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NBAA Update #09-25
Monday, June 22, 2009

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Business Aviation News & Issues
NBAA Welcomes Study Concluding GA Security Threat ‘Limited, Mostly Hypothetical’
NBAA last week welcomed a recent report conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General concluding that “general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security.” “The report validates what the general aviation community has said before: General aviation does not represent a significant security threat,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The industry has always emphasized security, and in the years since the 9/11 attacks, we have remained diligent and adopted numerous measures to ensure that our aircraft, crews and passengers are safe and secure.” To review NBAA’s full statement on the report, visit:

NBAA’s Bolen Challenges Journal’s One-Sided View of Industry
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week challenged a one-sided view of business aviation put forward in a front-page story by The Wall Street Journal. In a statement sent to the newspaper and made available through social networking web sites like Twitter, Bolen said the story “greatly mischaracterized business aviation and did a disservice to tens of thousands of American companies of all sizes that rely on business aircraft to succeed, especially in these tough economic times.” Although Bolen had an extensive interview with the Journal reporter before the story was filed, none of his comments appeared in the article. To review Bolen’s full statement, visit:

No Plane No Gain on CNBC
When CNBC host Larry Kudlow aired a segment to discuss last week’s front-page story about business aviation in The Wall Street Journal, the network turned to NBAA for data to illustrate the economic benefit provided by business aviation. The segment featured a chart, with data attributed to NBAA, showing that business aviation contributes more than $150 billion to U.S. economic output, employs 1.2 million people and serves 5,000 airports, often located in towns with little or no airline service. These are among the messages emphasized in the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly supported by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To view the CNBC segment, visit:

Get the Latest on the EU ETS With Online Seminar Recording
The UK Environment Agency held a seminar earlier this month on the inclusion of aviation activity in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), and British authorities have made an audio recording of the seminar, synched with a PowerPoint presentation, available online with the goal of helping flightcrews operating in the UK to comply with ETS requirements. The ETS could potentially apply to NBAA Members and others with flights to or between EU states by 2012. The link to the online recording is available now on the EU ETS page of NBAA’s web site, at:

FAA Issues SAFO on Dangers of Improperly Inflated Tires
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) to emphasize the importance of maintaining correct aircraft tire pressure. Pressure checks can be accomplished by measuring cold tire pressure at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. They are most effective when tires have been at rest for at least two hours since their last use. Aircraft tires are designed to carry heavy loads at high speeds, meaning that problems caused by incorrect tire pressure can lead to catastrophic failures. Over inflation of a tire can cause uneven wear, reduced traction and increased stress on aircraft wheels. Under inflation can increase stress on the tire, which shortens its life and can lead to tire blowouts. Following the guidance in this SAFO is important, as the FAA has identified a number of aircraft accidents where malfunctioning tires may have been a factor. For more information, review the SAFO:

Coming Soon: Light Business Airplane Sessions for Convention
For the first time, NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention (AM&C) will incorporate a full schedule of programs for light business airplane (LBA) operators. Entrepreneurs and pilots who rely on small business airplanes, as well as those considering how to fit these aircraft into their business models, will have opportunities to participate in two full days of Education Sessions – including the Cessna Single-Pilot Safety Standdown – and still have an additional day to see all of the general aviation products and services on display at the AM&C. The agenda for the LBA sessions will be posted to the Association's web site in the coming weeks, and additional announcements will be forthcoming; in the meantime, those wanting to attend the event can register and make hotel reservations online by visiting:

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Regional News
St. Paul Regional Forum Features No Plane No Gain Update
NBAA’s Regional Forum in St. Paul, MN on June 24 will offer practical tools for purchasing, owning and operating business aircraft during these turbulent economic times. Also, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will give an update on the progress of the industry’s No Plane No Gain campaign to educate policymakers and opinion leaders on the value of business aviation. In conjunction with the Regional Forum, NBAA will offer a workshop on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) on June 23. The IS-BAO is a comprehensive set of guidelines that provides international general aviation operations a means of achieving high levels of safety and performance. To register for the IS-BAO workshop, visit:

NBAA Taking Action at Critical Juncture on Burbank Airport Curfew
Within the next month, NBAA will provide extensive comments to the public docket for a six-month review process recently begun by the FAA to consider a mandatory curfew at Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, CA. As part of its review, the FAA will approve or reject proposed noise and access restrictions for Stage 3 aircraft on or before November 1 of this year. A 30-day comment period opened on June 22 for airport users and other interested parties to comment to the FAA, as detailed in an appended FAA docket titled, “Notice of Proposed Airport Access Restriction and Opportunity for Public Comment." NBAA Members are encouraged to submit comments of their own to the docket; NBAA’s previous filings regarding the airport and other resources for submitting comments are available at:

‘Flight Plan’ Podcast Focuses on Access at CA Airports
The most recent NBAA Flight Plan podcast episode focuses on the Association’s ongoing work to preserve access at Bob Hope, Santa Monica (SMO) and Van Nuys (VNY) airports. Dan Burkhart, NBAA regional representative, and Jol Silversmith, an associate with the law firm Silversmith, Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP, discuss the most pressing access issues at the three airports, and what NBAA and local leaders in the business aviation community are doing to represent the industry. Listen to this and other NBAA Flight Plan podcasts on iTunes, or by visiting the podcast page on NBAA’s web site at:

Dulles Airport Construction Delays Beginning in July
A project to renovate Runway 19C/1C at Dulles International Airport (IAD) may generate taxi delays for operators this summer. Runway 19C/1C will be closed for a significant amount of time beginning in July, requiring the use of Runway 19R/1L and 19L/1R. Until 19R/1L (the west runway) is connected via Taxiway W2 to the main airport area, the 19C/1C closure will result in significant taxi time increases for aircraft moving between 19R/1L and the general aviation ramp areas. NBAA will publish more information about this project as it becomes available. For additional details, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

Runway Closure at Glacier Park Airport Begins in August
Due to scheduled runway reconstruction at Glacier Park International Airport (GPI) in Kalispell, MT, the primary runway, Runway 2/20, will be closed three days each week during the month of August. The runway will be closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and will operate normally on weekends. The construction project will run from August 3 to 28. During the initial phases of the construction, while Runway 2/20 is closed, the 3,500-foot crosswind runway, Runway 12/30, will be open to serve smaller general aviation aircraft. During Phase 3 of the project, Runway 12/30 also will be closed. For more details on the construction project and a schedule of the closure dates, contact NBAA’s Operations Service Group at

Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association Meeting, June 24
The Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association (ORBAA) will hold a meeting this Wednesday, June 24, at Lane Aviation on Port Columbus Airport in the 2nd floor Conference Room. The theme of the meeting is “The Business of Aviation,” with presentations and discussions concerning the challenges facing people and companies in the industry. The meeting also will touch on a possible $2.4 million cut in the state’s aviation funding recently approved by the Ohio legislature. Since the Ohio House and Senate have both acted on versions of this bill, a conference committee will convene soon to address the differences between these two versions. The meeting will start with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and also will include a networking lunch sponsored by ARG/US at 12:00 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 3:15 p.m. To attend, RSVP by June 22 to ORBAA’s RoyceAnn Martin at For additional information, contact the NBAA’s Bob Quinn 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. this 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

Schedulers & Dispatchers Meeting in Vancouver, BC, July 23
The next Pacific Rim Schedulers & Dispatchers Association (PRSDA) meeting will be held at three different FBOs at Vancouver International Airport on July 23. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. with registration and networking at Million Air Vancouver, and attendees will be transported to Avitat Vancouver for dinner. Landmark Vancouver will host dessert and a presentation on the aviation planning for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games by Steve Walsh, Federal Aviation Technical Working Group; Scott Harrold, Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) Pacific regional chairman; and Sam Barone, CBAA president and CEO. Canada Customs will provide CANPASS information and updates. Dinner is $25 for PRSDA members or $40 for non-members. RSVP by July 17 to PRSDA’s Michaelle Olson at For more information, contact NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at

September 23 PNBAA Charity Event Website Now Available
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will be hosting its first annual charity event benefiting Aviation High School and other charities on September 23 at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge in Redmond, WA. For more information, e-mail NBAA’s Kristi Ivey at or Sponsorship, registration and tournament information is now available online at:

No Plane No Gain

NBAA’s Member Directory Coming to Your Mailbox
The 2009 NBAA Directory of Member Companies, Aircraft & Personnel is the most comprehensive guide to business aviation resources in the industry, providing a networking tool to thousands of business aviation professionals on a global scale. For ease of use, the printed Member Directory sorts Member data into several different lists, including by company name, geographic location, aircraft tail number, home-base airport, occupation, and products and services. The reference also includes a roster of NBAA's Board, Standing Committees and professional staff and a section about NBAA Member benefits. The printed edition of this publication has begun mailing to Members, who will receive their books over the next several weeks. The very latest NBAA Member listings also may be accessed via NBAA’s password-protected Online Directory, available at:

Request for Proposals: Aerospace Medicine Consulting Services
As NBAA continues to expand its offering of Member benefits, the Association is seeking to establish a relationship with an aeromedical education and consulting services provider to benefit NBAA Member Companies and their pilot employees. This benefit would help pilots protect the investment they and their employers have made in their FAA certificates through pilot training and proficiency. It also would enhance pilots’ health by providing access to aerospace medicine physicians and ongoing education in aerospace medicine issues. NBAA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to which it seeks responses by July 15. To view the RFP, visit:

Last Chance to Register: NBAA Flight Attendants Conference
It's not too late to register for NBAA’s 14th Annual Flight Attendants Conference this week in New Orleans, LA. This year’s event follows the theme of “Continuous Improvement of Business Aviation Safety” and offers a range of educational and career-development sessions for flight attendants and flight technicians, as well as new workshops designed to benefit all crew members. On Friday, June 26, a session titled “Anatomy of an Accident” will examine several high-profile business and commercial aviation accidents, focusing on contributing factors, from lack of training to surface contamination. On Saturday, June 27, a conflict resolution session will help crew members build successful working relationships with coworkers. To register, visit:

Online Rebroadcast of International Customs Session, June 24
NBAA will rebroadcast the International Customs and eAPIS Regional Review for the U.S./Canada/Europe this Wednesday, June 24, at 2:00 p.m. This is the last 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. At IOC, NBAA brought teams of experts together from around the globe to discuss guidelines, strategies and best practices for addressing international operational issues. Session recordings also are available for instant on-demand access. To download and order IOC video recordings or to register to participate in the interactive IOC series, visit:

NBAA Marks Passing of Former Board Member Charles E. Morris
NBAA extends condolences to the friends and family of business aviation leader Charles E. Morris, who passed away on June 17. Morris was a member of the NBAA Board of Directors from 1967 to 1979, during his long career with NBAA Member Company Mobil Corporation. One of the longest-serving members of the Board, Morris played a significant role in business aviation and was widely respected by his peers in the industry. A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, June 24 at St Francis Episcopal Church, 503 Log Ridge Road in Stamford, CT.

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

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