and system modernization, Bolen reminded the panel: "Business aviation means jobs – good jobs – more than 1.2 million manufacturing and service jobs in the United States. It is part of a general aviation industry that contributes more than $150 billion to our economy each year and contributes positively to our nation’s balance of trade." To view videos of Bolen's testimony, visit Hear the latest NBAA Flight Plan podcast focusing on Bolen’s remarks, at:

NBAA Thanks Senators for Comments About GA’s Value
During last week’s hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, several senators highlighted the important role general aviation plays in the nation’s economy and transportation system. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) controversial Large Aircraft Security Proposal (LASP) also was discussed, and a number of lawmakers raised concerns about how the proposal is currently structured. “The senators said that they’ve heard from people back home, which shows that people in our community have reached out to their elected officials and made their voices heard on general aviation issues,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. The No Plane No Gain campaign educates policymakers and opinion leaders on the value of business aviation. To learn more about recent campaign activities, visit:

CBS News Story Shows ‘True Face’ of Business Aviation
Over the weekend, CBS News aired a rare segment about business aviation that explained to viewers the true story about the industry’s value to citizens, companies and communities across the U.S. The story featured comments from Wes Stowers, chairman of NBAA Member Company Stowers Machinery Corporation, a Knoxville, TN-based Caterpillar dealership that relies on a King Air 350 and a jet to reach places the airlines don’t fly. The story reported that only 500 American cities are served by commercial airlines, while general aviation can access 5,000 smaller airports across the country. “We are pleased to finally see a mainstream news organization explain the value of business aviation to companies like Stowers Machinery Corporation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. To view the report, visit:

Administration's Budget Proposes User Fees for 2011
As NBAA has reported, the general aviation community has grown increasingly concerned over recent signals from the Obama Administration that user fees for general aviation could be on the table in fiscal budget planning for the coming years. Last week, the White House justified those concerns with the release of new budget documents detailing its plans for fiscal year 2010. Although the budget does not include user fees in FY2010, it indicates that the Administration intends to pursue aviation user fees in 2011 and beyond. "We're very disappointed to see that the White House intends to pursue a user fee proposal in the coming years," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As we have said before, this would be a very divisive approach at a time when industry needs more than ever to unite behind aviation system modernization. We will continue to oppose user fees, and we know our Members will do likewise.” NBAA Members can voice support for building on the fuel tax for FAA funding and modernization with the Association's Contact Congress resource at:

Senate Committee to Consider FAA Administrator Nominee Randy Babbitt
On May 19, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Randy Babbitt to be the next administrator of the FAA. The Commerce Committee must approve his nomination before it can go to the full Senate for confirmation. When the nomination was announced in March, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that Babbitt is a pilot, with a thorough understanding of how the aviation system works. “He also has a businessperson's expertise, having started a successful aviation consulting company,” Bolen added. “He brought his business skills to his service on the FAA's Management Advisory Council, which was focused on applying good business practices at the FAA.” Review more of Bolen’s statement at:

House Panel to Consider Climate Change Legislation
This week, NBAA will be closely watching the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s consideration of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which proposes to create a "cap and trade" approach to mandate reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases, including those from aircraft. Under "cap and trade," the federal government would impose a mandatory cap on emissions and create a "bank" of emission credits, which could be allocated, traded or purchased to offset emissions. NBAA has joined with other aviation stakeholders to express concern about the potential impact of such legislation on the U.S. aviation industry and to support modernization of the nation's air traffic control system as an effective method to reduce aircraft emissions. For more information on NBAA’s environmental advocacy efforts, visit:

Arkansas, Minnesota Officials Express Concerns on LASP
The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics/Aeronautics Commission recently approved a resolution expressing "serious concerns" about the TSA's proposed LASP rule and its potential impact on business aviation. In addition, members of the Minnesota State House of Representatives and the Minnesota State Senate have sent letters to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano voicing strong concerns about the impact the proposed LASP rule could have on Minnesota-based industries that utilize general aviation aircraft for business purposes. View the letters at:

House Committee Members Question LASP’s Potential Impact
During House Homeland Security Committee consideration of H.R. 2200, a bill to reauthorize TSA programs, both Democratic and Republican members of the committee raised concerns about the potential impact the TSA’s proposed LASP could have on general aviation. Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) reiterated that a subcommittee hearing would be scheduled to review the LASP issue. S. 2200 was approved by the committee and is due to be considered on the House floor this week. To see NBAA’s LASP resources web page, and learn how you can make your concerns about the proposal known to your elected officials, visit:

EBACE2009 Closes as Third-Largest Ever
This year's European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009) was the third-largest in the show’s nine-year history. The flagship event for the business aviation community in Europe, EBACE2009 drew 10,917 registered Attendees from May 12 to 14 in Geneva, Switzerland. A total of 411 Exhibitors, occupying approximately 1,900 booth spaces, were at Geneva PALEXPO, and the Static Display of Aircraft at nearby Geneva International Airport included 65 business aircraft, up from 60 the previous year. Highlights from the event – including press releases, a study of the industry’s job-creation figures and other visual and audio materials – are posted on the official EBACE web site at:

Industry Coalition Urges FAA to Address Aircraft Registration Concerns
NBAA, working with an industry-wide coalition, is urging the FAA to address substantive comments that were submitted in 2008 in response to the agency’s proposed rule on “Re-registration and Renewal of Aircraft Registration.” The rule is in the final stages of the FAA’s review process and certain harmful provisions may remain. NBAA strongly supports the FAA’s efforts to have an accurate aircraft registry. However, any re-registration and renewal process must afford lessors and lenders a meaningful opportunity to avoid the harsh consequences of de-registration of their financed aircraft. View the industry letter at:

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Regional News
Santa Monica Large Aircraft Ban Blocked
On May 15, the FAA issued an administrative decision upholding a previous finding that the City of Santa Monica could not impose a ban on Category C and D aircraft at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The city had argued that such a ban was justified by safety concerns, but after a lengthy administrative hearing, the FAA concluded that its initial decision (issued in May 2008) had been correct. The new decision explains that such a ban would be "unjust and unreasonable”’; it would discriminate against certain aircraft, which in turn would violate commitments made by Santa Monica (“grant assurances”) when it accepted federal funds to improve the airport, as well as the terms of the post-World War II deed which returned the airport to city control. It is widely expected that the city will appeal the decision. For more information or to review the decision, visit:

NBAA Comments on Possible Van Nuys Stage 2 Aircraft Ban
Despite opposition from NBAA, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has recommended that the Los Angeles City Council adopt an ordinance which would phase out Stage 2 aircraft at Van Nuys Airport over a seven-year period. In earlier comments, NBAA noted serious factual and legal flaws in the proposal. In a May 15 letter to the city council’s Transportation Committee, NBAA again argued that a phase-out would be highly discriminatory and serve no valid purpose. Although a phase-out is projected to affect only five flights per day in 2014, those flights are of critical importance to the operators and the community, and there would be no offsetting environmental benefits. To read NBAA’s May 15 letter and earlier comments, visit:

New York Issues Guidance on Aircraft Tax Changes
As previously reported, a legislative change in New York will modify the state’s commercial aircraft exemption effective June 1, 2009. Certain transactions involving the sale, purchase and use of aircraft that were previously exempt from sales and use taxes will now be taxable. The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance recently issued guidance outlining these changes. NBAA is working with the New York Aviation Management Association to obtain additional guidance as to whether aircraft based in New York that previously were exempt from taxation will be grandfathered or subject to the tax. Aircraft owners concerned with this tax change should consult with qualified tax counsel before making any changes to the aircraft’s home base or operating structure. NBAA’s Tax Committee will address this issue, and other state tax matters, at the May 29 Business Aviation Taxes Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Register today at To review the New York guidance, visit:

Chicago O’Hare Runway 28 Threshold Relocation
The threshold for Runway 28 at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) has been temporarily relocated per NOTAM ORD 05/110: “ORD RWY 28 TODA/TORA/ASDA/LDA 9281 til 0910011100.” The FAA has reported several instances with aircraft appearing to be below a normal glide path to the relocated threshold. There have been two instances of air carrier aircraft blowing over the barricades 600 feet short of the arrival threshold, and in one instance, an aircraft touched down well short of the relocated threshold and the barricades delineating the safety area (the aircraft was able to get airborne and back over the top of the barricades). Operators should use caution and be aware of the temporarily relocated threshold for Runway 28 at ORD. The NBAA GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center monitors issues of this nature to benefit all NBAA Members, and provides additional services for paid subscribers. For more information visit:

Register to Participate in NBAA’s St. Paul Regional Forum
Registration is open and exhibit spaces are available at NBAA’s June 24 Regional Forum in St. Paul, MN. The event will feature sessions that will provide practical tools for navigating the economic turbulence confronting the industry. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will provide an update on No Plane No Gain, the industry’s campaign to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the value of business aviation. The forum will feature a Static Display of Aircraft, dozens of indoor exhibits and hundreds of Attendees. To register online or reserve exhibit space, visit:

New York Regional Groups’ Safety Symposium a Success
More than 100 attendees participated in the New York-area Safety Symposium held last week. The event was sponsored by NBAA, the Westchester Aviation Association, the Teterboro Users Group and the Morristown Aviation Association at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. Flightcrews participated in safety training and exposure to realistic scenarios during a valuable one-day intensive program. The agenda included fully interactive education sessions focused on ditching procedures and the proper use of life rafts; fire extinguishing procedures; hypoxia awareness; and emergency egress and forced landing with a full motion simulator. NBAA regional representatives are available to assist regional groups across the country in planning similar safety training programs. For more information on how to plan such an event, contact your regional representative by visiting:

AZBAA Announces Scholarship Awards, FAA Honors AZBAA Founder
The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) announced during a recent monthly meeting that scholarship donations increased AZBAA’s education fund by more than $12,000. Since AZBAA’s inception, the group has funded over $80,000 worth of college scholarships helping students at Arizona colleges and universities pursue careers in business aviation. Also at the meeting, an FAA representative recognized AZBAA founder Rich Schuller with the prestigious 2009 Charles Taylor Award, recognizing Schuller’s 50 years of dedicated aviation maintenance service. AZBAA’s new president, Michael Goode, pledged to continue efforts supporting aviation in Arizona and increasing member participation. For more information, contact NBAA’s Dan Burkhart at

Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo to Feature Industry Leaders
As part of the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo (RMWAE) in Boise, ID, the Idaho Aviation Association and the Idaho Aviation Foundation will host an expert panel discussion to address the state of the industry. The forum, which will be held this Wednesday, May 20, will feature NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen with leaders from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The Idaho Aviation Festival RMWAE will be held from May 30 to 31 and feature the latest aviation technology, static displays of aircraft and more. For more information, contact the Idaho Business League's Lee Hudson at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

Idaho Group Hosts Ed Bolen at May 29 Meeting
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold a town hall meeting on May 29, featuring NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who will discuss critical aviation-related issues and provide updates on NBAA initiatives. The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Oxford Suites, Idaho West Conference Room at 1426 South Entertainment Avenue in Boise. To RSVP by May 26, contact IBAA at, or for more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at

SFBAA Meeting at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, June 11
The South Florida Business Aviation Association (SFBAA) will hold its second quarter meeting on Thursday, June 11 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Banyan Aviation’s Hangar 9, next to Jet Cafe on the airport. The evening’s guest speaker will be Dan Brunskole, who will be discussing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and why compliance is becoming necessary for operators. To RSVP, contact Jeff Ramsden at (954) 359-0208 or at


Register for May 20 Rebroadcast on North Atlantic/North American Ops
There is still time to register for the interactive, online rebroadcast of the North Atlantic/North America (NAT/NAM) Regional Review session, available this Wednesday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. The rebroadcast is part of a seven-week regional review series that began on May 6 featuring sessions pre-recorded at this year’s NBAA International Operators Conference (IOC), which took place in March. The series features a global team of experts discussing guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing operational issues in each region. Recordings are also available for instant, on-demand access. To download and order IOC video recordings or to register for the interactive IOC series, visit:

EBACE2009 European Business Aviation Award Recipients Announced
NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association last week announced the recipients of the EBACE2009 European Business Aviation Award: Marwan Khalek, CEO and co-founder of GAMA Group, a business aviation leader in the UK, and officials at the Lyon-Bron Business Airport, a leader in sustainable development in France and Europe. The award, which recognizes contributions to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, was presented during this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2009), the only European exhibition focused solely on business aviation. To read the full announcement, visit:

NBAA’s GA Desk: Extending the Reach of Your Flight Department Team
Since August 2001, NBAA has staffed a full-time GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center. Available to NBAA Members only on a subscription basis, the GA Desk acts as an extension of your flight department by providing personalized flight-planning assistance from a dedicated team of NBAA staff. The GA Desk offers Members daily access to real-time information on temporary flight restrictions, alternatives for avoiding delays, personalized assistance in planning the most effect route and advanced support in resolving time-critical issues pertaining to crew, aircraft and passengers. To learn more about subscription services, including pricing, contact a GA Desk specialist at (703) 925-3178 or at

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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

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June 24, 2009, St. Paul, MN

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

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September 10, 2009, Las Vegas, NV

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