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NBAA Update #09-22
Monday, June 01, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Comments on Recent Changes to ‘Badging’ Directive
As the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) “Badging” directive (SD-1542-04-08G) becomes effective today, with modifications to address some of the general aviation (GA) community’s most immediate concerns. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in a statement: “The Agency's willingness to address our most pressing concerns gives us optimism that, over time, TSA officials will remain ready to discuss additional, unforeseen and unexpected effects of the program so that it does not become an impediment to operations. As NBAA Members know, the Association has long believed that the overall 'badging' requirement is overly broad and ill-suited to the unique operating needs of business aviation, so we will continue working with the Agency to address our ongoing concerns.” NBAA and other GA trade associations sent a letter last month to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano requesting that the TSA withdraw the directive and engage in a rulemaking process that allows NBAA and others to provide input. To review Bolen’s full statement, and to learn more about the TSA’s security directive, visit:

NBAA Flight Plan Podcasts Have News on Badging and More
NBAA Flight Plan has news and information about the business aviation community for people on the go. Two recent NBAA Flight Plan podcasts have news NBAA Members can use. This week’s edition - featuring Doug Carr, NBAA’s Vice President for Security, Safety & Regulation - explores the possible effects that the TSA badging security directive would have on the GA community, from FBOs to operators. Last week’s edition discusses the latest in tax policies related to business aircraft ownership and use. To review current and previous editions, visit:

NBAA Convention Named Fifth-Largest Trade Show in the US
Tradeshow Week recently announced that the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention rose to the fifth position in its rankings of largest trade shows in the United States for 2008, a testament to the thousands of NBAA Members who help the Convention thrive annually. "Especially in these difficult economic times, companies need the Annual Meeting & Convention to help maximize the use of their most important assets: people and time," said NBAA Senior Vice President, Conventions, Seminars & Forums Kathleen Blouin. "Our Members and Exhibitors should take advantage of the Convention to maintain relationships with their existing customers and to discover new opportunities in the marketplace." Learn more about this year's Convention online at:

Bolen Keeping Industry Informed on No Plane No Gain Progress
NBAA's Ed Bolen has been reporting back to the business aviation community about the progress of the No Plane No Gain program, with presentations at a town hall meeting of the Idaho Business Aviation Association, at the Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo and at the Dassault Falcon 12th Annual Aviation Professionals Conference in Morristown, NJ. To see previous No Plane No Gain video updates, visit:

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Regional News
NBAA Regional Forum Comes to St. Paul This Month
NBAA will host a Regional Forum in St. Paul, MN on June 24, offering regional businesses practical tools for purchasing, owning and operating business aircraft during these turbulent economic times. Industry experts will provide detailed guidelines for buying and selling business aircraft and discuss the latest technology, including enhanced vision systems and heads-up displays. In the general session, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will give an update on No Plane No Gain, the industry’s campaign to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the value of business aviation. The event will feature static aircraft, dozens of indoor exhibits and hundreds of Attendees. For more information or to register, visit:

Industry Advocates Continue to Focus on Possible NY Tax Increase
NBAA and New York-area business leaders are continuing to fight to keep tax increases on business aviation out of the state budget. Although NBAA’s efforts this year succeeded in removing an unfounded “luxury tax” on business aircraft, the final draft still fails to renew a sales tax exemption for aircraft purchases, repairs, maintenance and parts. Transactions that have been exempt for five years could now be taxed at a rate of up to 8.75 percent. For more information or to get involved, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at or visit:

Runway Construction at Teterboro Airport This Summer
New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) is planning a major rehabilitation of Runway 6-24 this summer that will require airport closures for fixed-wing operations for three weekends, as well as five nighttime closures from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The tentative dates for the weekend closures are July 10 to 12 and July 17 to 19, and a 24-hour weekend closure with a date to be decided. The rehabilitation will include milling, repaving and grooving the entire runway as well as the installation of runway centerline lights and touchdown zone lights. For confirmation of runway closures, Members are advised to monitor notices to airmen (NOTAMs). For more information, contact NBAA’s Dean Saucier at For more information on Teterboro Airport, visit:

PNBAA to Hold General Meeting in Seattle Tomorrow, June 2
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) is hosting a general luncheon meeting tomorrow, June 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Museum of Flight on King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, WA. Dr. Larry Greenblatt, FAA aviation medical examiner, and Dr. Michael Jones, FAA regional flight surgeon, will discuss the impact of health problems on job performance, as well as health maintenance and recovery for pilots and managers. The luncheon is free to PNBAA members and costs $25 for non-members. Please RSVP today at For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at or visit:

NESD Will Hold Quarterly Meeting at Bedford Airport, June 10
The Northeast Schedulers and Dispatchers (NESD) will hold their quarterly meeting on Wednesday June 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Jet Aviation on Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, MA. Guest speaker Julie Ann Seltsam-Wilps, FAA aviation education program manager for the New England Region, will coach participants on using simple aviation activities to motivate colleagues and encourage peers to join the industry. The workshop also will offer insight on new resources and programs for encouraging young people to pursue careers in aviation. To RVSP, contact NESD’s Dianne Tarantino at or NBAA’s Dean Saucier at

SFBAA Meeting on June 11 at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
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 SFBAA’s Jeff Ramsden at For more information, contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at

GBAA Hosts Cabin Communication Session, June 26
The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) will hold a cabin communications session from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Georgia Department of Transportation Hangar at Fulton County Airport (FTY). The event will focus on important considerations and pitfalls to avoid before investing in emerging cabin technologies. There is no charge to attend, and the event will be followed by a complimentary networking lunch. Space is limited and RSVPs will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP to GBAA at For more information, contact NBAA’s Harry Houckes at

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Flexjet’s Fred Reid to Keynote June’s Flight Attendants Conference
Fred Reid, president of Bombardier Flexjet, will serve as the opening-day keynote speaker at NBAA’s 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference, which will be held from June 25 to 27. With an aviation career spanning over 20 years, Reid has been a strong supporter of flight attendants and their training. In addition to addressing the importance of professional training for flight attendants, Reid will speak about the business aviation industry’s financial challenges in light of the economic downturn. Education sessions offered at this year’s conference will address the theme of “Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety” by focusing on changes affecting cabin safety and security. For more information and to register online, visit:

Join Your Business Aviation Peers at NBAA2009 This Fall
More important now than ever, the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention will provide a unique gathering place for Members to unite and address the significant challenges facing the industry today. Ranked as the fifth-largest U.S. trade show by Tradeshow Week, the Convention offers education sessions, exhibits, a static display and valuable networking opportunities all in one place, providing great efficiencies and savings for Member Companies. For the first time, NBAA2009 also will feature sessions specific to light business airplane owners and operators, including the first-ever Single-Pilot Safety Standdown. To learn more and register for the event, to be held October 20 to 22 in Orlando, FL, visit:

Latest Issue of Insider Has Tips for Single-Pilot Flights
As people in the business aviation community well know, flying single-pilot is dramatically different than operating as part of a two-person flightcrew. In a given aircraft, the owner/operator performs in a vastly different environment than a two-person crew in the same aircraft. The human-factors issues that come into play in single-pilot operations include checklist discipline, procedures monitoring and risk management. Add equipment failures or other emergencies, and the level of discipline required of a single pilot greatly exceeds that demanded of each member of a multi-person crew. To learn more on this topic, read the full “Safety First” article in the latest edition of Business Aviation Insider at:

NBAA Member Feedback on MMC Survey Due June 17
NBAA welcomes Member feedback on its 24th Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC), which was held this year from April 15 to 17. Members are encouraged to provide feedback by participating in a survey open until June 17. The NBAA Maintenance Committee wants to ensure that the annual MMC provides Attendees with a strong offering of knowledge and tools necessary to manage aircraft maintenance activities in the context of complete asset management and ground operations. Participation in this short survey will help NBAA deliver an improved conference in 2010. To take the survey, visit:

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Upcoming NBAA Events
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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