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NBAA Update #09-21
Monday, May 25, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Commends House for Passing FAA Reauthorization
Late last week, NBAA welcomed House passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009. The measure was approved by lawmakers as part of Congress's multi-year "reauthorization" of the programs and funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the development of the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, also known as "NextGen." It provides additional funding for the FAA through sources including an increase in general aviation fuel taxes. “We commend the House of Representatives for passing this legislation to fund the FAA and accelerate NextGen using the long-established aviation fuel tax to help pay for system modernization," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. For more information, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan: Bolen Discusses Future of FAA Reauthorization
A special edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast features NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on the House of Representatives’ passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009. NBAA Flight Plan is a new podcast with news and information about the business aviation community for people on the go. Other recent editions of the five-minute podcasts focus on the economic outlook for business aviation, the status of the Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program, the European Union’s developing Environmental Trading Scheme, and other issues of importance to NBAA Members. Listen to all the episodes at:

Senate Approves Randy Babbitt as FAA Administrator
Following last week’s approval by the Senate of J. Randolph “Randy” Babbitt as the next administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NBAA issued a statement noting that, as a pilot, Babbitt “has operational knowledge of our air transportation system. He also brings recognized expertise to our highly complex policy issues. As the nation’s air transportation system faces many immediate challenges, all of us in the business aviation industry know that Randy will be able to hit the ground running. We look forward to working with him to achieve our shared goal of leading the world in aviation.” To read the full statement, visit:

Bolen Meets With Congressional GA Caucus, Now 50 Members Strong
The Congressional General Aviation Caucus, co-chaired by Representative Vernon J. Ehlers (R-3-MI) and Representative Allen Boyd (D-2-FL), has grown to 50 members. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed formation of the caucus last month, and was on hand at a meeting of the group last week with other industry representatives. “The formation of the caucus demonstrates that Congress recognizes that general aviation plays a critical role in serving citizens and communities in every state,” said Bolen. For a full list of General Aviation Caucus members, visit:

NBAA Asks TSA to Withdraw ‘Badging’ Security Directive
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and leaders of other general aviation (GA) trade associations sent a letter last week to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano regarding a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive that would negatively impact GA operations. The TSA directive would require all persons with unescorted access to any portion of an air carrier airport - including GA facilities such as FBOs or private hangars - to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal record check and be issued airport identification badges. NBAA believes operators would be required to obtain a badge for every air carrier airport where unescorted access is necessary. In the letter, Bolen and his fellow association leaders requested that TSA withdraw the directive and engage in a rulemaking process that allows NBAA and others to provide input. For more information, visit:

NBAA Supports Effort to Refine TSA Security Directive Process
NBAA has joined other aviation groups in supporting efforts by Representative John Mica (R-7-FL) to improve the TSA regulatory and security directive process. Rep. Mica, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to offer an amendment to the pending TSA Authorization bill to require TSA to follow certain standards for the issuance of security directives and regulations to insure that appropriate rulemaking and public notice are included in the TSA directive process. To view the letter visit:

NBAA Encourages Members to Participate in FAA’s GA Survey
NBAA Members are encouraged to take a short general aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey if invited by the FAA. The survey compiles the number of hours flown each year and the reasons people fly. Survey results are used to help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes and measure aviation safety and accident rates. Printed survey forms have been mailed to a sampling of operators, who may complete the form either in hardcopy or online. For additional information, contact NBAA’s Jim McClay at or visit:

House Energy Panel Advances Climate Change Legislation
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has completed action on H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, and reported the bill out for future House consideration. The bill would create a "cap and trade" approach to achieve major reductions in carbon-based emissions including those from aircraft. The legislation calls for a mandatory cap on emissions and creates a "bank" of emission credits, which could be allocated, traded or purchased to offset emissions. NBAA and other aviation stakeholders are concerned about the potential impact of such legislation on the industry. The aviation community, including NBAA, continues to advocate for modernization of the nation's air traffic control system as an effective method to reduce aircraft emissions. Learn more about NBAA’s environmental advocacy efforts at:

NBAA2009: A Critical Part of Your Business Strategy
More than ever, NBAA’s 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), Oct. 20-22, in Orlando, will focus on helping Attendees and Exhibitors survive and thrive in these uncertain times. For Attendees, the event will provide the information, products and services needed to stay as efficient and productive as possible. For Exhibitors, the Convention will provide a premier venue for putting products and services in front of thousands of customers in one place, at one time. The event presents unrivaled networking opportunities for industry peers and show the strength and resilience of the many diverse companies that make up the business aviation industry. Clearly, NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention is one event that remains a must-have on the calendar. To learn more, visit:

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Regional News
FAA Evaluating Phraseology for RNAV Instrument Departures at DFW and ATL
The FAA will begin evaluation next Monday, June 1, of area navigation (RNAV) Off-the-Ground phraseology at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The phraseology, issued with the takeoff clearance, requires aircrews to validate correct programming of the runway and departure procedure in the aircraft flight management system prior to takeoff. Pilots will receive a takeoff clearance from air traffic control providing instructions to depart the runway via an RNAV path or an assigned heading to be maintained. For more information, view the FAA evaluation notice at:

Las Vegas TRACON Issues Letter to Airmen on Pre-Departure Clearances
Las Vegas Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) is currently experiencing difficulties with operators flying incorrect routes when departing Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). A review of the Aviation Safety Reporting System has identified a possible problem with operators missing amendments posted to air traffic control clearances when reviewing Pre-Departure Clearances (PDCs). The Las Vegas TRACON has issued a letter to airmen advising that all operators flying out of Las Vegas International Airport check all of the PDC for amended routing assignments. If operators are uncertain of a departure routing received from PDC they should contact Las Vegas Clearance Delivery for clarification. To view the letter, visit:

Miami Center to Publish New Departure Routes for South Florida Airports
The Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (Miami Center) soon plans to publish new preferred departure routes for three south Florida airports. Flights departing Fort Myers Page Field (FMY), Naples Municipal (APF) and Marco Island (MKY) airports and heading to the northeast or Midwest will be requested to file the following route: “APF..CSHEL..KEVYN..” and then “ORL” for flights to the northeast or “LAL” for flights to the Midwest. For more information, contact NBAA’s GA desk at

Idaho Group Hosts Ed Bolen at Town Hall Meeting Friday, May 29
The Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA) will hold a town hall meeting this Friday, 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

GSLBAA Meets at Spirit of St. Louis Airport May 29
The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA) will hold a luncheon meeting this Friday, May 29 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO. The meeting will feature a presentation by Bombardier representatives, who will have a Learjet 60XR on display. The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Million Air St. Louis, located at 549 Bell Avenue on the airport. There is a charge of $15 for members and $20 for guests. To reserve a spot, call GSLBAA's Bev Lehenbauer at (314) 845-3102 by noon this Wednesday, May 27. For more information, contact NBAA’s Bob Quinn at

Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo to Feature Industry Leaders
As part of the Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo (RMWAE), taking place this weekend, May 30 to 31, in Boise, ID, the Idaho Aviation Association and the Idaho Aviation Foundation will host an industry expert panel discussion this Saturday, May 30 to address the state of the industry. The forum, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, will feature NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen with leaders from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Expo attendees should park at Expo Idaho at Glenwood Street and Chinden Boulevard, and can take advantage of free shuttle service to the Western Aircraft tarmac to view the static display of aircraft. For more information, contact NBAA's Kristi Ivey at To view the full event schedule, visit:

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. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Jeff Ramsden at

PNBAA to Hold Benefit for Aviation High School, Sept. 23
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will hold a charity event to benefit Aviation High School on September 23 at Trilogy Golf Course at Redmond Ridge outside of Seattle. Event details will soon be published in future issues of NBAA Update and interested sponsors should contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at Also, details will be posted to the PNBAA web site at:


NBAA Provides New Handbook on Personal Use of Business Aircraft
NBAA is pleased to provide, as an NBAA Member benefit, a new handbook that explains the regulatory complexities surrounding personal use of employer-provided aircraft. This new handbook includes an explanation of the fringe benefit valuation rules to ensure proper income tax calculations and the proposed regulations relating to expense disallowances when there is entertainment use of a business aircraft. Especially since personal use is a very minor component of business aviation, a resource clearly explaining the restrictions on payments for personal use, income tax requirements, deduction disallowances and SEC reporting is very important. This resource, developed by NBAA’s Tax Committee, is available at:

Spring 2009 Issue of NBAA Navigator Features AFP Changes
The spring 2009 edition of NBAA Navigator, which is mailing to NBAA Member operators this week, provides airspace updates for the upcoming severe weather season, such as airspace flow program (AFP) changes for 2009, including override and split AFPs, AFP metering and an expected departure clearance time (EDCT) review. The issue also features an overview of the new tactical route coordinator position at New York TRACON and articles on how integrated collaborative rerouting (ICR) can help operators avoid AFP delays, the new CCFP-LAMP weather product and NY route options for severe weather. Members may view the spring issue online at the NBAA Navigator web site at:

Register for Pacific Rim Regional Review Online Rebroadcast, June 3
NBAA will rebroadcast the Pacific Rim Regional Review online on Wednesday, June 3 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:

At Business Aviation Forum, NBAA to Outline How Planes = Gains
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be one of the featured speakers at a July 16 Management Forum on Demonstrating & Quantifying the Value of Business Aviation. His session, entitled Jobs, Productivity and Keeping America Connected: The Real Story of Business Aviation, will highlight steps the industry is taking to counter the media’s negative and inaccurate perception of business aviation, and provide an update on NBAA’s ongoing role to protect the future of this industry. The event will take place at the McGraw-Hill Building in Manhattan, and will focus on providing tools and strategies to prove the value of business aircraft to your company.

Rich Gage Receives Prestigious NBAA International Spirit Award
In conjunction with last week’s European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE2009) in Geneva Switzerland, NBAA presented the prestigious International Spirit Award to Rich Gage, past president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA). The award honors exceptional service and contributions to international business aviation. During his tenure, Gage was very active in NBAA’s International Operators Committee and chaired the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC’s) Environmental Issues Working Group, representing business aviation at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In presenting the award, Steve Brown, NBAA senior vice president, operations and administration, noted Rich’s many contributions to business aviation worldwide. The International Spirit award is given periodically, and was previously presented to Don Spruston, IBAC Director General, and Peter Ingleton, IBAC Director of ICAO Liaison.

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